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  • 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: 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: Washington's 2015 Legislative Session is Under Way

    The 2015 legislative session kicked off on January 12 and with your help we plan to make it a big year for Heart and Stroke legislation! During session we will ask lawmakers to prioritize funding for programs that are vital to building a healthier Washington. Safe Routes to School - This programs...
  • 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: 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: Eastlake AP Government Students

    On February 3, the Advanced Placement Government class from Eastlake High School in Sammamish, WA traveled to Olympia to join the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association for its 2015 Lobby Day. Eastlake’s AP students joined other advocates including heart and stroke survivors,...
  • Blog Post: A Powerful Day in Olympia

    Guest Blogger: Kami Sutton, Grassroots Coordinator On February 3, a group of nearly 40 volunteers and 20 AP Government students from Eastlake High School in Sammamish gathered at our State Capitol for our 2015 American Heart Association Lobby Day. The morning started with informative presentations...
  • Blog Post: Spencer's Story - looks can be deceiving

    Written by Amy Norton, Spencer's mom You NEVER think “it will happen to you” but… “it” happened to my family, my son. At only ten weeks old my son was fighting for his life. This is his story… Spencer was born at home, on 11/08/13, with a team of experienced...
  • Blog Post: Legislative Session Update

    Guest Blogger: Lindsay Hovind, Washington Government Relations Director The 2015 legislative session has gotten off to a great start for two of the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association’s biggest priorities: heart screening for newborns and Safe Routes to School. We were...
  • Blog Post: Healthy Native Hearts Luncheon

    Guest Blogger: Wendy Zheng, Multicultural Initiatives Director On February 18 th about 50 Native American community members participated in the Healthy Native Hearts luncheon at Chehalis Tribal Community Center hosted by American Heart Association and Chehalis Tribal Wellness Center. Participants...
  • 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: 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: From the Bottom of our Hearts - Thank You!

    National Volunteer Week (April 12-18) is right around the corner and we couldn’t let it pass without saying how much we appreciate all your contributions as a You’re the Cure advocate. It’s advocates like you who give their time, energy, and passion to help create healthier communities...
  • Blog Post: May is Stroke Awareness Month

    May brings the opportunity to discuss and educate on an issue that is more common than we want it to be – stroke. Stroke is the 6th leading cause of death in Washington yet only eight percent of those recently surveyed in the American Stroke Association/Ad Council Stroke Awareness Continuous Tracking...
  • 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: AHA Celebrates CPR Awareness Week

    Guest Blogger: Lindsay Hovind, Washington Government Relations Director The American Heart Association and partner organizations fanned out across Western Washington last week to celebrate National CPR and AED Awareness Week. Volunteers hosted Hands-Only™ CPR trainings at famous local landmarks...
  • Blog Post: Karen Dionne Goes to Washington

    Who thinks advocacy is difficult? Who thinks they have nothing to say that's important? Well I'm here to tell you that advocacy is not difficult and you too have something important to say! My husband Michael and I recently joined hundreds of other volunteers from around the country in Washington...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Washington's 2015 Legislative Session is Officially Over

    After a near shutdown of the state government, Washington’s legislative session ended on July 10 after going into three special sessions. From the beginning many suspected this would be a challenging year given the Legislature’s consideration of a transportation revenue package and its need...
  • Blog Post: Please Join Us at a Heart Walk this Fall

    We are having a lovely summer this year in Washington and I don’t want to fast forward the calendar but I do want to take a moment and invite you to join us at one of three Heart & Stroke Walks in Washington this fall. Spokane Heart & Stroke Walk/5K – September 12 th at Riverfront...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight - Tim Gable

    Meet Tim Gable, a young survivor who had a stroke at age 25 and spent his 26 th birthday in the hospital. Tim’s a new AHA/ASA volunteer who has become a key advocate for our upcoming Saving Strokes Event in Provo. Here’s Tim’s story… My friends and I had decided to go on a...
  • Blog Post: Kids Cook With Heart

    Kids Cook With Heart is an exciting new program aimed at teaching middle-school aged children how fun it can be to cook and eat healthy. This program was piloted in our state last year and is now in its second year. Over the past 30 years childhood obesity has more than tripled, placing children at...