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Happy Anniversary, Austin! Celebrating 10 Years as a Smoke-Free Community

Today marks the TEN-YEAR anniversary of Austin’s comprehensive smoke-free ordinance.  That’s 3,650 days and counting of less smoking, better indoor air quality, and healthier citizens!

Secondhand smoke is a leading cause of heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or at work increase their risk of developing heart disease by 25-30%. Workers in the hospitality industry often face the greatest risk for exposure. There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

Austin’s decade-long ordinance is cause for celebration; however, there is still work to be done. As we recognize the 10th anniversary of smoke-free air in Austin, the American Heart Association encourages all Central Texas communities to support smoke-free workplace policies. Everyone deserves to breathe healthy, smoke-free air.

 Please click here to show your support for smoke-free communities!

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Volunteer at the San Angelo Heart Walk!

Can you join us on Saturday, September 12th as we advocate for HEART? On this day we have a big opportunity to recruit You're the Cure advocates in San Angelo. We invite you to join us at the You’re the Cure table to help share your story, meet new advocates and build support for a healthier community.

Here are the details: 

San Angelo Heart Walk
Kids Kingdom Park, 290 W. River Dr.
7:30 am-11:30 am
Email Vanessa.Fuentes@heart.org to sign up to volunteer!

This is our best opportunity to recruit new advocates to help support local, state and federal policies that build healthier lives and communities, but we can’t do it without you!

If you would like to help our advocacy efforts at the You’re the Cure table, please RSVP today! You can also respond to this email if you would like more information on participating in the Walk or starting a Heart Walk team.

We hope to see you out there!

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Join Us at a Heart Walk Near You!

Can you to join us on Saturday, September 12th as we advocate for HEART? On this day we’ll have three American Heart Association Heart Walks in North Texas, which means three BIG opportunities to recruit You're the Cure advocates from across Texas. We invite you to join us at the You’re the Cure table to help share your story, meet new advocates and build support for a healthier community.

Here are the details:

Dallas Heart Walk
Base of Reunion Tower,300 Reunion Boulevard East
8 am-11:30 am
RSVP Here


Tarrant County Heart Walk
Will Rogers Memorial Complex, 3401 Lancaster Ave.
7:30 am-11:30 am
RSVP Here

Denton Heart Walk
C.H. Collins Athletic Complex
8:00 am-11:30 am
RSVP Here 

This is our best opportunity to recruit new advocates to help support local, state and federal policies that build healthier lives and communities, but we can’t do it without you!

If you would like to help our advocacy efforts at the You’re the Cure table, please RSVP today! You can also respond to this email if you would like more information on participating in the Walk or starting a Heart Walk team.

We hope to see you out there!

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Help Make The Healthy Choice, The Easy Choice in Austin!

With your help, a fresh and healthy choice is right around the corner. 

To grow up healthy, children and their families need many things in their communities. One thing is a store selling fresh fruits and vegetables.

Did you know, 14% of Texans - that's 3.4 million people! - live in neighborhoods lacking healthy food options? Some of those areas are right here in Austin.

Five City of Austin ZIP codes are without a grocery store, limiting families' access to healthy and fresh food.

This takes a toll on the city's health. Only 30 percent of Greater Austin residents meet the recommended daily allowance of fruit and vegetables, and the obesity rate within Greater Austin is 25 percent.

What's in store for people with limited access to healthy fruits and vegetables? A higher risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Do you support increased access to fresh, healthy food for Austin neighborhoods?

Join the #MoreAtMyStore movement today!

 

Add your name to show your support. You'll also receive notices of opportunities to take action in your community, to help make the healthy choice the easy choice in Austin neighborhoods.

We believe healthy living in Austin is right around the corner.

 

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What is the state of obesity in Austin?

Austin is known for being fit. We jog Lady Bird Lake, swim Barton Springs, and snack on healthy bites. Austin has a healthy reputation that can't be beat. But did you know that 39 percent of Austin-area adults are overweight, and another 21 percent are obese? Our children are affected too: nearly 1 in 4 fourth graders, 1 in 5 eighth graders, and 1 in 5 eleventh graders in the Austin area have obesity.

How is childhood obesity affected by access to healthy foods?

To grow up healthy, children and their families need many things in their communities. One thing is a store selling fresh fruits and vegetables. Did you know, 14% of Texans - that's 3.4 million people! - live in neighborhoods lacking healthy food options? Some of those areas are right here in Austin. Five City of Austin ZIP codes (78617, 78653, 78721, 78725, 78744) are without a grocery store, limiting families' access to healthy and fresh food.

This takes a toll on the city's health. Only 30 percent of Greater Austin residents meet the recommended daily allowance of fruit and vegetables, and the obesity rate within Greater Austin is 25 percent. What's in store for people with limited access to healthy fruits and vegetables? A higher risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Do you support increased access to fresh, healthy food for Austin neighborhoods?

