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NM Advocacy AfterHours: Will you join us?

Join us for an Advocacy AfterHours event on Wednesday, May 25th from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Apothecary Lounge atop the Hotel Parq Central in Albuquerque to learn more about the American Heart Association health initiatives in New Mexico and how you can get involved!

We will also celebrate the recent CPR in Schools victory in New Mexico that will create a generation of lifesavers in our great state!

Please RSVP today and join us for this exciting event. CLICK HERE.

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Volunteers Needed: ABQ Heart Walk

We have a great opportunity to grow our You’re the Cure advocacy network at our upcoming Albuquerque Heart Walk, and we need your help. Please join us as we advocate for healthier lives and communities throughout New Mexico!

We are looking for volunteers that will help us talk with Heart Walk participants and ask them to support our heart healthy and stroke smart policies. Volunteers are a very important part of this effort, and we need YOU there for a successful event. We hope that you can be part of it.

Join us at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Park, where we will meet at 7:30 a.m.

*Please note that we will provide an advocacy training by phone prior to the start of the Heart Walk.



For more information about the Albuquerque Heart Walk: CLICK HERE.

Follow us on Twitter: @YouretheCureNM

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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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Update: Healthy Vending in Albuquerque

We are working in Albuquerque, with City Councilmen Pat Davis and Brad Winters, to pass and implement an ordinance that would allow for healthier foods to be sold in vending machines in all city owned buildings.  These improvements create a healthier environment for city employees, citizen-visitors and participants in city programs. 

Healthy food standards can benefit Albuquerque in many ways, including:

  • Demonstrating a commitment to addressing obesity
  • Increasing access to healthier food options
  • Increasing the accessibility of fruit and vegetable choices
  • Decreasing daily sodium intake
  • Decreasing empty calorie consumption
  • Decreasing added sugar intake
  • Increasing dietary fiber sources
  • Assisting to help reduce the economic burden of obesity
  • Leading from the top in making healthy food choices

We applaud these two councilmen for leading this effort in making the healthy choice the easy choice for city employees and residents.  We will continue to update you as the ordinance progresses, and hope that you can lend your voice to the effort.  

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AHA President Says: The Science is Clear on Sodium Reduction

Check this out! In a new video, the President of the AHA, Dr. Mark Creager, explains that the science behind sodium reduction is clear. He says that robust evidence has linked excess sodium intake with high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and heart failure. And, he points out that you can do something about it: join AHA’s efforts to demand change in the amounts of sodium in our food supply.

“Nearly 80 percent of the sodium we eat comes from processed, prepackaged, and restaurant foods” says AHA president Dr. Mark Creager. The video shows the 6 foods that contribute the most salt to the American diet: breads & rolls, cold cuts and cured meats, pizza, poultry, soup, and sandwiches."

To see the video, head over to our Sodium Breakup blog!

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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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The healthy difference a month can make

March is Nutrition Month, and a perfect time to get more involved with the AHA’s ongoing efforts to promote science-based food and nutrition programs that help reduce cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Every day, we’re seeing new initiatives: to make fruits and vegetables more affordable; to reduce the number of sugar-sweetened beverages that our kids are drinking; and of course, to ensure students are getting the healthiest school meals possible, all with the same goal: to help families across the country lead the healthiest lives they possibly can.

It’s also a great opportunity to lower your sodium intake. The average American consumes more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium per day – more than twice the AHA-recommended amount. Excessive sodium consumption has been shown to lead to elevated blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Visit for tips on to lower your intake and to get heart-healthy recipes.

However you choose to celebrate, Nutrition Month gives us all the chance to take control of our diets; to recommit to eating fresh, healthy foods; and to remember all month long that you’re the cure.

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A generation of lifesavers for New Mexico!

Last week in New Mexico, Governor Susana Martinez signed House Bill 104 and Senate Bill 1 into law.  These bills add CPR to the health class requirements for all students in New Mexico.  Now that this legislation has passed ,all students in New Mexico will receive hands on, psychomotor skills based CPR training prior to high school graduation.  

By training high school students in CPR and first aid, we are equipping approximately 100,000 New Mexico residents with the skills to save lives over the next five years, creating new generations of lifesavers in New Mexico!

Thank you to Governor Martinez for signing the bills and to Representative McMillan and Senator Sanchez for carrying the bills through the legislative process in New Mexico!

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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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Albuquerque turns Civic Plaza RED!

Heart disease and stroke claim the lives of 1 in 3 women. For more than 10 years, the American Heart Association has sponsored National Wear Red Day® to raise awareness in the fight against heart disease in women. Women, men, and local businesses of Albuquerque were invited to participate in National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 5, 2016. 

Local supporters of the Go Red movement met at Civic Plaza for the annual Wear Red Day rally, which included presentations from Mayor Richard Berry, longtime advocate for the American Heart Association, and others. National Wear Red Day is presented locally by the Albuquerque Goes Red sponsor, Lovelace Health Systems.

A huge thank you to all of our supporters for joining us to make this photo spectacular! Wear red, be proud, be loud. #ABQGoRed

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