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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 it easy for you to email, phone or even visit your legislators. And we'll keep you informed on the progress you're making as one of the very important voices for the cure.

Together You’re the Cure advocates have succeeded in creating smoke-free communities, placing AEDs in public places, securing funding for medical research, and more through policy change.

Text 'YTC2015' to 52886 today!

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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 choices. But first and foremost, Tania is Mom to her two sons.
 
A few years ago, Tania saw what appeared to be a hole in the self-help/cookbook market. As she quickly dropped her baby weight and experienced droves of people at the gym asking how, began to she dig deeper. She realized that while she had made the decision to stop eating emotionally, many of these people had not. Herein lies the groundwork for Eating Light, Done Right: Simply Sinless Recipes from the Single Mom Next Door. Drawing on her experience in the military counseling troops on weight control, she quickly realized that she loved helping people face the demons within. This turning point redirected her life in a positive direction.
 
As a mom, Tania knows how important it is to make eating healthy fun for kids. That’s why she teamed up with the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) to establish a program called “Check the Light Before You Bite!” to reward kids when they choose healthy food options at school. The program is in full swing with sponsors, teams and professional athletes signing on, however she quickly realized that her work needed to be taken a step further. Rewarding children for writing recipes, essays and making healthier eating decisions was progress, however it wasn't enough. As she traveled further into schools and the underserved areas, she realized that many of these children didn't have the option to eat healthfully, because they had little to no access to grocery stores and healthy food.
 
Tania understood that her journey to improve children’s health would not be complete without being involved in advocacy through You’re the Cure, to engage Texas lawmakers to change policies for the better. Tania came upon a poignant moment this past December when delivering holiday gifts to an elementary school in Dallas. The hallways were lined with children, Pre-K to fifth grade, waiting to go home. Each student was holding an apple or pear, given to them by the cafeteria staff because otherwise the fruit would have spoiled overnight.

Tania was struck by the fact that these apples and pears may be the only fruit, or dinner that the children would have at home that night. This moment was both heartbreaking and motivating, all in one. The Voices for Healthy Kids Texas Campaign, in which Tania is an active participant through her role on the State Leadership Council, will work diligently to change this, so all Texas families can access grocery stores. Tania is passionate about engaging more volunteers in this effort, and the You’re the Cure Texas team thanks her for her dedication!

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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 level.

Thurman promptly signed the petition and answered a follow-up email to supporters of the petition asking for those interested in learning more about the American Heart Association’s advocacy work to reply to the email. He did so because he believes finding a cure for heart disease and stroke should be a priority.  Thurman’s first activity as a You’re the Cure Advocate involved a visit to U.S. Senator James Inhofe’s office to advocate for the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.

The concept of volunteerism and activism is not a new one for Thurman. He recently returned from a service trip to Nicaragua where he taught classes and distributed food and supplies to youth groups.

Thurman has also worked with his mother to visit juvenile centers and visit with youth.   Travel and new experiences are a driving factor in his commitment to service. “Volunteerism is a way for me to give back while being around people,” he said. 

Interested in becoming more involved with the American Heart Association’s fight to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke? Email Brian Bowser at brian.bowser@heart.org to learn more about how you can take action!

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Small Hearts. Big Challenges.

Small hearts can conceal big challenges, especially when it comes to congenital heart defects. It’s one of the most common birth defects in the U.S. and the leading killer of infants with birth defects.

What if we could do something simple to help provide a strong start for a new life? We can. It is through screening for critical congenital heart defects using pulse oximetry testing. This simple, quick and non-invasive test can detect the most critical heart defects before newborns leave the hospital.


Click here to send a note to your lawmakers letting them know you support this critical newborn screening!

In the upcoming weeks we will need your help to pass legislation in Colorado to make sure this screening is available.

To honor our littlest heart heroes help spread the word and tell your legislator to support pulse oximetry testing for all newborns.

