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  • 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: Vickie Wingfield, Ultimate Advocacy Volunteer

    Vickie Wingfield is one of the American Heart Association’s ultimate volunteers and has been involved with AHA for over 18 years. She is currently the Chair of the Arkansas State Advocacy Committee and continues to bring cheer, passion, and enthusiasm to everything she does. While currently...
  • Blog Post: Arkansas Advocates Meet with U.S. Senate Office

    On Wednesday July 2nd AHA Advocates Brett Stone and Carole Garner met with Senator Mark Pryor’s staff to discuss the Child Nutrition Act. The Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act is currently making its way through Congress and would help keep strong nutrition standards for school meals. Senator...
  • Blog Post: My Story

    My name is Ryley Williams. I am a high school student and stroke survivor. This is my story. On July 8, 2013 my life was forever changed when I collapsed during warm up exercises at sophomore football practice. I was rushed to the ER, and they quickly told my parents that I needed a higher level of...
  • Blog Post: Arkansas Leads the Way for Decreasing Uninsured Rate

    A recent Gallup article indicated that Arkansas is leading the way for reducing the rate of the uninsured population. Arkansas passed the “Private Option” allowing hundreds of thousands of Arkansas residents access to private health insurance. Here is more from the Gallup story: --------...
  • Blog Post: Schools Report Students Favor Healthier Lunches

    According to a recent study conducted by Bridging the Gap Research of school administrators at elementary, middle and high schools of students’ reactions to the healthier lunches, 70 percent of schools thought that students liked the new lunches. By the spring of SY 2012‐13, school administrators...
  • Blog Post: What is Pediatric Cardiomyopathy?

    Did you know that one in every 100,000 children in the U.S. under the age of 18 is diagnosed with a diseased state of the heart known as cardiomyopathy ? While it is a relatively rare condition in kids, it poses serious health risks, making early diagnosis important. As the heart weakens due to abnormities...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer Spotlight: Thurman Paul

    Thurman Paul of Tulsa, Oklahoma is like many You’re the Cure Advocates; he is 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...
  • Blog Post: AR Advocates Visit Congressional Offices, Promote Healthy School Meals

    On Wednesday, August 13th You’re the Cure advocates Wonder Lowe and Carole Garner utilized the August Congressional break to advocate for reauthorization of the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.” They visited district offices to share the message that new nutrition standards ARE working...
  • Blog Post: Study: Most Wikipedia articles about medical conditions contain errors

    Doctors say relaying on medical information from Wikipedia is a mistake. A research article in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association compared Wikipedia to medical journals and found major flaws in articles regarding diabetes, high blood pressure, lung cancer and more. The American Heart...
  • Blog Post: AHA Health Equity Committee Promotes Health Awareness

    On Friday, September 26, members of the Central Arkansas Health Equity Committee met and continued their focus to promote multicultural programs that reach across central Arkansas. The committee, led by Co-Chairs Wonder Lowe and Deborah Rhodes, focuses on heart and stroke issues with specific emphasis...
  • Blog Post: Youth Advocate Brett Harris Steps Up for Smoke-Free

    One of our youngest advocates is making one of the biggest impacts to a community by helping to pass a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance! Brett Harris is a middle-school student in Lubbock whose passion for a smoke-free community goes back as far as he can remember. His dad, Matthew Harris, who...
  • 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: World Stroke Day In Arkansas

    World Stroke was observed in Arkansas, Wednesday, October 29th with a press event and simulation/demonstration of a stroke emergency. Key dignitaries joining the event included Dr. Dan Rahn, Chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, who welcomed everyone and discussed how his facility...
  • 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: YTC Advocacy Afterhours on December 18

    You are cordially invited to attend Advocacy Afterhours, a unique opportunity to learn about the American Heart Association’s Local and State Public Policy agenda. Our priorities include addressing quality systems of care for stroke patients and policies that will help to create healthier environments...
  • 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: Wear Red Day at the Capitol

    Join us on February 5th as we recognize National Wear Red Day and unveil the 2015 Central Arkansas Survivor’s Gallery. What : Advocating for Heart at the Capitol When : Thursday, February 5th. 11am-1:30pm Where : The Arkansas Capitol, 500 Woodlane St. Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 Why : To recognize...
  • Blog Post: Meet the New Surgeon General

    Dr. Vivek Murthy was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December to serve as the next surgeon general of the United States. The surgeon general is America’s top public health official, and his responsibilities range from managing disease to promoting prevention and a healthy start for our kids. ...
  • 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...