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  • 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: 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 Arkansas Capitol

    The color of red invaded the Arkansas Capitol on Thursday, February 5th. The American Heart Association held a Wear Red Day celebration, unveiled the 2015 Survivors Gallery, and hosted an Advocacy Lunch and Learn on our legislative priorities. Headline speakers included First Lady Susan Hutchinson...
  • Blog Post: First Steps for a Smoke-Free Fayetteville

    Want to see a 100% Smoke Free Fayetteville? Then join us for a Smoke Free Fayetteville Meet and Greet on Wednesday, February 18th from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Northwest Arkansas Free Health Center, 1100 North Woolsey Avenue, Fayetteville, AR 72703. For more information please contact Allison...
  • 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: 'Going Nuts' May Help Heart Health

    “Going nuts” might actually be heart-healthy, according to the latest study to examine the association of nut and peanut consumption with mortality. Researchers at Vanderbilt University and the Shanghai Cancer Institute examined nut and peanut intake and mortality in three separate groups...
  • Blog Post: Stroke Bill Considered in the Legislature

    An important bill that will help stroke patients get faster quality treatment is being considered in the Arkansas Legislature. We need your help to ask lawmakers to vote YES on HB1465! Take action now! https://yourethecure.org/aha/advocacy/composeletters.aspx?AlertID=36311#Ind_ID ] This bill will...
  • 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: We are going mobile!

    Text 'YTC2015' to 52886 to begin receiving campaign updates and calls to action via text messages! You don't have to be a lobbyist to call on lawmakers - just an advocate passionate about heart and stroke issues. In just a few moments, you can make a huge difference. We'll make...
  • Blog Post: 2015 Arkansas Legislature Has Adjourned

    The 2015 Legislature has adjourned in Arkansas and considered a number of health related measures. The most high profile bill continued the “Private Option” allowing hundreds of thousands of residents to retain their private health coverage. First passed in 2013, the Private Option has...
  • Blog Post: National Walking Day Highlights

    Kick-starting a physical activity routine was the focus on Wednesday, April 1st at some Central Arkansas Schools. The students participated in the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day. In Little Rock, 5th graders at Jefferson Elementary heard from Mayor Mark Stodola about heart health...
  • 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: May is American Stroke Month

    Anyone can have a stroke and everyone should be ready. Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke and every 4 minutes, someone dies from a stroke. That is why The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is inviting all Americans to become Stroke Heroes by learning and sharing...
  • 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: Lobby Day MVPs in the Spotlight

    There were SO many amazing stories surrounding this year’s Hill Day that it was hard to narrow down our annual lobby day award winners. Not a bad problem to have! Please join us in congratulating these You’re the Cure MVPs, and then learn more about their stories in this video. Science...
  • Blog Post: Announcing our Leading Advocates!

    We would like to recognize our Aces, Champion, and Hero advocates for their continued dedication in the fight against heart disease and stroke! Your time, energy, and passion has made all the difference in advancing our mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Turn the Hill Red!

    Over 380 advocates met in Washington, DC for You're the Cure on the Hill to step up for heart health. Our group of dedicated advocates met with 293 legislative offices throughout the day to advocate for increased research funding and healthy school meals. Advocates mingled with YTC networkers from...
  • Blog Post: You're Invited: Advocacy Afterhours in Little Rock

    Advocacy Afterhours in Little Rock When: Tuesday, June 16th from 5:30 - 7:00 pm Where: American Heart Association Office - 909 W. Second Street, Little Rock Why: We will go over outcomes of the 2015 Legislative Session and the Special Session. Volunteers will have an opportunity to talk to key...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy After Hours

    You’re the Cure advocates gathered in Little Rock on June 16 th for an event reviewing the 2015 Legislative Session. In the audience were researchers from UAMS, the director of the AR SAVES programs, and many other key volunteers. To kick off the event, Barbara Kumpe, the former AR Government Relations...
  • Blog Post: Meet Dave Oberembt

    Please welcome Dave Oberembt to the You're the Cure family! Dave has big shoes to fill as he steps in to the role of Arkansas Government Relations Director, replacing Barbara Kumpe, longtime AHA staffer who recently retired. We wish Barbara well in her next chapter in life, and welcome Dave to the...
  • Blog Post: Laura Ralston

    Meet Laura Ralston, Little Rock Grassroots Action Team Member and passionate You're the Cure Advocate! Name: Laura Ralston Hometown: North Little Rock, AR Member, Little Rock Grassroots Action Team What celebrity, past or present, would you most like to meet and why? Jackie O because...
  • Blog Post: New Stroke Guidelines Will Change Stroke Treatment in the U.S

    Each year, more than 690,000 Americans have strokes caused by blood clots blocking vessels in the brain, called ischemic strokes. Some of the clots can grow large and may require intense therapy to treat. However, widely celebrated new research reaffirms that large blood clots in the brain are less...
  • Blog Post: Meet Suzy Fehlig

    Name: Suzy Fehlig Occupation: Real Estate Broker How long have you been volunteering with AHA? 8 Years Background: Suzy is a lifelong Arkansan currently residing in Cave Springs, AR with her husband Chuck. She is the mother of two grown children Mark and Katie and the grandmother to Grayson...
  • Blog Post: #SmokeFreeFay Ramps Up

    American Heart Association staff in our Fayetteville office is excited about the local policy campaign underway for Smoke-Free Fayetteville! Fayetteville was the first city to go smoke-free in restaurants, back in 2000, paving the way for our statewide law. We are once again working with Fayetteville...