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  • Blog Post: Understanding the Guidelines

    You may have recently heard that the American Heart Association recently released new guidelines on Heart Disease and Stroke prevention and treatment. The guidelines (Lifestyle, Obesity, Cholesterol, and Risk Assessment) will impact millions of Americans and help them live healthier lives free of cardiovascular...
  • Blog Post: North Texas Cities Consider Going Smoke-Free

    Two cities in North Texas have recently expressed interest in passing smoking ordinances to cover more public places. Irving and Grand Prairie have both held public hearings on this issue and are welcoming input from residents on this issue. If you are in the area and would like to get involved please...
  • 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: Cities Across Texas Go Red!

    Last week over 10 Texas cities officially proclaimed a day in February as “National Wear Red” in support of heart health and awareness. Volunteers and staff led efforts from Denton to Harlingen and Lubbock to Waco. We appreciate the support received by the elected officials and community...
  • 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: Weatherford Goes Smoke-Free

    The City of Weatherford (26K pop) adopted a smoke-free ordinance by a vote of 3-2 that will take effect mid-April. The ordinance prohibits smoking in all restaurants, and bars within restaurants. This is the 35th Texas city to go smoke-free! Thanks to all of the YTC advocates for their support on...
  • Blog Post: Mother, Daughter Pair Advocate for Heart

    Suzie Chase Brown and Maggie Brown are two heart survivors who are passionate about advocating for change with the American Heart Association. Both born with Congenital Heart Defects they have told their compelling story to decision makers drafting rules for a bill that will improve how congenital...
  • Blog Post: Congressman Marc Veasey Encourages Constituents to Get Healthy at AHA Event!

    Congressman Marc Veasey recently attended an AHA luncheon in Arlington to promote Check.Change. Control and encourage his constituents to not only know their blood pressure reading, but control it. Why? High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects about 78 million Americans. It increases your risk...
  • Blog Post: Cities Around Texas Proclaim April 2nd National Walking Day

    City Councils around Texas, including Fort Worth & Austin, recently proclaimed April 2 nd as National Walking Day. On this day, Americans are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. It's a great way to raise awareness of the importance...
  • Blog Post: Chloe Sumrall Saves a Life

    When Chloe Sumrall entered a restaurant last March, the senior high school student was looking forward to enjoying a celebratory lunch after a long season as president of the Sub-Debutante committee. Chloe heard a scream of terror from across the restaurant and responded immediately. Seeing a man's...
  • 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: AHA Volunteer Tirelessly Pursues Improving Care

    Dr. Robert Wozniak has tirelessly worked to improve care for cardiac patients since earning his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Now residing in Austin, Texas he helps advance our mission across the country by sitting on AHA’s National Mission Lifeline Advisory...
  • Blog Post: Smoke-Free Texas Update

    There has been great progress in our smoke-free efforts in Lubbock ! On April 17th we had volunteers sign people into You’re the Cure at a booth during the Go Red for Women Luncheon at the Overton Hotel. We had over sixty Lubbock residents sign our “I Support Smoke-Free for My Community”...
  • Blog Post: State Advocacy Committee Shows Vision for Heart Disease Prevention in Texas

    The Texas State Advocacy Committee met in Dallas June 4th to begin planning for the upcoming 2015 legislative session. This dedicated group of volunteers serves as the advisory board to Texas volunteers and staff on public policy issues. The committee establishes public advocacy priorities each year...
  • Blog Post: Advocating for Change: Smoke-Free Update

    Harlingen recently passed a strong smoke-free ordinance to join 35 other Texas cities in protecting their workers, residents, and visitors from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. We have more information on the big win from Harlingen as well as updates from Wichita Falls and Lubbock! Harlingen...
  • Blog Post: Arkansas Advocate Stars in PSA for CPR in Schools

    Arkansas volunteer and Miss Teen International, Haley Pontius, is on a mission to educate more people – especially her peers – about how CPR can save a life. That is why she supports CPR in Schools legislation and recently starred in a Public Service Announcement. You can view the PSA...
  • Blog Post: Teaching Gardens = Learning Laboratories for Kids

    Studies show that when kids grow their own fruits and vegetables, they’re more likely to eat them. That’s the idea behind the American Heart Association Teaching Gardens. While 1/3 of American children are classified as overweight or obese, AHA Teaching Gardens is fighting this unhealthy...
  • Blog Post: Ruthie Ewers: Smoke-Free Champion

    When the City of Harlingen passed a strong smoke-free ordinance, it was like a dream come true for Texas volunteer Ruthie Ewers. Ruthie has been the driving force behind the Harlingen smoke-free initiative that started more than 8 years ago. Passionate about improving her community and the lives of...
  • Blog Post: Advocating for Change: July Smoke-Free Update

    This month we have two exciting updates on local smoke-free efforts. Wichita Falls passed a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance on June 17th and we are seeing great progress in Lubbock. Wichita Falls We are very excited to announce that the City of Wichita Falls passed a comprehensive ordinance...
  • Blog Post: Why I Advocate for Heart, by April Wade Peters

    I’m excited to share my personal journey of advocating for heart, which ultimately led to AED machines being placed at my workplace. It began in 1998 when my husband learned he had a heart murmur and kept tabs on it via an annual EKG. However things worsened and his bicuspid aortic valve was weakened...
  • Blog Post: Newborn Screenings Now in Effect in TX

    Because of the hard work of advocates like you, all newborns in Texas will now be screened for critical congenital heart defects before leaving the hospital! Starting last week a simple procedure called pulse-oximetry will be performed on all newborns before they leave the hospital. It’s quick...
  • Blog Post: Texas Heart Walks Coming to a City Near You

    Heart Walk season is upon us and you are invited to join us at Heart Walks across Texas. Whether you want to create a team and help fundraise or volunteer on the day of the event, we need your help! Visit www.heartwalk.org to find your closest Heart Walk and email brian.bowser@heart.org about volunteer...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Visit Congressional Offices, Promote Healthy School Meals

    You’re the Cure Advocates from throughout Texas utilized the August Congressional break to advocate for reauthorization of the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.” Volunteers visited district offices to share the message that new nutrition standards ARE working and should not be delayed...
  • Blog Post: Waxahachie Goes Smoke-Free!

    On August 18th the City of Waxahachie passed a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance by a 4-1 vote. The smoke-free ordinance will remove harmful secondhand smoke from all public workplaces including restaurants and bars and makes Waxahachie the 39th Smoke-Free City in Texas! The new law will go into...
  • Blog Post: Bill Owen is a You're the Cure Advocate Extraordinaire!

    Bill became an American Heart Association volunteer when he joined You’re the Cure in September 2013 after signing an online petition asking the city council members and mayor of Irving to pass a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance. Bill grew up in Irving, graduated from Irving High school (class...