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  • Blog Post: Thank You for Your Support: Governor Brewer Signs TWO Heart Healthy Bills into Law

    Thanks to your consistent support, dedication, and messaging, Governor Brewer recently signed TWO heart healthy bills— House Bill 2491 (pulse oximetry screening) and Senate Bill 1336 (shared use for recreational spaces)—into law! Without your actions over the last few months, this would not...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Janice Edwards-Jackson

    crafted by Janice Edwards-Jackson, Arizona I am 34 years old and a stay-at-home mom of 3 children, ages 8, 6, and 3. On September 21, 2013, I had just returned home after taking my 2 older children to piano lessons. We were eating lunch when I stood up to warm up my food in the microwave. The room...
  • 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: Thank You for a Great Year!

    Guest Blogger: Rick Lieberman, Advocacy Committee Chair As the AHA comes to the end of our fiscal year, I want to take the opportunity to thank all of the amazing Arizona Advocates for all you do. Thanks to your dedication, actions, and support, we were able to pass two heart healthy pieces of legislation...
  • 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: My Children are Why

    By Nicole Olmstead, Gov. Relations Director, Arizona The AHA/ASA recently launched a new campaign, “ Life is Why .” When you think about that phrase, “Life is Why” it brings to mind so many things. For me, I think about my kids—Emily, William and Katherine. I work...
  • 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: 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: August Recess - Supporting the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act

    written by Nicole Olmstead, Government Relations Director, Arizona This fall students are heading back to healthier school lunches. As a result of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, schools are now required to provide meals with more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. They must limit the...
  • 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: October is Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month - Is Your Family Prepared for an Emergency?

    Guest Blogger: Nicole Olmstead, Government Relations Director, Arizona Did you know that October is Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month? Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurs when the heart’s electrical system abruptly malfunctions and the heart suddenly stops beating. The only thing standing between...
  • Blog Post: Volunteers are Why

    Guest Blogger: Nicole Olmstead, Arizona Government Relations Director For me, November is the month of giving thanks. It starts with giving thanks to the veterans that have fought, and sometimes died, for this country and continues through Thanksgiving. I am reminded that I have many reasons to be...
  • 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...