Guest Blogger Donna Kato: Daily Reminders

Donna Kato is the Communications and Marketing Director for the American Heart Association in the Silicon Valley and North Central Coast, California and Boise, Idaho markets. She was a journalist for most of her career and became a media relations professional in 2009. She started working for the American Heart Association in April 2016. As I start my second year [...]

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 [...]

Guest blogger Kathy Young: #HeartsWithPride reflects diversity and inclusion

Kathy Young (pictured on the left, below) is the Western States Affiliate Vice President of our Sun Coast Youth Market team. She is also the President of the American Heart Association's "Hearts With Pride" LGBTQ employee resource group. Kathy recounts her recent experience representing the American Heart Association at a Phoenix Pride event. Bringing together many voices is key to our [...]

Parents vs Kids Cooking Battle

It’s not unusual for teens to oppose their parents, but last week in East San Jose, it was all in the name of healthy eating. In an epic cooking battle, 30 teens competed against their parents to celebrate the culmination of the first two sessions of the Teens Cook With Heart program, at Latino College Prep Academy. Prior to the event, the [...]

Northern Nevada is Healthy For Good!

Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada, has been a longtime supporter of the American Heart Association. Over the years our relationship has flourished as we’ve worked together toward the common goal of improving the health of Northern Nevadans. With our 2020 impact goal in sight, this new collaboration will allow us to work even more closely together to inspire our local [...]

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 [...]

AHA shines as a great workplace

Great Place to Work has published a favorable review of the American Heart Association as a result of our staff response. It’s the first step leading to Fortune Magazine’s designating the 2016 Top 100 Companies to Work For. While we won’t know the outcome of making the Top 100 list until January, the positive feedback from AHA employees is the [...]

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Volunteers Trained to be Community Health Workers in Monterey County

Wanting to improve the health of Salinas Valley in Monterey County, California, 38 volunteers have committed six months of their time to learning how to be AHA Community Health Workers. Based off of the Life Simple 7 program, they are gaining the skills needed to transform the health of their neighborhoods. And, with only two classes left until graduation, the [...]

Oregon steps up… For Every Kid

Last week in Portland, OR, community advocates from across the metro region were joined by Milwaukie Mayor Jeremy Ferguson, public health leaders, and parents as they announced a new effort to improve the health and safety for kids in the tri-county area. Metro-area kids who most need opportunities for physical activity often don’t have the necessary safe infrastructure—sidewalks, crosswalks, and bike [...]

Monterey County launches Community Health Worker program

In Salinas, CA, a new program is underway to increase access to health and wellness in the Latino Community. Through the developing health leaders in the community (often called promotores), more people will learn health-healthy living skills. The American Heart Association developed an interactive Community Health Worker program in 2010 in order to cultivate and empower volunteers. In May 2014, [...]