Tuesday, June 18, 2013

CPR in Schools will soon be a reality in Texas.

This past Friday, Gov. Rick Perry signed legislation that makes Texas the 11th -- and largest -- state to require CPR education for graduation from high school. The law goes into effect for the Class of 2015.

This is quite a milestone because of the sheer numbers involved. Texans comprise 9 percent of all high school graduates in the country, or 280,000-plus students per year. That means that by 2020 there will be well more than a million more Americans equipped with this lifesaving knowledge from the Lone Star State alone.  

Congratulations and thanks again to ourYou’re the Cure advocates. The nearly 13,000 emails sent to lawmakers and other efforts to spread the word were invaluable. This is truly a victory everyone can take pride in.

Also, late Friday evening Governor Rick Perry approved an AHA-supported appropriation for the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke which will be used for stroke/STEMI data collection. And the Governor also signed legislation for newborn screening for congenial heart defects.

Each of these three measures will have a significant impact on heart disease and stroke in Texas.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Thank You to All Our Volunteers

Every single day, all over the country, lives are saved and improved because of you. Thanks to your commitment, talent and passion as a volunteer, Americans are living healthier and lowering their chances of heart disease and stroke.

In honor of National Volunteer Week, we’d like to take a moment say thank you for the difference you make in so many lives!

Working together, we’ve made big strides in America’s health, like:
  • Advocating for simple medical screenings that can identify heart defects in babies
  • Funding research to prevent, treat and understand heart disease and stroke
  • Creating programs for populations most at risk
  • Helping women understand that heart disease is their No. 1 killer

With your help, we’ll do even more. We know that the only way we will reach our 2020 goal — to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent — is through the time, talent and energy of volunteers like you.

Thank you - take a few minutes and see what we've been able to do with your help.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Unhealthy Teens Could Lead to a Rise in Heart Disease Rates

Less than half of U.S. adolescents are living heart-healthy lives, and lack of exercise and poor diets could be creating a new generation of heart-disease patients. It's no surprise that American adolescents aren't the healthiest eaters, and that they aren't as physically active as they should be. But a new survey from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center confirms the fear that the current generation of teens could be at greater risk of heart disease than their parents if they don't change their behaviors.

A group of teens were polled and tested over a period of two years. Researchers found that these teens were a sedentary group that ate unhealthy foods. More than 80% ate what the researchers rated as a poor diet - high in fast foods and processed foods as well as sugar-sweetened drinks, and low in fruits and vegetables and whole-grain products.

The scientists ranked the children's heart-disease risk behaviors according to how well they complied with the seven factors that the American Heart Association (AHA) recently defined as critical for optimal heart health: maintaining a healthy body weight; eating a healthy diet; being physically active; keeping blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose within normal ranges; and not smoking. If the teens met the recommended requirements, their behavior was rated as ideal; if they fell short, their compliance was considered poor; and if they fell in between, the researchers ranked them as intermediate.

Only 45% of boys and 50% of girls in the study met five or more of these criteria, and less than 1% of the teens were eating an ideal healthy diet. Read more.

Monday, April 1, 2013

World Health Day 2013

This Sunday, April 7, 2013, is World Health Day, and this year's focus is on the hidden epidemic of high blood pressure across the world.  Because many people do not know they have high blood pressure (it may not always cause symptoms), it leads to more than nine million deaths every year, including about half of all deaths due to heart disease and stroke.

Celebrate your health on World Health Day (April 7, 2013). Take a minute to watch this video, then take another minute to make a choice to reduce your blood pressure risk (you can find resources and information here). You only get one life…make it a healthy one!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Fit Friendly Companies Announced

Congratulations to the businesses in our six-state area that were just named Fit-Friendly Workplaces.  Across the United States, over 2,240 worksites were awarded, representing almost 5 million employees. Fit-Friendly Worksites are recognized by the American Heart Association as employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees' health. With your help, your workplace can:
  • Provide walking routes
  • Promote walking programs and tracking tools
  • Allow staff to wear athletic shoes on designated "sneaker days"
Congrats again to our companies!  Is your company a Fit-Friendly Workplace?  If not, find out how they can be here.
New Gold Awards:
ABC Financial Services, Inc. – Sherwood
Baptist Health- Arkadelphia - Arkadelphia
Carousel Fit 4 Life Wellness Center - North Little Rock
Gates Corporation - Siloam Springs, AR - Siloam Springs
Greater Second Baptist Church - Little Rock
Northwest Medical Center - Springdale
Windstream - Little Rock

Colorado Springs School District 11 - Colorado Springs
Cooley LLP - Broomfield
Great-West Financial - Greenwood Village
Lockton Companies - Denver
PCL Construction Enterprises, Inc. - Denver
Pepsico - Denver
White Construction Group - Castle Rock

New Mexico
ABQ Area Indian Health Service - Albuquerque
UNM Health Sciences Center - Albuquerque

