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  • Meet Jane Redford, Our Heart Warrior

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    Each month, we spotlight an advocate who is leading the fight for healthy communities, free of heart disease and stroke. We're thrilled to feature a Heart Warrior who is passionate about prevention and early detection.
  • Heading to a Ballot Box Near You

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    Our movement to combat childhood obesity in Boulder is now officially underway. Over 9,000 Boulder residents demonstrated their support for healthy Boulder kids by signing a petition to get our public health initiative on the ballot!
  • The Campaign for a Healthy Colorado Begins!

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    Earlier this month, we formally launched The Campaign for a Healthy Colorado with a successful press conference. AHA has partnered with other leading health organizations to work on this campaign which provides us an opportunity to raise funding for important...
  • Hey Arkansas! Let's take the #SuperParkSelfie challenge in July!

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    Getting as little as 30 minutes of physical activity a day can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke . This summer, why not increase your physical activity by taking part in National Park and Recreation Month?
  • Hey Oklahoma! Let's take the #SuperParkSelfie Challenge in July!

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    Getting as little as 30 minutes of physical activity a day can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke . This summer, why not increase your physical activity by taking part in National Park and Recreation Month?
  • Advocates talk #HealthyVendingABQ at the Albuquerque Heart Walk!

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    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!
  • Hey Wyoming! Let's do the #SuperParkSelfie challenge in July!

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    Getting as little as 30 minutes of physical activity a day can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke . This summer, why not increase your physical activity by taking part in National Park and Recreation Month?
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Dr. Allison Pierce

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    Please meet our new American Heart Association volunteer leader and Arkansas State Advocacy Committee member, Dr. Allison Pierce.
  • Get Active on Social Media: #SuperParkSelfie Photo Contest

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    This July, we want you to discover your super powers at your local parks and rec! To see just how SUPER you are, we are challenging you to take a #SuperParkSelfie every week this July.
  • 12 Cities Go Smoke-Free in 12 Months

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    In the past 12 months, because of your support, phone calls, testimonies, and dedication to seeing a healthier Texas, we have passed 12 smoke-free ordinances in cities across the state!
  • Mesquite Goes Smoke-Free

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    We have great news out of North Texas. The City of Mesquite unanimously passed a smoke-free ordinance which will provide a safe working environment for all workers within the city!
  • CPR Awareness Week in Texas

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    The American Heart Association recognized CPR Week, June 1-7, by featuring the lifesaving story of how Aerin Thomas, a 12 year old from Frisco, Texas, used CPR to save her father's life.
  • Volunteers Raise Their Voice at the Colorado Springs Heart Walk

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    A group of dedicated volunteers joined us at the Colorado Springs Heart Walk last weekend to raise their voice in support of stroke smart and heart healthy policies!
  • Launching Operation: 100,000

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    The American Heart Association, along with partner organizations, are working to ensure a Tobacco Tax increase makes it on the ballot this year, and we need your help!
  • Advocate Spotlight: Meet Dee Garrison

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    Dee traveled to Cheyenne in February to attend the American Heart Association Advocating for Heart Day and to share her story with Wyoming lawmakers about making the fight against heart disease - the #1 killer of women - a priority in Wyoming.
  • CPR Week in Wyoming

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    The American Heart Association – Wyoming celebrated CPR Week, June 1-7, by teaming up with the Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Department to teach Hands-only CPR throughout Teton County.
  • AHA Talks Advocacy at Night Market

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    On Friday, June 3rd Oklahoma City AHA Advocacy staff members participated in H&8th Night Market, a street event created to bring the community together to enjoy live music, food trucks and street vendors.
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Caitlyn Cook, Miss Central Arkansas 2016

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    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)
  • Thank You, Central Arkansas Heart Walk Volunteers!

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    On Saturday, May 14th advocacy volunteers joined local staff at the Central Arkansas Heart Walk in North Little Rock to recruit new You’re The Cure advocates and talk about SmokeFree Little Rock.
  • Creating a Healthier Wooster for All

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    The city of Wooster became the first city in Arkansas since 2008 to pass a comprehensive smoke free ordinance.
  • A Healthy Vending Message from Jim!

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    My name is Jim Myers and I am the Chair of the New Mexico State Advocacy Committee. 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...
  • Jettieā€™s Story: My Life in a Food Desert

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    Did you know June is Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month? To celebrate the occasion, we want to introduce you to Jettie Young, who volunteers at Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary School and lives in the surrounding community, which is a food desert just outside...
  • Thank you, Oklahoma Heart Walk Volunteers!

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    Oklahoma Volunteers Rock! Thank you to all of the Oklahoma City and Tulsa Heart Walk advocacy volunteers that supported our You're The Cure recruitment efforts at the April 9th and April 23rd events.
  • NM Advocacy AfterHours: Will you join us?

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    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
  • Join Us, Wyoming: Advocacy Chat with Kristen & Allison

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    May is Stroke Awareness Month and we want to talk to you! Every 40 seconds, someone has a stroke, and one out of six people will suffer a stroke in their lifetime.