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  • Blog Post: Protecting the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act

    written by Violet Ruiz, Government Relations Director, Greater Los Angeles The U.S. is in the midst of a full-blown obesity epidemic that has disproportionately affected our children. Currently, nearly one third of children are overweight or obese. The health consequences of obesity in children are...
  • 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: American Heart Association Celebrates National Eating Healthy Day

    Guest Blogger: Violet Ruiz, Government Relations Director The American Heart Association celebrated National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Each year, organizations, families, schools and communities throughout the United States make a pledge and come together to take steps toward...
  • Blog Post: There is Still Work to be Done in California to Reduce Obesity Prevalence

    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: Building Healthier Communities is Why

    Guest blogger Kimberly Baptista, Event Planning Manager Working for the American Heart Association has encouraged me to be more of a public health advocate. To my family and close friends that sentence might sound shocking, but over the past year the value of being an engaged advocate has become clearer...
  • Blog Post: Join Save Lives California

    Guest Blogger: Erica Phung, Sr. Government Relations Director, CA On November 20 th the Great American Smokeout, a day celebrated worldwide encouraging folks to quit smoking, You’re the Cure Advocates stood on the Capitol steps to announce our newest Coalition – Save Lives California....
  • 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: Simple Cooking with Heart- Banana Split Berry Yogurt Parfaits

    Guest Blogger: Violet Ruiz, Government Relations Director, Greater Los Angeles The relatives have gone home, and the last holiday meal has been prepared and eaten. Now it’s time to pursue your new year’s resolution by sustaining a heart healthy lifestyle in 2015! After the wonderful holiday...
  • 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: 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: 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: Heart Month Recap: Capitol Goes Red

    Written by Kula Koenig, Gov. Relations Director, CA Capitol Goes Red 2015 was a successful event with Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus) discussing our sponsored American Heart Month Resolution (SCR 13) on the Senate floor. After the resolution passed with...
  • Blog Post: The Open Truth Campaign

    The Open Truth campaign is a youth-focused effort to highlight the health impacts of sugary drinks and expose precision marketing practices that target young people and communities of color. The multimedia campaign includes videos created by Bay Area youth from The Bigger Picture Campaign. The youth...
  • 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: 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: It’s Not too Late – RSVP for Lobby Day, April 22nd

    Can you believe it, our annual California AHA/ASA Lobby Day in Sacramento is just a few weeks away? California AHA/ASA Lobby Day Wednesday, April 22nd West Steps of the Capitol 10am - 3pm (Registration starts at 9am) It’s not too late! Register here if you’d like to attend...
  • 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: Shrimp Tacos - Delicious Decisions

    Cooking at home more often is a great way to start changing your relationship with salt. Meals on the go can be hard on your heart, because many prepared foods and restaurant foods are loaded with sodium. And did you know that meals away from home account for nearly half the money Americans spend on...
  • Blog Post: Summer Health Tips

    The arrival of summer means days at the pool, family barbeques, picnics, sports and other outdoor activities. Below are a few tips that you can use this summer to keep your whole family happy and healthy. Staying active in the summer months Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate! Drink plenty of water...