WSA advocates travel to Washington D.C.

The final week in June brought more than 300 American Heart Association volunteer advocates from across the country descended on Washington DC for our Heart on the Hill federal lobby day, aimed at “lifting the burden of heart disease and stroke.” More than two dozen survivors, researchers, caregivers, physicians and staff from the Western State Affiliate attended, sharing their personal stories of the [...]

“Heart on the Hill” is a hit

National Wear Red Day also coincided with our annual “Heart on the Hill” Lobby Day in Salt Lake City, Utah. Volunteers from across the state had a chance to learn lobbying tips from former legislators as well as receive training about polices like Tobacco to 21 and Safe Routes to Schools directly from Legislators and fellow volunteer advocates! Special thanks [...]

Two big advocacy wins in California!

Cheers are in order for our California volunteers and staff as they recently achieved two policy goal wins! The first victory involved our goal around Competitive Foods in Schools. We want to increase the number of states that have statewide policies for schools to implement the beverage and snack guidelines in for all foods sold in schools. California is the fourth state in the WSA to [...]

Making streets safer for a new generation of healthy kids

With more than 75 children in attendance, our Idaho Division recently hosted the 6th Annual Youth Lobby Day. The event was done in collaboration with the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance and made possible thanks to a grant from Voices for Healthy Kids. The students spent the day at the Idaho Statehouse talking to Legislators about Safe Routes to School(SRTS) – [...]

Historic advocacy victory in Hawaii – minimum age for tobacco purchase raised to 21!

What a pleasure it is to share a historic victory for our Advocacy team and its awesome Hawaii volunteers! Governor David Ige has signed legislation making Hawaii the first state in the nation to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco or e-cigarettes to 21! The entire Hawaii division staff and their You’re the Cure volunteers rallied to support our [...]

Mr. McLachlin Goes to Washington

Many important connections were made by our advocates at Federal Lobby Day in Washington, D.C., last month. None were more high-profile than those made by Hawaii division advocate and stroke survivor Chris McLachlin. He was welcomed by his former students at Punahou School in Honolulu – Senator Brian Schatz and President Barack Obama. Chris also met with Senator Mazie Hirono, [...]

California tobacco tax – smoke rising in the distance

When California’s Prop 29 failed in 2012, we knew we’d be back for another battle at some point. Volunteers, staff and other health advocates were back at it again today – with great resolve. In conjunction with the Great American Smokeout, they gathered at the Capitol in Sacramento to announce a renewed push for a $2-a-pack tax on cigarettes. Dr. Diane [...]

Why I give.

Our annual Employee Giving Campaign is underway. We each have our own reasons for giving. Are you inspired by the courage of a loved one battling heart disease or recovering from a stroke? Are you hoping to improve the health of your community? Why do you give? Beyond the campaign’s financial goal and our hope for 100 percent participation – [...]

A Busy and Fun Week Launches American Stroke Month

Another busy and fun week is on the books and we have some great highlights to share including a BIG policy win in Arizona that hits close to home for a member of our Heart Family, a great NFL collaboration and recognizing a special teen for her work to raise stroke awareness. I am also so impressed with the number of Administrative [...]