Thursday, August 27, 2009

Play games, save lives!

Now you can play games and play a part in saving lives! When you play free online games such as Solitaire, Gems and Bubble Burst on, they’ll donate money to the American Heart Association!

It’s free and fun! Play today!

How does it work?
Users play games – for free – and generate revenue for nonprofits! Users can select which charities (of the GTG charities listed) to benefit, as well as choose which game they would like to play. As they play, GTG will donate 70% of their supporter revenue (“brought to you by…”).
In short:
· Visit
· Select AHA as the charity you would like to benefit
· Play a game!
· GamesThatGive donates 70% of the revenue from the featured supporter
· The more people play, the more revenue is donated!

Vote for Us!!!

AHA is a nominee for the SXSW panel to discuss ways to become heart healthy through gaming.

Gaming is increasingly merging with health and fitness as a way to engage larger audiences and change social norms and attitudes about being active. The role of social media to augment these experiences is increasing. The panel will explore how gaming, social media and health intersect to carve out new opportunities. Games run across a broad spectrum from fully on-line to on-line/off-line and even fully off-line experiences.

Click the link below and vote for us!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

What Health Care Reform Means for Prevention

As the health care reform debate continues across the country you might be wondering how it will affect the American Heart Association’s efforts in pushing tobacco control in Oklahoma. Currently there are provisions included that relate to coverage for prevention and cessation services in private and public health insurance plans, as well as funding for prevention programs that could include tobacco.

It’s important that our elected members of Congress understand the importance of such programs. The fight is not over and prevention programs could easily become a sacrifice should Congress seek to reduce the cost of health reform. No matter what side you fall on we can all agree that prevention is key to lowering health costs and reforming our current system.

For updates from AHA on the healthcare reform issue please visit our National YTC blog at:

Bad Economy Isn’t Hurting Oklahoma’s Fight Against Tobacco

State Treasurer Scott Meacham released figures certified by the board of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust last week. The report shows a strong increase in earnings in relation to the trust’s investments. The primary use of these funds is to fight tobacco related issues as well as other health issues in our state.

You can read the AP story here.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Obesity remains No. 1 health problem for kids in 2009

Childhood obesity outranks all other health problems as the No. 1 health concern for children in the United States, topping drug abuse, smoking and bullying, according to a report by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.

This is the first survey year in which obesity tops the list for Hispanics, blacks and whites. In the 2008 survey, childhood obesity was ranked 6th by Hispanics and 3rd by blacks as the biggest child health problem.

Kids and parents are encouraged to visit the Alliance for a Healthier Generation website for fun information and easy ways to improve your health.

But what do you think we can do to get kids more active?

Alliance recognized by CDC

Speaking of the Alliance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized the Alliance for a Healthier Generation with its “Pioneering Innovation Award” for advancing policies and environmental strategies to prevent and control obesity.

The award was presented July 29 at the CDC’s “Weight of the Nation” Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Alliance was founded in 2005 by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation to reduce childhood obesity by 2015 and empower children to make healthy lifestyle choices. The Alliance works to positively affect places that can make a difference in a child's health: homes, schools, restaurants, doctor's offices and communities.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

AHA In The News

Below are two link to letters to the editor from the American Heart Association's President Dr. Clyde Yancy.

Health-Care Reform Is Within Our Grasp
Clyde W. Yancy, M.D.
Letter to the Editor
The Washington Post
Saturday, August 1, 2009

A Case of Getting What You Pay For (Washington Post, July 26)

'Multiphase approach'
Clyde W. Yancy, M.D.
Letter to the Editor
USA Today
Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Obesity a key link to soaring health tab as costs double (USA Today, July 27)

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