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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story!

    During the 2015 Texas Legislative session, the Voices for Healthy Kids Texas Team is working hard to present an informative and persuasive campaign on the issue of food access in Texas, but… we need your help! Your lawmakers want to hear from you about the issues that you, your family, and your...
  • Blog Post: Join us at a Wear Red Day Event Near You!

    We are excited to announce that local governments are recognizing National Wear Red Day in communities across Texas. At these events an official City Proclamation will be read proclaiming February 6th as National Wear Red Day . American Heart Association volunteers and heart disease survivors will be...
  • Blog Post: You’re Invited to Advocate for Heart… and for Kids!

    Join us for Advocating for Heart at the Texas Capitol on March 18 to advocate for increased grocery access to prevent childhood obesity. Youth advocates are encouraged to join us over their spring break! Healthy eating decreases the risk of obesity and heart disease, but access to healthy food is...
  • Blog Post: Recognizing You're the Cure Champions and Heroes

    We would like to thank our most active You’re the Cure advocates. Please view members that have reached the Champion or Hero rank from across the SouthWest Affiliate. Did you know that by being an active You’re the Cure member you get points for all the different actions you take? Points...
  • Blog Post: Wear Red Day at the Texas Capitol

    On Wednesday, February 4th, the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate helped to turn the Pink Dome RED in support of National Wear Red Day on February 6th. A group of twenty American Heart Association volunteers and staff were in the galleries as Texas House Representative Patricia Harless...
  • Blog Post: Don Bremner - 3 Time Heart Survivor and Advocate

    I had my first heart attack at the age of 51 about an hour after a hard game of squash. Up to that point I was in excellent health and maintained my fitness by running 10Ks and half-marathons. I knew about my family heart history but like many thought, ’I’m fitter and healthier with a much...
  • Blog Post: Grocery Access Legislation Introduced!

    Thanks to advocates like you, legislation was just introduced in the Texas House and Senate that would create a Texas Grocery Access Investment program. This investment would support business and create jobs. It also would bring grocery stores to communities where it is difficult to buy fresh and healthy...
  • Blog Post: Investing in Prevention

    The cheapest and most effective way to treat heart disease and stroke is to prevent them in the first place. Take action now! Ask lawmakers to fund important lifesaving programs. We encourage lawmakers to support a number of funding requests that will reduce heart disease and stroke in Texas: ...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer Spotlight: Thurman Paul

    Thurman Paul is like many You’re the Cure Advocates connected to stroke. His father’s uncle suffered a stroke two years ago. His interest in the Advocacy work of the American Heart Association began with a simple call to action to sign a petition in support of obesity prevention on the community...
  • Blog Post: Tania Boughton

    Tania Noelle Boughton is Chair of the AHA State Leadership Council for Obesity Prevention, the author of cookbook Eating Light, Done Right , and the founder of “Check the Light Before You Bite!” a healthy eating program in school districts, geared toward helping children make healthier food...
  • Blog Post: Advocating for Heart: Take action to get Texas #CloserToMyGrocer!

    On March 18, youth advocates and volunteers from across Texas will be Advocating for Heart in Austin to ask their elected officials to bring them closer to their grocer! Follow along on social media using the hashtag #CloserToMyGrocer and at @YoureTheCureTX . Join the movement and take action today...
  • Blog Post: Texans testify in support of Grocery Access Investment

    On Thursday, March 19, Texans representing a variety of businesses and populations in Texas testified on behalf of HB 1485, the Texas Grocery Access Investment Act, in a hearing held by the House Committee on Economic and Small Business Development. Only a day after a large Advocating for Heart day during...
  • Blog Post: Texas Kids Tell Legislators It's Important to Be #CloserToMyGrocer

    On Wednesday, March 18, the Voices for Healthy Kids Texas campaign team hosted a Youth Advocating for Heart event at the Texas Capitol to advocate on behalf of increased access to healthy foods. Watch the recap video here! “We’re trying to make it fair for other people who don’t...
  • Blog Post: Carol Sterling

    Carol Sterling began her time as a volunteer for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in Ponca City, working with Heart Walk. Over the past few years, Carol became involved in the Go Red for Women campaign through the Passion Committee. Her first opportunity to learn about Advocacy...
  • Blog Post: Ask Texas Lawmakers to Fund Prevention Programs

    Because of your help over the last three months lawmakers have drafted a state budget that includes several important investments for heart disease and stroke prevention. Take Action Here and ask lawmakers to fund critical measures that will prevent and treat heart disease and stroke: http://p2a.co/DKoFezs...