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  • California State Lobby Day 2014

    Where will you be on Wednesday, April 23rd? I’m hoping you’ll be able to join me at California’s Lobby Day. We need to ensure our mission of building healthier lives free from cardiovascular diseases and stroke is heard by our leaders in Sacramento—and your voice matters! California...
  • Blog Post: Trick or Treat?

    Candy Corn, Gummy Bears, Peanut Butter Cups, Swedish Fish, Candy Bar, Bubblegum and Cotton Candy… These may sound like treats the neighborhood kids are hoping to pick up when they go trick-or-treating later this month, but they’re actually the tricks used by companies to hook our kids on...
  • Blog Post: Montana October is Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month - Is Your Family Prepared for an Emergency?

    Written by: Amanda (Andrews) Cahill, Montana Government Relations Director Imagine this scenario: you’re at home with your spouse when suddenly he falls to the ground. Would you know what to do, what to look for, how to help him? Of course, you’d call 911, but there is something else that...
  • 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: A Reflection on Gratitude and AHA in Montana

    Guest Blogger: Amanda Cahill, Montana Government Relations Director It’s been more than 10 years since I got the news that my dad, Tom, had had a heart attack. I was 20 years old, an undergraduate student at University of Montana and in complete shock. I knew he hadn’t been feeling great...
  • Blog Post: What has AHA done for Montana

    Guest Blogger: Amanda (Andrews) Cahill, Montana Government Relations Director It’s been almost a year since I started with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and I find myself constantly answering the question, “what does AHA do in Montana?” This is an important...
  • 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: Montana's 2015 Legislative Session is Under Way

    On Monday January 5 th Montana’s 2015 legislative session kicked off. As you might already know the Montana Legislature only convenes every two years so we want to make sure to make the most of it! With your help last year we were able to work with the Board of Health to ensure all babies born...
  • Blog Post: An update on One of Our Youngest Advocates - Coulter Cross

    You might remember our littlest advocate Colter and his mom Bobbie from last year. With Congenital Heart Defect Awareness week upon us (February 7-14) we wanted to give you an update on how he is doing. This message was written by his mom, Bobbie: “ Colter celebrated his 3rd birthday in November...
  • 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: Meet Montana Advocate Reg Hageman

    Guest Blogger: Amanda Cahill, Montana Government Relations Director On January 19 th , Reg Hageman joined me at the Montana State Capitol to lobby for passage of Senate Bill 66 (SB66), "An Act Revising the Youth Access to Tobacco Products…Defining ‘Electronic Smoking Device,’...
  • Blog Post: Amber Johnson

    Written By: Sara Stout, Business Development Director Heart disease hits close to home for Missoula’s Johnson family. Amber, a mother of three beautiful and creative children survived 32 years and two normal pregnancies only to find out while eight months pregnant, she had been born with not...
  • Blog Post: Couldn't We all Snack a Little Healthier?

    Guest Blogger: Lindsay Hovind, Government Relations Director Earlier this year the United States Department of Agriculture rolled out new guidelines that will help ensure our kids have access to healthy food in school a la carte lines, school stores and vending machines. Smart Snacks emphasize whole...
  • Blog Post: Help secure funding for this life-saving AED program today!

    This is a critical time in Congress. Lawmakers are deciding on their funding priorities and the next round of budget negotiations are beginning. Even in this difficult economy, there are several federally-funded programs that are vital to the heart community, and we need to let our lawmakers know they...
  • 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: Montana Receives Additional Grant Funding to Improve Care

    Our Mission: Lifeline Montana initiative that was launched a year ago, recently received an additional $400,000 from the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust! The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust gave more than $4.6 million to fund Mission: Lifeline in Montana. Along with this gift came a fundraising...
  • 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: Montana Heart Warriors in D.C.

    Guest Blogger: Amber Johnson My name is Amber, my daughter Laurelei and I are American Heart Association volunteer advocates, as well as congenital heart disease survivors. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to attend the AHA’s National You’re the Cure on the Hill Lobby Day...
  • 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...
  • 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...