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  • Blog Post: Protect Your Heart in the Heat

    Summer is here and hopefully you are spending the long days outdoors with family and friends. This is the perfect time of the year to ride bikes or take walks in the park. Keep in mind It’s important to stay safe when the temperature rises. If you’re a heart patient, older than 50 or overweight...
  • Blog Post: ICYMI: Gov. Walker Takes Action to Pass Legislation to Provide 40,000 Alaskans Health Care

    On July 16 th , Gov. Walker held a press conference proclaiming that he plans to use his executive authority to expand Medicaid access to nearly 40,000 Alaskans through federally funded Medicaid programs. Time and time again studies have shown that catching health problems early is far less expensive...
  • Blog Post: Healthy lunch ideas for the back to school season

    Guest Blogger - Kami Sutton Grassroots Coordinator Now that the kiddos have picked out their first day of school outfits, packed those backpacks and started to settle in to class, it is important that you send them off each day with a heart healthy, nutrition packed lunch they will actually eat! ...
  • Blog Post: September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

    September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and to help raise awareness with families across the country, the American Heart Association has brought back a fun and easy way to help you with the No. 1 health concern among parents – childhood obesity. Through the Life is Why Family Health...
  • Blog Post: Jacob's Heart

    Nicole is the mother of twins—Julianna and Jacob—who were born five weeks early on June 3, 2004. Jacob Ryan Wells was born with a critical congenital heart defect (CCHD) called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome . With this CCHD, the left side of Jake’s heart–including the aorta...
  • Blog Post: Heart Healthy Trick-or-Treating

    Written by Violet Ruiz, Government Relations Director It’s finally October and during this time of the year, there are many opportunities to gather with friends and family. Maybe you’re having a party with the neighborhood, a small gathering of school friends, or plan to just walk the...
  • Blog Post: World Stroke Day is October 29th

    October 29th is World Stroke Day, a day to raise awareness about stroke, America’s fifth leading cause of death. World Stroke Day is a global campaign aimed at reducing the incidence of stroke around the world by educating communities on the facts and myths about stroke. In the United States, stroke...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association Celebrates National Eating Healthy Day

    The American Heart Association celebrated National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. Each year, organizations, families, schools and communities throughout the United States make a pledge and come together to take steps toward living a healthier life. More than two-thirds of American...
  • Blog Post: Our Response to Increased Use of E-cigs

    In August, the Alaskan Division of Epidemiology reported that e-cig use among adults quadrupled and now it has been reported that more Alaskan teens are using e-cigs than traditional cigarettes . Between 2010 and 2013, e-cig use in youth tripled equating to a quarter million youth using these devices...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Highlight- Heidi Stewart

    Hi my name is Heidi. I might look like your average college student but what you can’t tell just from looking at me is that I am a survivor. Growing up I was very active. I began competitive swimming at 8 years old. Everything seemed fine until my junior year of high school. The first sign that...
  • Blog Post: Why I Intern for the American Heart Association

    Guest Blogger: Lyudmila Chernenko- Intern, AHA Sacramento California Office My Family & a Career Improving the Health of Others Are Why I am a current intern at the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and I chose to intern here because of the mission. The mission to...
  • Blog Post: Get Social With Your Members of Congress

    Will you be on Facebook or Twitter today? Your Members of Congress and their staff will be, and it's a good place to reach them according to a report released in October by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF). The CMF report, #SocialCongress , says Congressional offices are listening...
  • Blog Post: Youth and e-cigarette exposure

    About 18 million U.S. middle and high school students – 70 percent – are exposed to e-cigarette (also known as e-cigs) advertising online, in stores, newspapers, magazines and movies, and on television, according to a report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Highlight - Sara Hoffman

    Hi my name is Sara and I am 37 years old. This year should have been one of the happiest times of my life. On April 18, 2015, I was married on a beach in Mexico. Like any bride, I spent months planning the wedding and could not wait to celebrate with our friends and family. The shocking part of this...
  • Blog Post: Join us on National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 5

    The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women are asking for your support by participating in National Wear Red Day® on Friday, February 5, 2016 and donating to help fund research during American Health Month. Why Go Red? Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each...
  • Blog Post: Time to Go Red!

    Going Red is about much more than wearing red on National Wear Red Day. It’s about making a change. Encourage your family and friends to take small steps toward healthy lifestyle choices to reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke. Start by explaining “What it means to Go Red”...
  • Blog Post: Take the You're the Cure Advocate Survey

    2015 was a great year for You're the Cure advocates and the many policy efforts that you work on. We have big plans for 2016, and we want to hear from you and what you want to see in the future for You're the Cure . So take the survey now and let your voice be heard.
  • Blog Post: The healthy difference a month can make

    March is Nutrition Month, and a perfect time to get more involved with the AHA’s ongoing efforts to promote science-based food and nutrition programs that help reduce cardiovascular disease and stroke. Every day, we’re seeing new initiatives: to make fruits and vegetables more affordable...
  • Blog Post: AHA President Says: The Science is Clear on Sodium Reduction

    Check this out! In a new video, the President of the AHA, Dr. Mark Creager, explains that the science behind sodium reduction is clear. He says that robust evidence has linked excess sodium intake with high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and heart failure. And, he points...
  • Blog Post: Jocelyn Gomez

    August 7 th , 2015 was the start of the most life-changing event of our lives. My father, mother, and I were sitting in the emergency room that night waiting to be called on. As the minutes went by a tragedy was about to occur without even knowing. My father was at the emergency room for the pain he...
  • 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: Advocate Spotlight - TJ Haynes

    For TJ Haynes it was a matter of time. TJ recently threw out the first pitch at a Mustangs game in Dehler Park to promote the AHA’s Raise the Roof in Red campaign after suffering a heart attack just a few months before. On May 25, 2015 TJ had gone to the local shooting range in preparation for...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Highlight - Myra Wilson

    On November 3, 2014, I was in nursing school, working as a student nurse at the VA hospital. My first sign something was not quite right was when I was walking through the nursing station and both of my eyes went blurry. I could still see color but I couldn’t see letters. It was blurry for ~30...
  • Blog Post: Smoke-Free Workplaces Bill Still Needs Your Help

    Our Smoke-Free Workplaces bill made tremendous progress towards becoming a statewide law this legislative session. This policy passed out of the Senate and received support from over one thousand Alaskan businesses and organizations. We were making our way through the House, but unfortunately the bill...
  • Blog Post: Will you help influence scientific research?

    We need to hear from consumers like you as the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) partner together on the future of research. Your experience could lead to the next research study to improve heart disease and stroke treatment. As an advocate...