Throughout the year, our blog will feature AHA volunteer stories of survival and hope. We know there are thousands of stories like these - thats why we want to say “Thanks” to all of you for giving your time and sharing your lives with us. You can’t spell CURE without U! Thank you for all you do to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. YOU’RE THE CURE!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Thank you for your support of the Smoke Free Illinois Act

Four years ago the Smoke Free Illinois Act was signed into law, protecting all Illinois workers and patrons from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. This outstanding victory for the health of all Illinoisans was made possible because of the hard work and dedication of thousands of advocates and volunteers like you!

On its 4th anniversary, take a moment to reminder you legislators how much you enjoy a smoke free Illinois

The Smoke Free Illinois Act is one of the most popular laws ever passed in Illinois, with 84% of registered voters supporting a smoke free Illinois. It’s also one of the most important public health bills in decades – people who are exposed to secondhand smoke have 25 to 35 percent higher coronary death rates and an increased chance of developing lung cancer. After four years, we have come to enjoy and expect smoke-free offices, restaurants, bars, clubs and gaming facilities.

As you know, despite the law’s popularity there have been several major attempts this year to weaken the Smoke Free Illinois Act and put all of our health at risk again. With your help time and again, we’ve defeated them all!

Please join us once again on the 4th anniversary of the Smoke Free Illinois Act by taking a moment to remind your legislators how much you enjoy a smoke free Illinois!

Thank you for your continued dedication and support!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Braun Named National Healthcare Volunteer of the Year

Lynne Braun, RN, PhD, received the American Heart Association's National Healthcare Volunteer of the Year award at the Gold Heart Awards Banquet held at the end of June. For the past 25 years, Dr. Braun has been front and center in the planning and execution of practically every professional and public education activity developed by the American Heart Association in Chicago.

“Lynne is incredibly dedicated to increasing heart health, particularly in women at risk, and I’m thrilled for her that she’s receiving well-deserved national recognition for her tireless efforts,” says Annabelle Volgman, MD, medical director of the Rush Heart Center for Women, and Midwest Affiliate board member.

Congratulations on your tremendous efforts, Lynne!