CarlisleFoodService Products - Oklahoma City
Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes - Concho
Continental Resources - Oklahoma City
D&L Oil Tolls - Tulsa
DCP Midstream - Tulsa
Hall Estill Hardwick Gable Golden & Nelson - Tulsa
Hartford Insurance Group - Oklahoma City
Help Point Claim Services by Farmers - Oklahoma City
Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Perkins Family Clinic - Perkins
Matrix Service Company - Tulsa
Morton Health Service - Tulsa
Muscogee (Creek) Nation Division of Health - Okmulgee
Northwest Treatment Center - Waynoka
Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, Inc. - Oklahoma City
OSU Medical Center - Tulsa
Samson Resources - Tulsa
St. John Siegfried Health Club - Tulsa
Verizon Business - Tulsa
WPX Energy, Inc. - Tulsa
YMCA of Greater Tulsa - Tulsa

Accenture Dallas - Irving
Agape Christian Ministries - Round Rock
American Heart Association Dallas Division - Dallas
Amerigroup - Austin
Bethel A.M.E. Church - San Antonio
BKD, LLP                - Dallas
Broadway Bank - San Antonio
Cameron International Corporation - Houston
Central Texas Medical Center - San Marcos
Cinemark USA, Inc. - Plano
Cisco Systems - Richardson
Citigroup- Irving, Las Colinas - Irving
City of Arlington - Arlington
City of Grapevine - Grapevine
City of Houston Mayor's Office - Houston
City of Houston Planning and Development Department - Houston
City of North Richland Hills - North Richland Hills
City of Rowlett - Rowlett
CPS Energy - San Antonio
Dunaway Associates, L.P. - Fort Worth
El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission - Austin
Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT) - Taylor
Embassy Suites Dallas Love Field - Dallas
Embassy Suites Dallas Market Center – Dallas
Ericsson - Plano
Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth - Fort Worth
Grace Covenant Christian Center - Austin
Gus Bates Insurance and Investments - Fort Worth
Hilton Reservation and Customer Care - Carrollton
HoganTaylor LLP - Tulsa
Imperial - Tulsa
Inspirus LLC - Fort Worth
Joeris General Contractors Ltd. - San Antonio
McKinney ISD - McKinney
Mesquite ISD - Mesquite
Mission Trail Baptist Hospital - San Antonio
Mt Zion Baptist Church - Austin
North Central Baptist Hospital - San Antonio
North East Texas Public Health District - Tyler
Northeast Baptist Hospital - San Antonio
Pepsi - San Antonio
Phillips 66 - Houston
Pine Creek Medical Center - Dallas
Radioshack - Fort Worth
Raytheon Dallas Lemmon - Dallas
Richardson UHG/Optum TX023-013 - Richardson
Santander Consumer USA - Dallas
Schreiner University - Kerrville
SGS North America, Inc. - Deer Park
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation - Fort Worth
St. Davids HealthCare - Austin
St. Jude Medical - Austin
Tarrant County College Northeast Campus - Hurst
Technip - Houston
The Hockaday School - Dallas
Towers Watson - Dallas
University of Phoenix - San Antonio
University of Texas at Arlington - Arlington
White's Chapel UMC - Southlake
Worthington National Bank - Fort Worth
Xerox - Lewisville

New Gold & Platinum Awards
Amarillo National Bank - Amarillo
Brentwood Baptist Church - Houston
City of Allen - Allen
City of McKinney - McKinney
Cross Roads Community Church - Pearland
Mathis Brothers Furniture - Oklahoma City
The Beck Group - Austin

New Gold & Worksite Innovation Awards
American Fidelity Assurance - Oklahoma City
City of Albuquerque - Albuquerque

New Gold, Platinum & Worksite Innovation Awards
Nabholz Construction - Conway

Renewal – Gold Award
Arkansas Department of Health Central Office - Little Rock
Arkansas Heart Hospital - Little Rock
Baptist Health - Little Rock
Baptist Health Medical Center – Stuttgart - Stuttgart
Baptist Health Medical Center-Heber Springs - Heber Springs
Baptist Health Medical Center-North - North Little Rock
City of Little Rock - Little Rock
GE Capital - Bentonville
General Mills - Walmart/Sam's Team - Rogers
Johnson & Johnson - Rogers
PepsiCo NW AR - Rogers
Performance Food Group - Little Rock
The Hatcher Agency - Little Rock

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado - Denver
CH2M HILL - Englewood
Intelligent Software Solutions, Inc. - Colorado Springs
Kaiser Permanente Colorado - Denver           
KONG - Golden
The Gates Corporation - Denver
ZOLL - Broomfield

