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  • Blog Post: Save Lives California Lobby Day

    Guest Blogger: Erica Phung, Sr. Government Relations Director, Southern California On Wednesday, August 26 th over 30 American Heart Association volunteers attended Save Lives California Lobby Day to support key tobacco prevention bills that have been proposed in the Governor’s Special Session...
  • Blog Post: Recap and Update on California's Special Legislative Session

    Guest blogger: Callie Hanft, Government Relations Director, California As you likely remember, in July California’s legislative leadership introduced an original package of 6 tobacco control and reform bills for consideration in response to Governor Brown’s call for the Extraordinary Session...
  • 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: 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: ICYMI: Field Poll Finds Large Majority of Californians Favor Taxing and Regulating E-Cigarettes

    Field Poll results released on October 26th show overwhelming support for taxing and regulating electronic cigarettes, a key component of the 2016 initiative submitted by the Save Lives California coalition that will prevent smoking – the number one cause of preventable death in California. Almost...
  • 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: High School Students Should Learn CPR in School

    Guest Blogger: Yara Altaher. Yara is a student at the University of California, Irvine and will receive her Bachelors of Science degree in Public Health Sciences. Yara is also an intern for the American Heart Association. Picture yourself coming home one afternoon only to find a loved one on the...
  • 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: ICYMI: CPR in Schools Introduced

    In case you missed it, Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1719 which will ensure high school students learn CPR before they graduate high school. AB 1719 holds the power to create a generation of lifesavers. Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the most lethal public health...
  • Blog Post: Join Us April 14th for Heart at the Capitol

    I hope you’re as excited as I am that Heart at the Capitol in Sacramento is just around the corner on April 14 th ! If you haven’t registered yet, sign up today ! We will be advocating for the following pieces of legislation: Assembly Bill 1719 will ensure high school students...
  • Blog Post: Do You Know How Much Sugar You're Eating or Drinking?

    Guest Blogger: Claudia Goytia, Government Relations Director, Greater Los Angeles Late in 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued dietary guidelines on added sugar intake. These new dietary guidelines did not come about without a fight. Health advocates and the food and beverage...
  • Blog Post: You are not alone. Join the online support network

    After a heart attack or stroke, following your doctor’s orders is important to your physical recovery. But it’s natural for you to feel depressed and overwhelmed, so taking care of your emotional recovery is also necessary. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association offers...
  • 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: 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: American Heart Association Heart at the Capitol

    Guest Blogger: Ashley Wicklund. Government Advocacy Intern – Sacramento The AHA hosted Heart at the Capitol, formerly known as Lobby Day, on April 14th this year and it was a great success. As an integral part of the planning team, it is very fulfilling to have seen it go so well. I am a Government...
  • 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...