The WSA Exchange

For healthy hearts and minds

The WSA Exchange

Welcome to the The WSA Exchange, for healthy hearts and minds. Kathy Rogers, American Heart Association Western States Affiliate Executive Vice President will share stories from across the affiliate.

Angry Birds and Happy Bodies!

Angry Birds Happy Bodies kicks off!

In celebration of The Angry Birds Movie, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment teamed up with staff and volunteers from our LA Division for the launch of the “Angry Birds, Happy Bodies” fitness initiative designed to get kids moving. Two-time Olympic swimmer Chloe Sutton is the ambassador for the initiative and made an appearance at the kick-off event.

The movement is designed to encourage school-aged kids to get in at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day and to make physical activity fun for the whole family. It also supports #ProtectPE, our initiative to help kids get active and healthy for life by ensuring all students receive quality physical education at school. Los Angeles Board member Allistair Phillips, MD, co-director of the Congenital Heart Program and chief of the Division of Congenital Heart Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center joined the festivities as a spokesperson.

Congratulations to all of our Los Angeles volunteers and staff. Check out the fun video created by Sony!

By |August 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Teaching Gardens “take your kids to work day”

Teaching Gardens Essay - A writing composition on the importance of eating healthy

Although originally conceived as a program for grade school children, Teaching Gardens is bringing all kinds of people of all ages together to celebrate living a healthy lifestyle.

In collaboration with our Multicultural Initiatives program, students who participated in the Teaching Gardens program at Coughlin Elementary School in Pacoima, California were special guests at Northrop Grumman Corporation’s “Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” The children were invited to bring their parents, and the families worked together to assemble packets of fruit and vegetable seeds to grow at home. What a great way to continue learning and “growing” at home!


By |August 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

University of Utah Health Care champions stroke awareness

Since January 2015, University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) has partnered with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association on our Together to End Stroke initiatives. UUHC understands that change starts with us, so we began our campaign on campus:

  • Placing table toppers in the hospital cafeteriUniversity of Utah Healthcare F.A.S.T. championsa that list the signs of stroke and placing volunteers at tables near the cafeteria with information on prevention (such as using less salt at lunch) to staff and visitors.
  • Celebrating National Nurses Appreciation Day by delivering fruits and other heart and brain healthy snacks to nurses and passing Together to End Stroke lapel pins to doctors, physician’s assistants and hospital leadership to remind them of the important role they each play in preventing and treating strokes.
  • Participating in the UUHC Stroke Symposium, held each year to bring stroke experts from across the intermountain region to train them on the latest and greatest in stroke treatment and care.

From there we branched out with our stroke messaging to the surrounding community:

  • Utah 2The UUHC and AHA|ASA teamed up to supply stroke awareness materials in both English and Spanish to clinics across the valley.
  • During the “Striking Out Stroke” event in downtown Salt Lake City, hundreds of Utahns were taught to recognize stroke symptoms while they pitched F.A.S.T. balls in a special net that clocked how fast they threw. Subway provided sandwiches and Muir Copper Canyon Farms provided apples to those who took a short F.A.S.T. quiz. Fox12 interviewed UUHC Stroke Center Clinical Manager, Cory McCann during the event.
  • UUHC’s Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology, Aleksander Tkach, M.D. engaged the public through our national #StrokeChat on Twitter as well as speaking on KSOP FM radio
  • Lee S. Chung, UUHC’s Visiting Instructor of Neurology appeared to discuss stroke during Chef Bryan’s cooking segments on KUTV2
  • Most recently the UUHC Stroke Center Clinical Manager, Cory McCann was interviewed on Comcast about our upcoming Saving Strokes event on June 17 at Nibley Park. The golfing rehab event is for stroke survivors and their caregivers. The Comcast interview runs throughout June to raise awareness and encourage attendance in this wonderful event.

We are so grateful for our partnership with University of Utah Health Care and their commitment to helping us achieve our 2020 goal: To improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% while reducing deaths by heart disease and stroke by 20%. With strong partnerships like this we are well on our way to achieving our life-saving mission!


By |August 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

More than 40,000 Nevada students will learn CPR!

Nevada lifesaver sabrinaIn 2013 Nevada passed a law to require Hands-Only CPR training in all its high schools “to the extent funding is available from the law”. At the time Sabrina Spurlock took the class as a freshman at Advanced Technologies Academy, a $15 fee was required for her to become certified. Her stepfather, Roger Clark, scoffed at the fee, but in the end, paid it. Luckily for him that he did – Sabrina was ready to save his life, performing CPR when he had cardiac arrest just three months later.

Since then, legislation has passed so that all middle schools and high schools in the Clark County School District are funded for their 40,000 students per year to learn this life-saving skill. Now are working towards adjusting the language in the bill so that the rest of the students in Nevada can join them. Please take a moment to watch the PBS video that celebrates Sabrina’s courage and promotes the Hands-Only CPR legislation which we are dedicated to enacting in schools across the Western States Affiliate.


By |August 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments