Monthly Archives: November 2015


Univision’s November sweeps campaign focuses on American Heart Association Initiatives

Great collaboration between our San Diego division and Univision resulted in our Multicultural Initiatives and Community Health programs being highlighted during live news broadcasts every Wednesday during the month of November. It was part of Univision’s November sweeps campaign aimed at attracting viewers with interesting news reports from various locations across San Diego County. Our team was on site to [...]

Parade magazine features Len Gutman

For so many of us, the AHA mission is our own personal journey. That’s certainly the case for Len Gutman, the Director of Philanthropy for our Phoenix division. Len’s journey is chronicled in last Sunday’s Parade magazine. His family history of heart disease caught up with him at age 45. In spite of his healthy lifestyle choices, Len had a [...]

Ryan Thurston’s Heart of Gold

I love it when I get guest blog submissions! Thank you, Wendy and Ryan, for your submission and story. Today, Ryan Thurston is a healthy, twelve year old enjoying his childhood in beautiful Ojai, California. In school, he is excited about his life science class which has given him more insight into the amazing human heart, outside of his own [...]

Rome Betts winners

The Rome Betts Award of Excellence is among the most prestigious of AHA/ASA national staff awards. We are so excited to announce that three of our Health Strategies colleagues and the Greater Bay Area Heart Walk team are among the winners. Award for Revenue Generation – Heart Walk The Greater Bay Area Heart Walk team, led by Jill DiGiacomo and [...]

WSA hosts special guests at Scientific Sessions

The affiliate was honored to host very special guests earlier this week at Scientific Sessions in Orlando. Joining us were Jean C. Tamura from Hawaii; David and Genell Schlotterbeck from Orange County; David and Mary Carroll from San Diego County; Jennifer Carmer from Phoenix and Dr. Luiz and Laura Belardinelli from the Greater Bay Area. It was a wonderful opportunity [...]

Happy birthday Teaching Garden!

Smiles and laugher are common at most birthday parties, but a new record may have been set recently at Walt Disney School in Anaheim. Students and staff gathered to mark the one year anniversary of the school’s Teaching Garden. They expressed gratitude to our staff for helping make the project a reality, and followed up by noting on the school’s [...]

World Stroke Day in Phoenix

The American Heart Association’s Halle Heart Children’s Museum was the place to be on World Stroke Day, as some 130 kids learned about the warning signs of stroke by singing the hip hop FAST Song on karaoke. Stroke survivors come in all shapes and sizes and several were on hand to assist in educating the public about the No. 1 [...]

Arizona Youth Market team connects with PE leaders

Our Youth Market team rocked the recent Arizona Health and Physical Education (AHPE) convention in Phoenix. They had a great time networking with over 400 physical education teachers, administrators, students and health professionals from across the state. Annual Jump Rope For Heart awards were presented, including a special tribute to Catherine Smith, a seventh grader who lost her dad one [...]