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  • 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: 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...
  • 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: Visit Save Lives California Today!

    The American Heart Association is proud to be a member of the Save Lives California coalition to empower Californians like you to help protect more of our state's residents from the harms of tobacco use. Our coalition, which includes healthcare workers, doctors, dentists, health plans and prevention...
  • 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: Hands-Only CPR

    Authored by Lisa Vittayarukskul , CSULA U.S.U. Board of Directors Chair As you may know, California had a chance to create a new generation of lifesavers by passing legislation to teach Hands-Only CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) to high school students as a component for graduation. Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: What Motivates Me to Work at the AHA?

    By: Kula Koenig, Government Relations Director, California Ivan is why. Simply put, stories like my friend Ivan’s motivates me to work at the AHA because I know that the work we do continues to save lives. One of the most special people I know is my friend Ivan -- or Ivanator as I sometimes...
  • 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: 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...