Sincerely,

Erin O’Reilly
Government Relations Director

Susanna Morris
Sr. Government Relations Director

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Wear Red Day in Colorado

You're the Cure advocates gathered at the Capitol in support of National Wear Red Day. The morning began with advocates meeting with legislators about our top public policy priorities. American Heart Association advocacy staff then conducted an advocacy training in which advocates heard from State Advocacy Committee Member Sherri Foote on why she became involved with our efforts over the years. Afterward, You're the Cure advocates the had the opportunity to go to the House of Representatives and Senate chambers to receive a resolution declaring February 6th as National Wear Red day throughout the state!

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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 better diet than Dad had’ believing it wouldn’t impact me.

But that changed an hour after a squash game in 2004 when I felt nausea, dizziness, sweating, and threw up several times. Twenty minutes later there was no pain but tightening in my chest. Being a guy I made a practical decision to drive 17 miles home to my wife. Do not do this.

Once home the paramedics were called quickly and I started receiving medical attention. The great work they do includes communicating with the hospital so they are prepared to receive you and this can be life- saving.

They put paddles to my chest in the wagon leading to a stent in RCA. Home lunchtime Wed. I went back to the gym Saturday to ramp up my fitness slowly.

In 2005 I experienced a similar event and had another episode in 2012.  I am very fortunate to survive these events and feel compelled to share my story and help others.

I have made it my mission to talk with groups of people to help them learn the risk factors and warning signs associated with heart disease – especially men!  I have found that guys have a terrific ability to ignore warning signs and not admit when their body is telling them something is wrong. 

I explain the importance of good nutrition and exercise.  But I also explain the critical role that genes and family history play in one’s risk for heart disease.  My dad died at age 59 from cardiovascular disease after three events.  His dad also died at 67 from CVD.  My brother had a double by pass at age 49 and is thankfully still living at 76.

My message is simple: know your risk, know your numbers, and don’t ignore warning signs.  Listen to your Doctor and act on their advice. Your loved ones and friends will thanks you.

While I have made many presentations over the years I recently made a trip to the New Mexico Capitol to share my story with lawmakers.  With the help of heart and stroke healthy legislation we can continue to not only raise awareness but improve effective systems of care for patients. 

I look forward to sharing my story with anyone willing to hear it and encourage you to share your voice in any way you can. 

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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 accumulate and you can achieve different “ranks”.  If you are logged in right now you can look at the top of the page to view your points and current rank. 

Here are Champions and Heroes from across the SouthWest Affiliate. (Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming)

