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  • Blog Post: A Win for Montana Babies!

    Guest Blogger: Amanda Andrews, Montana Government Relations Director As of July 1 st 2014, pulse oximetry screening is mandatory for all newborn babies in the state of Montana. This is a crucial Administrative Rule that was put forth by the Montana Department of Health and Human Services with support...
  • 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: 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: Combating obesity in all our communities

    Guest Blogger: Ashleigh Sharp, American Heart Association Multicultural Initiatives Intern While obesity rates have increased in communities nationwide, the obesity epidemic has disproportionately affected the Native American population. With 1 in 3 suffering from obesity, Native American children...
  • 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: What is Pediatric Cardiomyopathy?

    Did you know that one in every 100,000 children in the U.S. under the age of 18 is diagnosed with a diseased state of the heart known as cardiomyopathy ? While it is a relatively rare condition in kids, it poses serious health risks, making early diagnosis important. As the heart weakens due to abnormities...
  • Blog Post: My First August Recess Experience

    Guest Blogger: Lisa Michael Until last month, my role as a long-time advocate for the AHA has never brought me to a local legislative office. I've been in on group meetings at both state and national lobby days, yet I've always felt a bit overwhelmed (and slightly intimidated) by the thought...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Bobbie Kane

    A few weekends ago I had the privilege of helping out at my first Heart Walk in Billings, Montana. What a beautiful day and what an amazing event! The people that gathered together to walk and raise funds (and awareness), were awesome. There were survivors that walked and people that had lost loved ones...
  • 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: 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...