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Something To Be Thankful For

This season we encourage you to embrace the art of giving thanks.  While there are many ways people strive to find happiness—through family, activities, friendships, volunteering, work or financial stability—one of the key components to happiness is being grateful for the things that we already have.  During this month, as we reflect on what we are thankful for, we want to take a moment to express gratitude for our support system our health and our well-being.

At The Hope, we are grateful for… those who support our mission to battle cardiovascular disease in individuals, families, neighborhoods, schools, and local communities.  Our supporters play a tremendous role in helping us continue our research, outreach, and deliver our education programs.  A big thank you to our volunteers, donors, corporate and nonprofit partners, and the communities that invite us to share our message of heart-health. By working together, we make cardiovascular disease more beatable, treatable and preventable.


Volunteering with The Hope

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During this November, we are very grateful for all our volunteers and interns. Their passion and willingness to serve, have helped fulfill our mission to provide educational information for those who are at risk or have been impacted by cardiovascular disease, the #1 cause of death in America.

Our volunteers and interns have been very busy this year providing heart-health information at festivals, health & science fairs, and local schools.

We are thankful for their perseverance and dedication to making heart disease more beatable, treatable and preventable. We are hopeful that we will continue this legacy to giving back to our communities and developing advocates for heart-healthy lifestyles.

Thank you for your service to The Hope Heart Institute! For details on how you can embrace our cause, please visit www.hopeheart.org



The  Hope In The Community

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October was a busy month in our community.  We are excited to share what The Hope’s Education Team has been up to. We reached over 2,200 people in the community through our programs in October!

School-Based Outreach:

Heart Healthy Assembly - Finley Elementary – Kennewick, Washington, October 14, 2014. Staff led a Heart Health assembly at Finley Elementary discussing heart health, nutrition, and physical activity using the 5-2-1-0 theme. The assembly reached over 400 students and their teachers in K- 5th grades.

SHAPE Washington Conference – Seattle, WA - October 18th, 2014. Hope Heart staff participated in the annual WA State Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) conference. At this conference, staff interacted with over 300 health and fitness teachers from across WA state and distributed information on Hope Heart school-based programs.

Family Health & Fitness Night – Opportunity Elementary, Spokane, Washington, October 23rd, 2014. Hope Heart in partnership with Molina Healthcare facilitated a Family Health and Fitness Night at Opportunity Elementary on October 23rd, 2014. The event attracted over 375 attendees from the Spokane community.

Heart Healthy Assembly - Dick Scobee Elementary – Auburn, WA. October 31st, 2014. Staff led a Heart Health assembly in partnership with staff from Multicare and WA State University King County Food Sense at Dick Scobee Elementary discussing heart health, nutrition, and physical activity using the 5-2-1-0 theme. The assembly reached 460 students and their teachers in K- 5th grades.

Athletes Take Heart:

Bellevue Boys & Girls Club and Hope Heart Institute Partnership Celebration – Bellevue, WA, Oct. 8, 2014.  This event highlighted the Athletes Take Heart Program’s commitment to working with the B&GC to place an AED at three pilot facilities as well as to raise sudden cardiac arrest awareness and preparedness.  About 150 youth were reached through outreach activities and a presentation with guest speaker and heart health advocate Kenny Cooper of the Seattle Sounder FC.

Hands Only CPR and AED Training for  Seattle University Women’s Basketball Team – Seattle, WA - October 25, 2014. The players learned about sudden cardiac arrest and practiced CPR and using an AED.  15 players were trained.  After the training 100% would use an AED and 100% reported that they felt confident they knew the steps to take in the case of a sudden cardiac arrest.

Women Take Heart:

Washington Correctional Center for Women Health Fair – Purdy, WA – October, 16th, 2014. The Hope Heart education team led a health fair that focused on fitness, nutrition, stress, and stress reductions. We highlighted our 30 day challenges, did BP screenings, and had a snack station. 175 women were reached. 61% of participants indicated after attending they would improve their eating habits, 65% stated they would increase their physical activity and could recognize sign and symptoms of heart attack.

International Community Health Services 2014 Korean Health Fair – Lynnwood, WA – October 18th, 2014.  Hope Heart presented on heart disease prevention, did BMI and waist/hip screenings, and brought the mega heart. Through this venue we were able to reach 60 Korean American families.

Business Take Heart:

Healthy Worksite Summit – Lynnwood, WA – October 1st, 2014. Hope Heart had an outreach table where we promoted Business Take Heart and our worksite wellness pilot to over 75 worksite-based wellness coordinators around Washington State.

General Outreach:

Asian Counseling & Referral Health Fair – Seattle, WA - October 6, 2014.  The Hope provided heart healthy outreach materials and education, including information on eating healthy on a budget and healthy recipe substitutions, to 165 attendees.

Volunteer Program/University Outreach Committees:

Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) 2014 Fall Career Fair – Tacoma, WA - October 15, 2014. The Hope reached over 30 attendees interested in volunteer and internship opportunities.  Some students expressed interests in joining our University Outreach Committee at PLU, by providing heart-healthy information around campus and at near-by community events.




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