Monthly Archives: June 2016


Collaboration improves blood pressure at health center

One in three adults suffer from high blood pressure. The American Heart Association’s (AHA) Check. Change. Control. program encourages participants to check their blood pressure and change their health habits in order to control high blood pressure with the help of community partners, health mentors, local events and digital tools and resources. Ravenswood Family Health Center (RFHC) in Palo Alto, [...]

UC San Diego research looks at Latina risk factors

In March, the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Research Network named the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), as one of five research centers that will make up part of the American Heart Association’s Strategically Focused Research Network. The group will be dedicated to preventing, treating and beating heart disease and stroke in women. UCSD’s study focuses on [...]

Sidewalk CPR — Los Angeles style!

In celebration of CPR week the Los Angeles office trained passers-by in Hands Only CPR. Yohana Nava, Administrative Coordinator for Business Operations, organized the event. Kathy Cecchin, Rob Fowler, Alisha Castro, Monika Wiggins, and Amber Moyers assisted volunteers Trisha Bodaghi, Nour and Yousef Hassan to give on-the-spot training to 33 people during lunch on Thursday, June 2. Everyone that stopped for training received [...]

2015-2016 Western States Affiliate Award Winners

I am excited to announce the winners of the Western States Affiliate Awards for 2015-2016. After going through all of the nominations, I can share that the winners were selected from a field of outstanding candidates. It was so hard to just select a few! The awards were presented last week at the Board Reception and Awards dinner. Affiliate Premier [...]

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Celebrating Pride in Los Angeles

The recent tragedy in Orlando makes this post even more meaningful to the Western States Affiliate. Over the weekend, the American Heart Association participated for the first time in the Los Angeles Pride Festival held in the City of West Hollywood. Ticker joined the festivities and took pictures with festival goers as we distributed educational materials. Our participation is a [...]

Former Super Bowl star inspires kids to get healthy

Jesse Sapolu’s continued his support of the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association when he included our NFL Play 60 Challenge program as part of his “Super Lineman” event at Estancia High School in Costa Mesa. At this unique tournament, high school football linemen have the opportunity to participate in clinics run by, receive training and coaching from, [...]

CPR law is already saving lives

In 2013, Nevada passed a law to require Hands-Only CPR training in all its high schools “to the extent funding is available from the law.” At the time Sabrina Spurlock took the class as a freshman at Advanced Technologies Academy, a $15 fee was required for her to become certified. Her stepfather Roger Clark scoffed at the fee, but in [...]

Tour de WSA

The American Heart Association’s new CycleNation™ movement and Amgen’s Breakaway from Heart Disease campaign kicked off in the WSA a few weeks ago during the 2016 Amgen Tour of California. The traditional and indoor bike events were created to raise money and awareness for heart disease and stroke. Staff and volunteers from across the affiliate helped ensure it was a [...]