Throughout the year, our blog will feature AHA volunteer stories of survival and hope. We know there are thousands of stories like these - thats why we want to say “Thanks” to all of you for giving your time and sharing your lives with us. You can’t spell CURE without U! Thank you for all you do to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. YOU’RE THE CURE!

Friday, August 6, 2010

3 Ways YOU Can Fight Heart Disease and Stroke this Month!

Me + You = Winning Against Heart Disease and Stroke

They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. So how many steps will YOU take on the journey to win against heart disease and stroke?

My name is Mark Olson and as an American Heart Association You're the Cure advocate, I know building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke is a journey worth taking. Preventing a heart attack or stroke is the best way for us to live happy healthy lives. As a heart attack survivor I am now an advocate of a fit future for all - especially to ensure that our children have the knowledge to make healthy choices.

But it's going to take more than me to win against our nation's # 1 and number # 3 killers. That's why I am asking YOU to join ME by taking 3 steps to win against heart disease and stroke:

Click the image below to print off the activity card below. If it does not open, go to and click on the PDF tab to download:

Every month, as a Minnesota Volunteer Leader, I will send an email asking you to take action as advocates by taking 3 simple steps. This month, I am ask you to take 3 steps to protect our kids.

1. Tell Congress we want healthy food options in our schools.
2. Educate your community about the danger of smoking among our youth.
3. And finally, encourage our schools to make physical education a top priority.

Imagine if everyone took 3 steps every month to fight heart disease and stroke, what strides would we make as a nation in winning against heart disease and stroke?

You don't have to be a doctor to save lives -- just an advocate for the American Heart Association. Take 3 steps today and join me in a journey to win against heart disease and stroke.

We can't spell CURE, without "U".


Mark R. Olson
Volunteer Leader

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