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  • 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: 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...
  • 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: 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: 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: Newborn Screening Awareness Month

    Guest Blogger: Nicole Olmstead, Gov. Relations Director, Arizona September is Newborn Screening Awareness month and we thought it would be a great time to highlight the wonderful progress Arizona has made in newborn screening. It has been almost 18 months since the pulse oximetry (pulse ox) bill was...
  • 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: Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

    Written by Nicole Olmstead, Government Relations Director, Arizona Did you know, October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month? Do you know what sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is? Can you recognize the symptoms? What do you do if you see someone have an SCA? Just in case you didn’t know,...
  • 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: Thank You for All You Do

    Guest Blogger: Nicole Olmstead, Government Relations Director, Arizona Each November, I think about the things that I am thankful for, both at work and at home. At home, I am thankful for my husband and children. I am thankful that my son, a child living with congenital heart disease, is healthy and...
  • 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: Join us for Heart at the Capitol Day

    On Tuesday, January 26 th , advocates from across the state will gather at the Capitol in Phoenix to lobby for heart healthy legislation! Can we count you in? RSVP today ! Dozens of dedicated advocates from across the state will meet with state legislators to encourage them to adopt policies that...
  • 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: Friendly Reminder: Arizona’s Heart at the Capitol Day is January 26th

    Please don’t forget that Arizona’s Heart at the Capitol is January 26th. If you are available to attend, sign up today! We need you to register early so we can tell your legislators that you are coming to meet them. As you likely remember, we plan to advocate for CPR in Schools and other...