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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: Session Recap: Win, Lose, and Draw

    With Governor Perry completing his final action on bills from the 2013 Session we can now recap all of the accomplishments this year. It’s time to play Win, Lose or Draw … Send your personal note thanking Lawmakers for their positive work this year! Win : CPR Training in Schools. Now all...
  • Blog Post: Campaign Observations from an Advocacy Intern

    Since March, when I began working at American Heart Association as in Intern in the Advocacy Department, I have learned a lot about the work that goes into passing legislation that reflects the mission of the organization. Staff, volunteers, and members of the state legislature all work tirelessly to...
  • Blog Post: Mary Ann Orr Tells Her Stroke Story to Ensure Better Outcomes for Others

    This past legislative session in the State of Colorado, we passed Senate Bill 225, thanks to the tireless help of our amazing volunteers. This bill allows for the public recognitions of hospitals in the state that have been nationally accredited as STEMI (a type of major heart attack) and Stroke receiving...
  • Blog Post: Pants Too Tight? Cut the Salt!

    Nine out of ten Americans consume too much salt- and more and more we are hearing about the serious health consequences it leads to. Excess sodium in your diet can cause high blood pressure and lead to heart failure, stroke, kidney disease, headaches, and more. But did you know that extra sodium may...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Thank Lawmakers for Successful 2013 Session

    We had a successful Legislative Session in 2013 and wanted to thank lawmakers for their positive work to reduce heart disease and stroke in Texas. On July 11 American Heart Association volunteers attended our July Lobby Day to thank our legislative champions, key committee members, and all of the YES...
  • Blog Post: Colleen and Lucas Wilson - the case for pulse-ox screening

    When Lucas Wilson was born, his doctor had a strange feeling that something wasn’t right. Lucas was born with the standard indicators of a healthy baby: eights pounds, eight ounces, ten fingers, and ten toes. However, Lucas’ doctor took one look at him and knew that something was wrong. ...
  • Blog Post: Lace-Up Your Sneakers... It's Heart Walk Season!

    Fall is just around the corner which means many cities across the country are gearing up for their American Heart Association Heart Walk! These community events bring together thousands of heart disease and stroke advocates to truly ‘walk the walk’ and ‘talk the talk’ when it...
  • Blog Post: Smoke-Free Texas: All Politics is Local

    While state lawmakers have passed on a statewide smoke-free law that hasn’t stopped a number of cities from passing their own strong ordinances. Right now over 30 Texas cities have what we call “comprehensive” smoke-free laws. That means smoking is prohibited in all workplaces including...
  • Blog Post: Amy Steelman Put CPR Training in Action, Saved Daughters Life

    It was hot, as Oklahoma Augusts tend to be. And with a house full of relatives and birthdays to celebrate, the kids were ready for the pool. After getting her two-year-old daughter Hannah’s bathing suit on, Amy Steelman headed upstairs to change clothes and take her daughter to the pool. When...
  • Blog Post: Survivor, Youth Advocate, Spreads Message in DC

    American Heart Association volunteers from around the country came to the nation’s capital today to urge Congress to invest in the National Institutes of Health for the health and economic security of our nation. The group joined 250 representatives from more than 170 research organizations...
  • 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: 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...