Monthly Archives: March 2016


Guest blogger: AHA Chef Bryce Fluellen

Los Angeles Chef Bryce Fluellen is passionate about healthy eating and empowering kids to take charge of a their heart health at an early age. And, thanks to his involvement with Kids Cook With Heart, we are fortunate enough to have him on staff at the American Heart Association! The American Heart Association’s Kids Cook With Heart (KCWH) program serves [...]

The return of guest blogger Mike Castillo – International Stroke Conference take two

Thanks, Mike, for sharing more of your experience at the International Stroke Conference! Another fantastic International Stroke Conference segment was Monique Hedmann, program manager of the Department of Neurology Stroke Division at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY. Monique was studying the impact of digitizing a “Hip Hop Stroke” program. The program had been used as a live [...]

Spring is a time for planting

Over the course of three days, Wilmington Park Elementary students, parents, and teachers built and painted their Teaching Garden planter boxes, filled them with soil, and planted healthy fruits and vegetables. In honor of their teamwork, the school held a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony during their Planting Day Kickoff. Kindergarten students performed a garden-themed song and fifth grade students recited [...]

Never give up!

It’s wonderful when hard work comes together. In 2013, we were successful in the passage of statewide legislation that allowed for CPR training in schools in Nevada, but it was contingent on funds being available. Although we were thrilled by the passage, we held off celebrating – until now. We recently learned that Clark County School District’s board of trustees [...]

Lucy and friends went RED

Thanks to Senior Vice President/Area Manager at Kaiser Permanente, Judy Coffey and her dedicated staff, Santa Rosa is celebrating Heart Month in style! On Wear Red day, Kaiser Permanente, a local Go Red For Women sponsor in Sonoma County, adorned their Santa Rosa medical center with 100 red balloons and decorations, and gave away over 3,000 carnations to members and [...]

New show inspired by AHA volunteer

I am so excited to share that NBC has a new show coming out that is loosely inspired by the life events and accomplishments of AHA volunteer, former local Board president and cardiothoracic surgeon Kathy Magliato, M.D. Heartbeat will air after The Voice on March 22 (9 p.m. ET/PT), before moving to its regular Wednesday slot on March 23 (8 p.m. ET/PT). [...]

Taking a stand against sugar-sweetened beverages

The Coalition for a Healthy California, of which the American Heart Association is a founding member, held a press conference this week announcing its sponsorship of AB 2782 – The Healthy California Fund. This fund is considered a health impact fee on sugary drinks – at the distributor level. Funds generated from the proposed 2-cents per fluid ounce fee would [...]

Adding a twist to Go Red

The Las Vegas fifth annual Go Red Por tu Corazón luncheon was a resounding success on so many levels. More than 200 women were met with health screenings and a boutique fair when they arrived at the Aliente Hotel and Casino. For two hours Roseman and Nevada State College nursing student volunteers offered free cholesterol, glucose, BMI and blood pressures. [...]

Making room for our mission in special activities

I would like to give a quick shout-out to the Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority. Recently, they allowed us to turn their annual retreat into a Go Red For Women opportunity. Sorority sisters gathered from all over southern California and invited nutritionist Laura Gonzalez and Radio and Social Media personality RaqC to join them for a Simple Cooking With Heart demonstration [...]

Fighting HB with Target: BP

Thanks to all who attended last week’s Target: BP Hypertension Initiative Kick-Off at Ravenswood Family Health Center (RFHC) in East Palo Alto, Calif. Target: BP is a national call to action for healthcare systems to prioritize high blood pressure control by adopting a hypertension treatment algorithm that standardizes care in a team-based setting. Ravenswood Family Health Center has joined the [...]