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  • Virtual Tour of New Website

    The newly redesigned website was designed with you, our advocates, in mind. Now we’d like to show you how to make the most of it! Please join us for a virtual tour of the new site Tuesday, November 13 at 12:00pm-12:30pm PST . (Note: Please adjust meeting start time according to your time zone...
  • Advocate in Website Wonderland: A Site Tour

    Please join us for a virtual tour of the new site You're the Cure website, Monday December 10th at 6:00pm-6:30pm PST. (Note: Please adjust meeting start time according to your time zone.) Taking action online is one of the quickest ways to make a difference. It’s important to us that you feel...
  • Advocate in Website Wonderland: A Site Tour

    Please join us for a virtual tour of the new site You're the Cure website, Tuesday December 11th at 12:00pm-12:30pm PST. (Note: Please adjust meeting start time according to your time zone.) Taking action online is one of the quickest ways to make a difference. It’s important to us that you...
  • Washington State Lobby Day

    Join us for our annual Heart on the Hill Lobby Day at the Capitol in Olympia on Wednesday, January 30. Advocates like you from across the state will gather to meet with state legislators to encourage them to make Washington a heart healthy place to live, work and learn. We will advocate for policies...
  • CPR Awareness Day at the Capitol

    Washington’s CPR in Schools bill has passed the House and is on its way to the Senate. Join us on March 25 for CPR Awareness Day at the Capitol. Volunteers and firefighters will offer CPR and AED trainings to legislators, staff and volunteers, while AHA advocates visit with senators to urge a YES...
  • Washington State Lobby Day

    Join us as we descend on Olympia to talk to state lawmakers about the important issues of childhood obesity prevention and tobacco prevention funding.
  • Blog Post: Washington Do You Know How To Do Hands-Only CPR?

    Last week was National CPR Awareness Week and I wanted to ask for your help. Too few Washingtonians know how simple it is to learn and perform Hands-Only CPR—but with your help, we can change that. Would you share this video PSA about Hands-Only CPR on Facebook? Educating your friends and...
  • Blog Post: Our Next Step to Ensure Statewide Heart Defect Screening in Washington

    As we’ve shared with you before, a movement is building across the nation to screen every newborn for critical congenital heart defects (CCHD) using pulse oximetry. CCHDs are the number one birth defect in newborns affecting roughly 1 in 100 babies. Wider use of pulse oximetry screening, a quick...
  • Blog Post: Teaching Gardens = Learning Laboratories for Kids

    Studies show that when kids grow their own fruits and vegetables, they’re more likely to eat them. That’s the idea behind the American Heart Association Teaching Gardens. While 1/3 of American children are classified as overweight or obese, AHA Teaching Gardens is fighting this unhealthy...
  • 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: Christian's Story

    Written by Aimee Lybbert, Christian's mom When our son Christian was born he appeared perfectly healthy. He passed all the standard newborn screening with flying colors. Every medical professional assured us he was fine. But in reality our son had a broken heart. Our first thought after learning...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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...