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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...
  • Capitol Goes Red

    Join us to celebrate Wear Red Day at the California State Capitol. Capitol Goes Red is an event to raise crucial awareness of the fight against heart disease in women by encouraging legislators and their staff to wear red and attend our health screenings at the Capitol. Activities include: Blood...
  • California State Lobby Day

    Join us as we lobby for heart healthy policies.
  • Capitol Goes Red

    Join us in celebration of American Heart Month by wearing red on National Wear Red Day, Friday February 7 th . It's a simple, yet powerful way to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke. There are a number of volunteer opportunities associated with the event including preparing materials and...
  • California State Lobby Day 2014

    Where will you be on Wednesday, April 23rd? I’m hoping you’ll be able to join me at California’s Lobby Day. We need to ensure our mission of building healthier lives free from cardiovascular diseases and stroke is heard by our leaders in Sacramento—and your voice matters! California...
  • Blog Post: Legislative Updates from the Capitol

    Can you believe it’s June already? Time really flies when you’re having fun! May and June are busy months at the Capitol, and things tend to change VERY fast. In this post, I will provide a quick update on the status of AHA/ASA pending priority legislation. The AHA/ASA is proud to sponsor...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Newest Member of the Advocacy Team: Violet J. Ruiz

    Written by Violet R., Government Relations Director, Los Angeles Hello YTC advocates! It is my pleasure to write this post as the new Government Relations Director in Los Angeles. It is an honor to serve the American Heart Association in building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and...
  • 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: What is all the fuss about e-cigarettes?

    Written by Erica Phung, Sr. Government Relations Director, Southern California Have you been to the movies lately or out at a café and noticed someone puffing on an e-cigarette and wondered – just what are those things? Who’s making them? And what’s in that cloud coming out...
  • Blog Post: The Case for Hands-Only CPR Training

    Written by Brittni Chicuata, Gov. Relations Director, Greater Bay Area Here at the American Heart Association, optimal cardiovascular health for all is paramount. We have set a 2020 Impact Goal of improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from heart disease...
  • Blog Post: Intern Spotlight: Elizabeth Shaeffer

    Written by Elizabeth Shaeffer My name is Liz Shaeffer and I am an intern here at the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in Sacramento, California. I am a junior at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and I came home for the summer looking for an internship that would...
  • 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: Protecting the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act

    written by Violet Ruiz, Government Relations Director, Greater Los Angeles The U.S. is in the midst of a full-blown obesity epidemic that has disproportionately affected our children. Currently, nearly one third of children are overweight or obese. The health consequences of obesity in children are...
  • 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: Simple Cooking with Heart - Tailgate Chili

    Guest Blogger: Erica Phung, Senior Government Relations Director, Southern California The leaves are changing colors, and your favorite team is on the field. Fall is officially here! When the weather turns cool, there’s nothing better than a warm, hearty bowl of comforting soup or chili to keep...
  • Blog Post: Breaking Up is Hard to Do

    Guest Blogger: Erica Phung, Senior Government Relations Director, Southern California If you’re reading this blog – you’ve obviously been thinking about heart-health lately, which is a wonderful thing. Maybe you walk your dog after work, or even prepare healthy meals for your family...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association Celebrates National Eating Healthy Day

    Guest Blogger: Violet Ruiz, Government Relations Director The American Heart Association celebrated National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Each year, organizations, families, schools and communities throughout the United States make a pledge and come together to take steps toward...
  • Blog Post: There is Still Work to be Done in California to Reduce Obesity Prevalence

    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: Building Healthier Communities is Why

    Guest blogger Kimberly Baptista, Event Planning Manager Working for the American Heart Association has encouraged me to be more of a public health advocate. To my family and close friends that sentence might sound shocking, but over the past year the value of being an engaged advocate has become clearer...
  • Blog Post: Join Save Lives California

    Guest Blogger: Erica Phung, Sr. Government Relations Director, CA On November 20 th the Great American Smokeout, a day celebrated worldwide encouraging folks to quit smoking, You’re the Cure Advocates stood on the Capitol steps to announce our newest Coalition – Save Lives California....
  • 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: 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: Simple Cooking with Heart- Banana Split Berry Yogurt Parfaits

    Guest Blogger: Violet Ruiz, Government Relations Director, Greater Los Angeles The relatives have gone home, and the last holiday meal has been prepared and eaten. Now it’s time to pursue your new year’s resolution by sustaining a heart healthy lifestyle in 2015! After the wonderful holiday...