Archive for May, 2011

Nevada Update on AB571
This law was passed by public vote 3 years ago and now the legislature can reverse it without a vote of the people.
Make a difference if you live in Nevada. Go To and show your opposition.
Select AB571 and please oppose this bill.  You can even write a comment.
AHA supporters,
Please see the below message.  Your continued outreach is needed.  Thanks for all that you have done so far to help stop this bill.  We need to multiply ourselves in order to be successful…
As many of you are aware, the hearing for AB571 took place this morning in the Assembly Ways and Means Committee.  The passage of this bill, which would weaken the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act by allowing for smoking in ALL bars and taverns regardless of whether they serve food, will lead to increased exposure to secondhand smoke in Nevada.  Although not explicit in the language of the bill, a result will be eating establishments that walk the line between bar/tavern and restaurant (such as BW3s, Bully’s etc.), and possibly even restaurants that contain bars, will once again allow smoking.
We need ALL of you to please make a quick visit to the opinion page of the legislative website by clicking on the link below, and post your opposition and comments against the bill. We also need you to circulate this request through your email lists.  This bill may have the votes to pass, unless we can show a tremendous level of grassroots opposition.

Thank you for your continued help in fighting off the relentless efforts of big tobacco and their allies to weaken our law.

I love to laugh.

I prefer a good comedy or television show that will make me smile or laugh.

A good laugh can send 20{1ee8873d3da54571ef77633feec9b2f18618b0dba2f28faf42edb28003d1c6f7} more blood flowing through your entire body.

When you laugh, your blood vessels expand and contract just like when you exercise.

When you watch a funny movie for example, your blood flow increases.  Laughter’s a great stress reliever too. Laugh often and help your heart.

I’m waiting for Hangover 2 and hoping it’s funnier than the first.  What movie made you laugh hysterically? – Keith

Nevada Senate Bill SB230, a bill that would require school districts to develop a policy to ban foods containing trans fat from being provided in schools, is now scheduled to be heard on Monday at 3:15pm in the Assembly Education Committee.  I will be testifying again in support of this legislation.
As many of you are well aware, trans fat is a double threat to our cardiovascular health because it has been shown to both lower our good cholesterol (HDL) and raise our bad cholesterol (LDL), as well as cause arterial inflammation.
Schools should be places where we strive to make available the healthiest foods possible, and with plenty of alternative oils that can now be used, we should not be providing food to our kids that contains trans fat.
•       Consumption of trans fat (trans fatty acids) are very harmful to our health.  Consumption of trans fat raises your ‘bad’ (LDL) cholesterol and lowers your ‘good’ (HDL) cholesterol levels.  It also causes or is a contributor to heart disease, diabetes, insulin resistance, hardening and clogging of the arteries, etc.
•       SB230 requires school districts to develop a policy to ban foods with trans fat from being provided to students at schools and would apply to school sanctioned programs and athletic events, etc.
•       Banning trans fat does not mean banning ‘junk’ food.  Foods of minimal nutritional value are regularly made without trans fat.  Items such as crackers, pizza, pastries, etc. would still be allowed to be served/purchased at schools.
•       Over the past decade many food manufactures have reformulated many of their products to eliminate trans fat by using alternative oils that are readily available.  Consumers have demanded trans fat free products are they are now widely available.  This will minimize any burden to schools.
•       Schools should be places where we strive to serve our children the healthiest food possible.
Thanks, Keith

Fruity Prayers?

Every time I go to the store I just pray I can come across some great fruit.

I always look for fruit that’s Ripe, Fresh, Tasty, Full of Flavor, and Reasonably Priced.  I know, We All Hope For This, Right?

This week’s find happened to be Strawberries.  I found them at Whole Foods this week in my scavenger hunt for good fruit.

Whole Foods tends to be more expensive, but sometimes I find a bargain.

What’s the best fruit you’ve had this week? Do you have a great farmers market? – Keith

Heart Walk Kick-Off Party at the Cosmopolitan!

It will be July 7th from 8-10 am at the Boulevard Pool. Guests will be team captains from community teams and companies, and sponsors. Space is limited to our top 125 supporters. We will have beverages and breakfast for all attendees. Invitations will be going out soon, so sign up as a team captain for the Heart Walk (if you haven’t already) at to receive an invitation)

The American Heart Association’s Las Vegas Heart Ball was held April 30, 2011 at the World Famous Mirage Resort in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada.

Hundreds of supporters attended the Gala. Philanthropists, Corporations and Individuals opened up their hearts and checkbooks to save lives and advance the mission of the American Heart Association.

10-month-old fellow survivor Lola Worthen was the guest of honor as her brave mother shared Lola’s story of Survival and Life.

Dozens of items were auctioned off during a silent auction during the cocktail reception and then the grand auction took place with items valued up to $48,000 being auctioned off to the highest bidder all in the name of saving lives.

The Beatles (or their tribute band Yesterday) played all the hits before and during dinner.

Enjoy and please share the video:)

Oh what a night it was. Kudos to the Las Vegas AHA team:) – Keith