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Healty Vending Victory in Springdale: First in Arkansas

Springdale, Arkansas became the first city in the state to enact a vending machine policy endorsed by the American Heart Association. Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse issued an executive order outlining the new guidelines last week. Now, all vending machines on city property will offer a number of healthy items. This move ensures that city employees and visitors to city property and facilities will have access to healthy, nutritious foods.

The City of Springdale press release can be found HERE.

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Ady's Day at The Capitol

During the recent Arkansas legislative fiscal session, Adyson (Ady) Coleman, her mother Christa Coleman, and family friend Krista Thornton came to visit lawmakers at the Arkansas State Capitol.  Ady, a heart survivor, was at the capital to show her support for Arkansas Works by sharing thank you notes with lawmakers that were supportive of the program.  Ady met with House Minority Leader Michael John Gray, Rep Kim Hammer, Rep Charlene Fite, Sen Jon Woods, and Sen Alan Clark.  

Thanks in part to the hard work of the Coleman family and You're The Cure advocates like them all over the state, Arkansas Works was passed by the General Assembly!  

Are you also interested in making a trip to the Arkansas State Capitol to visit your elected officials?  Please consider attending our upcoming Arkansas Advocate Summit in Little Rock on May 21st and find out about opportunities during the next legislative session to advocate for heart-healthy policies in Arkansas.  To learn more about The Summit please CLICK HERE.

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Meet Jarrid Garcia: Our Heart All-Star

Jarrid Garcia joined the Little Rock, Arkansas office as an Advocacy Intern in early 2016.  During his time on staff, Jarrid has supported the team at many successful events including the Go Red For Women Survivor Gallery unveiling at the Arkansas State Capitol, Strike Out Stroke Night with the Arkansas Travelers baseball team and a variety of community events.

As Jarrid leaves the AHA to graduate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock we will all miss his commitment to our advocacy efforts at the American Heart Association, and hearing updates on the success of the UALR baseball team, where Jarrid is a rock star pitcher!


Hometown: Whitehouse, Texas

Current City: Little Rock, Arkansas

Favorite movie: Good Will Hunting

Hobbies: Golf

Pets (ages and names): Brian, Yellow Lab, 9

Role model: My father

Greatest achievement: Playing baseball at Division 1 level

Two celebrities or historical figures you would want to have dinner with (living or not) and why them?
Comedians John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell. These two, in my opinion, make some of the funniest movies together and it would be hilarious to have dinner with them and see how they act.

Why is advocating with the AHA important to you?
I enjoy using my time in order to help the current and future health of the people that live within my community.

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Save the Date: Arkansas Advocate Summit

We can’t wait to share more details with you, but for now we want to get an upcoming event on your calendar so that you don’t miss this exciting opportunity. We are excited to announce our first Arkansas Advocate Summit, to be held on Saturday, May 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the American Heart Association Office in Little Rock.

The summit will provide an opportunity for advocates from across Arkansas to come together for an educational and inspirational event where you will learn more about how YOU can make a difference in grassroots advocacy and passing heart-healthy policies in our state!

More information coming soon!

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Meet Jessica Westerman

Please meet Jessica Westerman, an amazing American Heart Association advocate that commits time and passion to support the Advocacy Team in our Little Rock, Arkansas office.  Most recently as a resident of Bryant, Jessica has been helping on our Smoke-Free Bryant campaign. 

Favorite Movie: The Sound of Music

Hobbies: Spending time with family & friends, traveling, watching & attending Razorback football games

Kids: Addison (daughter-8 )and Mackenzie (daughter-4)

Pets: Mollie (Maltipoo) and Lindsay (Pekingese pug mix)

Two celebrities I’d like to have dinner with: Julie Andrews & Kenny Chesney


Why is advocating with the AHA important to you?

”Advocating with the American Heart Association is very important to me, because heart disease and stroke have affected my family. My mom had a stroke in 2009 and thankfully fully recovered. My maternal grandmother died after having a stroke and my maternal grandfather had heart disease for 35+ years before he passed away.