Champions:
Kristin A. (Lakewood, CO)
Mel A. (Dallas, TX)
Dr. Selina A. (Pearland, TX)
Bethany A. (Colorado Springs, CO)
Linda A. (Englewood, CO)
Amy B. (Norman, OK)
Kristen B. (Spencer, OK)
Linda A. (Englewood, CO)
Amy B. (Norman, OK)
Kristen B. (Spencer, OK)
Sharon B. (Palmer Lake, CO)
Mary Ann B. (Edmond, CO)
T. Bell (Austin, TX)
Aryn B. (Colorado)
Eric B. (Houston, TX)
Kevin B. (Dallas, TX)
Nancy B. (College Station, TX)
Kristen B. (Fort Worth, TX)
Sarah B. (Fort Worth, TX)
Beth B.   (Pottsboro, TX)
Cheryl B. (Austin, TX)
Cherie B. (Missouri City, TX)
Tim B. (Wylie, TX)
Pat B. (Oklahoma City, OK)
Aabha B. (Houston, TX)
Karen B.  (Fairview, TX)
Jeb B. (Golden, CO)
Darry C.  (Tahlequah, OK)
David C.  (El Paso, TX)
Rakesh C. (Golden, CO)
Heather C. (TX)
Kathryn C. (Denver, CO)
Shannon C. (Edmond, OK)
Darlene C. (Dallas, TX)
William C. (Houston, TX)
Michael  C. (Lubbock, TX)
Harvey C. (Midwest City, OK)
Kathleen C. (Wylie, TX)
Gloria C.  (Garland, TX)
Denise C. (CO)
Michelle C. (Round Rock, TX)
Shannon C. (Austin, TX)
Chris C.   (San Antonio, TX)
Anne D.  (Austin, TX)
Anne D.  (TX)
Carroll D. (Houston, TX)
Ashley Davis. (The Woodlands, TX)
Larissa D. (Austin, TX)
Rodney D. (Sugar Land, TX)
B. D. (Albuquerque, NM)
Brooke D. (Frisco, TX)
Natasha D. (Dallas, TX)
Sylvia D.  (Plano, TX)
Holly D.  (Westminster, CO)
Carol D.  (Little Rock, AR)
Brian E.  (Dallas, TX)
Michael  E. (Casper, WY)
I. E. (Tularosa, NM)
Diana E. (Austin, TX)
Ruthie E. (Harlingen, TX)
Suzy F. (Cave Springs, AR)
Indira F. (Houston, TX)
Johnny F. (Jackson, WY)
Sarah F.  (CO)
Brandy F. (Tulsa, OK)
Jo Marie F. (Houston, TX)
Kerrie F. (Oklahoma City, OK)
James F. (Denver, CO)
Gina G. (Thornton, CO)
Rod G. (Humble, TX)
Patricia G. (Rio Rancho, NM)
Suze G.  (Ridgway, CO)
Sheryl G. (Galveston, TX)
Dee G. (Golden, CO)
Rhonda G. (Heber Springs, AR)
Silvia G.  (CO)
Erin H. (Denver, CO)
Teresa H. (Denver, CO)
Bennett H.  (Austin, TX)
Penny H. (North Richland Hills, TX)
Lindsey H. (Tulsa, OK)
Lisa H. (Sachse, TX)
Renee H. (CO)
Pamela H. (Tulsa, OK)
Cindy H. (Fayetteville, AR)
Athena H. (Arvada, CO)
Ann J. (Laramie, WY)
Beverly J. (CO)
Laura J.  (Mesquite, TX)
Carolyn J. (Oklahoma City, OK)
Shelly J. Edmond (OK)
Gia K. (Dallas, TX)
Racheal  K. (Austin, TX)
Valerie K. (Littleton, CO)
Katherine K. (Northglenn, CO)
Diane K. (NM)
Dena K.  (Thornton, CO)
Nancy K.  (Orange, TX)
Robert K. (Lone Tree, CO)
James K.  (Fort Worth, TX)
James K.  (Corpus Christi, TX)
Ashley K. (Little Rock, AR)
Lee L. (Denver, CO)
Mercedes L. (Claremore , OK)
Amy L. (Austin, TX)
Michelle L. (CO)
