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The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premier community event, helping to save lives from heart disease and stroke. More than 300 walks across America raise funds to support valuable health research, education and advocacy programs of the American Heart Association in every state. Our You’re the Cure advocacy movement – and our public policy successes along the way – are all made possible by the funds raised by the Heart Walk. Whether it’s CPR laws passed to train the next generation of lifesavers or policy to regulate tobacco products and prevent youth smoking,  together we are building a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The Heart Walk is truly a community event, celebrating survivors, living healthy, and being physically active. We hope you’ll join us and visit the site today. If there is not a walk listed in your area soon,  it may be coming in the spring season or you can join a virtual event. And don’t forget to connect with your local advocacy staff and ask about your local Heart Walk day-of You’re the Cure plans - they may need your help spreading the word. Thanks for all you do, and happy Heart Walk season.

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Advocates talk #HealthyVendingABQ at the Albuquerque Heart Walk!

A group of dedicated volunteers joined us at the Albuquerque Heart Walk on June 18th to raise their voice in support of stroke smart and heart healthy policies including the #HealthyVendingABQ campaign!  We were amazed and inspired by their enthusiasm and commitment to recruit You're the Cure advocates to join the fight against heart disease and stroke.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. Without the support of these dedicated heart advocates and stroke heroes, we wouldn't be able to advance our mission of building healthier lives. Thank you to our You're the Cure advocates for all they do in keeping up the good fight!

For more information on #HealthyVendingABQ please contact Erin Hackett at erin.hackett@heart.org.

You can also catch an informative Good Day New Mexico segment from early July with two of our rock star advocates here: 

http://www.kob.com/lifestyle/healthy-vending-machine-options/4191321/?cat=11121#.V31MlE0UXIV

 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Dr. Allison Pierce

Please meet our new American Heart Association volunteer leader and Arkansas State Advocacy Committee member, Dr. Allison Pierce.  

Hometown: Dallas, Texas     Current town: Springdale, Arkansas

Favorite movie: Stand By Me
Hobbies: cooking, gardening, home improvement projects, playing with my dogs
Pets: Kizzy (4-year-old blue heeler mix), Red (2-year-old boxer mix), Bill and Pi (2-year-old carpet pythons)

Role model: When in doubt, I look to my mother, who taught me patience, accountability, honesty, kindness, and generosity while making sure I understood that life is precious and to be lived fully every day.

Greatest achievement: I am an aunt to a wonderful four-year-old named Lily, and there is another little one on the way. While this is not necessarily my own achievement, it has brought me more joy than anything else I have experienced, and I have absolutely loved getting to know my younger sister as the beautiful nurturer that she has become. As far as my own achievements, I am looking forward to finishing my psychiatry residency. The path to becoming a physician has required years of focus and commitment, so that day will be quite a milestone.

Two celebrities or historical figures you would want to have dinner with (living or not) and why them? This is a difficult question to answer because there are so many. Maya Angelou comes to mind since her writing has been an inspiration to me for almost my entire life. I hear she could throw a great party, and I would love to talk to her about life, love, politics, and a host of other topics. Slavenka Drakulic is another strong and passionate woman who has inspired me. She endured the oppression of communism and still found joy in life while standing up to her oppressors, often at great risk to herself. She has inspired me in many ways, and I would enjoy hearing some of the more personal stories that don't make it into her writings. If I were hosting a dinner for historical figures or celebrities, it would most certainly be a large group.

Why is advocating with the AHA important to you? Heart disease runs in my family, so it is an issue that hits close to home for me. In my experience as a physician, I have seen the far reaching social, physical, and mental effects of heart disease. It is largely preventable, and advocacy is an integral component in providing education and resources that will empower people to take care of themselves.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Caitlyn Cook, Miss Central Arkansas 2016

Caitlyn is a hands-only CPR presenter and educator for the American Heart Association and American Red Cross; Zumba Instructor at University of Central Arkansas HPER Center; Titleholder in the Miss Arkansas Organization (Miss Central Arkansas 2016)

Name: Caitlyn Cook

Hometown: Conway, Arkansas

Favorite Vacation Spot: Mykonos, Greece

Favorite Movie: Gone With the Wind

Hobbies: Singing, Greek and Middle Eastern dancing, fitness training, instructing Zumba Fitness, and competing in pageants.

Why is advocacy with the AHA important to you?

Having lost friends and family members due to heart related issues, I became inspired to find an organization that aligned with my passion of living a heart healthy life. When finding the American Heart Association, I knew I had found the perfect fit for my advocacy. This discovery led to finding my role within this worthy organization as an ambassador for Hands-Only CPR to save lives. I have presented and educated to over 6,000 students and adults in the past two years. My goal is to impact over 10,000 lives on the importance of being emergency prepared.

To learn more about Hands-Only CPR CLICK HERE.

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Help Protect PE for Kids Like Me!

Guest post from Reagan Spomer, 6th grader Alliance for a Healthier Generation Youth Advisory Board Member & You’re the Cure Advocate

I have two words for you… scooter hockey.  Sounds fun, doesn’t it?  That’s because it is!  Scooter hockey, along with cage ball and 3-way soccer are some of my favorite activities in gym class, which I have a few times a week.

I’m glad I have physical education for a number of reasons.  It keeps me active and teaches me to try new things.  It helps me focus on my school work.  It relieves my stress.  And most of all, it makes me feel great! 

But I know a lot of schools don’t have regular PE like my schools does.  That means a lot of kids are missing out on the benefits of being active during the school day.  I think this needs to change.   

Will you help?  As part of the nationwide campaign to protect PE in schools, Voices for Healthy Kids has created a photo petition map to show how many people across the country love PE like I do.  As people share their pictures, the map will change colors.  I’ve added my “I heart PE” photo for South Dakota.  Will you do the same for your state?  It’s really easy:

  1. Print an “I heart PE” sign (or make your own!)
  2. Take a picture of yourself holding the sign.
  3. Click on your state to share your photo.

Thanks for helping to protect PE for kids like me!
-Reagan

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A Healthy Vending Message from Jim!

My name is Jim Myers, and I am the Chair of the New Mexico State Advocacy Committee for the AHA. You may have seen a few news stories about a resolution that was introduced by Albuquerque City Councilors Pat Davis and Brad Winter that would promote healthier food and beverage options in vending machines in city-owned buildings.

I wanted to take a moment to let you know how important this resolution is, and ask you to take action in support of healthier food and beverage options!

Each and every day, we wake up with the intention to live the healthiest life possible, and then the challenges of life get in the way. We miss our morning work out, leave the house quickly while forgetting lunch, or we simply do not stick to making the healthiest choices at lunch because the choice is not always available when leading a busy life.

Resolution 16-52 is aimed at helping to make the healthy choice the easy choice by offering healthier food and beverage options in vending machines in city-owned buildings across Albuquerque.

The resolution will be heard in the City Council Finance Committee on June 13th, and we need you to email your City Councilor and let them know that you support this important policy and appreciate their efforts in trying to make the HEALTHY choice the EASY choice.

CLICK HERE to take action on this issue today! 

Thank you for your time and support,
Jim Myers
AHA Advocate

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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.

TO SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER please email Allison.Hogue@heart.org

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

Follow us on Twitter: @YouretheCureNM

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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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