Another reason I’m so passionate about volunteering with AHA is that I was born with a congenital heart defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot. Tetralogy of Fallot consists of four abnormalities of the heart; such as a hole in the septum, narrowing of the pulmonary valve, a thick right ventricle and an overriding aorta. I had surgery to correct these abnormalities at birth and 1 year old. I am blessed to be healthy today and haven’t had a valve replacement yet.

I used to be self-conscious about my scar from my open heart surgeries. But, I learned over the years to be proud of that scar. It shows that I am a survivor and it gives me the opportunity to tell my story and bring about awareness of Tetralogy of Fallot. I love volunteering with the American Heart Association and feel like I’m helping make a difference to bring about awareness of heart disease and stroke.”

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Arkansas Works Passes: Still has obstacles

Governor Asa Hutchinson called for a special legislative session last week to vote on his Private Option reform plan titled “Arkansas Works”. Arkansas Works builds upon the success of the Private Option, while creating reforms such as work incentives and improving program integrity. Arkansas Works passed, but will now need to be funded during the fiscal session that begins on Wednesday, April 13th. The American Heart Association has always been a strong advocate for access to affordable health care. We will continue to advocate for funding Arkansas Works, and keep you updated on the progress. We hope that you will continue to raise your voice throughout this process.

Click here to show your support for affordable access to healthcare.

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SmokeFree Little Rock Needs YOU!

SmokeFree Little Rock is continuing its work to make all indoor workplaces free of secondhand smoke, but we need YOU!  The coalition is working to engage partners throughout the community and grow our grassroots support of the campaign in order to create a healthier Little Rock for everyone!   It’s not too late to get involved and make a difference!  

Please contact Matt Henry at for more information.

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Central AR Heart Walk is calling!

We have an exciting volunteer opportunity coming up in your backyard, and we would love to have you there!

On Saturday, May 14th, the American Heart Association will host the Central Arkansas Heart Walk on the North Shore of Riverwalk Park in North Little Rock. Volunteer opportunities are available between 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. We will be at the event promoting the mission of the AHA, and we'd be honored to have volunteers there to help us do this! You can make a difference for this important effort.

Mark your calendar today and please contact Allison Hogue at 501-707-6593 or to volunteer!

We hope to see you there!

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Meet Christa Coleman

We're pleased to introduce you to You're the Cure Advocate, Christa Coleman, from Lonsdale, Arkansas.

Christa recently attended our Go Red For Women Survivor Gallery Unveiling at the Arkansas State Capitol. Her family had spent the past week at Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) with her daughter, Adyson, after she had open-heart surgery to repair a congenital heart defect (CHD). Their support team of parents and ACH staff shared with them that an American Heart Association event was taking place across the street at the Capitol where survivors, just like Adyson, were being honored. Christa and her husband made their way over to the Capitol where they were moved by the many stories of survival and the large group of supporters present. Shortly after the event, Christa felt that the AHA was the right place for her to share her passion for advocacy with others. We are now thankful to have Christa as a volunteer, and most recently worked with her at an event in her hometown to spread awareness about the public policy efforts of the American Heart Association in Arkansas.

A huge thank you to the Coleman Family for being so amazing! For this volunteer spotlight we would like to share a photo Christa and Krista Thornton. They both supported AHA advocacy outreach efforts on Saturday, February 27th at Saline Memorial Hospital's The Beat Goes On 5K.  The second photo is Christa's daughter, Adyson.

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Bryant Goes Red for Heart Health!

On Tuesday, February 2nd, while joined by advocates and staff of the American Heart Association, Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs proclaimed Friday, February 5th as National Wear Red Day in Bryant.  “By increasing awareness, speaking up about heart disease, and empowering women to reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease, we can save thousands of lives each year,” Dabbs said.

Heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year, killing approximately one every 80 seconds. With the help of education and action, this number can be reduced. In the proclamation, Dabbs encouraged women to ask a doctor to check their blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose; choose a healthy lifestyle by stopping smoking, losing weight, being physically active and eating healthy; advocate for more women-related research and education; educate the rest of their family about making healthy food choices and the importance of staying active; and donate time or money to the cause to show support. 

Thank you, Mayor Dabbs, for supporting the American Heart Association and the Go Red For Women campaign!

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