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  • Virtual Tour of New Website

    The newly redesigned website was designed with you, our advocates, in mind. Now we’d like to show you how to make the most of it! Please join us for a virtual tour of the new site Tuesday, November 13 at 12:00pm-12:30pm PST . (Note: Please adjust meeting start time according to your time zone...
  • Advocate in Website Wonderland: A Site Tour

    Please join us for a virtual tour of the new site You're the Cure website, Monday December 10th at 6:00pm-6:30pm PST. (Note: Please adjust meeting start time according to your time zone.) Taking action online is one of the quickest ways to make a difference. It’s important to us that you feel...
  • Advocate in Website Wonderland: A Site Tour

    Please join us for a virtual tour of the new site You're the Cure website, Tuesday December 11th at 12:00pm-12:30pm PST. (Note: Please adjust meeting start time according to your time zone.) Taking action online is one of the quickest ways to make a difference. It’s important to us that you...
  • Opening Day of Hawaii Legislative Session

    Join us for lunch and meet your state legislators to discuss heart disease and stroke.
  • Blog Post: Congressional Women Go Red

    A bipartisan group of women from the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate joined the American Heart Association on Valentine’s Day to ‘Go Red’ in support of the 43 million women who are currently living with heart disease. Women members from the House and Senate gathered for...
  • Blog Post: Gearing Up for Federal Lobby Day in Washington, DC

    The sequester has taken effect and the battle over the budget continues in Congress. Yet You’re the Cure advocates are preparing to go to Washington, DC to fight for critical heart and stroke funding. Our Western States Affiliate delegation, made up of survivors, caregivers, researchers, and physicians...
  • Blog Post: May is Stroke Month: Time for Stroke Awareness

    Stroke is a medical emergency and time lost is brain lost. Yet, a recent study published in the American Heart Association journal, Circulation, showed less than one-third of stroke patients arrive at the hospital via ambulance. This can mean delayed treatment and a more difficult recovery. When you...
  • Blog Post: 7-5-2-1-0: Tips for a Healthy, Active Summer

    Guest Blogger: Lenna Liu, MD, MPH, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic and Seattle Children’s Hospital With obesity as a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke, this epidemic is a serious public health issue that must be addressed. The American Heart Association works with partners...
  • Blog Post: Improving Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates in Hawaii

    Guest Blogger: Don Weisman, Government Relations Director Last week, while celebrating CPR Awareness Week, I thought about one of the volunteers I have met who survived cardiac arrest because someone administered CPR. Dr. Tanabe was healthy and active, when one day on a run he went into sudden...
  • Blog Post: Thank You Governor Abercrombie

    Guest Blogger: Don Weisman, Government Relations Director Thank you to Gov. Abercrombie for signing HB430 into law. The law will eliminate a cap on charitable deductions that was passed in 2011 to help the state combat the economic downturn. Unfortunately, the cap, while creating additional tax revenue...
  • 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: Join Us at the 20th Annual Oahu Heart Walk

    Guest Blogger: Don Weisman, Government Relations Director Join us this weekend at the 20th Annual Oahu Heart Walk. Hawaii You’re The Cure advocates will host a table at the Heart Walk on August 10 in Waikiki’s Kapiolani Park. Nutrition experts will be on hand to help educate walk participants...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Shannon Chimizo

    Shannon Chamizo, Hawaii Aloha, My name is Shannon Chamizo. I’m a 39-year-old, single mom to two teenaged boys. On Feb. 26, 2010 I suffered a heart attack and cardiac arrest in our apartment, witnessed by my sons who at the time were ages 16 and 12. I complained I was extremely tired and decided...
  • 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: Share Your Story: Gladdys Arboleda

    Gladdys Arboleda, Hawaii Aloha, My name is Gladdys Arboleda and I’m a high school senior participating in my school’s Health Academy. I plan to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner. For my senior project I’m working as an advocate with the American Heart Association to help...
  • Blog Post: Cuts to NIH funding might effect local researcher

    Guest Blogger: Dr. Kazuma Nakagawa, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Neurology, Univerisity of Hawai`i, John A. Burns School of Medicine, and vascular neurologist at the Neuroscience Institute, The Queen's Medical Center. Stroke can be debilitating not only to the patient but to their...
  • Blog Post: Severe Obesity in Our Children

    Guest Blogger: Don Weisman, Government Relations Director Recently the American Heart Association released a scientific statement defining a new class of childhood obesity, “severely obese.” About 5 percent of U.S. children and teens currently fall into this classification. It defines...
  • 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: Stroke Systems of Care in Hawaii

    Guest Blogger: Don Weisman, Hawaii Government Relations Director Last week’s Sunday Night Football game, during which viewers witnessed Houston Texan’s Coach Gary Kubiak collapse on the field with a trans-ischemic stroke (TIA, or temporary stroke) brought focus to one of the American Heart...
  • 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: Are You Ready, Hawaii?

    It’s hard to believe that Hawaii starts a new legislative session Wednesday, January 15. We have been working hard to pass lifesaving policies this year but you are critical to our success. The American Heart Association's legislative agenda will include the following topics below: • Reduce...
  • 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...