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  • Blog Post: Lieutenant Governor Is Honored at the GRFW Luncheon

    Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman was presented with a very special award at the recently held 2014 Hartford Go Red for Women Luncheon in honor of her participation in the luncheon since its inception and her contributions to women’s health in Connecticut. Known for her signature platform heels,...
  • Blog Post: Kristen Hickey, Connecticut

    I have always tried to make a difference in a patient’s life, but thanks to the American Heart Association, I can make a difference in lives of patient’s throughout Connecticut. I have been a Stroke Coordinator for the last 7 years and have a passion to improve stroke care for all of my patients...
  • Blog Post: State Comptroller Kevin Lembo Goes Red

    State Comptroller Kevin Lembo recently stopped by the Hartford Steam Building to show support for the Go Red Day health fair, where the American Heart Association provided attendees with Healthy Heart information and St. Francis Hospital offered free health screening. Comptroller Lembo reminded folks...
  • Blog Post: U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal & American Heart Stand Together in Support of CVS Caremark Decision

    The American Heart Association, along with staff from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Lung Association recently participated in a press conference with U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal heralding the decision made by CVS Pharmacy to discontinue the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Seth Lapuk

    I was raised in a family committed to volunteerism. The American Heart Association has given me a home to continue this tradition. I have been a member of the North Central Connecticut Board of The American Heart Association for 4 years and have had the honor of being the Board President for the last...
  • Blog Post: Karen Christensen, Connecticut

    Karen Christensen was born with a hole in her heart but that didn’t stop her from achieving her dream of skating in the Ice Capades. Christensen shared her story as an honoree for Fairfield County Heart Walk helping raise heart disease awareness and funds for the American Heart Association. She...
  • Blog Post: AHA Educating Task Force Members on the Impact of Childhood Obesity

    At the December meeting of Connecticut’s Childhood Obesity Task force, American Heart’s own, Dr. Sally Wong, presented to members an assessment of the causes of childhood obesity, the impact the crisis is having on our communities, and strategies to reverse the disturbing trend. Dr. Wong...
  • Blog Post: Where did 2013 go?

    Wow! Where did 2013 go? As we celebrate all we did this year, I find myself once again thinking about New Year resolutions. The perennial favorites are there….eat better, get more exercise, save more money…but these goals are all centered on making my life better. What if for 2014 we all...
  • Blog Post: Happiest of Holidays to the World's Best Volunteers!

    I am truly lucky. I get to work on policies that will make our communities healthier every, single day. But the greatest part of my job is that I get to do that work with the best volunteers in the world. As the holidays are upon us, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you. And to let you know how...
  • Blog Post: Cutting through the Social Media Cutler with the help of Advocacy Volunteers

    State Representative Betsy Ritter, Bob Connors from NBC Connecticut, along with You’re the Cure Volunteer, Bruce Hoffman, participated on a panel at the American Heart Association’s Founders Affiliate Health Strategies Department retreat. The panel discussion allowed members from the government...
  • Blog Post: Closing the Loop on Pulse Ox Screening

    The successful "Go Red for Women Luncheon" Leadership meeting offered a great opportunity for “You're the Cure” volunteer Shari Cantor to discuss with Department of Public Health Commissioner Jewell Mullen the closing of the loop on the Connecticut Pulse Ox Screening campaign...
  • Blog Post: AHA Connecticut Participates in The Rally for Medical Research Lobby Day

    Connecticut Advocacy participated in the 2013 Rally for Medical Research lobby day. Nearly 300 people form 40 states convened on Capitol Hill meeting with elected officials and their staff in 250 Congressional offices to urge congress to invest in the National Institute of Health (NIH) for the health...
  • Blog Post: Connecticut's "You're the Cure" has a New Hero...Charlie

    Connecticut advocacy took part in the highly successful “Little Heart Hero” day, which was attended by children with CCHD and their families. One of the tables that the children and their parents toured was the “You’re the Cure” table, where kids drew pictures on petitions...
  • Blog Post: Karen Christensen, Connecticut

