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  • Blog Post: The Obesity Rate in Arizona is Still too High

    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: A Quick Look Ahead to 2015

    Guest Blogger: Nicole Olmstead, Government Relations Director Wow, 2014 has gone by fast. It seems like I was just gearing up for the 2014 legislative session, and here we are already prepping and planning for the 2015 session. Time flies! This year, we are going to be working on the following: ...
  • 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: Save the Date: Arizona Lobby Day is February 5, 2015

    On Thursday, February 5 th at 10 am, advocates from across the state will gather at the Capitol in Phoenix to lobby for heart healthy legislation! Can we count you in? Registration is free, but space is limited, so register today! Dozens of dedicated advocates from across the state will meet with...
  • 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: Thank You: Your Voice Made a Difference

    On February 5 th , over 50 attendees including students, business leaders, doctors, survivors, and You’re the Cure advocates, joined together on the Senate Lawn at Arizona’s State Capitol to advocate in support of heart-healthy policies. In addition, dozens of advocates supported their efforts...
  • Blog Post: Go Red For Women this Heart Month

    Go Red For Women is about much more than wearing red on National Wear Red Day. It’s about making a change. Here are a few ways you can make a change today: Go to GoRedForWomen.org to learn what you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Encourage your family and friends to take...
  • Blog Post: Call to Action: Urge Representative Stevens to Prioritized CPR in Schools

    Thanks to the actions of advocates like yourself, our CPR in schools bill, House Bill 2594, passed out of the House Education Committee with flying colors! The next step in the legislative process is for HB 2594 to be heard in the House Rules Committee. Unfortunately, the House Rules Committee Chari...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Kathy McCormick

    When I woke up at 6:30 AM on October 22, 2013 I knew something was terribly wrong. I tried to get out of bed and found it difficult to walk. I called for my husband, who had just returned from the gym, he found me slumped on the bed and with the slurred voice I said, "I think I'm having a stroke...
  • Blog Post: Thank You for Supporting House Bill 2605 - Stroke Systems of Care Legislation

    Thanks to your consistent and tremendous support over the last few weeks, House Bill 2605 was signed into law by Governor Ducey on March 31 st ! You’re the Cure Advocates accounted for over 400 online actions and countless offline actions to persuade Arizona’s lawmakers to pass HB 2605 this...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association Celebrates National Walking Day

    By Violet Ruiz, Government Relations Director The American Heart Association celebrated National Walking Day on Wednesday, April 1st! National Walking Day is celebrated on the first Wednesday in April and is meant to help Americans actualize ideal cardiovascular health. Even though National Walking...
  • Blog Post: May is American Stroke Month

    Anyone can have a stroke and everyone should be ready. Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke and every 4 minutes, someone dies from a stroke. That is why The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is inviting all Americans to become Stroke Heroes by learning and sharing...
  • Blog Post: How to Keep the Winning Game Going

    You're the Cure on the Hill isn’t the only opportunity to connect with members of Congress! As their constituents, you have the power and the RIGHT to tell them at any time to step up to the plate on the heart and stroke issues you care about most. Here are some tips for getting your lawmaker...
  • Blog Post: Lobby Day MVPs in the Spotlight

    There were SO many amazing stories surrounding this year’s Hill Day that it was hard to narrow down our annual lobby day award winners. Not a bad problem to have! Please join us in congratulating these You’re the Cure MVPs, and then learn more about their stories in this video. Science...
  • Blog Post: Federal Lobby Day: Step Up to the Plate

    Recently, Greater Phoenix Division Board Member Dr. Adriana Perez, attended the American Heart Association’s Federal Lobby Day. The theme for this event was “Step Up to the Plate.” Dr. Perez, along with our Government Relations Director, Nicole Olmstead, met with staff from both Senator...
  • Blog Post: Heart Saver Spotlight: Skylar Berry

    Every year there are almost 424,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the United States, and of this figure an estimated 10,200 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen to children. Sadly, only 10% of victims who suffer a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting survive, largely in part because many...
  • Blog Post: Test Your Knowledge of Sodium

    Take our quiz to find out if you relationship with sodium and salt needs couples therapy! Click here for the quiz . You may be asking yourself: What’s the big deal about sodium? How does it affect my heart health? Sodium is a mineral that’s essential for life. It’s regulated in...
  • Blog Post: Be CPR Smart this Summer

    The temperatures are rising in Arizona, and along with it comes lazy days in the pool. It’s this time of year that we are especially reminded how important it is to know how to respond in an emergency cardiac event. 4 out of 5 cardiac emergencies occur outside of a hospital setting, and roughly...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Joshua Levy

    Hey! My name is Joshua Levy and I am an advocacy intern for the American Heart Association--Greater Bay Area! Currently, I am a student attending the University of California, Berkeley pursuing a degree in Physics. But don’t let the degree fool you. Although I am interested in the sciences,...
  • Blog Post: Gearing Up to Go Back to School?

    August in Arizona brings several things. Heat, monsoons, and back to school! As our children are gearing up to head back into the classroom, it may be time for your homework. Here are a few questions to consider: Do you know if your local school is participating in the National School Lunch and Breakfast...
  • Blog Post: Get Ready to Move PHX!

    Phoenix Proposition 104, also known as Move PHX , is a comprehensive transportation plan that will expand light rail and bus services and will improve our streets to the benefit of everyone who drives, walks or bikes around Phoenix. This is a unique opportunity for Phoenix to integrate health considerations...