Britni L. (Oklahoma City, OK)
Carrie L.  (Broomfield, CO)
Traci L.  (CO)
Ben L. (Casper, WY)
Lindsay L. (Denver, CO)
Lindsay L. (McKinney, TX)
Mary L. (Austin, TX)
Karina L.  (Oklahoma City, OK)
Kay L. (Thornton, CO)
Wonder L. (Little Rock, AR)
Krishna M. (Aurora, CO)
Kimberly M. (Aurora, CO)
Monica M. (Tulsa, OK)
Jose M.  (Albuquerque, NM)
Debra M. (Rockwall, TX)
Lea M. (Edmond, OK)
Linda M.  (Arlington, TX)
Wolford M. (Dallas, TX)
James M. (Dallas, TX)
Mark M.  (Norman, OK)
CARYL M. (Carrollton, TX)
Vince M. (Austin, TX)
William M. (Broken Arrow, OK)
Patrick M. (Tulsa, OK)
Diana M. (Corpus Christi, TX)
Jim M. (Albuquerque, NM)
Lisa N. (McKinney, TX)
Scott N.  (Casper, WY)
Amanda N. (CO)
Patricia N. (Oklahoma City, OK)
Brion O. (Manor, TX)
Gisella O. (McKinney, TX)
Cindy O.  (Cheyenne, WY)
Brandy P. (Forney, TX)
Mary P.  (Lawton, OK)
Annette P. (CO)
Taylor P.  (NM)
Guadalupe P. (Dallas, TX)
Blair P. (Denver, CO)
April P. (Austin, TX)
Gina P. (Little Rock, AR)
Francine P. (San Antonio, TX)
Debbie P. (Denver, CO)
Janeene P. (Golden, CO)
Marcella P. (Irving, TX)
Pamm P. (Bentonville, AR)
Mary P.  (Houston, TX)
James P.  (Tulsa, OK)
Lorna P. (CO)
Virginia R. (Mesquite, TX)
Rene R.  (Houston, TX)
Kendall R. (Little Rock, AR)
Georgina R. (Poteau, OK)
Colleen R. (Cheyenne, WY)
Debra R. (Plano, TX)
James R. (Dallas, TX)
Chris R.  (Austin, TX)
Laura S. (Pueblo, CO)
Christina S. (CO)
Fred S. (Norman, OK)
Lori S. (Thornton, CO)
Wendy S. (Denver, CO)
Luke S. (Colorado Springs, CO)
Luke S. (Kyle, TX)
Jenny S. (Rogers, AR)
Jim S.  (Houston, TX)
Joseph S. (Lewisville, TX)
Tawnya S. (Pueblo, CO)
Marchelle S.  (Dallas, TX)
Sandy S. (Little Rock, AR)
Christa S. (San Antonio, TX)
Jennifer  S. (Austin, TX)
Lynn S. (Denver , CO)
Natalie S. (Austin, TX)
Felicia S. (Round Rock, TX)
Scott S. (Flower Mound, TX)
Jessica S. (Houston, TX)
Amy S. (Jenks, OK)
Carol S.  (Edmond, OK)
Jan S. (Panama, OK)
Sherri S. (El Reno, OK)
Rebecca S. (Pueblo, CO)
Connie S. (Jonesboro, AR)
Robyn S. (Edmond, OK)
Nicole S.  (Houston, TX)
Sofie T. (Plano, TX)
Dara T.  (Wheat Ridge, CO)
Robert T. (NM)
Sarah T. (Crestone, CO)
Dianne T. (Houston, TX)
Adam T. (Lubbock, TX)
Sara T. (Denver, CO)
Amanda T. (Dallas, TX)
Montra V. (Garland, TX)
Kelley V. (Red Oak, TX)
Renee V. (Denver, CO)
James W. (The Woodlands, TX)
Dusty W. (El Paso, TX)
Kelly W.  (Bigelow, AR)
Casie W. (Austin, TX)
Teresa W. (Noble, OK)
Gretchen W. (Highlands Ranch, CO)
Janice W. (Marion, AR)
Vickie W. (AR)
Jacqueline W. (Austin, TX)
Kristy W. (Littleton, CO)
Tracy W. (Cedar Park, TX)
Robert W. (Austin, TX)

