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    In 1960, a group of resuscitation pioneers combined mouth-to-mouth breathing with chest compressions to create Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, the lifesaving action we now call “CPR.” This action, when provided immediately after a sudden cardiac arrest, can double – even triple – a victim’s chance of survival.

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We've Moved!

You're the Cure GRA On Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The You’re the Cure blog has a new name and a new home. The You’re the Cure blog is now The Pulse and can be found on the new

Why the change?
The Pulse will still cover the content that you are used to seeing here, but so much more! You will have unprecedented access to not only federal heart and stroke articles, but also content that is specific for your state. You will be able to comment and discuss topics with other blog readers from your state and across the country.

Really enjoyed an article and want others to see it? The Pulse blog will let you share articles and post on your social media networks, such as Facebook and Twitter.
In addition to being the home of The Pulse, the new takes heart and stroke advocacy to the next level. On one site, you’ll be able to easily access information about our issues, take action on state and federal alerts, RSVP for events in your community, and read inspirational stories from advocates like you.

How can you start enjoying all these new features? All you need to do is sign-up to enjoy the new

Ohio Pulse Oximetry Advocacy Day!

You're the Cure GRA On Friday, September 14, 2012
Join us for a special You're the Cure at the Capitol: Pulse Oximetry Advocacy Day on November 13, 2012.

Make plans to join us at the Statehouse in Columbus on November 13th to meet with your legislators to urge their support of pulse oximetry screenings for all Ohio newborns!

We can all do our part to protect future advocates - Register Now!

Pulse oximetry testing will ensure that every newborn baby in Ohio receives a simple, non-invasive blood oxygen test that help to determine if the child has an undiagnosed Critical Congenital Heart Defect (CCHD). Congenital heart defects are a leading birth defect in the United States and the No. 1 killer of infants with birth defects.

Register NOW and let your voice be heard on this important issue.

It's Back to School Season: What Are Ohio's Kids Learning?

You're the Cure GRA On Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Ohio's kids can learn a lot at school. History. Math. Smoking?

It's hard to believe, but our kids may be learning about tobacco use where you'd least expect it--on school grounds. While school buildings must be smoke-free inside, surprisingly, tobacco products can still be used on school property in Ohio. We must set a better example for our kids!

Last year, with your encouragement, the Ohio Board of Education passed a resolution for 100% tobacco-free schools. They recognized the importance of preventing tobacco use at an early age. While some schools already had a 100% tobacco free policy and others have since passed (or are considering) a 100% tobacco free policy, Ohio can still do better.

Let's ensure that all Ohio students have the benefit of 100% tobacco free schools! Send your message now in support!

We owe it to our kids to model healthy behaviors where they do most of their learning - at school!

September Is National Childhood Obesity Month

You're the Cure GRA On Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Celebrate by walking and bicycling to school!

Every person in the US can be an important part of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month by taking small steps (think walking and bicycling to school!) that add up to a big difference: eating more balanced meals and snacks, engaging in physical activity more regularly and sharing your personal plan and commitment with family and friends of all ages. We encourage you to use Childhood Obesity Month to get ready for Walk and Bike to School Day  (October 3) and Month (the whole month of October).  Read More.

Tobacco Label Ruling Could Stall Fight for a Smoke-Free Nation

You're the Cure GRA On Monday, September 10, 2012
American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on the August 24, 2012 ruling by the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit against the use of tobacco warning labels:

“With today’s decision, the judges have thrown out one of the best tools we have to force smokers to face the consequences of their choice, and stop the industry from addicting a new generation. The court has, in effect, insulted the intelligence of all Americans by implying we cannot distinguish the meaning of graphic tobacco warning labels.

As the Surgeon General reported recently, the decline in smoking is stalled, and more young Americans are using tobacco products. Each of the 1,200 Americans who die from tobacco-related diseases every day are being replaced by two smokers under the age of 26. Last year, the Centers for Disease Control estimated that 45.3 million adult Americans smoked cigarettes. In the U.S., about one-third of smoking-related deaths are linked to heart disease and stroke.

