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  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Quality Physical Education - What is it?

    Breon Schroeder Derby Spearfish SD and Chadron NE Some individuals may remember a time where ‘gym’ class revolved around an unstructured chaos of playing dodge-ball, being picked last for teams, and sitting on the sidelines while the instructor focused on getting his or her athletes prepared...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Kaala Berry

    Kaala Berry Kansas I am a junior at Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, KS. Since 2011, I have been actively volunteering in various American Heart Association initiatives such as health fairs, “Power To End Stroke” program and advocacy efforts such as Hands Only CPR, Healthy...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jene Hong

    Jene Hong Kansas Throughout the course of my life I have had two strong yet contradictory thoughts. One, our bodies are truly amazing and only a divine being could create something so flawlessly. Secondly, my family would be healthy until we get “old”. My parents had made many unhealthy...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Paul Ansaldo

    Paul Ansaldo Kansas I was 29 years old when I had my stroke, which changed my life forever. As I look back, my life has been altered, not for the better or worse, it just became different. I now face a few more challenges in my day to day living and at 53 years young, I’m writing my stroke story...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Sophia Foster

    Sophia Foster Kansas Cassandra is thankful for a simple screening test for newborns, not yet required in Kansas, as it saved her baby’s life. That screening, called a pulse oximetry test, found the oxygen level in her first child, Sophia, to be dangerously low. It was the first step to discovering...
  • Blog Post: Register for a Kansas Heart Walk Near You!

    We would like to invite you to participate in a 2014 Heart Walk near you! The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's premiere event for raising funds to save lives from this country's No. 1 and No. 4 killers - heart disease and stroke. Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Breckyn Reynolds

    Breckyn Reynolds Kansas I had an uneventful pregnancy. After giving birth to my third daughter Breckyn, we noticed something wasn’t ‘quite right.’ However, no one at the hospital seemed concerned and they sent us home with our newborn baby girl. Weeks later, while we attended the...
  • Blog Post: Kansas Hospitals Not Required to Administer Lifesaving Pulse Ox Test to Newborns

    A simple test could save a child’s life, but hospitals in Kansas are not required to offer it. This inexpensive, easy, lifesaving test to detect critical congenital heart defects, known as pulse oximetry, is required in more than 30 states across the country including Missouri. The Kansas Department...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Sandra Billinger

    Sandra Billinger Kansas I have been a supporter of the American Heart Association (AHA) since I was in the 5th grade. I was first introduced to them by my physical education teacher who suggested we participate in the Jump Rope for Heart event. We (our team) were supposed to raise money and try to...
  • Blog Post: In Memory of Rekisha Harris

    *Guest Blogger Kevin Harker, Executive Vice President, Midwest Affiliate shares a story about loss. And while it’s difficult to read a story that doesn’t have a happy ending, it’s important that the story still gets told …. because the unfortunate reality is that heart disease...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jodi Jackson

    Jodi Jackson Kansas I suffered a massive heart attack on October 13, 2011 at the age of 42. This came as a complete surprise. Although I knew I wasn't the healthiest person, I didn't think that I was that unhealthy. I had just had a full physical, my total cholesterol was only 134 and I had...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the 2014 Legislative Session!

    Creating heart-healthy communities takes more than just changing our own habits – we need to motivate others and speak in one voice. Stay tuned for updates and calls to action as the 2014 Legislative Session begins and we continue to advocate for issues on the local, state and federal level! ...
  • Blog Post: If We Can Save a Child's Life With a Simple Test, Shouldn't We?

    Recently the New York Times published an article talking about Pulse Ox titled “ The Simple Test That Saved My Baby ” stating that “The new screening is recommended by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the American Heart Association and the American Academy...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Trenda Alexander

    Trenda Alexander Kansas In 2003 I experienced my first stroke. As a result, I had both speech and muscle problems. The doctors told me that I was very lucky that my situation did not turn out worse. Unfortunately, in 2004 I had another stroke. This time I wasn’t as lucky as it was more serious...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Holly Haynes

    Holly Haynes Kansas I was born on Valentine’s Day in 1984, along with an amazing twin sister. We were tiny preemie babies born about 6 weeks early. My sister was born weighing 4 pounds, 5 ounces while I weighed only 2 pounds, 14 ounces. I was in the hospital for 41 days before my parents could...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story:Daphne Steen

    Daphne Steen Kansas Raymond Bachman has served on the American Heart Association’s Board of Directors in Wichita, KS. He shares the story of his beautiful granddaughter, Daphne and her fight against heart disease. At just 10 days old, Daphne underwent open-heart surgery to fix a congenital...
  • Blog Post: Tough Love at the Table

    Recently, Governor Sam Brownback hosted the Kansas Governor's Council on Fitness . Participants from across the state gathered to share their success stories on projects related to health and wellness that are being implemented in their communites. The mission statement of this initiative is "to...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Con Olson

    Con Olson Kansas I originally became involved with the American Heart Association through my career. As a paramedic, we recognized the American Heart Association as the gold standard for our CPR and ACLS courses. Over time, I have had the opportunity to provide training certifications, become a BLS...
  • Blog Post: New Report: Kansas is 14th Most Obese State in Nation

    Washington, D.C., August 15, 2013 –Kansas is now the 14th most obese state in the nation, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2013, a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). After three decades of increases...
  • Blog Post: New FDA Report Reinforces Urgent Need to Prohibit Menthol Cigarettes Says American Heart Association

    Washington, D.C. July 23, 2013 – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new evaluation on the use of menthol in cigarettes, and the agency’s request for input on whether regulatory action on this...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Stephanie Moss

    Stephanie Moss Kansas Stephanie Moss, a native of Brinkley, Arkansas, relocated to Kansas City, Kansas in 1971 with her family and attended public school in the Kansas City, Kansas Unified School District 500. Early in her education journey it was quite obvious that health and wellness, social...
  • Blog Post: Doctor Appointments: Be Your Own Advocate

    Do you know what questions to ask your healthcare team so you can take an active part in your heart and stroke health? The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association can be your partner in making sure you’re getting the care you need. One of the most important relationships you’ll...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Julie Crowe

    Julie Crowe Kansas My mother was 50 when she had her first heart attack and passed away at age 66 due to heart disease. There is a strong history of heart disease on my Mother’s side of the family... I was 52 years old and I had been experiencing severe jaw pain off and on for 4 or more weeks...
  • Blog Post: Act FAST - May is American Stroke Month

    During the month of May, the American Stroke Association works hard to spread awareness of the signs of a stroke. You can share the following information with your audience to help them to spot the signs of a stroke, using FAST: F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. When you...
  • Blog Post: Go Red to bring Awareness to Heart Disease in Women

    330 fewer women are dying per day, thanks to the Go Red For Women movement, which celebrates 10 years in 2013! Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen. Heart disease in women requires more attention,...