Heroes:
Kenya A. (Albuquerque, NM)
Larry A. (Superior, CO)
Angela A. (The Colony, TX)
Hope A. (Austin, TX)
Jim A. (Garland, TX)
Lisa A. (Austin, TX)
Shezeen A. (Fort Worth, TX)
Naomi A. (Austin, TX)
Jaime A. (Dallas, TX)
Jodi A. (Pueblo, CO)
Julie A. (Oklahoma)
Julie A. (Midwest City, OK)
Terri B. (Yukon, OK)
Judith B. (Bella Vista, AR)
Matthew B. (Plano, TX)
Jeri B. (Denver, CO)
Mary B. (Denver CO)
Amber J’Nae B. (Austin, TX)
Whitney B. (Denver, CO)
Kelsey B. (Austin, TX)
Mary B.  (Albuquerque, NM)
Alan B. (Sandia Park, NM)
Robert B. (Lafayette, CO)
Ashley B. (Cedar Hill, TX)
G. B. (Colorado Springs, CO)
Laura B. (San Antonio, TX)
Brian B. (Austin, TX)
Fran B. (Placitas, NM)
Kristine B. (Dallas, TX)
Terri W. (Austin, TX)
Brooke B. (Austin, TX)
Megan C. (Denver, CO)
Linda C. (Boulder, CO)
Harry C. (Englewood, CO)
Charmagne C. (Austin, TX)
Denni C.  (Grand Prairie, TX)
Marilyn D. (Oklahoma City, OK)
Jeanell D. (TX)
Steve D.  (Mountain Home, AR)
Courtney D. (Austin, TX)
Amy D. (Albuquerque, NM)
Michael D. (Austin, TX)
Perri D. (Lakewood, CO)
Linda D. (Golden, CO)
Claire D. (Albuquerque, NM)
Douglas  D. (Dallas, TX)
Joyce E.  (Irving, TX)
Midge E. (Corpus Christi, TX)
Bryan F. (Pueblo, CO)
Sheri F. (Arvada, CO)
Craig F. (Cedar Park, TX)
John G. (Round Rock, TX)
David G.  (Denver, CO)
Deanna G. (Allen, TX)
Nancy G. (Glenpool, OK)
Tamara G. (Fairview, TX)
Allison G. (Coppell, TX)
Barbara  H. (Skiatook, OK)
Karin H.  (Flower Mound, TX)
Matthew H.  (Lubbock, TX)
Garrett H. (Webster, TX)
Tim H. (Irving, TX)
Lindsay H. (Denver, CO)
Lori H. (Westminster, CO)
Julie H. (Little Rock, AR)
Melanie H. (Round Rock, TX)
Debbie H. (Edmond, OK)
Linda H. (Saginaw, TX)
Sam H. (Fort Worth, TX)
Sue K. (Denver, CO)
Enola K.  (Albuquerque, NM)
Connie K. (Arlington, TX)
Amit K. (Coppell, TX)
Julie K. (Aurora, CO)
Tricia K.  (Fort Collins, CO)
Melissa K. (Pueblo, CO)
Brant K.  (Houston, TX)
Barbara K. (Jacksonville, AR)
Robyn L.  (Dallas, TX)
LisaJo L.  (Colorado Springs, CO)
Suzanne L. (Albuquerque, NM)
Scott L. (Pueblo, CO)
Suzanne L. (San Antonio, TX)
Kathryn  L.  (Arlington, TX)
Petra L. (Oklahoma City, OK)
Evan M. (Denver, CO)
Jimmy M. (Chimayo, NM)
Joshua M. (Albuquerque, NM)
Ashley M. (Denver, CO)
Donna M. (Broken Arrow, OK)
Tammy M. (Fort Worth, TX)
Rosalinda M. (Austin, TX)
Laura M. (Garland, TX)
Jim M.  (NM)
Susan M. (Rockwall, TX)
Doug M. (Pueblo, CO)
Salomi M. (Irving, TX)
John M.  (Austin, TX)
Thomas  N. (Alamo, TX)
Erica O.  (Colorado Springs, CO)
Mary Ann O.  (Greenwood Village, CO)
Pete O. (El Paso, TX)
Christina O. (Pflugerville , TX)
Susan P.  (Sunrise Beach, TX)
Jacque P. (Loveland, CO)
Diana R.  (Irving, TX)
Leslie R. (Pueblo, CO)
Samantha R. (Allen, TX)
Christopher R. (Lakewood, CO)
Linda R.  (Houston, TX)
Joel R. (Brenham, TX)
Elizabeth R. (Austin, TX)
Roger S. (Argyle, TX)
Rachel S. (Divide, CO)
Katie S. (Little Rock, AR)
Mark S. (Plano, TX)
Debra S. (Rockwall, TX)
Jennifer S. (Oklahoma City, OK)
Joshua S. (McKinney, TX)
Greg S. (Austin, TX)
Christina S. (Edmond, OK)
Pamela S. (Pflugerville, TX)
Nora S. (San Antonio, TX)
Alexis S. (North Little Rock, AR)
Arsheill S. (Austin, TX)
Laura S.  (Plano, TX)
Tracey S. (Terrell, TX)
Lisa S. (Houston, TX)
Mary T. (Castle Rock, CO)
Thomas T. (Lubbock, TX)
Justin T. (Tulsa, OK)
Sara T. (Denver, CO)
Elizabeth T. (Oklahoma City, OK)

