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.
When they say, “It takes a village,” they must have had Rollingwood Elementary’s new American Heart Association Teaching Garden in mind. From initial pitch to pitch forks, it was all hands on deck at this school in San Bruno, CA. The garden had diehard supporters from its inception, with our passionate staff pitching the idea to local health improvement districts and school wellness representatives. School district nurse Karyna Linzerand health educator Marie Lukehart quickly jumped on board and began a fervent campaign to establish a garden in the small district of San Bruno, just south of San Francisco. Meanwhile, others worked behind the scenes to persuade Microsoft that funding the project could have a huge impact in this underserved community.
Some 150 volunteers, including Microsoft employees, Rollingwood teachers, students and their families came together to prep the site for the upcoming Plant Day. Orchard Supply Hardware not only sent hardworking volunteers, but donated materials for the garden. Balitang America showed up to cover the event and interview participants. Teaching Gardens founder Kelly Meyer and volleyball star Gabriella Reese will celebrate these efforts when the garden takes root with seedlings to be planted on Tuesday, September 30.
A success that will impact the health of many now – and in the future. Great work!
It was a beautiful day for a run… and that is just what some 750 Orange County, CA, volunteers and supporters did.
The inaugural 5K/10K Heart Run and Walk chaired by four-time Super Bowl Champion and heart disease survivor Jesse Sapolu and his wife Lisa, and raised more than $68,000 in donations.
It also served as a milestone victory for longtime American Heart Association volunteer Lisa Satchfield. Lisa earned her tenth walking medal since a stroke left her paralyzed on one side in 2007. The stroke impaired one side of her brain, paralyzing half of her body and affecting her ability to walk, talk, write and read. Lisa continues to have weakness on her left side and has yet to regain use of her left arm.
Another special guest in attendance was incoming Board Chairwoman Aimee Weisner. Aimee shared how excited she is to be a part of this event and help it grow over the next year.
Volunteers and community member received a healthy dose of delight as more than 70 people turned out for the Coachella Valley Division’s Go Red Por Tu Corazón launch of “Live For Your Heart.” Go Red Por Tu Corazón celebrates the energy, passion and power of Hispanic women to band together to wipe out heart disease, the No. 1 cause of death for Latinas. Locally the campaign is focused on engaging Latino community leaders and giving them the tools and knowledge needed to become lifesaving ambassadors for the American Heart Association.
The event was held at the Kaiser Grille in Palm Springs where participants enjoyed a heart-healthy lunch and access to free health screenings including blood pressure, BMI and glucose. Desert Regional Medical Center cardiac nurse and volunteer Denise Rigney shared the importance of healthy living and how it impacts our heart and overall well-being – with an emphasis on Life’s Simple 7. Campaign Chair Cynthia Flores also shared her passion for Go Red Por Tu Corazon by telling her personal story of how she is taking charge of her heart health.
I am pleased to share that the campaign received significant media exposure, with coverage in the Desert Sun and Unidos en el Sur de California, as well as on KMIR-NBC and Telemundo. The “Live For Your Heart” campaign is locally sponsored by Desert Regional Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital. Fantastic work – thank you to our Coachella Valley volunteers and staff!
A big thank you to everyone who took the time to submit an entry into our “Healthy Selfie” summer blog contest. I continue to be inspired by the creativity of those who work and play with us each day – and truly live as an example of our mission in action.
Congrats to our winners – you can expect a small token of appreciation in the mail from me soon!
Most Creative – Ben Schmauss
Best in Action – Jacque Mariano
Most Adventurous – Katie Martin
Most tweets or retweets – Jeff Bunch
Most Ambitious – Lori