Friday, February 24, 2012
Event participants will engage in a thoughtful dialogue with administration officials and discuss the concerns and challenges facing heart and stroke patients and those at risk. The day will consist of panel discussions, break-out sessions, and a town hall forum with administration leaders.
We just learned some great news from the White House – they are streaming it LIVE NOW. The morning portion can be viewed from 9am to 12pm EST tomorrow. To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live.
You can also follow updates and join in today’s discussion through Twitter and Facebook:
1) Follow the @AmHeartAdvocacy Twitter feed and share your own thoughts and comments using the #HeartAtTheWH hashtag. From 3:30-4:15, Jon Carson (@JonCarson44), Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement will host a Tweet-Up with AHA volunteer-advocates to answer questions, so be sure to join us!
2) Follow event highlights through posts, pictures, and videos on the You’re the Cure Facebook page. Comment, share, and post your own thoughts about this special event.
Looking for more information about the event? Read the You’re the Cure blog for updates and profiles of volunteers attending today’s event.
Thank you for your continued passion for the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association.
You’re the Cure!
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
In addition to lifesaving skills, this unique opportunity will provide a fun environment for families, featuring tips on how to create easy and healthy meals and snacks. Children will have an opportunity to meet officers from the Wichita Police Department, practice calling 9-1-1 by using a simulator, and see the inside of a working ambulance and fire truck. Sandwiches from Jimmy John’s will be provided for lunch.
Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. About 80% of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in private residential settings, so being trained to perform CPR can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one. Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after cardiac arrest can double a victim’s chance of survival. If more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved.
To learn more about this event or to access a flyer to distribute please visit www.heart.org/wichitaCPRevent. We hope to see you there!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Topeka, KS (February 9, 2011) – A new poll released yesterday by a coalition of public health groups finds 77 percent of Kansas voters support the state’s recently passed smokefree law. The poll shows broad support for the law including large majorities of Democrats, Republicans and Independent voters across Kansas.
“Clearly Kansans are showing strong support for clean indoor air,” said Kevin Walker, Regional Vice President of Advocacy for the American Heart Association. “We know that support has grown since the law was enacted and that should send a clear message to lawmakers considering efforts to weaken the law.”
The survey also found among Kansas voters:
- 59 percent are less-likely to vote for candidates who want to repeal the law
- 84 percent view exposure to secondhand smoke as a health hazard
- 54 percent of people who smoke like the state’s smokefree law
The survey of 500 likely Kansas voters was released by a coalition of public health groups. The polling firm Public Opinion Strategies conducted the survey January 11-12, 2011. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.38 percentage points.In February 2010, Kansas became the 28th state to pass a smokefree law that protects workers and the public from the serious health hazards of secondhand smoke in public places and hospitality venues. The law went into effect on July 1, 2010.
The need for protection from secondhand smoke in all workplaces and public places has never been clearer. Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including at least 69 carcinogens. The evidence is also clear that smokefree laws protect health without harming business. As the U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona concluded in 2006, “Evidence from peer-reviewed studies shows that smokefree policies and regulations do not have an adverse impact on the hospitality industry.”
The coalition of public health groups releasing and funding the poll includes the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, Sunflower Foundation, Oral Health Kansas, Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition, Clean Air Kansas and Wichita Medical Research Education Foundation.