Monthly Archives: May 2017

Nevada to turn out 48,000+ new lifesavers each year

Earlier this month Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed legislation that requires students in the state to learn Hands-Only CPR as part of their health education experience. Our Western States Affiliate Advocacy Team helped lead the way in securing this important win. Local volunteer leadership and countless others also played a key role. This is a huge win for the state of [...]

Helicopter makes a special delivery

The North Bay Division was pleased to help sponsors REACH Air Medical Services and St. Joseph Health (Sonoma) partner in an especially touching activity supporting our mission. REACH donated 400 Infant CPR Kits to St. Joseph Health of Sonoma County. This gift is provided via the Kelly Bates Fund, named for a nurse who helped fund REACH's Neonatal Transport Program. [...]

Blood pressure kiosk supports employee wellness efforts

Silicon Valley became the first Western States Affiliate division to secure a sponsorship for a blood pressure kiosk. The sponsor is Intuit, a software company with more than 7,900 employees. As part of its employee wellness collaboration with the American Heart Association, they unveiled the kiosk during a recent health fair at its headquarters. The idea to offer companies a kiosk as [...]

Guest Bloggers San Diego Division: A Mother’s Day Thank You to Trisha Khaleghi

Our San Diego Division, like all of our teams, thrives on volunteer support. In honor of Mother's Day the San Diego team recognizes the dedication of a special American Heart Association volunteer and heart mom, Trisha Khaleghi. In honor of Mother’s Day, we want to recognize AHA Volunteer Trisha Khaleghi. Trisha currently holds the role of CEO of Sharp Mary Birch, Go [...]

Guest Blogger Rich Henry: Community involvement enriches employees experiences

Rich Henry is the President of McCarthy Building Companies for the Northern Pacific Division. He is also the 2018 Greater Bay Area 2018 Heart of Gold Heart Ball Chair. We are honored to have him as a volunteer and advocate. As the President of a large company, I have come to believe that the health and wellness of my employees [...]

Seattle Kids Cook With Heart

The Seattle Team hosted a very successful Kids Cook With Heart class – complete with outstanding media coverage! The program brings hands-on cooking instruction to the classroom with the goal of teaching elementary, middle and high school students about heart-healthy cooking. Regular feedback is that participants take it upon themselves to teach their parents what they’ve learned, and end up influencing [...]

Junior Chef Challenge teaches kids life skills

Over the last several weeks, elementary students from five Vallejo and Fairfield, California, schools learned about knife skills, preparation cuts, sauces and a variety of new fruits and vegetables through our Kids/Teens Cook With Heart program. The course recently concluded with a “Jr. Chef Challenge” where students prepared dishes and demonstrated knife and etiquette skills. This program is a great [...]

Riding for a cause that is close to the heart

Nice work, Greater Bay Area Team! With nearly 150 riders, the CycleNation tour pedaled its way through the region offering participants a 25, 50 or 100-mile route in and around the Livermore, California area. The hope is that this new fundraising event will become an AHA staple, much like a Heart Walk, but for cycle enthusiasts. There is a $25 [...]