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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...
  • Washington State Lobby Day

    Join us for our annual Heart on the Hill Lobby Day at the Capitol in Olympia on Wednesday, January 30. Advocates like you from across the state will gather to meet with state legislators to encourage them to make Washington a heart healthy place to live, work and learn. We will advocate for policies...
  • CPR Awareness Day at the Capitol

    Washington’s CPR in Schools bill has passed the House and is on its way to the Senate. Join us on March 25 for CPR Awareness Day at the Capitol. Volunteers and firefighters will offer CPR and AED trainings to legislators, staff and volunteers, while AHA advocates visit with senators to urge a YES...
  • Washington State Lobby Day

    Join us as we descend on Olympia to talk to state lawmakers about the important issues of childhood obesity prevention and tobacco prevention funding.
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Colter's Story

    Bobbie Cross Heart disease has forever changed our family. My son, Colter, was born on November 17, 2011. I had a healthy and normal pregnancy. We were able to take him home 24 hours after, he passed all of the required health screenings and passed as a seemingly healthy baby boy. Unfortunately, the...
  • 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: 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: Looking Back at the Washington 2014 Legislative Session

    Guest Blogger: Lindsay Hovind, Washington Government Relations Director The Washington State Legislature adjourned March 13th. Given that 2014 was the second year of the biennium, the Legislature was committed to limiting the scope of the supplemental budget. Knowing that, we are very pleased with...
  • 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: Advocate Spotlight - Karen Dionne

    Karen Dionne, Washington At age 37, I envisioned my whole life ahead of me as I was planning my wedding to Michael, the man of my dreams. I was successful at my job as a sales representative at a golf resort. I was physically active, for fun I played co-ed softball, golf, and tennis. My life quickly...
  • Blog Post: When My Mother Had A Stroke

    Guest Blogger: Namya Malik; 15 year old daughter of a stroke survivor Two years ago, I woke up in the morning to my dad yelling at my brother and me that there was something wrong with my mother. When I rushed out of bed, I found my dad trying to help my mother walk down the stairs. My mom’s...
  • Blog Post: Together We Can Ensure Every Baby Gets a Healthy Start

    A movement is building across the nation – a movement to screen every newborn for critical congenital heart defects (CCHD) using pulse oximetry. CCHDs are the number one birth defect in newborns affecting roughly 1 in 100 babies. CCHD is a life-threatening condition that often requires surgery...
  • Blog Post: Washington Do You Know How To Do Hands-Only CPR?

    Last week was National CPR Awareness Week and I wanted to ask for your help. Too few Washingtonians know how simple it is to learn and perform Hands-Only CPR—but with your help, we can change that. Would you share this video PSA about Hands-Only CPR on Facebook? Educating your friends and...
  • Blog Post: Our Next Step to Ensure Statewide Heart Defect Screening in Washington

    As we’ve shared with you before, a movement is building across the nation to screen every newborn for critical congenital heart defects (CCHD) using pulse oximetry. CCHDs are the number one birth defect in newborns affecting roughly 1 in 100 babies. Wider use of pulse oximetry screening, a quick...
  • 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: Have a Heart Healthy Summer

    Guest Blogger: Kami Sutton, Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator Happy Summer, You’re the Cure Advocates! As the temperatures are rising and we are all preparing for the fun activities of summertime, I thought I would share with you my favorite low sodium summertime recipe! As a congenital heart...
  • Blog Post: Christian's Story

    Written by Aimee Lybbert, Christian's mom When our son Christian was born he appeared perfectly healthy. He passed all the standard newborn screening with flying colors. Every medical professional assured us he was fine. But in reality our son had a broken heart. Our first thought after learning...
  • Blog Post: Mark Your Calendar for the EmpowerMEnt Challenge!

    We’re gearing up for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and we want you to be in on all of the action! Throughout September, we’re encouraging families across the country to take control of their healthy by participating in the EmpowerMEnt Challenge . Each week, families and kids...
  • Blog Post: What is your why?

    Guest blogger: Lindsay Hovind, Washington Government Relations Director LIFE is why. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association just launched its new positioning focused on an emotional brand message and a concise answer to the question of why we do what we do: We believe everyone...
  • Blog Post: Spencer's Story - looks can be deceiving

    Written by Amy Norton, Spencer's mom You NEVER think “it will happen to you” but… “it” happened to my family, my son. At only ten weeks old my son was fighting for his life. This is his story… Spencer was born at home, on 11/08/13, with a team of experienced...
  • Blog Post: It's fall and that means it's Heart & Stroke Walk season!

    Labor Day has come and gone and the kids are back in school. Both of these are signs that fall is just around the corner but there is another sign of fall in Washington and that is the American Heart Association Heart & Stroke Walks. Washington has three Heart & Stroke Walks so we hope you...
  • Blog Post: An update on our efforts to support safe and healthy communities in Washington

    We’re proud to partner with Washington’s Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition and other great allies in an effort to support safe and healthy communities. Guest blogger: Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition On August 25, the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition ( www.copcwa.org...
  • Blog Post: Caroline Reis - Intern Highlight

    Caroline Reis My Name is Caroline Reis and I have had a busy and fun filled internship this summer at the American Heart Association. Another intern, Ricki Cullum, and myself have worked on several community health and development projects, attended education and outreach events and learn how a national...