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Go Red For Women at the Legislature

On June 6, the North Carolina Team hosted 30 advocates and staff for Go Red For Women Day at the Legislature.   Advocates visited every legislative office urging them to support full-funding for a statewide healthy corner store initiative.  Displays were set up to give people the opportunity to take their blood pressure, learn Hands-Only CPR,

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Federal Lobby Day

On June 26-27, more than 330 American Heart Association volunteers and staff from 46 states trekked to Washington, D.C. as part of the biennial You’re the Cure on the Hill to advocate for the protection of health care coverage, federal research support, and key legislation that will benefit Americans with cardiovascular disease (CVD). Heart disease and stroke

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Report from the 2017 Maryland General Assembly

Outcome of Bills AHA Supported Priority Bills SB113/HB703 – Tobacco Control Funding: Hearings held but no vote and no additional funds places in supplemental budget HB1509 – Maryland Healthy Vending Choices Act: Hearing, unfavorable report SB669 – Tobacco Products-Minimum Age and Civil Fines (Tobacco21) Would raise legal age for purchase of tobacco products to 21:

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Maryland Advocacy Update

Brand New Maryland Advocacy Awards – The 2016-2017 Maryland Advocacy Coordinating Committee (ACC,) developed and approved criteria for two annual awards, one that will recognize a public official and one that will recognize a “You’re the Cure” volunteer. Awardees must have demonstrated outstanding efforts that have helped further the mission of the AHA/ASA and improved

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To the next President of the United States

This month the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) had the distinct honor of joining with the Obama Administration as co-partners of a White House briefing focused on cardiovascular disease, part of the White House’s “Making Health Care Better” series.  AHA President Dr. Steven Houser gave opening comments, and AHA CEO Nancy Brown was a

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South Carolina to require students to learn CPR

We’re excited to share some big wins for the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate this month! Last Thursday, South Carolina advocates and staff celebrated as Governor Nikki Haley signed legislation requiring CPR training as part of the high school health education curriculum, making South Carolina the 30th state to do so. The law will be known as Ronald Rouse’s

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Dr. Shobha Ghosh advocates for funding

Special thanks to volunteer Dr. Shobha Ghosh, who spoke yesterday on behalf of the AHA at a Washington, D.C. press conference where advocates called on Congress to end sequestration and avoid drastic budget cuts for nondefense discretionary programs in a wide range of areas, including science and public health. Dr. Ghosh joined other speakers in presenting a letter signed by

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MAA Advocates win National Award at Federal Lobby Day 2015

Earlier this month, more than 380 volunteers, including a large contingent of advocates from the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, descended on Washington D.C. for You’re the Cure on the Hill.   Volunteers met with lawmakers, asking them to protect the progress made by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and support school nutrition standards, and to make cardiovascular disease

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DC Stroke law

We have some exciting news from the Washington, DC market. The Stroke System of Care Act officially became law.  The law recognizes all three tiers of stroke facilities and requires EMS authorities to develop and implement transport protocols for acute stroke patients. Additionally, the law requires the creation of a centralized stroke registry in DC and requires

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Worksite Wellness Act of 2014 – DC

Last month the Worksite Wellness Act of 2014 went in to effect, which means residents and commuters who work on local government property across the District of Columbia will soon have heart-healthy foods and beverages available at all worksites. The DC Council has taken a bold step to ensure a healthier workforce and is providing