You're the Answer to the Cure

Robbinsville, NJ -Do you wish you could have more influence in making your communities heart-healthy and stroke-smart? Advocates are those individuals that exercise their rights to discuss certain issues with legislators in their district. The You're the Cure network is the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association's community of advocates who work to affect policy change surrounding heart and stroke, the nation's No. 1 and No. 4 killers. Together with You're the Cure we can create healthier communities.

"After recovering from my heart attack, I decided to reach others in my community by becoming a You're the Cure Advocate," states Sherri Maloney, a Union County heart attack survivor and ambassador for the American Heart Association. "You don't realize how much of an impact your voice can have until you step up and demand change."

The You're the Cure network allows residents to become more active members of their communities at the grassroots level. When you join the You're the Cure network, you can easily communicate with elected officials on legislation that matters to you, connect with other advocates in your neighborhood, and get the latest information about heart and stroke issues. The You're the Cure network has played a crucial role in fighting heart disease and stroke for more than 30 years.

"You can decide how active you would like to be with the You're the Cure network," Maloney continues. "I am very passionate about ending heart disease and stroke in my lifetime, so I will continue to advocate for heart-healthy communities."

In honor of National Nutrition Month, the You're the Cure network is seeking support for legislation revolving around nutrition in children and preventing childhood obesity. The childhood obesity rate has decreased slightly in New Jersey, but still remains an issue, especially in low-income households. Advocates who feel strongly about this issue can send a letter to their legislators.

Other active campaigns in New Jersey include requiring CPR training for high school students and improving smoking cessation laws.

Interested in joining the You're the Cure network? Visit .