    I am a volunteer with the American Heart Association and a true believer in its mission. I have participated as a Team Captain for the Heart Walk in West Haven, am looking to expand my activity in the “You’re the Cure” network, and am examining ways I can assist in the Fairfield Walk...
  • Blog Post: A Medical Research Fly-In Volunteer who truly leads a "Civic Minded" Life

    Kevin Ward lives and breathes the concept of leading a “Civic Minded” life. He has participated in a number of Heart Walks and is setting up a car show to benefit the American Heart Association. His first cardiac event occurred at age 16 while he was sitting in class. It was at this...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy and Development Working Together to Promote Mission with Major Heart Walk Sponsor

    The Rocky Neck Heart Walk offers a great opportunity for Connecticut’s Advocacy Department to work with Development staff to promote AHA’s mission and garner support for key public policy initiatives. John Bailey, Director of Government Relations, recently attended a planning meeting for...
  • Blog Post: Meig Walz Newcomb, Connecticut

    Meig Walz Newcomb, of Madison, lost her husband Chris on January 20, 2012 to Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Meig had decided that she wanted to bring awareness to the importance of knowing CPR and signs of a heart attack. She also dedicated her time to raising funds to support heart research. So Meig, along...
  • Blog Post: The American Heart Association is creating a generation of lifesavers by making sure students learn CPR before they graduate.

    Dr. Seth Lapuk, a Pediatric Cardiologist and the AHA Connecticut Board President, delivered 268 “CPR in Schools” letters of support, signed petitions and CPR cards to the State Board of Education office. Connecticut residents from though out the state showed their support for the lifesaving...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Bruce Hoffman - Connecticut

    Working as a volunteer advocate for the American Heart Association has become a real passion of mine. I wear many hats in my professional life and I see firsthand the importance of AHA’s advocacy agenda. I am also a volunteer advisor and trainer for the Ellington Volunteer Ambulance Corp and the...
  • Blog Post: Childhood Obesity is not just a national epidemic. It's an epidemic right here in CT.

    Check it out! A recent study by the Dept. of Public Health found that nearly: One of every six Connecticut children in K-3 rd grade is overweight One in seven Connecticut kindergarteners is overweight More than one in six third graders is obese These staggering rates not only have life...
  • Blog Post: 4300 kids become daily smokers in CT each year. 4,300 kids.

    It’s a scary number that leads to even scarier disease and death. But the good news is that we have a proven solution. Kids are particular vulnerable to price increases. By raising the state cigarette tax by just 95 cents, bringing us in line with neighboring states like New York, we can prevent...
  • Blog Post: National Wear Red Day is quickly approaching...

    We are quickly closing in on National Wear Red Day, this year arriving on Friday, February 1st. 2013’s Wear Red Day marks the 10th anniversary and more than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved, thanks to the collective energy, passion, time, money and HEART of the 25 million Americans who...
  • Blog Post: Happy New Year...Let's Make 2013 a Banner Year!

    We have worked together to pass legislation in 2012 that ultimately leads to the gift of a more healthy life for Connecticut residents. Because of your support all of Connecticut’s newborns will be tested for Critical Congenital Heart Disease, our elementary school students will have 20 minutes...
  • Blog Post: Thankful for You!

    I am so lucky. Everyday I get to work with the best volunteers and staff in the world. Together we are able to help make our families and our communities more heart healthy and stroke-free. I want to make sure you know how thankful all of the AHA staff is for you and all of your actions. Every time you...
  • Blog Post: $8 million in initial funding to fight childhood obesity!

    Exciting? Yes! Ambitious? You, bet! Attainable? Absolutely! The AHA & the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are proud to announce a new collaboration aimed at reversing the childhood obesity epidemic in the U.S. by 2015. And we’ll need your help! Learn more http://bit.ly/QJ8gmk What do you think...