Ticker makes a special guest appearance at Oceanside Parade

Ticker and the American Heart Association Life is Why platform met tens of thousands of parade goers “where they are” to celebrate community and America’s Independence at the 23rd Annual Oceanside Independence Parade. I understand that Ticker was quite excited to be featured on TV during pre-event coverage! Special thanks to Life is Why cause sponsor Tri-City Medical Center for [...]

Guest Blogger Mehak Agarwal: My path to volunteering

Mehak Agarwal is a volunteer from Santa Maria, California. She is taking a break from her studies to do intensive physical therapy after receiving her pacemaker and is currently working at Dignity Health’s Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, California. Mehak is using her own heart experience to raise awareness regarding heart disease in young people. March 3, 2015, marked the [...]

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 [...]

Advocacy Team closes four policy victories!

Our advocacy team is rocking the policy world! We recently learned that county transportation ballot measures that included Stanislaus and Monterey counties in California, Clark County in Nevada and Salt Lake City, Utah, have been confirmed as FOUR additional policy goal wins for the team! Combined, the measures that were on the November 2016 ballot represent tens of millions of [...]

Advocacy Victory in the Silicon Valley

Another great triumph for our Silicon Valley Division and Advocacy Teams! The region recently received a “Bicycle/Pedestrian” policy goal win with the passage of Measure B in Santa Clara County, California. Over the next 30 years, Measure B will generate an estimated $6.3 billion through a sales tax increase. It will allocate funds to extend the BART commuter train, provide support [...]

Wear Red Day in the WSA

I was in awe of the beautiful pictures that came across my email this week. Enjoy this special pictorial edition of The WSA Why Bulletin, and thank you all for everything you did to make Wear Red Day an astounding success!

California CPR advocates receive a “Golden Mike” award

I am proud to announce that AM 830 KLAA in Anaheim, California, won a Golden Mike award from the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California. The award was presented for a segment on the public affairs radio show KLAA Community Cares which featured long-time American Heart Association volunteer, Don Hamman, discussing the importance of CPR in schools. Produced [...]

Building healthier communities one policy at a time!

What a great day for the Western States Affiliate. Our team of volunteers and staff have worked tirelessly for the last several months to support several ballot initiatives that will improve the health and wellness of our communities. I am happy to share that we were overwhelmingly successful! Here is a summary of some of our initial results: Proposition 56 [...]

Guest blogger: Eric Batch — Yes on Prop 56

Eric Batch, VP, Advocacy Eric Batch is the Vice President of Advocacy for the American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate. He has dedicated his career to helping communities create healthier lifestyles. Working on Prop. 56 is extremely personal for me. At the age of 15, I lost my grandfather, one of my heroes to a tobacco-related death. At [...]