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What does the Heart Ball help fund in Arizona? Since its inception, the phoenix heart ball has raised over $30m for vital cardiovascular disease and stroke prevention, research and educational programs, benefiting our community.

Research  over $31.5 million allocated to az since 1950  arizona state university, mayo clinic, university of arizona, st. joseph’s hospital and medical center, and barrow neurological institute were among the 19 recipients in arizona who received grant funding in 20102011  $1.79 million was invested in arizona in 2010-2011

Halle Heart Children’s Museum  nearly 30,000 children visit the museum each year where they learn about cardiovascular health and how to live heart healthy through health eating, exercise and the benefits of tobacco-free living  this interactive, hands-on museum also teaches children how to identify emergency warning signs and what to do about them

Check For Life Blood Pressure Program  volunteers from the black and hispanic nurses associations have trained employees at over 30 barber shops and beauty salons across the valley to perform blood pressure screenings on their clients  of the 1000 people who were screened in 2010-2011 about 25% of adults and 17% of children were found to be hypertensive and 40% of adults and 17% of children were pre-hypertensive

Play 60 Challenge  the american heart association and the nfl are working together to promote 60 minutes of physical exercise each day  this program provides middle school teachers with the tools to encourage students to become physically active  3,000 students from 15 schools in the valley participate in a field day event with the arizona cardinals

Get With The Guidelines  the american heart association’s premier, hospital-based quality improvement system which empowers healthcare providers to treat heart and stroke patients according to the most up-to-date guidelines  22 participating hospitals, including 7 award winning hospitals in the valley  this program allows for better patient care and outcomes

Advocacy  staff and volunteers work to educate lawmakers about heart disease and stroke issues and help to pass policy initiatives such as smoke-free laws, quality physical education in schools and increased funding for research and prevention programs  locally the groundwork was laid for senate bill 1059 which opened school playgrounds during nonschool hours giving kids a safe place for physical activity, this bill was passed on march 2012

Jump Rope And Hoops For Heart  19,900 students throughout 633 elementary and middle schools in the valley participate in these educational and fundraising programs which teach children about cardiovascular health and how to stay heart healthy  these children have the opportunity to hear from children who are affected by cardiovascular disease and how they can raise money to help kids like them

Strokecheck  this program coordinates free stroke screenings during the month of may in 22 participating hospitals throughout the valley  of the 2,281 people screened in 2010-2011, 35% were found to be hypertensive

CPR Training  the new hands-only cpr, which has proven to be more effective in treating adult cardiac arrest victims, was developed by dr. gordon ewy at the university of arizona and was funded by the american heart association

2012 Heart Ball Brochure- Funding in AZ