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Seattle passes tax on sugary drinks

Two great advocacy stories in one week! Thanks to the incredible work of the Seattle Healthy Kids Coalition, the Seattle City Council voted to adopt a 1.75 cents per ounce tax on sugary drinks that will increase funding for healthy food access, public health, early learning and education programs for communities most affected by the obesity and Type 2 diabetes [...]

Governor Brown Makes History to Reduce Tobacco Addiction

California Governor Jerry Brown today signed into law a historic package of five bills to reduce tobacco addiction, which remains California’s, and the nation’s, No. 1 cause of preventable death. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Western States Affiliate is proud to have co-sponsored and helped lead these efforts. We applaud Governor Brown and California lawmakers for putting [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Life is Why is a hit in Seattle

Hi, Kathy! My name is Ricki Cullum and I am an intern at the AHA in Seattle. I am working on finishing my Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health from Western Washington University. You asked in a previous post to share “Life is Why” stories – and we have a great one! I partnered with Caroline Reis, another intern, [...]