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  • Texas Lobby Day-January

    Join the American Heart Association for our Monthly Lobby Days. We are fighting for issues that will reduce heart disease and stroke in Texas, but we need your help! The January Lobby Day will be from 9am-Noon. Texas Lawmakers need to hear from you and our lobby days are an easy way to make...
  • Texas Lobby Day-February

    Join the American Heart Association for our Monthly Lobby Days. We are fighting for issues that will reduce heart disease and stroke in Texas, but we need your help! The February Lobby Day will be from 9am-Noon. Texas Lawmakers need to hear from you and our lobby days are an easy way to make...
  • Texas Lobby Day-March

    Join the American Heart Association for our Monthly Lobby Days. We are fighting for issues that will reduce heart disease and stroke in Texas, but we need your help! The March Lobby Day will be from 9am-3pm. Texas Lawmakers need to hear from you and our lobby days are an easy way to make your...
  • Texas Lobby Day-April

    Join the American Heart Association for our Monthly Lobby Days. We are fighting for issues that will reduce heart disease and stroke in Texas, but we need your help! The April Lobby day will be from 1PM-4PM. Texas Lawmakers need to hear from you and our lobby days are an easy way to make...
  • Texas Lobby Day-May

    Join the American Heart Association for our Monthly Lobby Days. We are fighting for issues that will reduce heart disease and stroke in Texas, but we need your help! The May Lobby Day will be from 10AM-Noon. Texas Lawmakers need to hear from you and our lobby days are an easy way to make...
  • AHA Lobby Day-Tobacco Prevention

    We invite you to join us for a lobby day as we start off the New Year excited to continue our fight to reduce heart disease and stroke in Texas. In 2013, your hard work and dedication helped us secure numerous victories at the Texas Capitol and we want to continue that work. American Heart Association...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Visit Congressional Offices, Promote Healthy School Meals

    You’re the Cure Advocates from throughout Texas utilized the August Congressional break to advocate for reauthorization of the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.” Volunteers visited district offices to share the message that new nutrition standards ARE working and should not be delayed...
  • Blog Post: Waxahachie Goes Smoke-Free!

    On August 18th the City of Waxahachie passed a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance by a 4-1 vote. The smoke-free ordinance will remove harmful secondhand smoke from all public workplaces including restaurants and bars and makes Waxahachie the 39th Smoke-Free City in Texas! The new law will go into...
  • Blog Post: Bill Owen is a You're the Cure Advocate Extraordinaire!

    Bill became an American Heart Association volunteer when he joined You’re the Cure in September 2013 after signing an online petition asking the city council members and mayor of Irving to pass a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance. Bill grew up in Irving, graduated from Irving High school (class...
  • Advocating for Heart at the Texas Capitol

    We welcome you to save the date and join us for Advocating for Heart at the Texas Capitol on September 16. We will renew our efforts to engage Texas lawmakers on the importance of building a stronger system of care that will work to improve health outcomes and survival rates from our #1 killer, cardiovascular...
  • Blog Post: Youth Advocate Brett Harris Steps Up for Smoke-Free

    One of our youngest advocates is making one of the biggest impacts to a community by helping to pass a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance! Brett Harris is a middle-school student in Lubbock whose passion for a smoke-free community goes back as far as he can remember. His dad, Matthew Harris, who...
  • 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: Advocating for Heart at Texas Capitol

    On September 16 more than 20 Texas advocates met at the Capitol for an American Heart Association “Advocating for Heart Day.” The day kicked off with an informative training and inside look at the ways hospitals utilize data for quality improvement. The team then split into groups and...
  • Blog Post: You're The Cure in the Capital City

    You’re the Cure advocates came together last week to raise awareness around World Stroke Day in the capital city. Local advocates met on Monday, October 27 th with the Austin Grassroots Action Team (GAT) convening for their initial meeting in advance of the 2015 Legislative Session. Volunteers...
  • Blog Post: Let's Advocate for Heart

    Join us for Advocating for Heart at the Texas Capitol on November 12 to support funding for the Texas Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Program. Enacted in the late 90’s, this program has been successful at preventing youth from starting to smoke and helps current smokers to quit by providing...
  • Blog Post: Texas Cities Recognize World Stroke Day

    Austin On Wednesday October 29th, World Stroke Day, stroke survivors John Murphy & Anand Raghunathan, as well as Grassroots Action Team member Charmagne Coston, met with Austin City Council member Laura Morrison to accept a proclamation declaring October 29th as World Stroke Day in Austin. John...
  • Blog Post: Meet Pkaye Washington

    Hello I'm Pkaye Washington. Back in 1991, I was diagnosed with a hereditary heart condition where the muscles of my heart didn't pump as strong as a normal person. Since then I've been hospitalized at least three times due to heart related issues. I realized that sodium is my enemy and that...
  • Blog Post: This Holiday Season, Shop Heart!

    It's that time of year again, when we’re all doing our last minute holiday shopping. This year consider giving a gift from the heart. Shop Heart and choose from an assortment of items like cookbooks, apparel, and accessories. You can share the message of heart health when you give an American...
  • Blog Post: NEHA AGGARWAL

    Neha Aggarwal, You’re the Cure Advocate One day while he was walking through the park, Neha Aggarwal’s maternal grandfather suddenly fell to the ground—he had unexpectedly suffered a stroke. Before the stroke, her grandfather had been very active mentally, physically, socially, and...
  • Blog Post: Closer to My Grocer

    We are excited to introduce a new issue campaign that will focus exclusively on our efforts to reduce obesity in Texas by increasing access to healthy foods. Please visit www.CloserToMyGrocer.com for more… We believe that everyone deserves to have access to healthy foods regardless of where...
  • Blog Post: Volunteers Advocate on Childhood Obesity and Grocery Access at the Capitol

    On Tuesday, December 9, the Voices for Healthy Kids Texas Campaign Team hosted its first Advocating for Heart day at the Texas Capitol to educate legislators and their staff members on childhood obesity and grocery access issues in Texas. It was also an introduction to the grocery access issue for the...
  • Blog Post: Obesity Prevention Experts Meet in Austin

    The Texas State Leadership Council for Obesity Prevention held its first meeting on Tuesday, December 9, in Austin . The newly formed Council serves as the expert advisory body to state volunteers and staff on state and local obesity prevention public advocacy issues. Council members, together forming...
  • Blog Post: Texas Volunteers Come Together to Fight Obesity

    This week, You’re the Cure volunteers across Texas joined forces to plan for the upcoming Texas legislative session and learn about childhood obesity and grocery access. Grassroots Action Team Meets in Austin The Austin Grassroots Action Team (GAT) is the action-oriented volunteer group that...
  • Blog Post: We Are Advocating for Heart on January 21

    Join us at the Texas Capitol as we unveil our legislative priorities and fight for a healthier Texas. What : Advocating for Heart at the Capitol When : Wednesday, January 21st, 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm Where : The Texas Capitol, Extension Room E1.014 Why : To support the American Heart Association’s...
  • Blog Post: Suzanne Villarreal-Lozano's Advocacy Journey

    Throughout my 31 years of volunteering for the American Heart Association I have worn many hats. But I can safely say some of my most memorable moments have come as an advocacy volunteer fighting for heart and stroke legislation. We live in a democracy and that means we get to shape the community that...