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  • 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: Do You Know How to do Hands-Only CPR?

    Guest Blogger: Sarah Higginbotham, Oregon Government Relations Director Last week was National CPR Awareness Week and there’s one important thing you can do to save more lives this month. Too few Oregonians know how simple it is to learn and perform Hands-Only CPR—but with your help...
  • 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: A Look Back at the 2014 Alaska Legislative Session

    The 2014 legislative session has come to a close and we want to thank you for your continued support this year. During the legislative session we worked on some very important issues including funding for obesity prevention and smokefree air legislation. We are proud to announce Alaska renewed...
  • Blog Post: What are you actually drinking?

    We all know that certain drinks have sugar in them but do you really know how much? Sometimes drinks that we think are healthy for us have sugar added and we don't realize it unless we read the label. This graphic from the Center for Science in the Public Interest illustrates how much sugar is in...
  • Blog Post: Spot a Stroke FAST

    What do you do when you are sitting around the table at dinner, or standing at the kitchen counter and the person across from you suddenly starts slurring their words or does not make sense? What if that person’s face suddenly droops on one side? Can you recognize the signs that someone is having...
  • 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: 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: Knowing CPR Saved My Son

    A lifesaving event retold by Kristy Stoner, UT In June 2014, my friend Erin and I planned a pool day together as we decided we would spend the afternoon together at her private community pool, where we could eat lunch and chat while the kids could swim. We both have 4 kids all under the age of 8....
  • Blog Post: Gearing Up for a Smoke-free Alaska

    Now that summer has come and gone, it is time to start gearing up for the Alaska legislative session. This year we plan to continue our pursuit of statewide legislation to make Alaska’s workplaces smoke-free. As you may remember, more than half of Alaskans live in communities with smoke-free workplace...
  • Blog Post: Vance Lobe - What the Affordable Care Act means for me

    Vance Lobe It’s been almost one year now since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges were implemented and I thought it was time to reflect on how this has affected my life. I am a two time heart attack survivor, starting with the first one about five and a half years ago. I was gainfully...
  • Blog Post: Simple Cooking with Heart - Tailgate Chili

    Guest Blogger: Erica Phung, Senior Government Relations Director, Southern California The leaves are changing colors, and your favorite team is on the field. Fall is officially here! When the weather turns cool, there’s nothing better than a warm, hearty bowl of comforting soup or chili to keep...
  • Blog Post: Breaking Up is Hard to Do

    Guest Blogger: Erica Phung, Senior Government Relations Director, Southern California If you’re reading this blog – you’ve obviously been thinking about heart-health lately, which is a wonderful thing. Maybe you walk your dog after work, or even prepare healthy meals for your family...
  • Blog Post: Giving Thanks for a Great Year!

    As fall draws to a close, we are taking the time to thank all of our volunteers and celebrating a great year. Together, You’re the Cure advocates, like you, successfully advocated for heart healthy and stroke smart policies in their communities and states. We could not achieve the positive change...
  • Blog Post: Alaska is One of Six States Where Obesity Rates are Still Going Up

    Guest Blogger: Grace Henscheid, Grassroots Advocacy Director In early September the State of Obesity Report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust of America’s Health was released and it is clear there is still much work to be done in our fight against obesity. While there...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Year End Successes, Let's Celebrate!

    It was another banner year for You’re the Cure advocates championing heart and stroke policy change across the country. Year end is a time to look back at what we achieved in states, think ahead to the work still to do, and celebrate the power of volunteers. What did we accomplish last...
  • Blog Post: NEHA AGGARWAL

    Neha Aggarwal, You’re the Cure Advocate One day while he was walking through the park, Neha Aggarwal’s maternal grandfather suddenly fell to the ground—he had unexpectedly suffered a stroke. Before the stroke, her grandfather had been very active mentally, physically, socially, and...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Kami Sutton

    As a survivor, volunteer, advocate and staff member – I wanted to share my story. I was recently featured on a Children’s Health Link special on our local NBC affiliate, KING5, with a story that highlights me as an 11 year old volunteer and fast forwards to where I am today. Please take...
  • Blog Post: 2015 is the Year for Smoke-Free Alaska! Help us pass SB 1!

    Why should all indoor workplaces in Alaska be smoke-free? The U.S. Surgeon General has declared that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. It is a serious health hazard, causing heart disease and cancer. The 2006 surgeon general’s report states “the evidence is sufficient...
  • Blog Post: Meet the New Surgeon General

    Dr. Vivek Murthy was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December to serve as the next surgeon general of the United States. The surgeon general is America’s top public health official, and his responsibilities range from managing disease to promoting prevention and a healthy start for our kids. ...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Ron Drouin

    STROKE – some things you may not know and were afraid to ask! My name is Ron Drouin and I am a stroke survivor. There are two types of strokes, namely: Ischemic (which account for 87% of all strokes) and Hemorrhagic. There are many contributing factors: genetics, STRESS and Health habits. My...
  • Blog Post: Support SB 1: Smoke-Free Indoor Workplaces in Alaska

    The AHA/ASA asks you to support Senate Bill 1, the “Take It Outside” Act. SB 1 would prohibit smoking in all indoor workplaces, businesses and public spaces. It would require that those who choose to smoke “take it outside” in order to better protect the health and safety of all...
  • Blog Post: Help us Take 5 for the Pledge

    Thank you for your continued support of the American Heart Association’s lifesaving mission. Recently, we developed a full and robust campaign to help us drive sodium awareness and reduction efforts, featuring the tagline: “I love you Salt, but you’re breaking my heart.” ...
  • Blog Post: Help secure funding for this life-saving AED program today!

    This is a critical time in Congress. Lawmakers are deciding on their funding priorities and the next round of budget negotiations are beginning. Even in this difficult economy, there are several federally-funded programs that are vital to the heart community, and we need to let our lawmakers know they...