Newsletter Feature - CA
Survivors: share your insights with those who need it most
Remember when you were first diagnosed? Those late-night worries, the “I know I shouldn’t, but I’m going to Google this anyways” moments, the feelings of being alone and lost?
hero_image_alt_text===Facing recovery after a stroke or heart disease diagnosis can be overwhelming. You are not alone. Our community is here for you.
thumbnail_alt_text===Facing recovery after a stroke or heart disease diagnosis can be overwhelming. You are not alone. Our community is here for you.
New Coalition Formed to Reduce Soda Use
On July 17 a new coalition, which the American Heart Association is a member of, was announced with the goal of impacting decisions concerning soda tax legislation during the remainder of the 2019 legislative session. Coalition members include Asm. Richard Bloom, public health and health equity advocates and medical professionals, and children and youth negatively targeted by the marketing of the soda industry.
hero_image_alt_text===Words Californians for less soda next to stick figures and a soda bottle
thumbnail_alt_text===Words Californians for less soda next to stick figures and a soda bottle
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.
hero_image_alt_text===Group photo in front of Capitol building
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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.
hero_image_alt_text===Baby's foot with pulse oximetry test
thumbnail_alt_text===Baby's foot with pulse oximetry test
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.
hero_image_alt_text===Photo of woman
thumbnail_alt_text===Photo of woman
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.
hero_image_alt_text===Photo of Stacy Johnson
thumbnail_alt_text===Photo of Stacy Johnson