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  • Blog Post: Every child in Utah deserves a safe route to school

    Guest blogger – Kelsey Hamstead Many of my young school memories involve waking up early to catch the bus to school. I remember being so excited when I no longer needed to ride the bus, but instead I would be able to walk to the school near our house. However, my excitement quickly dwindled...
  • Blog Post: There is a new way to keep up with the American Heart Association in Hawaii

    We want to thank you for being amazing You’re the Cure advocates over the last year and we want to give you another way to keep up on what is going on at the American Heart Association in Hawaii. During the course of the year we do our best to update you on what is happening with our advocacy efforts...
  • Blog Post: Oregon 2015 Legislative Session Wrap Up

    Guest Blogger: Sarah Higginbotham When our state leaders head to the capitol for the six month legislative session, they have a lot on their minds—not the least of which is the health of Oregonians. It’s the job of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and our allies...
  • Blog Post: Meet Amy Baden

    Name: Amy Baden Volunteer Role: State Advocacy Committee Chair Occupation: RN, Oklahoma Network Director of Cardiovascular Services for AllianceHealth. How long have you been volunteering with AHA? Not sure…at least 5 yrs. What motivates you to advocate for heart healthy and stroke...
  • Blog Post: Meet Suzy Fehlig

    Name: Suzy Fehlig Occupation: Real Estate Broker How long have you been volunteering with AHA? 8 Years Background: Suzy is a lifelong Arkansan currently residing in Cave Springs, AR with her husband Chuck. She is the mother of two grown children Mark and Katie and the grandmother to Grayson...
  • Blog Post: #SmokeFreeFay Ramps Up

    American Heart Association staff in our Fayetteville office is excited about the local policy campaign underway for Smoke-Free Fayetteville! Fayetteville was the first city to go smoke-free in restaurants, back in 2000, paving the way for our statewide law. We are once again working with Fayetteville...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: The Fight for Healthy School Meals

    All this month, You're the Cure advocates across the country will be meeting with their lawmakers and pushing to keep school meals healthy. This past week, a group of constituents from Congressman John Kline’s district met in Minnesota to explain why we must protect the strong nutrition standards...
  • Blog Post: Rhonda Briggins, Georgia Advocacy Chair

    Rhonda Briggins, J.D. GA Rhonda Briggins, J.D. dedicates her life to public service through her role as a community advocate, political strategist and servant leader. She serves on various boards of directors such as the Bridge Crossing Jubilee, Vote Run Lead, DeKalb Workforce Development, and DeKalb...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Gloria Hobbs, Ohio

    For many years, Gloria Hobbs lived with her husband on the south side of Youngstown, where there was a grocery store a few blocks away. Unfortunately, the passing of Gloria’s husband and the economic downtown precipitated many changes in her life. She now lives in subsidized senior housing downtown...
  • Blog Post: Advocates in Action

    Healthy meals help students live and learn better. Studies show that kids who are served nutritious meals at breakfast, lunch, and throughout the school day perform at a higher academic level. Under school nutrition standards passed in 2010, kids are eating 16 percent more vegetables and 23 percent more...
  • Blog Post: Meet Your New Grassroots Advocacy Director

    With $50 in their pockets and hope, my parents brought my sister and I from India to the United States when we were young. 4 years later, after studying at a Red Rocks Community College at night and working minimum wage jobs, they bought a house, two cars and 'a white picket fence'. Our story...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure at the Ohio Statehouse - October 7, 2015

    CPR in Schools Advocacy Day Wednesday, October 7, 2015 Please note the new location for this event! The Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square 75 E. State Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 Judicial Room Make plans to join us at the Statehouse as we meet with legislators and urge them to support...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Stroke is Why

    Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in our country, and certainly one of the leading factors leading to disability. Stroke is why we are laser-focused on preventing stroke, knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke, and knowing how to act immediately to get someone the care they need when stroke...
  • Blog Post: Back to School, Back to Good Health!

    With summer drawing to a close, back-to-school season not only is a time to stock up on supplies, it’s also an opportunity to encourage kids to eat healthy, be active and avoid secondhand smoke. The AHA recognizes that a smoke-free environment can promote children’s brain development, prevent...
  • Blog Post: CPR Saves Another Life

    CPR is a key component to survival when sudden cardiac arrest occurs. Chances of survival from sudden cardiac are about 10% - but a victim has zero chance of survival if CPR is not administered right away. Survival from sudden cardiac arrest shouldn't depend upon where it happens - and it can happen...
  • Blog Post: Tulsa Takes New Strides to Improve Health

    Healthy vending machines give employees and families’ access to healthier choices Great news! City of Tulsa adopted a new policy that ensures that if vending machines are located on city properties that are visited by the public, such as public libraries, parks, nature centers, the convention...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Congress Takes a Break – Advocates Take Action!

    Each year during August, Congress goes into recess and lawmakers return to their districts. This is a great opportunity for advocates to take action locally! You’re the Cure advocates have been out visiting offices and providing important information about the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA...
  • Blog Post: Health Challenge for Minnesota Families Starts in September

    The Minnesota News Connection posted an article today on the Life Is Why Family Health Challenge! ST. PAUL, Minn. – The number of children who are overweight or obese in Minnesota has been swelling for decades, but a month-long event starting Tuesday aims to gain some traction in reversing that...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Emilie Singh

    Emilie Singh, Virginia-District of Columbia "When Chloe Saved Gracie’s Life" It was a busy Sunday in 2013 and no one realized my 8 year old daughter Gracie wasn’t feeling well. She woke up late and asked to take a bath but we told her we wanted to go to Costco first. We went...