Newsletter Feature - CA
Know Diabetes by Heart
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and a major cause of heart attacks, strokes and disability for people living with type 2 diabetes – yet only about half recognize their risk. This problem is too big for any one organization to address on its own, which is why we need your help!
AHA's New Brand
For nearly 100 years, the American Heart Association has been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives.
Advocacy Tips for Summer
Summer is the season for the beach, backyard picnics, and pool parties. But it's also the time to make a real difference in your community and improve your advocacy skills. Here are five easy things you can do this summer to be an even more powerful advocate:
California Heart at the Capitol 2018 Recap
On Tuesday, March 20th over 120 You’re the Cure volunteers, high school students, survivors, and American Heart Association staff visited the Capitol in Sacramento to raise awareness about heart disease. Our advocates supported Senate Bill 1192, a bill which would make water or milk the default beverage in kids’ meals served in restaurants; and two budget asks calling for the prioritization of healthy early child care and the creation of a Hypertension Awareness pilot program.
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AHA'S Support Network
You’re not alone. Make our social support network your home.
ICYMI: February 8 – 14th was CHD Awareness Week
Did you know that we celebrated Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness week this month? With the crazy news cycle, heart month events, Black History month celebrations, and life getting in the way, it’s totally understandable that you may have missed it. But never fear, I’m here to give you some facts to share with your friends and family.
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Advocate Spotlight: Kristin Williams
The morning of October 1, 2011 started as an average one; I smoked a cigarette, had a cup of coffee, and headed out for the day. However, it quickly took a turn for the worse. As I sat down for lunch, my heart rate shot up and I felt a sudden rush of adrenaline. I assumed it was anxiety and tried to forget the discomfort. I went about my day until a friend placed his hand on my chest to feel my heart rate. After feeling what felt like “a thousand grenades going off” in my chest, he convinced me to go to the hospital. There I was told that an aneurysm in my heart ruptured and I would probably need open-heart surgery.
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Will You Wear Red?
I’ll be rocking my red February 2nd for National Wear Red Day®. Will you join me?
Advocate Spotlight: Stacy Johnson
I often tell people that my father died of smoking.
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We're thankful for you!
As AHA Advocacy staff, we get to work alongside the most remarkable volunteers- like YOU! We get to see lives improved and lives saved as a result of the work we’ve done together, and for that, we're grateful.