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  • Texas Lobby Day-January

    Join the American Heart Association for our Monthly Lobby Days. We are fighting for issues that will reduce heart disease and stroke in Texas, but we need your help! The January Lobby Day will be from 9am-Noon. Texas Lawmakers need to hear from you and our lobby days are an easy way to make...
  • Texas Lobby Day-February

    Join the American Heart Association for our Monthly Lobby Days. We are fighting for issues that will reduce heart disease and stroke in Texas, but we need your help! The February Lobby Day will be from 9am-Noon. Texas Lawmakers need to hear from you and our lobby days are an easy way to make...
  • Texas Lobby Day-March

    Join the American Heart Association for our Monthly Lobby Days. We are fighting for issues that will reduce heart disease and stroke in Texas, but we need your help! The March Lobby Day will be from 9am-3pm. Texas Lawmakers need to hear from you and our lobby days are an easy way to make your...
  • Texas Lobby Day-April

    Join the American Heart Association for our Monthly Lobby Days. We are fighting for issues that will reduce heart disease and stroke in Texas, but we need your help! The April Lobby day will be from 1PM-4PM. Texas Lawmakers need to hear from you and our lobby days are an easy way to make...
  • Texas Lobby Day-May

    Join the American Heart Association for our Monthly Lobby Days. We are fighting for issues that will reduce heart disease and stroke in Texas, but we need your help! The May Lobby Day will be from 10AM-Noon. Texas Lawmakers need to hear from you and our lobby days are an easy way to make...
  • Blog Post: Smoke-Free Update: San Marcos Becomes #33

    On October 3rd San Marcos became the 33rd smoke-free city in Texas when their City Council overwhelmingly approved a new ordinance that will now cover all workplaces including bars and restaurants. Volunteers for the American Heart Association and the Smoke-Free Texas coalition were critical to this...
  • Blog Post: Irene Lofland Advocates for Women's Heart Health

    Irene Lofland has been involved with the AHA for a few years now and has played many different rolls when it comes to her volunteer efforts. Aside from being involved with our AHA You’re the Cure Network, she is very passionate about raising awareness around women and heart disease, and she hopes...
  • Blog Post: FDA moves to restrict artificial trans fats in processed foods

    The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said it wants to restrict partially hydrogenated oils—the major source of trans fat in processed foods and an important contributor to heart disease—from the nation’s food supply. The FDA s aid in a statement that partially hydrogenated...
  • Blog Post: Samantha Johnson: Youth Volunteer, Congenital Heart Defect Survivor

    A typical 18-year-old, Samantha Johnson enjoys dancing, playing basketball, photography, singing in her high school choir and looking forward to college. From all appearances Samantha lives a normal life and if she didn’t show you her scars you would never know that she had a heart transplant at...
  • 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...
  • AHA Lobby Day-Tobacco Prevention

    We invite you to join us for a lobby day as we start off the New Year excited to continue our fight to reduce heart disease and stroke in Texas. In 2013, your hard work and dedication helped us secure numerous victories at the Texas Capitol and we want to continue that work. American Heart Association...
  • 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...