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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: Aubrey's Story

    Guest Blogger: Michelle Spillane This year the Alaska Legislature passed an important piece of legislation that will affect newborns and families like ours. In 2003, when our daughter, Aubrey, was born she underwent the newborn screening given at the hospital. Only hours later, her lips and fingernail...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Dr. Bob Urata

    Dr. Bob Urata, Alaska Long-time AHA volunteer Dr. Bob Urata is a well-loved physician in his hometown of Juneau and a well-known friend around the Alaska State Capitol. As a veteran advocate and current Alaska State Advocacy Task Force Member, he is AHA’s go-to volunteer in Alaska's capitol...
  • Blog Post: A Successful 2013 Legislative Session

    Guest Blogger: Jamie Morgan, Senior Government Relations Director It has been a very exciting year at the Alaska State Capitol! We were successful in advancing two of our public policy priorities thanks, in large part, to the help of our volunteers. Our first success came when Governor Sean Parnell...
  • 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: 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: Heart Walk is Just Around the Corner

    The Heart and Stroke Walk raises awareness and funds for the life-saving mission of the American Heart Association. Join us as we celebrate healthy lifestyles and honor those who have fought heart disease and stroke. Come walk with us Saturday, September 14 at Delaney Park Strip. Pre-event activities...
  • 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: 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: Share Your Story: Ginny Ekins

    Ginny Ekins, Washington On September 18th survivors and doctors from organizations across the country stormed the Hill for NIH. While I have taken part in You’re the Cure Lobby Day with the American Heart Association in the past, I have never had the chance to meet so many survivors from so...
  • 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: 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: 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: Are You Ready for Session?

    It’s hard to believe that Alaska is getting ready to start a new legislative session on Tuesday, January 21 st . While we have been working hard preparing to pass lifesaving policies this year, it is YOU who is critical to our success! We will need your help to urge legislators to support statewide...
  • 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: 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: WARNING: Smoke-free Workplaces Can Lead to a Healthier Alaska

    Session has started and efforts are underway to introduce legislation to ensure all workplaces are smoke-free! This statewide bill will make sure all Alaskans are protected from secondhand smoke. Why should all indoor workplaces in Alaska be smoke-free? The U.S. Surgeon General has declared that there...
  • 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: 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: 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: Spring has Arrived - Time to Get Outside and Get Active

    Did you know that Wednesday April 2 was National Walking Day? In most parts of the US, the weather is starting to warm up now that spring has arrived. After a cold winter it's always nice to be able to get out and enjoy the warmer temperatures. In the spirit of National Walking Day we encourage...