Monthly Archives: April 2016


Arizona Teaching Garden welcomes special guests

While some of our Western States are still waiting for warmer weather to plant a crop – that isn’t the case in every market. This week students at Valley View Elementary in Phoenix held a Teaching Garden Harvest Day. It was a busy and delightful day, though unusually cold for Arizona! There were many volunteers present and Fox 10 was there [...]

By |April 26th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Run, Anchorage, run!

There’s no doubt about it, spring is here. It’s nice to see so many people out hitting the streets, walking and running their way to a more active life. Training has been in full force in Anchorage as our local division once again hosted another successful Heart Run. This year the community topped the fundraising goal by $10,000, totaling $300,000, [...]

By |April 24th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Another look at the International Stroke Conference and research

He’s back… Guest Blogger Mike Castillo shares some final thoughts on the International Stroke Conference and research. The last stop I made was to talk to Eunji Yim, a second-year medical student at the University of Cincinnati, who was looking to see if specific medications for Alzheimer’s disease would have any impact on the risk for stroke, which led to [...]

Congrats Orange County!

Congratulations to our Orange County volunteers and staff for a raising $1.8 million at the Orange County Heart Walk last month! Nearly 10,000 people joined sponsors Mike Feldman of Union Bank and Don Bobo of Edwards Lifesciences to celebrate this record-breaking success. The Walk was held at Angel’s Stadium in Anaheim, California. And although he was unable to attend, former [...]

Guest blogger: Randy Ryan

Randy Ryan is the American Heart Association Teaching Gardens program manager in Los Angeles. The program fights childhood obesity by teaching children how to successfully grow, harvest and replant organic vegetable gardens in urban communities. There are over 350 Teaching Gardens in the United States. Randy is also a spokesperson for the Farmer Veteran Coalition, which helps combat veterans reintegrate [...]

By |April 15th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

National Walking Day in the WSA

It was another fantastic National Walking Day in the Western States Affiliate. From engaging new walkers to celebrating with seasoned ones – it was a day to celebrate health and activity in our affiliate and across the country. Inland Empire - In the Inland Empire, more than 30 public and private organizations observed National Walking Day, among them the [...]

Coming Soon… more lifesavers in Arizona!

Arizona Students are closer than ever to learning Hands Only CPR in Schools. Senate Bill 1137, sponsored by Senator Jeff Dial and championed by Representative Doug Coleman, is on the way to the House of Representatives for a final vote and then on to the Governor's desk for signature. Throughout the campaign, AHA volunteer Roxanne Coleman has been a fabulous [...]

Busy week with the Teens Cook with Heart Program

We had two awesome events with Teens Cook With Heart (TCWH) Next Generation students! Desert Pines High School received a visit from four executive chefs plus to executives from the Food & Beverage department from the Wynn Hotel, our sponsor of the 2016 TCWH competition. Each presenter shared different aspects about their roles and talked to them about the importance [...]

2nd Annual Mission: Lifeline STEMI Conference

Over 300 Physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and EMS professionals met in Bozeman, Mont., to learn, share best practices, and plan for sustainability of the Montana STEMI System of Care. We have recently made some BIG strides in the fight against heart disease in the state. During the conference, the American Heart Association shared that two years into a [...]