Monday, June 7, 2010

Smoke-Free San Antonio: Public Hearing this Thursday

The San Antonio City Council will hold a public hearing to discuss strengthening the current smoking ordinance this Thursday. This is our opportunity to show the City Council that all workplaces deserve to be smoke-free and if you are in the area, you are invited to attend.

Thursday, June 10
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
City Council Chambers
Municipal Plaza Building 114 W. Commerce

A strong show of support and force is critically needed at this public hearing to show City Council a large number of supporters in favor of a smoke free San Antonio. Numbers talk and a large gathering will further reinforce to city leaders that there is strong support for this cause.

Supporters will not be asked to speak, unless they want to. If you wish to speak on the issue, we definitely encourage you to do so. Speakers will be allowed up to 3 minutes. PLUS, arrive early and be the first to an exclusive t-shirt and enjoy a mixer at which you can meet fellow supporters.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Research + Prevention = Lives Saved. Tell Congress Today!

Senator Bob Casey (PA) is circulating a letter that asks for $35 billion for the National Institutes of Health. This is the same amount requested by the American Heart Association to ensure continued progress in medical research, and Senator Casey’s office has requested our help in getting his fellow Senators to sign onto the letter. You can help by encouraging volunteers to visit Research Saves Lives to send a quick email to their Senators.

Ask your Senators to support $35 billion for the National Institutes for Health. These funds could support medical research leading to new treatments and even cures for heart disease and stroke. Act Today. Link: =

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s WISEWOMAN program screens low-income women for heart disease and stroke risk and provides follow up for those who need it. Right now, WISEWOMAN only has enough funding to operate in 20 states while millions of women across the country are forced to wait. Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death for women, and we know that this program has been effective in giving at-risk women the tools they need to prevent heart disease and stroke. The program, sadly, remains woefully underfunded.

More than 432,000 women die each year from CVD, but so many of those deaths could be prevented. Ask Members of Congress to fund WISEWOMAN, a program that helps women prevent heart disease and stroke. Take Action Today. Link=

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