Monthly Archives: June 2015


American Heart Association 2, Obesity 0

What a remarkable week for our Advocacy team – and everyone living in the states of Washington and Utah. I’m pleased to share that Washington’s obesity prevention program appropriation ($15.3 million for walking/biking infrastructure) has been confirmed as a goal win. Congratulations to all of our volunteers and staff for their tireless work to secure this funding. The team in [...]

“Healthy Selfie” photos are already coming in!

Great “Healthy Selfie” photos are already coming in – thanks to all of you who are sharing glimpses of summer fun! We’ve had some questions, so here's a quick contest clarification: I am happy to include all pictures that show how you are living a healthy lifestyle this summer. However, only selfies taken after the start date of June 19th will qualify for [...]

Hawaii beat is a hit

It seems we just can’t get enough good Hawaii news this week… The Hawaii division’s new young professionals’ event beat debuted with great success, surpassing the revenue goal of $60,000 while providing a hip social affair with more than 300 of Hawaii’s top young leaders. It was a party with a purpose, and guests enjoyed food, fun, fashion and philanthropy [...]

Historic advocacy victory in Hawaii – minimum age for tobacco purchase raised to 21!

What a pleasure it is to share a historic victory for our Advocacy team and its awesome Hawaii volunteers! Governor David Ige has signed legislation making Hawaii the first state in the nation to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco or e-cigarettes to 21! The entire Hawaii division staff and their You’re the Cure volunteers rallied to support our [...]

Los Angeles Heart & Stroke Ball Raises More Than $432,000

Close to 400 guests gathered under the magnificent Space Shuttle Endeavor at the California Science Center in Los Angeles for the American Heart Association’s second annual Heart & Stroke Ball. The event raised more than $432,000 for the mission. The event, chaired by Union Bank Managing Director and Regional President Leticia Aguilar, and presented by Toyota, included a special musical [...]

It’s “Healthy Selfie” time!

Back by popular demand… it’s “Healthy Selfie” time! As we head full-swing into summer, please share a fun “selfie” photo showing how you are living the mission, trying to stay healthy this summer. Just like last year, we’ll award prizes for the following categories: Most creative Best “in action” photo Most adventurous Most “likes” or “retweets” I’ll start the contest [...]

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Nevada passes important tobacco legislation

I’m so happy to be able to share that the Nevada legislature voted to pass Senate Bill 483, increasing the tax on cigarettes in the state by $1 per pack. Governor Brian Sandoval signed the bill (which takes effect on July 1) into law last week. This historic tax increase will have a significant impact on smoking rates, especially among [...]

Healthcare pros crowd QSI workshop in Seattle

Over 170 healthcare professionals from throughout Washington tallied some 1,105 continuing education credits at our recent Cardiovascular and Stroke Workshop in Seattle. Congratulations to Elizabeth Peterson, Ellen Friedman and Joel Liu for outstanding work in organizing the two-day event. It was the largest Get With The Guidelines workshop ever held in Washington. Workshops like this provide an environment for learning through [...]

Smoothie bike drives our mission

As the school year wraps up, our Teaching Garden program is giving students in Santa Ana, CA, lots to think about over the summer. The benefits of eating different colored fruits and vegetables took a fun turn at Sepulveda Elementary recently when our team delighted kids with a “smoothie bike.” As students peddled the bike to power a blender, they [...]

San Francisco scores first community level CPR goal

Big news this week from San Francisco! Our dedicated Greater Bay Area division board of directors and Advocacy team scored a major policy victory assuring that local high school grads will now be armed with lifesaving CPR skills. Their joint efforts led to action by the San Francisco Board of Education to add Hands-Only CPR to its ninth grade health [...]