Monthly Archives: September 2015


A unique tradition – the Memorial Heart Gong

Despite a little drizzle, the "Great Alaska Puddle Jump for Heart" aka the 2015 Anchorage Heart Walk was a huge success. Some 1,300 participants turned out in support of the walk, umbrellas in hand. Many, participants carried photos of their loved ones for whom they were walking, others were accompanied by their four footed friends. Tutu’s were donned by humans [...]

Mr. Las Vegas Wayne Newton stirs excitement at Flavors of the Heart

Mr. Las Vegas – Wayne Newton stirred up excitement at our recent Flavors of the Heart Multicultural Food Festival. He was on hand to present a personal check for $6,500 to support the Teens Cook With Heart (TCWH) Next Generation program. He learned about TCWH from Cut and Taste Catering Company when he hired the group to cater an event [...]

Inspired Living. Inspired Giving … lives on

It seems like Good Point Gasoline’s can’t get enough of the Association’s Inspired Living. Inspired Giving. campaign! Dillon Miller, the Point Loma, CA, operator announced that although the American Heart Association’s Inspired Living. Inspired Giving. Day campaign wrapped up on August 26, he would continue donating a penny for every gallon of gasoline sold through August 30th. Having lost both [...]

Kids Move With Heart kicks off in Oregon

It was lots of fun as Oregon Kids Move With Heart kicked off in Beaverton last week. This exciting new initiative to get kids more physically active throughout the school day had one teacher commenting, “Kids will be having so much fun that they won’t realize they’re learning.” Last week’s professional development activities were the first step as Beaverton School [...]

Board member rallies support for MCI

Great news! Our Multicultural Initiatives team just got word of a $5,000 grant from the California Wellness Foundation targeting the Asian community. WSA board member Joni Byun, who also serves on our MCI Task Force, played a key role rallying for us with the foundation board. Funds will be used to fight sugar-sweetened beverages with a “ReThink Your Asian Drink” [...]

And the 2015 Summer “Healthy Selfie” winners are…

Another summer season has come to a close, and with it, our summer “Healthy Selfie” contest. A BIG thank you to everyone who took time to submit photos and stories. It was fun and inspiring to see the many different activities taking place across our 10 states. I must confess, it was so hard to choose winners… so hard in [...]

Going for the GOLD

The 2014-15 results are in and I am proud to announce that the Western States Affiliate has the honor of achieving the most Gold Standard level boards in the nation this past fiscal year! The Gold Standard board concept (GSB) originated to encourage staff-volunteer partnership, volunteer engagement and revenue generation that result in the advancement of our 2020 impact goal. [...]

Eyes to the sky in San Francisco

In San Francisco, eye-catching lamp post banners are creating a buzz for the upcoming Greater Bay Area Heart Walk. The banners went up last week to build excitement for the Sept. 18 Walk at Justin Herman Plaza, which always draws a huge crowd from surrounding office buildings during the lunch hour in the heart of The City. Thanks to continuing [...]

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Testing our taste buds

Back-to-school time signals a fresh start – and a prime opportunity to try out new recipes for Kids Cook With Heart. Vicki Williams with our Greater Bay Area division worked with volunteers Chef Richard Pannell and Lisa Marquand to test five new recipes with AHA staff. They prepared a savory watermelon salad, kale smoothie, Thai coconut and curry soup, braised [...]

Saving Strokes and reclaiming lives

Despite the rainy weather, more than 50 people joined the Saving Strokes Golf Clinic in Provo, Utah. Six Brigham Young University golf team members donated their time and talents to work one-on-one with stroke survivors, cheering them on as they chipped a hole-in-one or deftly drove the ball across the range. The event also included a vendor expo with booths [...]