An estimated 84,000 people in the SouthWest Affiliate (Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming) die each year from cardiovascular disease (CVD) – that’s almost 230 people every day. Our more than 3,500 advocacy volunteers are absolutely critical in our mission to reduce death and disability from heart disease and stroke. We depend on dedicated people like you to communicate our message with legislators and elected officials at the local, state and federal levels.
The American Heart Association doesn’t make political contributions. We don’t have a Political Action Committee. But we do have a voice, thanks to our army of volunteers across the state. It’s easy to get involved, it’s easy to take action – and you might just save lives in the process.
|In Arkansas, our public policy agenda focuses on the health of our children and the strength of our emergency response systems. This year we're focusing on:||Combined, heart disease and stroke account for over a quarter of all deaths in New Mexico. This year, our public policy agenda hopes to address: ||30.6% of adult Oklahomans and 16.4% of Oklahoma’s children are overweight or obese and the rate of obesity among Oklahomans has doubled since 1990. That's why this year these are our priorities:||Cardiovascular disease ranks as the number one cause of death in Texas. Stroke ranks as the third greatest cause of death in Texas and is a leading cause of disability. This year we're working on: |