Join the #MoreAtMyStore movement today! Add your name to show your support. You'll also receive notices of opportunities to take action in your community, to help make the healthy choice the easy choice in Austin neighborhoods.

We believe healthy living in Austin is right around the corner.

 

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Join the #MoreAtMyStore Movement Today!

Did you know that 3.4 million Texans live in areas where it is difficult to buy fresh and healthy food? Some of those areas are right here in Austin.

This means that for many, their local corner store, which often carries only highly processed or unhealthy food, may be their only option. Texas's obesity epidemic affects both children and adults, and multiple solutions are needed to address this complex issue. One important way to improve the health of everyone is to bring healthy, fresh food to communities. Or, as we like to say, #MoreAtMyStore!

YOU can help make the healthy choice the easy choice. Show your local leaders why you support #MoreAtMyStore.

Together we can help all Austinites find healthier food closer to home!

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New Stroke Guidelines Will Change Stroke Treatment in the U.S

Each year, more than 690,000 Americans have strokes caused by blood clots blocking vessels in the brain, called ischemic strokes. Some of the clots can grow large and may require intense therapy to treat.

However, widely celebrated new research reaffirms that large blood clots in the brain are less likely to result in disability or death, if the blockage is removed in the crucial early hours of having a stroke.

Right now the standard treatment is a clot-dissolving drug called tPA. But it must be given intravenously within 4.5 hours to be effective. For people with larger brain clots, tPA only works about a third of the time.

New studies recommend doctors to use modernized -retrievable stents, to open and trap the clot, allowing doctors to extract the clot and reopen the artery nearly every time when used with tPA.

To learn more read “Clot Removing Devices Provide Better Outcomes for Stroke Patients” and visit StrokeAssociation.org to learn the warning signs of stroke.

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Nancy Birnbaum

I recently met You're the Cure advocate Nancy Birnbaum, a registered nurse who resides in College Station, Texas at the Advocating for Heart event at the Capitol. I loved the passion and enthusiasm she showed for the AHA mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. I chatted with Nancy to learn more about her and why she Advocates for Heart. 

Here's what she had to say:

I do what I can with the time that I have. What I love about the American Heart Association is that there are a lot of avenues to finding your fit. I started volunteering with the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon in College Station and found it especially easy and convenient to respond to action alerts. I like how easy it is to personalize the letter to the lawmaker and I make sure to include a comment as a nurse and a mother. As a mother of 4 grown daughters and grandmother of 9 children, I am passionate about fighting childhood obesity and keep school nutrition standards strong and healthy! I'm a proponent of healthy living so I wanted to get more involved with AHA's advocacy efforts. I decided to take a trip to Austin to participate in Advocating for Heart. Everyone I met was friendly and made it easy to visit with lawmakers and staff. 

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Look What You Did!

Your SouthWest Affiliate Advocacy team is kicking off the new fiscal year by recognizing the tremendous advocacy successes that we couldn’t have achieved without YOU this past legislative session. While we might be six states, we are one affiliate, with one mission - to fight heart disease and stroke. Here’s a look at what you did and every reason why we are celebrating with you.

Arkansas – We worked with partners to successfully refund the Private Option, Arkansas’ innovative approach to expanding access to healthcare to hundreds of thousands of residents. This will continue to help prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease through increased access to preventative care, and save more lives.

Colorado – House Bill 1281, will ensure that newborns across Colorado will be screened for critical congenital heart defects before leaving the hospital, saving the lives of babies across our state.

New Mexico – Stroke patients will benefit from a more coordinated system of care when utilizing emergency services. Senate Bill 81 ensures that EMS stroke care plans will be developed by regional authorities, reducing disability and saving lives.

Oklahoma – Stroke patients will now receive more timely and a better quality of care when being transported to one of the state recognized stroke centers.

Texas – New funds in the state’s budget will expand a program that helps us identify where opportunities exist to improve heart attack and stroke care in the state.

Wyoming – Passage of Senate File 88, will improve the care that stroke patients receive through the coordination of timely and quality care by regional EMS authorities.

We hope you are as proud as we are of these new laws, as well as how they further the mission of the American Heart Association. Your involvement is critical, and we need you to continue this work. You are saving lives with every event you attend, phone call you make and every action alert you send. Keep it up!

PS. We have some new faces on our growing Advocacy Team. We can’t wait to introduce you to them in upcoming action alerts and emails. 

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Advocating for Heart at the Texas Capitol

A group of 22 dedicated volunteers visited with 30 legislative offices to express appreciation of their support of House Bill 1 – the Texas Budget, which dedicated 2 million in critical funding for the Heart Attack and Stroke Data Collection program and maintained current funding for tobacco cessation and prevention programs. You’re the Cure advocates also gave heartfelt thanks to our legislative champions for their support of our Closer to My grocer initiative, Texas Grocery Access Investment Program. 

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