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  • Blog Post: Medicaid Restoration and Expansion Update

    By Nicole Olmstead on Friday, June 7, 2013 In January, Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer announced her plan to cover all Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) patients in Arizona up to 133% of the Federal Poverty Level. Over next 5 months, she held numerous community forums, rallies...
  • Blog Post: Arizona 2013 Legislative Session Wrap Up

    Guest Blogger: Nicole Olmstead, Arizona Government Relations Director The 2013 Arizona Legislative Session ended in the early morning hours of June 14, 2013 after a very long 5 months. During that time, the legislature tackled issues ranging from tax reform to Medicaid Reform. The American Heart...
  • Blog Post: It's Summertime - Break a Sweat for Good Health!

    We’ve known for some time that physical activity can help maintain a healthy weight and strengthen our cardiovascular system, but now there’s proof it can reduce our risk of stroke. New research published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke shows that people who exercised...
  • Blog Post: What Inspires You

    Guest Blogger: Nicole Olmstead, Government Relations Director Heart disease and stroke affect almost everyone in one way or another. One of the reasons I personally am so passionate about the work that I do with the American Heart Association is because my 8 year old son William has congenital heart...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jane Powers

    Jane Powers, Arizona It’s been almost a year since Jane Powers, a longtime Arizona Diamondbacks worker, collapsed before her shift at Chase Field. Jane Powers suffered an arrhythmia episode just before a game on August 20, 2012. Powers collapsed shortly after mentioning to a co-worker she felt...
  • Blog Post: Back to School: ABC's and an F

    The school year is just starting and already our nation has a failing grade. According to " F as in Fat," a report issued by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 41 states have adult obesity rates over 25%. Obesity is a leading risk factor for chronic disease...
  • Blog Post: The Importance of Hands-Only CPR

    Guest Blogger: Nicole Olmstead, Senior Government Relations Director, Arizona It's September, and most kids have headed back to school, especially here in Arizona. We teach them about eating right, getting enough sleep and studying hard. But what happens if their hearts suddenly stop at school...
  • Blog Post: World Stroke Day - October 29th

    Guest Blogger: Josh Brown, Grassroots Advocacy Director October 29th is World Stroke Day, a day to raise awareness about stroke, America’s fourth leading cause of death. World Stroke Day is a global campaign aimed at reducing the incidence of stroke around the world by educating communities...
  • Blog Post: October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

    Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. Every year in the United States, emergency medical personnel treat almost 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests – that’s more than 1,000 a...
  • Blog Post: The CPR Birthday Party

    Guest Blogger: Nicole Olmstead, Government Relations Director, Arizona Winston Churchill said “We make a living by what we get . We make a life by what we give .” We are lucky in Arizona to have wonderful volunteers for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association that give...
  • Blog Post: Internship at the Heart Association?

    Jennifer Baldwin, Arizona So what does it mean to be an intern with the American Heart Association? It means the opportunity to work with a bunch of incredibly motivated people who truly strive to promote the health of their community. I am coming into this internship with over five years of bedside...
  • Blog Post: Eat Healthy this Holiday Season

    The holiday season is fast approaching, along with all of the wonderful foods and festivities that come with it. However, it is important to remember that even during this time of year we need to be mindful of what we are eating. November 6, 2013 was National Healthy Eating Day. Statistics show that...
  • Blog Post: Thank You for All You Do

    Nicole Olmstead, Government Relations Director, Arizona During this time of year, I tend to reflect on the things that I am grateful for. I love the holidays because it gives me an opportunity to spend time, and yes, even spoil, the ones that I love and appreciate. I would like to take this opportunity...
  • Blog Post: Have a Heart-Healthy Holiday

    This Holiday Season I would like to take this moment to thank you for being an engaged member of our You’re the Cure Network. Thanks to advocates like you, we’ve made a tremendous difference on important legislation at the local, state and national levels. The holiday season is fast approaching...
  • Blog Post: Happy Holidays from Your Advocacy Team!

    Thank you for partnering with us to promote heart and brain health in 2013. Because of you we’re increasing opportunities for our children to be physically active, improving nutrition standards, creating stroke systems of care, and finding better outcomes for heart patients. We’re excited...
  • Blog Post: Ready for the New Year?

    As you know, the AHA and ASA aims to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% while reducing the deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20% by 2020. Thanks to advocates like you, we’ve made a tremendous progress towards our goals, but we still have a lot of work to do...
  • 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: 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: Advocate Spotlight: Colter's Story

    Bobbie Cross Heart disease has forever changed our family. My son, Colter, was born on November 17, 2011. I had a healthy and normal pregnancy. We were able to take him home 24 hours after, he passed all of the required health screenings and passed as a seemingly healthy baby boy. Unfortunately, the...
  • 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: Advocate Spotlight: Scott Hunt

    Nearly 30 years ago a young Scott Hunt sat with his Boy Scout Troop as they watched the instructor show them how to perform CPR. Like most Scouts at his age, they were mesmerized by this simple, yet effective means of saving someone’s life if they happened to suffer a heart attack. Many years...
  • 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...