Newsletter Feature - TX
Do you have a story to share?
Thank you to everyone who filled out our 2017 End of Year survey! We were heartened to read your stories of perseverance and survival, and the advocate spotlight section of the newsletter is dedicated to telling your stories. Haven't shared your story yet? There's still time!
hero_image_alt_text===We want you photo
thumbnail_alt_text===We want you photo
bottom_action===We want you photo
San Antonio Passes Tobacco 21
On January 11th, the San Antonio City Council voted to raise the Tobacco sale age to 21, making them the first city in Texas to do so.
All we want this is holiday season is to hear from you!
As 2017 comes to a close, we're feeling thankful for the amazing advocates who bring policies to life at the Capitol and in City Council chambers. We're looking forward to 2018 and we want to hear from you! What policies are you interested in? What skills do you want to learn? Please take a minute to answer our 2017 End of Year Survey by clicking here or on the image below.
This December, we'd like to introduce you to one of our most dedicated advocates - Andra Casillas. Andra is a member of the Austin Grassroots Action Team and frequently volunteers at events in the Austin area. Here's her story in her own words.
Food Insecurity Panel Recap
In Austin, 25% of residents are food insecure. That is a fact many people don’t realize; in fact many people might not even be familiar with the term “food insecurity”. Food insecurity is not knowing where your next meal is coming from or lacking access to healthy and affordable food. While many in our vibrant city are thriving, a quarter of residents struggle with this issue every day.
Advocate Spotlight: Ashley Armenta
This month we are shining light on Ashley Armenta, our amazing fall intern!
hero_image_alt_text===Photo that says Meet Ashley
thumbnail_alt_text===Photo that says Meet Ashley
Election Day Wins in Texas
Tuesday, November 7th, was a big day for health when the voters decided to pass transportation bonds in Dallas, Houston and Travis County (Austin). These bonds will provide necessary funding to improve sidewalks, bike lanes, parks and trails in three of the biggest cities in Texas. Here's more information about each one:
Meet Myra – Advocacy Intern
Hello! I’m Myra from Dallas, Texas, and this past summer I was the advocacy intern for the Southwest Affiliate.
As a public health major at the University of Texas at Austin, I was thrilled to be a part of an organization that has advocated for heart health for almost a century. When I first came to the AHA, the first question that they asked me was “why?”, and my why is my family.
Advocacy at the Dallas Heart Walk
Saturday, September 9th, the advocacy team headed to the Dallas Heart Walk to grow the You’re the Cure network and build support for healthy policies in schools and communities by collecting healthy food access and quality physical education petition cards. The team collected over 1,100 petition cards and spoke with heart walk participants about advocacy at the AHA and talked to them about some of the policies we're working on.
SouthWest Affiliate Advocates Take Capitol Hill
On September 14th and 15th, Arkansas advocates Ashley McGarrah and her three-year-old son Jaxon, who suffers from a critical congenital heart disease, along with Misty Hsieh, a family medicine physician and American Heart Association Oklahoma City Board President, gathered in Washington D.C for the Rally for Medical Research Lobby Day on the Hill. The Rally was attended by over 400 organizations, including the AHA. The day brought together advocates from across the nation to speak directly with their lawmakers about the importance of medical research.