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  • 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: 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: Join Us for California's Lobby Day

    RSVP for California’s State Lobby Day! On Wednesday, April 23rd dedicated advocates from across the state will meet with state legislators to encourage them to adopt policies that will make California a healthier place to live, including obesity prevention and tobacco control policies. Please...
  • 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: I'm Too Young To Have A Heart Attack

    Part I of a Special Guest Series by Steve Irigoyen, a You’re the Cure Advocate who’s an 8-time heart attack survivor and 2-time stroke survivor The reason I advocate is because someone advocated for me and I want to give back. It’s my turn to go out and save another life. My first...
  • Blog Post: Getting My First Stents

    Part II of a Special Guest Series by Steve Irigoyen, a You’re the Cure Advocate who’s an 9-time heart attack survivor and 2-time stroke survivor After the paramedics arrived and found me on the garage floor, they asked me “on a scale of 1-10 what’s your pain level?”...
  • Blog Post: A Heartfelt Thanks

    Each year, we like to pause and give thanks during National Volunteer Week (April 6 th -12 th ) for the amazing contributions of volunteers like you. We know you have a choice when deciding which organization to dedicate your time and talents to and we’re honored you’ve chosen to contribute...
  • Blog Post: Last Reminder to RSVP for California's Lobby Day - April 23rd

    California Lobby Day will take place on Wednesday, April 23 rd on the West Steps of the Capitol building in Sacramento. If you haven’t registered already, please RSVP here before it’s too late! This year’s 2014 Lobby Day highlights will include: an opportunity for you to connect...
  • 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: Advocate Spotlight - Karen Dionne

    Karen Dionne, Washington At age 37, I envisioned my whole life ahead of me as I was planning my wedding to Michael, the man of my dreams. I was successful at my job as a sales representative at a golf resort. I was physically active, for fun I played co-ed softball, golf, and tennis. My life quickly...
  • Blog Post: Recap: 12th Annual California Lobby Day

    Wednesday, April 23 rd was a big day for the American Heart Association! On this day, we hosted our 12th annual California Lobby Day at the Capitol in Sacramento to raise awareness about heart disease as well as advocate for heart healthy topics designed to make California a healthier place to live....
  • 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: Legislative Updates from the Capitol

    Can you believe it’s June already? Time really flies when you’re having fun! May and June are busy months at the Capitol, and things tend to change VERY fast. In this post, I will provide a quick update on the status of AHA/ASA pending priority legislation. The AHA/ASA is proud to sponsor...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Newest Member of the Advocacy Team: Violet J. Ruiz

    Written by Violet R., Government Relations Director, Los Angeles Hello YTC advocates! It is my pleasure to write this post as the new Government Relations Director in Los Angeles. It is an honor to serve the American Heart Association in building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and...
  • 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: What is all the fuss about e-cigarettes?

    Written by Erica Phung, Sr. Government Relations Director, Southern California Have you been to the movies lately or out at a café and noticed someone puffing on an e-cigarette and wondered – just what are those things? Who’s making them? And what’s in that cloud coming out...
  • Blog Post: The Case for Hands-Only CPR Training

    Written by Brittni Chicuata, Gov. Relations Director, Greater Bay Area Here at the American Heart Association, optimal cardiovascular health for all is paramount. We have set a 2020 Impact Goal of improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from heart disease...
  • Blog Post: Intern Spotlight: Elizabeth Shaeffer

    Written by Elizabeth Shaeffer My name is Liz Shaeffer and I am an intern here at the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in Sacramento, California. I am a junior at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and I came home for the summer looking for an internship that would...
  • 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: Protecting the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act

    written by Violet Ruiz, Government Relations Director, Greater Los Angeles The U.S. is in the midst of a full-blown obesity epidemic that has disproportionately affected our children. Currently, nearly one third of children are overweight or obese. The health consequences of obesity in children are...
  • 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: Breaking Up is Hard to Do

    Guest Blogger: Erica Phung, Senior Government Relations Director, Southern California If you’re reading this blog – you’ve obviously been thinking about heart-health lately, which is a wonderful thing. Maybe you walk your dog after work, or even prepare healthy meals for your family...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association Celebrates National Eating Healthy Day

    Guest Blogger: Violet Ruiz, Government Relations Director The American Heart Association celebrated National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Each year, organizations, families, schools and communities throughout the United States make a pledge and come together to take steps toward...
  • Blog Post: There is Still Work to be Done in California to Reduce Obesity Prevalence

    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...