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  • Blog Post: Survivor Gallery Unveiled at State Capitol

    On February 6 the Central Arkansas Survivor Gallery was unveiled at the State Capitol. At this event 10 Heart and Stroke Survivors were honored in front of a group of over 60 attendees that included family members, local board members, Circle of Red, Red Tie Society, Advocacy volunteers, and members...
  • Blog Post: Arkansas Passes Private Option for Healthcare Access!

    On March 4th, just before the legislative session was set to close, members of the Arkansas Legislature voted to continue funding the State’s Private Option for Healthcare Coverage by a 76-24 vote – just one vote more than the three-fourths needed to approve this funding. The importance of...
  • Blog Post: Lunch & Learn Arkansas State Capitol

    On March 5, 2014, the American Heart Association held a Lunch and Learn at the State Capital for You’re the Cure advocates. Senator Linda Chesterfield, a supporter of the Association’s policies, addressed nine volunteers. She applauded their efforts to support, advocate and involve themselves...
  • 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: 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: You're the Cure Across the SouthWest!

    The 2014 Legislative Session wrapped up earlier this year and it was a successful one for advocates in the American Heart Association's SouthWest Affiliate (AR, CO, NM, OK, TX, WY). With your help, we promoted issues dealing with congenital heart defect screening for newborns, CPR training in schools...
  • 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: Arkansas: Mission Lifeline Inaugural Meeting

    On Friday, May 2, 2014, 51 people from across Arkansas and surrounding states, gathered to begin discussing a coordinated System of Care in accordance with our Mission Lifeline program. The meeting included cardiologist, nurses, emergency room staff, Emergency Services, State Health Department and staff...
  • 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: One Million Milestone

    Did you hear the big news? We’ve reached an amazing milestone in our campaign to teach all students to be ‘CPR Smart’! 17 states now require CPR training as a graduation requirement, which adds up to over one million annual graduates who are prepared to save a life. Congratulations...
  • Blog Post: Speaker Davy Carter Highlighted You're the Cure Celebration

    On Thursday, May 22, Arkansas You’re the Cure advocates and Central Arkansas volunteers met for an Advocacy Afterhours post session reception. State Advocacy Chair Vickie Wingfield led the meeting and introduced the special guest for the evening, House Speaker Davy Carter. Speaker Carter spoke...
  • Blog Post: Arkansas Advocate Stars in PSA for CPR in Schools

    Arkansas volunteer and Miss Teen International, Haley Pontius, is on a mission to educate more people – especially her peers – about how CPR can save a life. That is why she supports CPR in Schools legislation and recently starred in a Public Service Announcement. You can view the PSA...
  • 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: Vickie Wingfield, Ultimate Advocacy Volunteer

    Vickie Wingfield is one of the American Heart Association’s ultimate volunteers and has been involved with AHA for over 18 years. She is currently the Chair of the Arkansas State Advocacy Committee and continues to bring cheer, passion, and enthusiasm to everything she does. While currently...
  • Blog Post: Arkansas Advocates Meet with U.S. Senate Office

    On Wednesday July 2nd AHA Advocates Brett Stone and Carole Garner met with Senator Mark Pryor’s staff to discuss the Child Nutrition Act. The Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act is currently making its way through Congress and would help keep strong nutrition standards for school meals. Senator...
  • Blog Post: My Story

    My name is Ryley Williams. I am a high school student and stroke survivor. This is my story. On July 8, 2013 my life was forever changed when I collapsed during warm up exercises at sophomore football practice. I was rushed to the ER, and they quickly told my parents that I needed a higher level of...
  • Blog Post: Arkansas Leads the Way for Decreasing Uninsured Rate

    A recent Gallup article indicated that Arkansas is leading the way for reducing the rate of the uninsured population. Arkansas passed the “Private Option” allowing hundreds of thousands of Arkansas residents access to private health insurance. Here is more from the Gallup story: --------...
  • Blog Post: Schools Report Students Favor Healthier Lunches

    According to a recent study conducted by Bridging the Gap Research of school administrators at elementary, middle and high schools of students’ reactions to the healthier lunches, 70 percent of schools thought that students liked the new lunches. By the spring of SY 2012‐13, school administrators...
  • Blog Post: What is Pediatric Cardiomyopathy?

    Did you know that one in every 100,000 children in the U.S. under the age of 18 is diagnosed with a diseased state of the heart known as cardiomyopathy ? While it is a relatively rare condition in kids, it poses serious health risks, making early diagnosis important. As the heart weakens due to abnormities...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer Spotlight: Thurman Paul

    Thurman Paul of Tulsa, Oklahoma is like many You’re the Cure Advocates; he is connected to stroke. His father’s uncle suffered a stroke two years ago. His interest in the Advocacy work of the American Heart Association began with a simple call to action to sign a petition in support of obesity...
  • Blog Post: AR Advocates Visit Congressional Offices, Promote Healthy School Meals

    On Wednesday, August 13th You’re the Cure advocates Wonder Lowe and Carole Garner utilized the August Congressional break to advocate for reauthorization of the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.” They visited district offices to share the message that new nutrition standards ARE working...
  • Blog Post: Study: Most Wikipedia articles about medical conditions contain errors

    Doctors say relaying on medical information from Wikipedia is a mistake. A research article in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association compared Wikipedia to medical journals and found major flaws in articles regarding diabetes, high blood pressure, lung cancer and more. The American Heart...
  • Blog Post: AHA Health Equity Committee Promotes Health Awareness

    On Friday, September 26, members of the Central Arkansas Health Equity Committee met and continued their focus to promote multicultural programs that reach across central Arkansas. The committee, led by Co-Chairs Wonder Lowe and Deborah Rhodes, focuses on heart and stroke issues with specific emphasis...
  • Blog Post: Youth Advocate Brett Harris Steps Up for Smoke-Free

    One of our youngest advocates is making one of the biggest impacts to a community by helping to pass a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance! Brett Harris is a middle-school student in Lubbock whose passion for a smoke-free community goes back as far as he can remember. His dad, Matthew Harris, who...