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  • Vote YES on Amendment 72!

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    We're doing everything we can to continue the momentum for a healthier Colorado, and we need your support! Help us advocate for a tobacco tax increase to fund critical unmet health care needs.
  • It's Official: Sugary Drinks Tax Heads to the November Ballot

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    In a historic decision, the Boulder City Council has voted in favor of placing an excise tax on sugary drinks on the November ballot!
  • Volunteers Embark on a Road Trip with Heart!

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    Texas advocates embarked on an epic road trip in August of 2016, traveling across our big state in search of Congressional supporters and cosponsors, and thanking others for their decision to support our federal level advocacy priorities in the 114th...
  • Do you have snack options in Oklahoma County?

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    The American Heart Association’s Oklahoma County’s ANCHOR Partnership Program along with the Oklahoma County Metro Library System are partnering to ensure all library county employees and visitors have access to healthier options in their...
  • Let's Talk Tax: Saving Lives in Wyoming!

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    The Wyoming Revenue Committee will be discussing a tobacco tax at its interim meeting in Buffalo on September 22. Your help is needed now to move this lifesaving proposal forward! Please read on to learn more...
  • Jim Goes to Washington: #HeartAtTheWH

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    On September 9th, New Mexico State Advocacy Team member, Jim Myers joined American Heart Association volunteers from across the country in Washington, D.C. to attend the White House briefing on making health care better for everyone suffering from cardiovascular...
  • Razorbacks show support for Smoke Free Workplaces!

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    This past August 25th, American Heart Association advocacy volunteers worked the crowd at University of Arkansas Razorbash. Kicking off their school year, University of Arkansas students proved to be big supporters of smoke free efforts in Northwest Arkansas
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Layza Lopez-Love

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    Volunteers are the lifeblood of the American Heart Association. We are constantly amazed by our volunteers' commitment to advocate for healthier lives and to help save lives through policy change.
  • Looking for Interns with Heart!

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    We're looking for interns in our Austin office!
  • Round Rock City Council Passes E-Cigarette Ordinance

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    On Thursday September 8 th , the Round Rock City Council took a big step towards health by unanimously passing a proposed e-cigarette ordinance!
  • Video: Not everyone in Austin has access to healthy food.

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    Nearly 3.4 million people across Texas have little or no access to healthy food like fruits and vegetables. These same neighborhoods often struggle with high rates of unemployment and diet-related chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
  • A Fresh Perspective from Alexia Vannucci

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    We are excited to introduce something new to the American Heart Association You're The Cure blog! We will be featuring guest blogger and advocate, Alexia Vannucci monthly with a fresh perspective on the advocacy work of the AHA!
  • Smoke-Free Fort Worth Campaign Launches!

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    On Wednesday August 24th, Smoke-Free Fort Worth officially launched its campaign for a smoke-free ordinance in the North Texas city. Fort Worth is the largest city in Texas to not yet have a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance on the books. The launch...
  • Meet Andy Martinez, Champion for Smoke-Free Workplaces

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    Volunteers are the lifeblood of the American Heart Association. We are constantly amazed by our volunteers' commitment to advocate for healthier lives and to help save lives through policy change. We are pleased to spotlight Andy Martinez as this...
  • The Movement for Healthy Boulder Kids Continues!

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    Earlier this summer, over 9,000 Boulder residents demonstrated their support by signing a petition to increase access to healthy foods, nutrition education, and physical activity, through revenue from a tax on sugary drinks.
  • Meet our Volunteer of the Month: Silvia Gutierrez-Reghunath

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    Volunteers are the lifeblood of the American Heart Association. We are constantly amazed by our volunteers' commitment to advocate for healthier lives and to help save lives through policy change. We are pleased to spotlight Silvia Gutierrez-Raghunath...
  • 160,000 Petition Signatures Submitted to Help Reduce Smoking and Support Critical Health Care Needs and Medical Research

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    We are thrilled to announce that over 160,000 signatures were delivered to the Colorado Secretary of State office to advance this statewide ballot initiative to increase the cigarette tax to raise money for critical health care needs.
  • Meet Taryn Bewley, A girl with a heart for Arkansas!

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    Each month, we spotlight an advocate who is leading the fight for healthy communities, free of heart disease and stroke. As we all prepare to go back-to-school it was only fitting to spotlight one of our fabulous young advocates that will be entering...
  • Healthy Vending Options in Tulsa!

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    Recently, members of the Oklahoma AHA Advocacy and ANCHOR Team traveled to Tulsa to meet with Mike Spencer, food vendor for the Tulsa County Jail.
  • We want to hear from you, Wyoming!

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    Our volunteers are our eyes and ears in the community. Help the AHA by identifying your friends, coworkers, neighbors, family members, or community members who may have a story to share about one of our policy areas.
  • #HealthyVendingABQ thanks to YOU!

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    Thanks to our amazing network of AHA advocates, the Albuquerque City Council recently voted YES to a measure that will help ensure improved access to healthier foods across our city.
  • We want to hear from you, Arkansas!

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    Our volunteers are our eyes and ears in the community. Help the AHA by identifying your friends, coworkers, neighbors, family members, or community members who may have a story to share about one of our policy areas.
  • Round Rock Smoke-Free Efforts Continue

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    In central Texas, our smoke-free work continues! The Round Rock City Council will soon vote on an ordinance that will help regulate Electronic Cigarettes and other nicotine delivery devices. This is a step in the right direction, but that is not enough...
  • We need your help: Calling all stories

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    Our volunteers are our eyes and ears in the community. Help the AHA by identifying your friends, coworkers, neighbors, family members, or community members who may have a story to share about one of our policy areas.
  • Intern with the AHA Advocacy Team in Little Rock!

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    The American Heart Association is seeking an Advocacy Intern Fall 2016 to work in our Little Rock office.