Sacramento welcomes WSA Board of Directors

Last week the Western States Affiliate Board met in Sacramento. In addition to meetings with local volunteers and staff, they also visited the state Capitol to advocate for statewide policies that promote heart and brain health. The Board met with 16 key legislative offices to build support and momentum for tobacco control, obesity prevention and water access policies. Our volunteers shared [...]

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!

Every Shade of RED

Every year I am truly amazed and inspired by the response we get for Wear Red Day… it is wonderful to see our volunteers, communities, the media and more embrace what the movement is all about. Here is just a just a sampling of participation: KTLA 5 in Los Angeles shared a National Wear Red Day fashion show featuring heart [...]

A younger version of Red Hat models

Tiny red hats have exploded onto the scene in preparation for Wear Red Day. In a tradition of utter cuteness, volunteers all over the WSA have been busily knitting red beanies for newborn babies to wear in local hospitals to celebrate Wear Red Day (February 5). Knitters in Sacramento currently have 1,750 ready to go to Sutter’s Medical Centers and [...]

Sacramento Check. Change. Control.™ Participants Report Positive Results

It’s such a wonderful feeling when we hear testimonials that our programs work. The Quality Improvement Program Organization’s February newsletter featured our Sacramento Check. Change. Control.™ program, with positive commentary from participants. We partnered with the Health Services Advisory Group for these weekly one-hour classes that covered hypertension and the role of healthy eating and exercise. Participants received their own blood [...]

Lace Up for National Walking Day!

Wednesday, April 1st marked the ninth annual celebration of National Walking Day. Individuals across our ten Western States laced up and used at least some time in the day to lace up and get walking. Here’s just a sample of some of the fun activities that took place: Salt Lake City, Utah  About 250 people turn out to participate in [...]

Wear Red Day in the WSA!

From Los Angeles to Seattle – communities everywhere celebrated Wear Red Day in style. Here is just a sampling of a few pictures that were submitted – beautiful! Thanks to all for your support of this special day. In Los Angeles, survivors Lilly Rocha, Crystal Flores, and Jessica Ocampo pause after modeling their gorgeous Macy’s red dresses next to Macy’s [...]

Leadership Forum 2014 – another great group on the books!

Leadership Forum is a Western States Affiliate tradition designed to cultivate the talents of our dynamic staff.  Each year this cross-functional group  is brought together from various departments and geographic areas across our 10 states. They are considered leaders in their field and were nominated to participate by affiliate senior leadership. I would like to congratulate our 2014 Leadership Forum [...]

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 [...]

Sacramento Creativity Scores!

Way to go, Sacramento! I am so excited to let you know our Sacramento division has won the creative video contest National Center conducted to  help introduce the new AHA “Guiding Values” strategic platform.  Please take a moment to watch this creative and witty video – it’s outstanding. And, it certainly illustrates how using “Guiding Values” in our daily work [...]