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  • Protecting our Keiki from Secondhand Smoke

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    The American Heart Association believes that all people deserve to be protected from secondhand smoke and we especially believe that our keiki deserve that protection. Read more about local efforts to do just that.
  • Every child in Oregon deserves a safe route to school

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    Kids will soon be heading back to school and here at the AHA we are hoping to make sure that all students have safe paths to walk and bike to school. Learn more about our local and statewide efforts here.
  • It's Back to School Season

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    School will be back in session soon and this time of year is a good reminder that not every child has a safe path to walk or bike to school. Here at the AHA we are working hard to fix that problem.
  • Raising the Tobacco Purchase Age to 21

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    Research shows that 95% of smokers start before their 21st birthday. In an effort keep people from starting cities and states across the country are raising the tobacco purchase age to 21 and we hope Montana will join that list soon.
  • Please Join Us at a Heart & Stroke Walk

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    Fall is just around the corner and in Washington that means it is Heart Walk season. We hope you can join us at one of the walks near you.
  • Back to School Season

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    School will be back in session soon and this time of year is a good reminder that not every child has a safe path to walk or bike to school. Here at the AHA we are working hard to fix that problem.
  • My Experience Supporting CPR in Schools

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    In February of 2016, Mattea Clarke and Julia Bortolazzo teamed up to be the directors of UCLA Alpha Phi’s annual philanthropy—The Red Dress Gala. Together, they raised approximately $40,000 at this event and decided that 25% of the proceeds...
  • Back-to-School Already? Will You Continue to Support Healthy School Lunches?

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    August in Arizona brings out the school uniforms, book bags, back packs, and school supplies. Each year we all get lists of what kinds of pencils, crayons, and notebooks to send with our kids to school. But what about the food that we send with them,...
  • Staying Active in the Heat of Summer

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    If you’re like me, summer is the best time of the year. Now that we’ve hit August, being active in the sweltering heat can be more challenging. Here are some of tips to staying cool while it’s hot outside.
  • Advocate Spotlight: Cindy Peterman

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    After 35 years of smoking, bouts with bronchitis and increasing prices, Cindy Peterman decided it was time to quit and she credits the recent price increase for tobacco products in Nevada with helping her.
  • Stroke Strikes Close to Home

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    This month our very own Government Relations Director tells us about the personal loss he and his family suffered from stroke this past month.
  • What are you actually drinking?

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    Do you really know how much sugar is in your favorite drink. This graphic shows you how much sugar is added to some of our favorite beverages and it might surprise you.
  • Legislative Session Update

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    We want to give you an update on many of our legislative issues that we have been working on this year. Click here for all the details.
  • Meet Christina Bodamer

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    Meet Christina, who has joined the American Heart Association as the Government Relation's Director in Oregon.
  • Advocate Highlight - Eric Rothenberg

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    Washington advocate Eric Rothenberg was recently recognized for his hard work with the American Heart Association. We are so excited for him because we know we couldn't do what we do without our great volunteers!
  • Shrimp Tacos - Delicious Decisions

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    Cooking at home more often is a great way to start changing your relationship with salt. Meals on the go can be hard on your heart, because many prepared foods and restaurant foods are loaded with sodium. And did you know that meals away from home account...
  • The 2016 Oahu Heart Walk is just around the corner

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    The Oahu Heart Walk is coming up soon. Join us August 13th at this fun family event!
  • Knowing CPR Saved My Son

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    When Kristy and her friend Erin decided to get their kids together for a play date at the pool little did she know that it would turn into a day should would never forget.
  • My Experience Collecting Signatures for the Tobacco Tax

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    As a student at California State University, Northridge, I chose to intern with the American Heart Association and support their advocacy efforts by volunteering to collect signatures to qualify the Tobacco Tax Initiative for the upcoming Presidential...
  • Recap of 2016 Regular Session and Sneak Peek into Special Session

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    Thanks for your support over the last few months. It has be an extremely busy legislative session and I wanted to provide a brief recap.
  • Two Montana Volunteers Win Awards

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    Two Montana advocates were recently recognized for their hard work with the American Heart Association. We couldn't do what we do without our great volunteers!
  • Spotlight on Safe Routes to School

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    The AHA is part of a coalition working to improve infrastructure around our state so that every kid has a safe route to school. Read more about our work on this issue and how you can be involved.
  • The State of PE in Oregon

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    This generation of kids are less active than previous generations but we are working hard to change that. Learn more about PE in Oregon and what is being done to ensure kids build healthy habits early that will carry into adulthood.
  • Tobacco Control Roundup

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    While Washington has made many strides in our fight against tobacco there is still more to be done.
  • Could Hawaii be the next state to add CPR for high school graduation?

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    32 states now provide CPR training in schools but Hawaii is not one of them. We are working hard at the AHA to change that.