Graphic tobacco labels would help us stop this tragic trajectory. Research indicates that these vivid images are very effective in heightening awareness about the dangers of smoking and halting tobacco use.

Smoking kills. The gravity of that statement is often dismissed until we are confronted with the terrible effects of tobacco addiction. The American Heart Association sincerely hopes this decision is overturned on appeal, so we can move closer to making our nation 100 percent smoke free.”

Why Do We Work For a Smoke-Free Kentucky?

You're the Cure GRA On Friday, September 7, 2012
As our kids settle into the school year, let’s do what we can to ensure that we give them every opportunity for a healthier future, free from exposure to secondhand smoke in public places. According to the US Surgeon General, there is NO safe amount of exposure to secondhand smoke.  Even if you already live in a smoke-free community, raise your voice now for those in Kentucky who don’t.

There are 23 states (plus Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) that have already taken measures to safeguard their citizens from secondhand smoke in public places by enacting comprehensive smoke-free laws that protect everyone, including bar and restaurant employees.

You can help Kentucky become the next smoke-free state by simply sending your message now—just click!

Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure

You're the Cure GRA On Thursday, September 6, 2012
Nearly one in three American adults has high blood pressure, and more than half of them don’t have it under control. The newest edition of CDC Vital Signs focuses on uncontrolled high blood pressure and the numerous opportunities to treat this serious health risk.
Key points of the CDC Vital Signs report on uncontrolled high blood pressure include:
• About 67 million adults have high blood pressure.

• More than half (36 million) have uncontrolled high blood pressure.

• Nearly 22 million know they have high blood pressure, but still don’t have it under control.

• 16 million take medicines, but still don’t have their high blood pressure under control.

• High blood pressure is a major risk factor of heart disease and stroke, two of the nation’s leading causes of death.

Healthy Foods Under $1 Per Serving

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Eating healthy on a budget can seem difficult; but it can be done! Being creative can help you stick to your budget and incorporate nutritious foods into your diet. Try to incorporate some of these healthy foods under $1 into your weekly menu planning.

Apples (raw with skin)
Great for: Snacks, green salads, main dish salads and fruit salads
What's a serving? 1 large apple
Nutrition Info per serving: About 116 calories, 5.4g fiber, 17% Daily Value for vitamin C, 7% Daily Value for potassium

Baby Carrots (raw)
Great for: Snacks, casseroles, stews, veggie platters and side dishes
What's a serving? 8-10 baby carrots (3 oz)
Nutrition Info per serving: About 30 calories, 2.5g fiber, 234% Daily Value for vitamin A

Oranges (fruit 2-7/8” diameter)
Great for: Snacks, green salads and fruit salads
What's a serving? 1 large or extra large orange
Nutrition Info per serving: About 70 calories, 3g fiber, 138% Daily Value for vitamin C, 7% Daily Value for potassium

Pears (raw)
Great for: Snacks, as an appetizer with cheese, green salads and fruit salads
What's a serving? 1 large pear
Nutrition Info per serving: About 133 calories, 7g fiber, 16% Daily Value for vitamin C, 8% Daily Value for potassium

Yogurt (plain, low fat or fat-free)
Great for: Smoothies, yogurt parfait, dips and dressings
What's a serving? A 6-ounce container is usually a serving.
Nutrition Info per serving: (for 6 ounces of fat-free plain yogurt): 95 calories, 10g protein, 34% Daily
Value for calcium, 12% Daily Value for potassium

Great for: steamed as a side dish, tossed in salads, mixed in brown rice or whole wheat pasta dishes
What’s a serving? 1 cup raw, ½ cup cooked
Nutrition Info per serving (1 cup chopped raw broccoli): 31 calories, 0g fat, 0mg cholesterol, 11% Daily Value for vitamin A, 135% Daily Value for vitamin C
It’s back to school time and that means…Pop Quiz!

True or False: Sudden cardiac arrest usually occurs in a hospital setting.

