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  • Blog Post: National Walking Day Highlights

    Kick-starting a physical activity routine was the focus on Wednesday, April 1st at some Central Arkansas Schools. The students participated in the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day. In Little Rock, 5th graders at Jefferson Elementary heard from Mayor Mark Stodola about heart health...
  • Blog Post: Oklahoma: State Legislative Update

    With less than two months to adjournment, the Oklahoma Legislature remains hard at work to address critical issues facing the state of Oklahoma. At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, over 2,000 bills were introduced, ranging on topics health, taxation, and education. The American Heart...
  • Blog Post: Carol Sterling

    Carol Sterling began her time as a volunteer for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in Ponca City, working with Heart Walk. Over the past few years, Carol became involved in the Go Red for Women campaign through the Passion Committee. Her first opportunity to learn about Advocacy...
  • Blog Post: Take Action on Important Issue Alerts

    We have reached the point in our legislative session when important decisions are being made regarding Appropriations. Several issues that, if passed, can help to improve the cardiovascular health of Nebraskans are being discussed by the Appropriations Committee. Take a couple of minutes today to message...
  • Blog Post: It's More Important Than Ever

    We recently learned that more students are taking part in the National School Breakfast and School Lunch programs than ever before (with more than 30 million of our kids getting school lunches alone). That’s why it’s never been more critical that we protect strong nutrition standards, and...
  • Blog Post: Campbell Martinez, Louisiana

    Campbell Martinez, Louisiana Campbell was diagnosed with Tetrology of Fallot the day she was born. On March 2, 2011, at the Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, she had open heart surgery at only 6 months old. Campbell is almost 2 years old now and she’s doing great! She loves coloring...
  • Blog Post: Ask Texas Lawmakers to Fund Prevention Programs

    Because of your help over the last three months lawmakers have drafted a state budget that includes several important investments for heart disease and stroke prevention. Take Action Here and ask lawmakers to fund critical measures that will prevent and treat heart disease and stroke: http://p2a.co/DKoFezs...
  • Blog Post: Volunteers Needed in the You’re the Cure Area at the Twin Cities Heart Walk

    Calling all survivors, caregivers, advocates, donors and volunteers! The Advocacy Department needs 4-6 volunteers for our upcoming Twin Cities Heart Walk on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Target Field. We will need help from 6:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. working at the advocacy information table, collecting...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Kathy McCormick

    When I woke up at 6:30 AM on October 22, 2013 I knew something was terribly wrong. I tried to get out of bed and found it difficult to walk. I called for my husband, who had just returned from the gym, he found me slumped on the bed and with the slurred voice I said, "I think I'm having a stroke...
  • Blog Post: Thank You for Supporting House Bill 2605 - Stroke Systems of Care Legislation

    Thanks to your consistent and tremendous support over the last few weeks, House Bill 2605 was signed into law by Governor Ducey on March 31 st ! You’re the Cure Advocates accounted for over 400 online actions and countless offline actions to persuade Arizona’s lawmakers to pass HB 2605 this...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association Celebrates National Walking Day

    By Violet Ruiz, Government Relations Director The American Heart Association celebrated National Walking Day on Wednesday, April 1st! National Walking Day is celebrated on the first Wednesday in April and is meant to help Americans actualize ideal cardiovascular health. Even though National Walking...
  • Blog Post: It’s Not too Late – RSVP for Lobby Day, April 22nd

    Can you believe it, our annual California AHA/ASA Lobby Day in Sacramento is just a few weeks away? California AHA/ASA Lobby Day Wednesday, April 22nd West Steps of the Capitol 10am - 3pm (Registration starts at 9am) It’s not too late! Register here if you’d like to attend...
  • Blog Post: Nevada Lobby Day 2015 Recap

    On Tuesday, March 31 st , American Heart Association staff, business leaders, survivors, and You’re the Cure advocates joined together in Carson City at the Capitol to support heart-healthy legislation. In addition, dozens of advocates supported their efforts by taking action online. To those...
  • Blog Post: Tobacco to 21 is Progressing in the Hawaii State Legislature

    Guest Blogger: Don Weisman, Hawaii Government Relations Director As of April 1, Hawaii Senate Bill 1030, which proposes to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21, has passed through the required House and Senate committees. The next steps pending approval on the House floor, will be...
  • Blog Post: Pulse Ox Bill Passes Public Health Committee!

    Recently the Colorado House Public Health and Human Services Committee voted in favor of House Bill 1281, a measure ensuring Pulse Ox screenings for congenital heart defects in newborns. The Chair of the Newborn Screening Advisory Committee, physicians, and mothers shared incredible personal stories...
  • Blog Post: Marilyn Boyd, Tennessee

    Marilyn Boyd was 46-years-old, one day and 90-years-old the next. She couldn’t move her right side and speaking had become difficult — at least that’s what she was told. “I thought that something must’ve been wrong with their ears because in my head, I sounded fine,”...
  • Blog Post: TAKE ACTION: Tell City Council that OKC Hearts Need Healthy Food

    We’ve been talking a lot about food access lately, specifically how it needs improvement right here in OKC. Maybe you’ve been excited about helping to improve the situation, maybe you’ve been taking action, or maybe you’ve been asking yourself what does food access have to do...
  • Blog Post: MN Advocates Testify on AHA Issues at the Capitol

    Last week was full of hearings up at the Capitol and State Office Building! We want to thank ALL of our volunteers who testified on our issues. Check it out below: The House Transportation Finance Committee released their omnibus transportation finance bill on Tuesday. We lined up 4 testifiers to...
  • Blog Post: Leonard Edloe, Jr, PharmD

    Leonard Edloe Jr, PharmD, Virginia Dr. Leonard Edloe is a staunch supporter for the profession of pharmacy in numerous areas of public policy. The drive to help others led him to many worthwhile pursuits, including active advocacy with You’re the Cure . A retired pharmacist now, Dr. Edloe...
  • Blog Post: Thank You for Everything You Do!

    It’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week this week (April 12 – 16) – and with that thought on our minds, we wanted to tell you how much we appreciate you, and all that you do for You’re the Cure initiatives all across the East Coast. We appreciate every single alert response...
  • Blog Post: Update: Relief for stroke survivors

    I have mixed news to share about our efforts to repeal Medicare’s caps on outpatient therapy services. Late Tuesday night, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that we hoped would include Senators Cardin’s and Vitter’s bipartisan amendment to permanently repeal the therapy caps. Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to Shenendehowa on becoming the Capital Region's first CPR Smart School District!

    Nine out of 10 victims of sudden cardiac arrest die. If you live in the Shenendehowa Central School District, your chances of surviving sudden cardiac arrest might be higher than average, since students in that district all learn Hands-Only CPR before graduation. Teaching CPR is part of the district’s...
  • Blog Post: Move MN Supporters Rallied at the Capitol for Transportation!

    Supporters across the state came together this afternoon on the Capitol Lawn for a rally to make their voices heard about the urgent need for reliable transportation funding! Speakers included Governor Mark Dayton, Lt. Governor Tina Smith, and Senator Scott Dibble.
  • Blog Post: A Great Week for CPR in Schools!

    This week, the State Education Department (SED) issued the highly anticipated CPR in Schools Report to the Board of Regents. Following the presentation, the Regents openly discussed including CPR and AED instruction in the curriculum. And the support from the Board of Regents was overwhelming! Members...
  • Blog Post: How do we become a CPR Smart School?

    You've asked...and we're answering! Everyone is buzzing about how to receive AHA's CPR Smart School designation in New York. It's easy...a district just needs to implement a written policy that calls for students to learn CPR (yup, that includes performing compressions) and about AEDs...