Monthly Archives: April 2015


A policy victory for Montanans

A great victory for Montana this week as Governor Steve Bullock signed the Medicaid expansion bill, extending healthcare coverage to an estimated 70,000 state residents who currently don’t have access. Because of this accomplishment, individuals that were (currently) not eligible for Medicaid, but who also didn’t qualify for a tax credit, now have help to get the coverage they need. [...]

Springtime is a great time for Saving Strokes

It’s spring! In our ten beautifully diverse states that can mean anything from a high of 45 degrees in Fairbanks – to 105 in Phoenix. One thing that many of our states do have in common this time of year? Saving Strokes. Recently, some 40 stroke survivors in all stages of recovery and caregivers gathered at the Coachella Valley Saving [...]

Record-Breaking Run

The Alaska Heart Run signals the start of spring in the Anchorage – this was our 37th annual event kicking off the running season. It set a record by raising over $282,000. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities took to the streets celebrating healthy lifestyle choices. The Mended Hearts survivors’ group started the untimed 5-k race and served [...]

Chef Bryce teaches skills to last a healthy lifetime

Photo Credit: Diana Parra Garcia Dream Action Photography In Los Angeles, Kids/Teens Cook with Heart has partnered with the non-profit Mother of Many at Crenshaw High School for a Food/Science series this spring. Chef Bryce Fluellen led students in learning the science of food preparation by utilizing fresh produce from the school garden. Topics included dehydration; dry vs [...]

WSA staffer Ron Loomis receives National Award

Ron Loomis, Senior Quality and Systems Improvement (QSI) Director in the Phoenix division was recently honored with the prestigious Lee Schwamm Award. This is the highest honor a QSI Director can receive and is presented annually to the one with the highest percentage increase in new and renewal hospitals achieving Target: Stroke Honor Roll. Ron received this honor in Nashville in [...]

Las Vegas Red Dress Challenge Winners

Five months ago, 43 Las Vegas area residents started a Red Dress Challenge to change their lifestyle. Participants monitored their blood pressure, exercised at least one hour three times a week and enjoyed healthy workshops. Out of 10 finalists, two winners were chosen – Ada Fino and Elsa Sicho. They each received a total makeover, a red dress and a [...]

Fun-loving administrators ruffle feathers for JRFH

It was a rollicking good time at Norco Elementary School as administrators dressed up as chickens and raced around campus recently. That came after some quality time spent bobbing for ducks in a bucket of water. It was all part of our Youth Market rubber duck fun -- celebrating the school’s Jump Rope For Heart success after students raised $6,000! [...]

Bay Area School 2nd in Nation for NFL Play 60 Challenge

Congrats to Don Callejon Elementary School in the Silicon Valley which ranks second in the nation in the NFL Play 60 Challenge.  Students logged 1.8 million minutes of activity over four weeks! San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula (pictured) congratulated the students during a recent celebration assembly. The 49ers also put together a great video highlighting the success. The [...]

Hawaii volunteers spread AHA aloha spirit across three islands

Our volunteers in Hawaii have been busy spreading the AHA mission with spirited activities in February and March. The Honolulu Heart Ball set records, while on Maui and the island of Hawaii walkers turned out in large numbers to celebrate their healthy lifestyle choices. The 38th Annual Hawaii Heart Ball sold out, drawing 1,200 guests and helping to net a [...]

Increased Attendance at Get With The Guidelines Workshop in Las Vegas

It was a successful third year for the Get With The Guidelines Cardiovascular Workshop in Las Vegas! More than 110 physicians, nurses, radiology techs, EMS, and physical and occupational therapists attended and earned continuing education credits – that’s 30 more than the previous year. Mission took front and center as many of the workshop participants signed CPR Training in Schools [...]