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  • Blog Post: Why Pulse Oximentry Testing Matters

    Guest Blogger: Don Weisman, Hawaii Government Relations Director For a parent, there may be no greater fear than losing a child. Wojo and Cari Ann Csigi, of Waihee, experienced that loss in 2011 when their infant son Shayden died from complications related to congenital heart defects. Now they...
  • Blog Post: Shannon Chamizo - A Survivor Who is Giving Back

    Written by Shannon Chamizo My name is Shannon Chamizo, I am a You’re The Cure advocate and a survivor. My sons and I became involved with the American Heart Association after I survived both cardiac arrest and a heart attack before I was even 40. If you would like to read more about my experience...
  • Blog Post: Hawaii Do You Know How To Do Hands-Only CPR?

    Last week was National CPR Awareness Week and I wanted to ask for your help. Too few people in Hawaii know how simple it is to learn and perform Hands-Only CPR—but with your help, we can change that. Would you share this video PSA about Hands-Only CPR on Facebook? Educating your friends and...
  • Blog Post: Looking Back at American Stroke Month

    Guest Blogger: Don Weisman, Hawaii Government Relations Director May was American Stroke Month, and while it is past, it’s never too late to become aware of stroke warning signs. During May, Governor Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui issued a proclamation recognizing May as Stroke...
  • Blog Post: What are you actually drinking?

    We all know that certain drinks have sugar in them but do you really know how much? Sometimes drinks that we think are healthy for us have sugar added and we don't realize it unless we read the label. This graphic from the Center for Science in the Public Interest illustrates how much sugar is in...
  • Blog Post: Have a Heart Healthy Summer

    Guest Blogger: Kami Sutton, Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator Happy Summer, You’re the Cure Advocates! As the temperatures are rising and we are all preparing for the fun activities of summertime, I thought I would share with you my favorite low sodium summertime recipe! As a congenital heart...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight - Libby Char

    Libby Char, Hawaii Despite her extremely busy work schedule as an emergency physician, as the Medical Director for EMS and several of Hawaii’s first responder agencies and the American Heart Association Hawaii Division Board President Libby Char, M.D. still finds time to support American Heart...
  • Blog Post: Mark Your Calendar for the EmpowerMEnt Challenge!

    We’re gearing up for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and we want you to be in on all of the action! Throughout September, we’re encouraging families across the country to take control of their healthy by participating in the EmpowerMEnt Challenge . Each week, families and kids...
  • Blog Post: Knowing CPR Saved My Son

    A lifesaving event retold by Kristy Stoner, UT In June 2014, my friend Erin and I planned a pool day together as we decided we would spend the afternoon together at her private community pool, where we could eat lunch and chat while the kids could swim. We both have 4 kids all under the age of 8....
  • Blog Post: AHA new policy recommendation calls for tighter controls on e-cigarettes

    Guest Blogger: Don Weisman, Hawaii Government Relations Director The American Heart Association issued new policy recommendations on August 25 on the use of e-cigarettes and their impact on tobacco-control efforts. Based on the current evidence, the Association’s position is that e-cigarettes...
  • 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: You're the Cure Volunteers in Hawaii Have Jumpstarted the Debate on E-cigarrettes

    In case you missed it: our You’re the Cure volunteers in Hawaii jumpstarted the debate about e-cigarettes with an Aug. 25 news conference delivering the association’s new policy statement. At the AHA press briefing Lila Johnson RN, MPH, program manager of the Hawaii State Department of...
  • Blog Post: Obesity Rate in Hawaii is Going Down

    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 held good news for people living in Hawaii. While there are many statistics in the report...
  • Blog Post: Giving Thanks for a Great Year!

    As fall draws to a close, we are taking the time to thank all of our volunteers and celebrating a great year. Together, You’re the Cure advocates, like you, successfully advocated for heart healthy and stroke smart policies in their communities and states. We could not achieve the positive change...
  • Blog Post: Hawaii County Moves Towards Adding E-Cigarettes to Clean Air Ordinance

    On Thursday November 6 the Hawaii County Council held the first committee vote on Bill 302 which would add e-cigarettes to the current clean air ordinance, thus banning the use of e-cigarettes anywhere other tobacco products are currently prohibited including beaches. The committee vote was 6-2 in support...
  • 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: You're the Cure Year End Successes, Let's Celebrate!

    It was another banner year for You’re the Cure advocates championing heart and stroke policy change across the country. Year end is a time to look back at what we achieved in states, think ahead to the work still to do, and celebrate the power of volunteers. What did we accomplish last...
  • 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: 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: Hawaii's 2015 Legislative Session is Just Around the Corner

    The 2015 legislative session kicks off in just a few days and with your help we plan to make it a big year for Heart and Stroke legislation! We want to make Hawaii a healthier place for everyone and have some important issues on the table: Improved Stroke Care - We are asking the state to require...
  • Blog Post: The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2015 Livestream

    Join us for this exclusive virtual event where top designers and celebrities demonstrate their support for women's heart health during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Heart disease is not just a man's disease. Each year, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. We can change that--80 percent...
  • Blog Post: Poll Results are in on Sugar Sweetened Beverages and You Might Be Surprised

    The American Heart Association and its coalition partners are working hard to reverse the obesity epidemic in Hawaii. While there is no one thing that will fix the problem we have seen that educating people on the amount of sugar in some of the most commonly consumed beverages helps to reduce the consumption...
  • Blog Post: The Csigi Family

    For a parent, there may be no greater fear than losing a child. Wojo and Cari Ann Csigi, of Waihee, experienced that loss in 2011 when their infant son Shayden died from complications related to congenital heart defects. Now they are finding solace through their support of the American Heart Association...
  • Blog Post: Help us Take 5 for the Pledge

    Thank you for your continued support of the American Heart Association’s lifesaving mission. Recently, we developed a full and robust campaign to help us drive sodium awareness and reduction efforts, featuring the tagline: “I love you Salt, but you’re breaking my heart.” ...
  • Blog Post: Update on the 2015 Legislative Session

    Guest Blogger: Don Weisman, Hawaii Government Relations Director AHA Priority Bills Still On Track As State Legislative Session Nears Half-Way Mark Two of the American Heart Association’s priority bills were on track toward final passage into law as the Hawaii State Legislature neared the...