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  • Blog Post: Ready for Session?

    It’s hard to believe that Arizona starts a new legislative session on Monday, January 13 th . While we have been working hard preparing to pass lifesaving policies this year, it is YOU that is critical to our success! Take action today to fight heart disease and stroke in 2014. CLICK HERE to show...
  • Blog Post: My Lifesaving Story Experience

    Written by Ryan Fowles, Utah As an Eagle Scout, I was required to learn life-saving skills as part of the first aid merit badge many years ago. When I was 11 or 12 years old, my cousin and I took the first aid class in Gunnison, Utah at the LDS stake center. I remember learning CPR and hoped I would...
  • Blog Post: Learn & Share Your Post-Stroke Tips

    After a stroke, even the simplest tasks can be very challenging. Survivors often face limb weakness, numbness or paralysis, communication challenges, and difficulty with their vision. However, we know stroke survivors and caregivers across the country are persevering and discovering new, creative ways...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Kami Sutton

    Guest Blogger: Kami Sutton, Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator, Western States Affiliate Hi there YTC Advocates! I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself, my name is Kami Sutton and I am the new Grassroots Coordinator for the Western States Affiliate of the American Heart Association. As someone...
  • Blog Post: Recap of Arizona Lobby Day 2014

    Thursday, January 30 th was a big day for the American Heart Association! On this day, You’re the Cure volunteers and survivors stormed the Capitol in Phoenix to raise awareness about heart disease as well as advocate for life saving policies designed to make Arizona a healthier place to live....
  • Blog Post: Big Changes in Store for Food Labels

    After more than two decades, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing sweeping changes to the nutrition labels on packaged foods. The proposals would require food manufacturers to list added sugars , nutrition counts for more-realistic portion sizes and total nutrition information for multiple...
  • Blog Post: Start Walking Today!

    Guest blogger: Nicole Olmstead, Arizona Government Relations Director In most parts of the US, the weather is starting to warm up and thaw, but lucky for us Arizonans, we have absolutely wonderful weather conditions on most days. Seize the day and get out and enjoy our gorgeous weather! In case...
  • Blog Post: Legislative Spotlight: House Bill 2491

    Guest blogger: Nicole Olmstead, Arizona Government Relations Director Being a Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, I have the opportunity to work on very important pieces of legislation every day. From increasing access recreational facilities...
  • Blog Post: Take Control of Your Health

    Did you know high blood pressure has also been called the “silent killer”? That’s because its symptoms are not always obvious, making the need for regular check-ups important. As we recognize High Blood Pressure Awareness Month, here are the facts: • High blood pressure (aka...
  • Blog Post: Thank You for Your Support: Governor Brewer Signs TWO Heart Healthy Bills into Law

    Thanks to your consistent support, dedication, and messaging, Governor Brewer recently signed TWO heart healthy bills— House Bill 2491 (pulse oximetry screening) and Senate Bill 1336 (shared use for recreational spaces)—into law! Without your actions over the last few months, this would not...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Janice Edwards-Jackson

    crafted by Janice Edwards-Jackson, Arizona I am 34 years old and a stay-at-home mom of 3 children, ages 8, 6, and 3. On September 21, 2013, I had just returned home after taking my 2 older children to piano lessons. We were eating lunch when I stood up to warm up my food in the microwave. The room...
  • Blog Post: One Million Milestone

    Did you hear the big news? We’ve reached an amazing milestone in our campaign to teach all students to be ‘CPR Smart’! 17 states now require CPR training as a graduation requirement, which adds up to over one million annual graduates who are prepared to save a life. Congratulations...
  • Blog Post: Thank You for a Great Year!

    Guest Blogger: Rick Lieberman, Advocacy Committee Chair As the AHA comes to the end of our fiscal year, I want to take the opportunity to thank all of the amazing Arizona Advocates for all you do. Thanks to your dedication, actions, and support, we were able to pass two heart healthy pieces of legislation...
  • Blog Post: What are you actually drinking?

    We all know that certain drinks have sugar in them but do you really know how much? Sometimes drinks that we think are healthy for us have sugar added and we don't realize it unless we read the label. This graphic from the Center for Science in the Public Interest illustrates how much sugar is in...
  • Blog Post: Spot a Stroke FAST

    What do you do when you are sitting around the table at dinner, or standing at the kitchen counter and the person across from you suddenly starts slurring their words or does not make sense? What if that person’s face suddenly droops on one side? Can you recognize the signs that someone is having...
  • Blog Post: Have a Heart Healthy Summer

    Guest Blogger: Kami Sutton, Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator Happy Summer, You’re the Cure Advocates! As the temperatures are rising and we are all preparing for the fun activities of summertime, I thought I would share with you my favorite low sodium summertime recipe! As a congenital heart...
  • Blog Post: My Children are Why

    By Nicole Olmstead, Gov. Relations Director, Arizona The AHA/ASA recently launched a new campaign, “ Life is Why .” When you think about that phrase, “Life is Why” it brings to mind so many things. For me, I think about my kids—Emily, William and Katherine. I work...
  • Blog Post: Knowing CPR Saved My Son

    A lifesaving event retold by Kristy Stoner, UT In June 2014, my friend Erin and I planned a pool day together as we decided we would spend the afternoon together at her private community pool, where we could eat lunch and chat while the kids could swim. We both have 4 kids all under the age of 8....
  • Blog Post: What is Pediatric Cardiomyopathy?

    Did you know that one in every 100,000 children in the U.S. under the age of 18 is diagnosed with a diseased state of the heart known as cardiomyopathy ? While it is a relatively rare condition in kids, it poses serious health risks, making early diagnosis important. As the heart weakens due to abnormities...
  • Blog Post: August Recess - Supporting the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act

    written by Nicole Olmstead, Government Relations Director, Arizona This fall students are heading back to healthier school lunches. As a result of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, schools are now required to provide meals with more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. They must limit the...
  • Blog Post: Vance Lobe - What the Affordable Care Act means for me

    Vance Lobe It’s been almost one year now since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges were implemented and I thought it was time to reflect on how this has affected my life. I am a two time heart attack survivor, starting with the first one about five and a half years ago. I was gainfully...
  • Blog Post: Simple Cooking with Heart - Tailgate Chili

    Guest Blogger: Erica Phung, Senior Government Relations Director, Southern California The leaves are changing colors, and your favorite team is on the field. Fall is officially here! When the weather turns cool, there’s nothing better than a warm, hearty bowl of comforting soup or chili to keep...
  • Blog Post: October is Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month - Is Your Family Prepared for an Emergency?

    Guest Blogger: Nicole Olmstead, Government Relations Director, Arizona Did you know that October is Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month? Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurs when the heart’s electrical system abruptly malfunctions and the heart suddenly stops beating. The only thing standing between...
  • Blog Post: Volunteers are Why

    Guest Blogger: Nicole Olmstead, Arizona Government Relations Director For me, November is the month of giving thanks. It starts with giving thanks to the veterans that have fought, and sometimes died, for this country and continues through Thanksgiving. I am reminded that I have many reasons to be...
  • Blog Post: The Obesity Rate in Arizona is Still too High

    Guest Blogger: Grace Henscheid, Grassroots Advocacy Director In early September the State of Obesity Report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust of America’s Health was released and it is clear there is still much work to be done in our fight against obesity. While there...