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  • Blog Post: What is your why?

    Guest blogger: Lindsay Hovind, Washington Government Relations Director LIFE is why. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association just launched its new positioning focused on an emotional brand message and a concise answer to the question of why we do what we do: We believe everyone...
  • Blog Post: It's fall and that means it's Heart & Stroke Walk season!

    Labor Day has come and gone and the kids are back in school. Both of these are signs that fall is just around the corner but there is another sign of fall in Washington and that is the American Heart Association Heart & Stroke Walks. Washington has three Heart & Stroke Walks so we hope you...
  • Blog Post: An update on our efforts to support safe and healthy communities in Washington

    We’re proud to partner with Washington’s Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition and other great allies in an effort to support safe and healthy communities. Guest blogger: Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition On August 25, the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition ( www.copcwa.org...
  • Blog Post: Caroline Reis - Intern Highlight

    Caroline Reis My Name is Caroline Reis and I have had a busy and fun filled internship this summer at the American Heart Association. Another intern, Ricki Cullum, and myself have worked on several community health and development projects, attended education and outreach events and learn how a national...
  • Blog Post: Vance Lobe - What the Affordable Care Act means for me

    Vance Lobe It’s been almost one year now since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges were implemented and I thought it was time to reflect on how this has affected my life. I am a two time heart attack survivor, starting with the first one about five and a half years ago. I was gainfully...
  • 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: The Obesity Rate in Washington is Leveling Off

    Guest Blogger: Grace Henscheid, Grassroots Advocacy Director In early September the State of Obesity Report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust of America’s Health was released and it is clear there is still much work to be done in our fight against obesity. While there...
  • 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: Wishing You a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving

    The American Heart Association is so fortunate to have advocates like you. You are the reason we succeed each day in showing lawmakers how important it is to pass policies that help build a culture of health. This year in Washington we’ve extended preventive health benefits to thousands of our...
  • Blog Post: Eric Rothenberg: Top Advocate and Top Fundraiser

    This fall Heart and Stroke Walks took place across Washington to raise funds to support the American Heart and Stroke Association’s lifesaving mission. With events in Spokane, Tacoma and Seattle, more than 13,000 walkers (including the Seattle Seahawks’ mascot, Blitz!) turned out to honor...
  • 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...