Friday, February 26, 2010

Arkansas Legislature Recesses

The Arkansas Legislature held it's first fiscal session, which began on February 8th. They recessed in record time and will return on March 4th to handle any vetoes or clarical errors that might have occoured.

The American Heart Association's efforts to secure funding for automated exteranl defibrillators was successful. The Joint Budget Committee approved an amendment by Representative Everett to fund the AEDs to the tune of $200,000. The bill passed both the House and Senate and will now go to the Governors desk for his signature.

Please let legislators know you support this effort by sending them a message. Go to and register as a You're the Crue member and find the message to your member of the House and Senate regarding the defibrillators for schools in Arkansas.

They need to hear from you, TODAY.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Students support National Wear Red Day

Students at Ellen Smith Elementary Conway Arkansas

Students in Jeanne Ortiz's Kindergarten classroom at Ellen Smith Elementary in Conway participated in National Wear Red Day activities. Students all across the state were asked to wear RED on this National day of recognition to support heart disease and stroke awareness.

In Arkansas, students were also in support of Automated External Defibrillators for all school and trained school personnel in CPR on every campus. Over 7,000 students signed petitions and completed coloring sheets to show their support. The Americn Heart Association anticipates over 10,000 coloring sheets and petition signatures will be collected by the end of February, National American Heart Month.

Kindergarten Student Shows support for National Wear Red Day - Ellen Smith Elemntary

Friday, February 5, 2010

Arkansas Celebrates National Wear RED Day

On Friday, February 5th, 2010, volunteers, supporters and local citizens wore RED on Wear Red Day. Wear Red Day is a national movement to encourage people to wear red in support of the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.

Events were held across the Capitol city. Below is a picture montage of all the various activities.

Little Rock City Hall Prepares for Wear Red Day

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodla Proclaims Friday February 5th as National Wear Red Day in Little Rock

Congressman Vic Snyder and Family Participate in National Wear Red Day at Arkansas State Capitol

First Lady Ginger Beebe Supports National Wear Red Day

Capitol Rotunda Goes REd for National Wear Red Day

Young Survivor his sister and Mother Dinah Sullivan support National Wear Red Day

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Start American Heart Month off with new life resolution !

The American Heart Association’s My Life Check tool empowers you to take a big step toward a healthier life. In just a few minutes, you can get your personal heart score and a custom plan with the 7 simple steps you need to start living your best life.


Celebrate Heart Month and Wear Red Day

Central Arkansans and Local businesses celebrate American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – February 2, 2010 – February is Nationally known as American Heart Month and on Friday, February 5, National Wear Red Day, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Movement is asking Arkansas women and men to bring a voice to this silent killer by Wearing Red. One in three women suffers in silence, and almost one woman dies every minute of this largely preventable disease. The American Heart Association is encouraging everyone across the state to wear red.
As a part of Heart Month the Central Arkansas American Heart Association will present:

WHAT: The 2010 Central Arkansas Go Red For Women Survivor Gallery Unveiling;
a poster series featuring personal stories of local women who have recovered from heart disease or mothers that have children with heart disease. These real-life survivors are sharing their experiences to inspire other women to improve their heart health.

WHO: Special Guests:10 Heart Disease Survivors and their families including
Rev. Betsy Singleton and Phyllis Brandon
First Lady Ginger Beebe
Elizabeth Small
Danny Gaines, Chesapeake Energy

WHEN: NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY Friday, February 5, 2010, 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Arkansas State Capitol 2nd Floor Rotunda
*Survivors at the Capitol as well as participants at the unveiling will be available for photo opportunities as well as interviews. If you would like to do a special or feature story; please contact Terri Clark and we will make all necessary arrangements.

Also as a part of the Heart Month Celebration local Buildings will be Going Red; the Bank of American building downtown will feature a red heart on the east and south sides of the building throughout the month of February. The lights on The Big Dam Bridge will be turned red throughout February. The following buildings will display a Go Red For Women banner during the month: Acxiom, Arvest Bank Building (downtown), Baldwin Shell Building, Little Rock City Hall and St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center.

One of the many companies that’s speaking up to support Go Red For Women this February is Jiffy Lube. For the third consecutive year, Jiffy Lube is rolling out its Maintenance Partners for Life program to help raise funds and awareness for heart disease prevention. From February 1 through March 14, 2010, Jiffy Lube customers who make a $3 donation to Go Red will receive the Maintenance Partners for Life book and will contribute to Jiffy Lube’s goal of raising $1 million for the cause with this year’s program.

About Go Red For Women - Go Red For Women is part of the American Heart Association’s solution to help save women’s lives. With one out of three women still dying from heart disease, we are committed to fighting this No. 1 killer, which is largely preventable., a premiere source of information and education, connects millions of women of all ages and gives them tangible resources to turn personal choices into lifesaving actions. We encourage women and the men who love them to embrace the cause. For more information please visit or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278). The movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and Merck & Co., Inc.

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