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  • 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: New Government Relations Director for Utah

    By Marc Watterson on Thursday, June 6, 2013 SALT LAKE CITY, UT, June 5, 2013 – I am excited to announce that I have recently taken over for Scott Brown as the Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association|American Stroke Association here in Utah. Scott has been promoted within...
  • 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: Saving Lives - One Shock at a Time

    Guest Blogger: Marc Watterson The American Heart Association has been at the forefront of saving lives for over sixty years. From early advances in CPR to their current research in reducing cardiovascular disease and stroke, the AHA is committed to saving lives in every community! And now, so can...
  • 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: Utah Heart/Stroke Walk & Run 5k

    Guest Blogger: Marc Watterson, Senior Government Relations Director, Utah The American Heart Association|American Stroke Association here in Utah is excited to announce our upcoming Heart|Stroke Walk & Run 5k on September 21 st at Sugar House Park! Three years ago, the AHA|ASA set an impact...
  • Blog Post: World Stroke Day - October 29th

    Guest Blogger: Josh Brown, Grassroots Advocacy Director October 29th is World Stroke Day, a day to raise awareness about stroke, America’s fourth leading cause of death. World Stroke Day is a global campaign aimed at reducing the incidence of stroke around the world by educating communities...
  • 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: National Eating Healthy Day

    On Wednesday, November 6, the American Heart Association celebrated National Eating Healthy Day . On this day, Americans were encouraged to make small, healthy changes and raise the awareness of the importance of good nutrition. Let’s keep the momentum going to give our families, friends and co...
  • Blog Post: My Motivation: Marc Watterson

    Guest Blogger: Marc Watterson, Gov. Relations Director, Utah The most rewarding aspect of my job is working on influential legislation in behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Utahan’s who struggle with cardiovascular disease and stroke each day. As volunteers and staff, each of us shares a...
  • 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: A Season of Thanks for this Year’s Accomplishments!

    Guest Blogger: Marc Watterson, Government Relations Director, Utah During this Holiday season we often take time to reflect on the past and give thanks for what we have and what we have been able to accomplish. This past year we have had tremendous success here in Utah in working toward our 2020 Goal...
  • Blog Post: Stroke Hospital Designation

    Guest Blogger: Marc Watterson, Government Relations Director, Utah For the past few years, the AHA has worked closely with the Utah Department of Health to create Administrative Rules to create a state level recognition process for hospitals that have achieved certification to effectively treat Stroke...
  • 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: Legislative Session Preview

    It’s hard to believe that Utah is getting ready to start a new legislative session on Monday, January 27. While we have been working hard preparing to pass lifesaving policies this year, it is YOU that is critical to our success! Take action today to fight heart disease and stroke in 2014. CLICK...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Heart on the Hill 2014 in Review

    Friday, February 7 th was a big day for the American Heart Association! As it was the 11 th annual Go Red for Women Day, we thought it would be a perfect day for our annual event, Heart on the Hill Day. On this day, AHA volunteers stormed the Capitol in RED to raise awareness about heart disease as well...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Scott Hunt

    Nearly 30 years ago a young Scott Hunt sat with his Boy Scout Troop as they watched the instructor show them how to perform CPR. Like most Scouts at his age, they were mesmerized by this simple, yet effective means of saving someone’s life if they happened to suffer a heart attack. Many years...
  • Blog Post: My Heart Month Highlight

    Guest Blogger: Marc Watterson, Government Relations Director, Utah This past month we had the privilege of celebrating many wonderful holidays. From Groundhogs Day to Valentines, from President’s Day to Random Acts of Kindness Day (February 17 th ). But most importantly, let’s not forget...
  • 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: Recap of Walking Day in Utah

    Guest Blogger: Marc Watterson, Utah Government Relations Director On April 2 nd , 2014, people from across the nation gathered together for National Walking Day – a day set aside each year by the American Heart Association|American Stroke Association to encourage Americans to get active for...