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  • Blog Post: Big News to Create a Smaller Arkansas

    Governor Hutchinson has released a plan designed to help combat the troubling obesity problem we are facing in our state. Please take a minute to thank Governor Asa Hutchinson for his plan to combat obesity across Arkansas. "Healthy Active Arkansas" is a 10-year plan designed to improve...
  • Blog Post: Why Amanda Advocates

    We're so excited for you to meet Amanda Denton, one of our newest advocates and Dallas Grassroots Action Team members! Amanda lives in North Texas and has an amazing story. Get to know her and learn of her motivation to volunteer with You're the Cure. Welcome, Amanda! Name: Amanda Denton ...
  • Blog Post: Show Me Love: Bartender Appreciation Day

    On Friday, December 4, we thanked our local bar staff by visiting smoke-free workplaces in Little Rock to recognize Bartender Appreciation Day . It was our way of saying “thank you” to businesses that provide smoke-free workplaces for the hospitality staff in our city. Currently, bars are...
  • 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: Meet Dr. Brian Eble, Our Heart Hero

    Name: Dr. Brian Eble Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas Profession: Pediatric Cardiologist, Arkansas Children’s Hospital AHA Role: President of the Central Arkansas AHA Board Dr. Brian Eble was a key player in efforts to ensure that Arkansas newborns are screened for critical congenital...
  • Blog Post: New Year. New Ideas. New Location.

    Resolve to join us as we work together to create a healthier community for all! The SmokeFree Little Rock Coalition meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, January 14th from 5:15-6:30 p.m. at Vino’s in Little Rock. You can find more information and RSVP at the following link: http://p2a.co/iTC5nGC...
  • Blog Post: You're Invited: Advocate for Heart at the Capitol!

    We’re kicking off National Wear Red Day with a gathering of advocates and survivors at the Arkansas State Capitol where the 2016 Go Red For Women Survivor Gallery will be unveiled. Please join us on Thursday, February 4th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for a moving celebration of the Arkansas women...
  • Blog Post: Meet Dr. Jennifer Redmond Knight

    "Since I was a young girl, I have been concerned with the dangers of secondhand smoke. As a life-long asthma sufferer, I personally knew how harmful secondhand smoke was to my health and when I discovered the dangers for all people, I became a passionate advocate. In 2002, while working on my Master...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Lunch & Learn with Lawmakers

    On Thursday, February 4th, the American Heart Association Advocacy Team hosted a Lunch & Learn event at the Arkansas State Capitol. State Representative Laurie Rushing and Representative Karilyn Brown both spoke about heart and stroke awareness. They also encouraged advocates attending the event...
  • Blog Post: Bryant Goes Red for Heart Health!

    On Tuesday, February 2nd, while joined by advocates and staff of the American Heart Association, Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs proclaimed Friday, February 5th as National Wear Red Day in Bryant. “By increasing awareness, speaking up about heart disease, and empowering women to reduce their risk for cardiovascular...
  • Blog Post: Meet Christa Coleman

    We're pleased to introduce you to You're the Cure Advocate, Christa Coleman, from Lonsdale, Arkansas. Christa recently attended our Go Red For Women Survivor Gallery Unveiling at the Arkansas State Capitol. Her family had spent the past week at Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) with her...
  • Blog Post: Central AR Heart Walk is calling!

    We have an exciting volunteer opportunity coming up in your backyard, and we would love to have you there! On Saturday, May 14th, the American Heart Association will host the Central Arkansas Heart Walk on the North Shore of Riverwalk Park in North Little Rock. Volunteer opportunities are available...
  • Blog Post: SmokeFree Little Rock Needs YOU!

    SmokeFree Little Rock is continuing its work to make all indoor workplaces free of secondhand smoke, but we need YOU! The coalition is working to engage partners throughout the community and grow our grassroots support of the campaign in order to create a healthier Little Rock for everyone! It’s...
  • Blog Post: Arkansas Works Passes: Still has obstacles

    Governor Asa Hutchinson called for a special legislative session last week to vote on his Private Option reform plan titled “Arkansas Works”. Arkansas Works builds upon the success of the Private Option, while creating reforms such as work incentives and improving program integrity. Arkansas...
  • Blog Post: Meet Jessica Westerman

    Please meet Jessica Westerman , an amazing American Heart Association advocate that commits time and passion to support the Advocacy Team in our Little Rock, Arkansas office. Most recently as a resident of Bryant, Jessica has been helping on our Smoke-Free Bryant campaign. Favorite Movie : The Sound...
  • Blog Post: Save the Date: Arkansas Advocate Summit

    We can’t wait to share more details with you, but for now we want to get an upcoming event on your calendar so that you don’t miss this exciting opportunity. We are excited to announce our first Arkansas Advocate Summit, to be held on Saturday, May 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the...
  • Blog Post: Meet Jarrid Garcia: Our Heart All-Star

    Jarrid Garcia joined the Little Rock, Arkansas office as an Advocacy Intern in early 2016. During his time on staff, Jarrid has supported the team at many successful events including the Go Red For Women Survivor Gallery unveiling at the Arkansas State Capitol, Strike Out Stroke Night with the Arkansas...
  • Blog Post: Ady's Day at The Capitol

    During the recent Arkansas legislative fiscal session, Adyson (Ady) Coleman, her mother Christa Coleman, and family friend Krista Thornton came to visit lawmakers at the Arkansas State Capitol. Ady, a heart survivor, was at the capital to show her support for Arkansas Works by sharing thank you notes...
  • Blog Post: Healty Vending Victory in Springdale: First in Arkansas

    Springdale, Arkansas became the first city in the state to enact a vending machine policy endorsed by the American Heart Association. Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse issued an executive order outlining the new guidelines last week. Now, all vending machines on city property will offer a number of healthy...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Healthier Wooster for All

    The city of Wooster became the first city in Arkansas since 2008 to pass a comprehensive smoke free ordinance. The city council unanimously adopted this ordinance, making all indoor workplaces in the community smoke free. The measure also applies to e-delivery devices, known as e-cigarettes. "I'm...
  • Blog Post: Thank You, Central Arkansas Heart Walk Volunteers!

    On Saturday, May 14th, advocacy volunteers joined local staff at the Central Arkansas Heart Walk in North Little Rock to recruit new You’re The Cure advocates and talk about SmokeFree Little Rock. Hundreds of new advocates were recruited at the event, thanks to the hard work of our volunteer team...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Caitlyn Cook, Miss Central Arkansas 2016

    Caitlyn is a hands-only CPR presenter and educator for the American Heart Association and American Red Cross; Zumba Instructor at University of Central Arkansas HPER Center; Titleholder in the Miss Arkansas Organization (Miss Central Arkansas 2016) Name: Caitlyn Cook Hometown: Conway, Arkansas...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer Spotlight: Dr. Allison Pierce

    Please meet our new American Heart Association volunteer leader and Arkansas State Advocacy Committee member, Dr. Allison Pierce. Hometown : Dallas, Texas Current town : Springdale, Arkansas Favorite movie : Stand By Me Hobbies: cooking, gardening, home improvement projects, playing with my dogs...
  • Blog Post: Hey Arkansas! Let's take the #SuperParkSelfie challenge in July!

    Getting as little as 30 minutes of physical activity a day can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke . This summer, why not increase your physical activity by taking part in National Park and Recreation Month? Here’s the latest from the National Recreation and Park Association...
  • Blog Post: Find the Heart Walk Near You

    The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premier community event, helping to save lives from heart disease and stroke. More than 300 walks across America raise funds to support valuable health research, education and advocacy programs of the American Heart Association in every state....