Posts Tagged ‘Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program’

Make a Call for Prevention Today!

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

If we invested just $10 a person each year in community health programs, our country would save $16 billion a year – while still providing quality health care. Those are some big savings! That’s why we need your help to tell Congress to keep investing in public health through the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

The Prevention Fund was recently established to empower individuals and communities with the tools and resources they need to help prevent heart disease, stroke, obesity, and tobacco use. But now it is in jeopardy as Congress looks to make spending cuts. Tell your elected officials, “Don’t make cuts to the Prevention Fund” by calling them today.

Calling your elected officials is fast and painless, and today you’ll be joining with thousands of people who are speaking out. We are partnering with dozens of other public health organizations to defend the Prevention Fund by calling lawmakers today. Here’s how to make your call:

1. Before the end of the day, call your legislators by connecting to the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Don’t know your legislators? Click here  and use our Legislator Look-Up tool to find out.

2. A staff person will answer the phone. It’s their job to take calls from constituents, so don’t be shy! Tell that person your name, where you’re calling from, and that you are counting on the Member to support the Prevention Fund, which will save American lives by helping prevent heart disease and stroke.

3. Many calls end here. However, if you like, you can add that he/she should support the fund because:

• The U.S. needs to invest in prevention in order to get health care costs and the budget under control. For example, the combination of cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer, and diabetes costs the U.S. an additional $1 trillion in lost productivity each year.

• The Fund supports effective, proven prevention programs aimed at reducing chronic illnesses, such as childhood obesity prevention and tobacco cessation.

4. Once you’ve ended your call, click here to tell us how it went!

Congressional staffers are there to take your calls and keep tabs on what constituents care about to inform the decisions of our nation’s leaders. Your quick call will make a big difference.

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Turn the White House RED for American Heart Month

Monday, December 5th, 2011

American Heart Month is this February and the American Heart Association wants to raise awareness  by turning the most recognizable residence in the world red: The White House.

And we need your help!

Simply click here and sign the petition on the White House’s “We the People” website and ask the White House to go red during American Heart Month. Having one of the most recognizable symbols in the country raising awareness for heart health is invaluable and would be a powerful way to spread the message of the American Heart Association.

But please hurry! We need to get 25,000 signatures by January 4th before the White House can consider our request! Please add your name to the list and share with friends and family!

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Bill to Improve Heart Health for Women Reintroduced in the House

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) reintroduced the HEART for Women Act, which aims to improve cardiovascular health of millions of women across the country.

Specifically the bill would:

  • Require the Health & Human Services secretarty to report to Congress on the quality and access to care for women with cardiovascular disease on an annual basis.
  • Require effectiveness  and safety data classified by race, gender and ethnicity on all new experimental drugs and medical devices.
  • Expand funding eligibility to all 50 states for the CDC’s WISEWOMAN screening program

Rep. Capps feels that the HEART for Women Act will be extremely beneficial to millions of women. 

“My legislation … ensur[es] more women have access to screening for heart disease, filling the critical knowledge gaps by ensuring that healthcare professionals are informed about the risks of cardiovascular disease in women, and supporting increased data collection to identify new treatments for women,” said Capps.  

Find out more about this exciting legislation by reading AHA’s official statement.

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Quit Smoking Today by Celebrating the Great American Smokeout!

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Have you always wanted to quit? Are you always telling friends and family you’ll stop smoking tomorrow? Well, tomorrow is now today! Join our friends at the American Cancer Society and celebrate the 36th annual Great American Smokeout by kicking the habit right now. Today is the day where people from all over the country commit to quitting smoking. Not tomorrow. Not Monday. Not next year. Today!   

From a healthier heart to a little more cash in your pocket, the benefits of quitting smoking are crucial to anyone’s well-being! 

Still need a little inspiration to ditch the cigarettes? Watch the video below from President Obama and learn how to quit today!

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CDC Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program Receives Additional Funds in FY 2010

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

American Heart Association advocates played a key role in urging their representatives to boost funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention program which helps states implement a Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program (HDSP), Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry, WISEWOMAN, and a broad surveillance system. In the FY 2010 Labor-HHS-Education omnibus bill, the HDSP program received $56 million or a 3.9 percent increase. CDC spends on average only 16 cents per person each year in the U.S. on heart disease and stroke prevention. Currently, CDC funds only 14 states for basic program implementation and 27 states and Washington, D.C. for capacity building (program planning). WISEWOMAN received $20 million or a 6.4 percent increase to provide increased resources to the 20 currently funded states. WISEWOMAN is a competitively awarded state-based heart disease and stroke screening and prevention program for uninsured and underinsured low-income women.

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Urging Congress to Fund the Fight Against Heart Disease and Stroke

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

American Heart Association President Dr. Clyde Yancy has released a statement urging Members of Congress to increase funding for heart disease and stroke research, treatment and prevention programs.

In response to recent action in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, Dr. Yancy expressed concern that the funding levels approved for the National Institutes of Health will not allow researchers to explore promising new scientific opportunities. While the Heart Association was pleased with the funding approved for CDC’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program and the WISEWOMAN Program, we were disappointed that the subcommittee provided no funding increase for HRSA’s Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program.

A conference committee will work out the final funding levels since numbers differed in the House and Senate, and Dr. Yancy urged “conferees to boost funding levels to help sustain and expand critical heart disease and stroke research and prevention programs that will benefit all Americans and future generations.”

Read Dr. Yancy’s full statement in the AHA newsroom.

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