Newsletter Feature - MD
Advocacy In Action 2024
Every year, American Heart Association volunteers gather at their state capitols to advocate for public policies that will result in a world of longer, healthier lives. Some of the advocacy events that have already occurred this year are listed below.
To see more on upcoming advocacy events occurring across the country, like and follow our You're the Cure Facebook page!
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Join Our Upcoming Webinar: Let’s Talk - Your Guide to Calling Lawmakers!
Are you passionate about making a difference but find yourself hesitating to pick up the phone and call your lawmakers? You're not alone, and we're here to help! We are excited to invite you to attend our enlightening virtual webinar, "Let’s Talk: Your Guide to Calling Lawmakers," on March 6th. This is your chance to overcome any barriers that might be stopping you from taking such an impactful step toward advocacy.
Join us in Annapolis for Lobby Day!
We are pleased to announce the American Heart Association’s Lobby Day in Maryland, on February 7th in Annapolis!
Despite FDA action, flavored tobacco policy still critical locally.
“Doubt is our Product” is a quote from a former tobacco executive in 1969. Tobacco companies have tried to sew doubt into the minds of Americans for decades. They want you to doubt that their products are harmful to your health. They want you to ignore that the World Health Organization says smokers are likely more vulnerable to severe and potentially life-threatening cases of COVID-19. They want you to forget that they have a history of marketing flavored tobacco, including menthol to communities of color.
How to create an effective elevator speech.
Have you heard of the 27 - 9 - 3 rule? Created by Vermont legislators many years ago to help with persuading their fellow lawmakers, this rule states that your pitch should be no longer than 27 words within a time frame of no longer than 9 seconds with no more than 3 points discussed.
Ending the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Helps Prevent Tobacco Use
“Doubt is our Product” is a quote from a former tobacco executive in 1969. Tobacco companies have tried to sew doubt into the minds of Americans for decades. They want you to doubt that their products are harmful to your health.
Maryland legislative session update
This legislative session has seen some highs and lows in Maryland for heart health issues. Here are some of the highlights, lowlights, and where we still need your help.
Schools Must Address Access to Water
Water plays an important role in maintaining overall health. Drinking water supports muscles, joints, and tissues; improves the digestive system; and keeps bodies hydrated. This is vital to the well being of children and their growth. Drinking water helps with learning as well. If a child is well hydrated, they can see better results in their efforts in school. Staying well hydrated helps improve short-term memory, fine motor skills, and visual attention – all things that help the success of kids in the classroom and beyond. But- how kids hydrate also matters.
Let us know who you know!
Our mission is to be a relentless force for a heart-healthy world—and we cannot do it without you. So, we have a request, and this one is simple.
We are hoping you can change some HEARTS and minds.
Do you have a connection with a local legislator, school board member, state representative, state senator, member of Congress, or anyone with government influence? If so, you may be the best channel to influence their HEARTS by advocating with yours.
Putting Heart Health First this Holiday Season
As we begin the holiday season, so too do we begin the start of all our favorite yummy, cozy, tasty treats that we all love and sometimes wait all season to enjoy. But, this is also a time where we can get off track with our goals of making healthier food choices. This is all the more difficult when access to healthier foods is a struggle. Here are some tips for how you can have a heart healthier holiday season – and help ensure others have a good shot at one too.