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2015: We're ready. Are you?

The gavel is down and the 2015 Legislative Session has officially started. We are excited and eager to work with our state legislators on policies that will help make Colorado healthier and safer.

Please take a moment to send an email to  your legislators, welcoming them to the State Capitol.  


A few of the issues that we are working on are:

 
• Boosting economic development while creating healthier communities by making it easier for small businesses, such as local corner stores, to make fresh, healthier food more available; and


• Increase funding for the Safe Routes to Schools program to provide for safer, healthier, and more active communities across Colorado; and


• Ensuring all birthing facilities perform a simple pulse-oximetry screening on newborns to test for critical congenital heart defects. We know this can be very effective at detecting critical, life-threatening congenital heart defects, and newborn lives could potentially be saved by earlier detection and treatment.

 
Click here to let legislators know how the decisions they make will impact the health of their constituents.

Over the next several months you will receive emails providing updates on the progress of these issues, as well as giving you the opportunity to take action via email, phone calls, and visits to legislator offices. Just know that your voice is incredibly important to the work that the American Heart Association does at our state Capitol.


We know that effective grassroots campaigns are vital to making positive changes to health policy in the state of Colorado. We can’t do this without you!

You’re the Cure. 

Heart Disease and Stroke. You’re the Cure.

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Let's Advocate for Heart at the Capitol!

Join us at our state Capitol on Friday, February 6th, as we recognize National Wear Red Day and the fight against the number one killer of women - heart disease, by advocating for heart healthy and stroke smart policies.

What: Advocating for Heart at the Capitol
When: Friday, February 6th, 8:00 am-9:30 am
Where: The Colorado Capitol, located at 200 East Colfax Avenue in Denver, CO 80203
Why: To recognize National Wear Red Day and support the American Heart Association’s legislative agenda.

Please reply to this email or contact Julie.Knowles@heart.org to RSVP.

Our Advocating for Heart event will include: an advocacy training and issue overview on our top legislative priorities, feature a special guest speaker, and include visits with legislators.

We hope you will join us in Denver on February 6th as we fight for a healthier Colorado!


Heart Disease and Stroke. You’re the Cure.

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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 we live in.  In many cases we get the society that we demand which is a tremendous responsibility. 
 
For myself, I want to live in world with better health outcomes for everyone and a reduction in risks associated with heart disease and stroke.  I realized one way to build that world was through the advocacy efforts of the American Heart Association. My passion for this type of volunteer work comes from the fact I have been a Registered Nurse and healthcare administrator for over 33 years and I have cared for many patients with a variety of cardiovascular health issues. I have seen the progress that we have made in the last 33 years and the work that still needs to be done.   
 
There’s just something about advocacy that gets in your blood. I think it has to do with the ups and downs of the legislative process and fulfilling your civic duty to participate in the process. I always make a point of telling legislators, that they have as much power as a good physician when they pass good legislation that helps and improves the lives of their constituents. A thrill also comes from the fact that you can effect hundreds of thousands or even millions of lives with the passage of one bill and one governor’s signature. 
 
I mentioned some memorable moments before and I’d like to list just a few of them now:
 
•         In 2010 I Chaired the Smoke-Free San Antonio Coalition which successfully passed a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance.  This came after nearly a decade long fight that included a weak ordinance being passed and reluctance on the part of the San Antonio City Council.  But we never gave up and finally prevailed  with a smoke-free victory in 2010.
 
•         In 2011 I joined the AHA’s State Advocacy Committee in Texas and have been a frequent visitor to the Texas Capitol.  Since that time we have successfully passed legislation related to CPR training in schools, Pulse-Ox testing for newborns, and critical public funding for heart attack and stroke systems of care.    
 
•         This year I have happily accepted the role of Chairing the State Advocacy Committee and look forward to even greater advocacy successes.  
 
I have been fortunate to interact with a number of elected officials during this time including Julian Castro who was Mayor of San Antonio in 2010.  He went on to give the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in 2012 and now serves in the Presidential Cabinet as HUD Secretary.  Two of the City Council members that voted YES are now serving in the Texas House of Representatives and are some of the AHA’s biggest supporters.  A number of the State Representatives I have met with are now serving higher office in the Texas Senate and U.S. Congress.
 
I would encourage all advocates to build relationships with their elected officials, especially at the local level.  You might be surprised about how easy  it is to gain access and how willing your lawmakers are to hear from you.  Your local officials are also the future statewide and federal lawmakers who will make public policy decisions for decades to come.  I have found that when we reach a lawmaker and truly connect with them with our personal stories, we have champions for life.  
 
If you haven’t already, I invite you to join You’re the Cure (www.yourethecure.org) and begin you journey of Advocating for Heart. 

 

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