Boldt - Oklahoma City
Capital One Auto Finance - Tulsa
Eide Bailly - Norman
Energy One Federal Credit Union - Tulsa
INCOG - Tulsa
INTEGRIS Health - Oklahoma City
KTUL - Tulsa
Norman Regional Health System - Norman
OKHealth Wellness Program (division of Human Capital Management - State of Oklahoma Office of Management & Enterprise Services) - Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic - Oklahoma City
ONEOK - Tulsa
OPUBCO Communications Group - Oklahoma City
OU Physicians - Oklahoma City
Pepsi Beverages Company - Tulsa
Scott Rice - Broken Arrow
Sorin Group USA - Arvada
T.D. Williamson, Inc. - Tulsa
Teleflora - Oklahoma City
Tulsa City-County Health Department - Tulsa
University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond
Whole Foods Market - Tulsa

Abbott Laboratories - Irving
AEP Texas - Corpus Christi
American Heart Association - Tarrant County - Fort Worth
American Heart Association-Texas Affiliate - Austin
Army & Air Force Exchange Service - Dallas
Atmos Energy Corporation - Dallas
BDO USA, LLP - San Antonio
BDO USA, LLP - Houston
BDO USA, LLP - Dallas
Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP - Dallas
BenefitMall - Dallas
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Waco
BNSF Railway - Fort Worth
Brinker International - Dallas
Central Life Sciences - Dallas
Charity Dynamics - Austin
CHRISTUS Hospital - Beaumont
Cigna HealthCare, Plano, TX - Plano
Cintas First Aid and Safety - Coppell
City of Bedford - Bedford
City of Cedar Hill - Cedar HIll
City of Fort Worth - Fort Worth
City of Grand Prairie - Grand Prairie
City of Houston – Office of Business Opportunity - Houston
City of The Colony - The Colony
City of Watauga - Watauga
Collin College - Plano
ConocoPhillips - Houston
Cooper Aerobics - Dallas
Dallas Area Rapid Transit - Dallas
Dallas Fire-Rescue Department - Dallas
Denton Regional Medical Center - Denton
East Texas Medical Center - Tyler
Ernst & Young - Dallas
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas - Dallas
First Command Financial Services - Fort Worth
FLuor Corporation - Irving
Freescale Semiconductor Inc - Austin
Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc. - Dallas
Hawk Electronics, a Teletouch Company - Fort Worth
Healthcare Payment Specialists - Fort Worth
Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center - Waco
HollyFrontier Corporation - Dallas
Homeward Residential - Coppell
Houston Airport System - Houston
Huguley Memorial Hospital - Burleson
Integra Realty Resources - Fort Worth
JCPenney Corporation, Inc. - Plano
LabAnswer - Sugar Land
Lockton Dunning Benefits - Dallas
Mary Kay Inc. - Adddison
Myron F. Steves & Co. - Houston
NEI – Plano - Plano
Omni Corpus Christi Hotel - Corpus Christi
Oncor - Dallas
Park Plaza Hospital and Medical Center - Houston
PepsiCo, Inc. - Business Information Solutions - Plano
Peterson Regional Medical Center - Kerrville
Pier 1 Imports, Inc. - Fort Worth
Plaza Medical Center - Fort Worth
PricewaterhouseCoopers – Denver - Denver
Reliant Energy/NRG Energy - Houston
Safety-Kleen Systems - Richardson
Sanden International (U.S.A.) Inc - Wylie
Sewell Automotive Companies - Dallas
TDIndustries - Dallas
TELOS Fitness Center - Dallas
Texas Health Resources - Arlington
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children - Dallas
The Reynolds Company - Fort Worth
The University of Texas at Dallas - Richardson
Trinity Industries, Inc - Dallas
UnitedHealthcare - San Antonio
UNT Health Science Center-Ft Worth - Fort Worth
UT Southwestern Medical Center - Dallas
Verizon Wireless - Southlake
XTO Energy - Fort Worth

Renewal – Gold & Platinum Awards
Apex Capital Corp - Fort Worth
Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield - Little Rock
Baylor Health Care System - Dallas
Chesapeake Energy Corporation - Oklahoma City
Colorado Springs Utilities - Colorado Springs
Concentra Inc. - Addison
Department of Veteran's Affairs Health Administration Center at Purchased Care ("VA--PC@HAC") - Denver
Enventure Global Technology, LLC - Houston
Good Shepherd Medical Center - Longview
Harbison-Fischer - Crowley
Higginbotham - Fort Worth
Kimray - Oklahoma City
Monitronics - Dallas
The Beck Group - Dallas
The Medical Center of Plano - Plano
The T - Fort Worth
Tyler Police Department - Tyler
University of Colorado Hospital - Aurora
Viverae Inc. - Dallas

Renewal - Gold, Platinum & Worksite Innovation Awards
JPS Health Network - Fort Worth
Texas Instruments - Dallas

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Facts About Childhood Obesity

Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled and today, nearly one in three children in America is overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African-American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese. If we don’t solve this problem, one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and asthma.

The American Heart Association is working hard to help defeat this issue both through advocacy and educational programs.  Check out this handy infographic to see some of the latest stats on childhood obesity and what we're doing as an organization.