Answer: False. Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death and, unfortunately, about 88% of sudden cardiac arrests occur at home. This makes it likely that a loved one who has been trained in CPR will mean the difference between life and death.

Question: For every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation, chances of survival decrease by ____ percent.

Answer: Chances of survival decrease by 7-10%. That's why it's important that we all learn how easy---and critical---it is to take action.

As our kids settle into the new school year, let's ensure they also learn the skills necessary to become the next generation of life savers--in just one class period!

Your homework assignment?  Take a moment now to let our decision makers know you support CPR training for Delaware's students!

Healthy Labor Day Weekend

You're the Cure GRA On Friday, August 31, 2012
Labor Day usually signifies the end of summer so let's make the most of the long weekend!  Keep it healthy at your picnics and parties.  Grilling is a great option.  There are plenty of fruits and vegetables still available - corn, squash, peaches, and melon. 

And, don't forget to stay physically active!  By exercising as little as 30 minutes a day you can reduce your risk of heart disease.

Have a Happy and Healthy Labor Day!

150 New Heart-Healthy Recipes!

You're the Cure GRA On Wednesday, August 29, 2012
What's for dinner tonight?  Are you cooking at home?  Be sure to use nutritious ingredients.  Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans. We can reduce heart disease by promoting a healthy diet and lifestyle.

For suggestions and ideas to plan your weekly meals, check out our 150 new heart-healthy recipes at!

Air Pollution and Heart Disease, Stroke

You're the Cure GRA On Monday, August 27, 2012
Whether you live in a city where smog forecasts are routine or in a less populated place, tiny pollution particles in the air can lead to big problems for your heart.
Pollution can come from traffic, factories, power generation, wildfires or even cooking with a wood stove. One of the most common indoor sources is smoking — a danger to the person lighting up and to those nearby.   LEARN MORE about the effects, risks, and precautions that can help heart patients and others.

American Stroke Association Launches Facebook Page

You're the Cure GRA On Friday, August 24, 2012
Please welcome the newest member of our Facebook community, The American Stroke Association! Like their page and give a shout out to a stroke survivor!

The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association dedicated to prevention, diagnosis and treatment to save lives from stroke — America’s No. 4 killer and a leading cause of serious disability.

Let's work together to end stroke!

Preventing Heart Disease - At Any Age

You're the Cure GRA On Wednesday, August 22, 2012
You’re never too young— or too old — to take care of your heart.

Preventing heart disease (and all cardiovascular diseases) means making smart choices now that will pay off the rest of your life.

Lack of exercise, a poor diet and other bad habits can take their toll over the years. Anyone at any age can benefit from simple steps to keep their heart healthy during each decade of life.

Read more to find out how you can keep your heart healthy during each decade of life.

CDC Releases New Vital Signs Report on Walking

You're the Cure GRA On Monday, August 20, 2012

Six in 10 adults now get physically active by walking

Sixty-two percent of adults say they walked for at least once for 10 minutes or more in 2010, compared to 56 percent in 2005, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, less than half (48 percent) of all adults get enough physical activity to improve their health, according to data from the National Health Interview Survey. The Vital Signs report notes that increases in walking were seen in nearly all groups surveyed. Walkers were defined as those who walked for at least one session of 10 minutes or more for transportation, fun or exercise. In the West, roughly 68 percent of people walk, more than any other region in the country. People living in the South had the largest increase in the percentage of people who walk, up by nearly eight percentage points from about 49 percent in 2005 to 57 percent in 2010.  READ MORE


Welcome to the online home for American Heart Association advocacy in the Great Rivers Affiliate! The Great Rivers Affiliate includes Delaware, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

We update regularly about our ongoing legislative issues (for example: tobacco prevention and cessation, childhood obesity, nutrition, stroke and STEMI systems of care, etc). We hope this blog proves to be a resource to keep our amazing advocates up-to-date with our fast-paced legislative happenings!

You don't have to be a doctor to save lives - just an advocate with the American Heart Association and its division the American Stroke Association. In just a few moments, you can make a huge difference. All you have to do is respond to the issues and action alerts that you feel are important.

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