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  • Blog Post: Poll Released on Parents Support for Healthier School Food Policies

    The American Heart Association, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the PEW Charitable Trusts released a poll earlier this week which found the majority of parents support national nutrition standards for both school meals and snack food and beverages sold in schools. Check it out below! Parents Support...
  • Blog Post: Letter to the Editor - MN Schools Reducing Physical Education

    This weekend the Star Tribune ran an article talking about PE in Minnesota and the waivers schools are seeking in order to close the education gap. We know that fit kids learn better and less Physical Education isn't the answer. Please check out the Letter to the Editor that ran in the Star Tribune...
  • Blog Post: August Recess Recap

    During the August Recess, state advocates delivered special puzzle pieces highlighting nutritional foods that "fit" into a successful school day for every child. Members of congress are trying to roll-back strong nutrition standards for school meals, and we want to remind them how important...
  • Blog Post: The State of Obesity: Minnesota Report

    In recognition of Childhood Obesity Awareness month, we are pleased to be able to provide our advocates with the most recent statistics on childhood obesity in our state and across the nation. The State of Obesity report (formerly F as in Fat), a project of the Trust for America’s Health and the...
  • Blog Post: Teen Tobacco Sales Tighten Down in Minnesota

    The Public News Service - MN wrote up a great article on Minnesota Retailers tightening their compliance to tobacco sales to teens, check it out! (Photo - Tony Alter / Flickr) ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota retailers do better at thwarting teens' attempts to buy tobacco than retailers in any other...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Kaelyn Mulcahy

    Kaelyn Mulcahy Apple Valley, MN Last year, when I was 21, I had three strokes. I was at work when the first one happened. I was dizzy and a little disoriented with a bad headache on the left side of my head and sharp pain at the back of my neck. After an hour and still not feeling well I went home...
  • Blog Post: August Recess Visit: Congresswoman Betty McCollum

    Don't be puzzled! You're the Cure advocate and Minnesota State Advocacy Committee President Dale Wakasugi dropped by Congresswoman Betty McCollum's office during session break, and shared his thoughts with the new intern from the University of Minnesota on continued support of the "healthy...
  • Blog Post: August Recess Visit: Rep. Keith Ellison

    You’re the Cure advocate and Minnesota State Advocacy Committee member, Mark Olson visited Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison's office to deliver a few special puzzle pieces highlighting nutritional foods that "fit" into a successful school day for every child. Like other advocates...
  • Blog Post: August Recess Visit: Rep. John Kline

    You’re the Cure advocate and Minnesota State Advocacy Committee member, Jolene Tesch and her two little ones Charlie and Raina visited Minnesota Representative John Kline’s office today to deliver a few special puzzle pieces highlighting nutritional foods that "fit" into a successful...
  • Blog Post: August Recess: Representative Peterson

    You're the Cure advocates like Mary Bertram and Minnesota Advocacy Committee member, Jo DeBruycker are puzzled why some Members of Congress are trying to roll-back strong nutrition standards for school meals. So Mary and Jo made a visit to Representative Colin Peterson's office, delivering a...
  • Blog Post: Stillwater stepping up to be a heart-safe community

    Check out this article from the Stillwater Gazette! They interviewed Justin Bell, AHA's Government Relations Director of MN, on the importance of AEDs. A automatic external defibrillator (AED) uses recorded voice commands to help bystanders if a cardiac arrest is taking place. (Submitted photo...
  • Blog Post: Study Released on Childhood Obesity Policy

    Health Talk (University of Minnesota) posted an article today on Childhood Obesity Research. Check it out! AHA's RVP of Advocacy, Rachel Callanan was co-author! How our legislators make decisions depends on a variety of factors such as expert beliefs, constituents’ opinions, political principles...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer with TLC & Move MN at the State Fair!

    As a member of the Move MN Coalition, the American Heart Association is headed to the State Fair this month to spread the word about urgent transportation needs in our state—and we need your help! Volunteer for a few hours and the Coalition will return the favor with free fair admission and...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Katie Krisko-Hagel

    Katie Krisko-Hagel Eagan, MN I am a registered nurse. My Ph.D. is in nursing with a specific focus on heart disease, especially in women. My stroke story is about my mother who died from stroke and heart disease six years ago. It was 1995 when she presented to an emergency room after having experienced...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer for the You're The Cure area at the Northland Heart Walk

    The Advocacy Department needs 4-6 volunteers for our upcoming heart walk in Duluth. We will need help throughout the day working at the advocacy information table, collecting petition cards and recruiting new advocates to our network. All volunteers will receive a You’re the Cure t-shirt. Please...
  • Blog Post: Minnesota Public Access AEDs Required To Be Registered

    Check out this article from KARE 11 on the new law requiring public access AEDs to be registered in the state of Minnesota. A big thanks goes out to Kim Harkins, one of our AHA volunteers for her help with the story and the bill! MINNEAPOLIS - Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs, have saved...
  • Blog Post: Stratis Health Awards Heart Disease and Diabetes

    Check out this article featuring AHA's Justin Bell and advocate Albert Tsai, posted by the Minnesota Department of Health on Stratis Health's 2014 Building Healthier Communities Award. Stratis Health, Minnesota’s state quality improvement organization, recently announced six recipients...
  • Blog Post: Farm to Childcare Program Introduced in MN

    Check out this article from the Public News Service - MN, talking about how statewide childcare centers are starting to introduce healthy habits and fresh foods to young children. (photo courtesy of New Horizon Academy) ST. PAUL, Minn. – An effort to get more fresh, healthy and local foods on...
  • Blog Post: Listen to the Media Advocacy 101 Webinar

    In June, we held an Media Advocacy 101 webinar so advocates could learn more about how to use their voice in the media to influence heart-health policy changes. The presentation covers the do’s and don’ts of working with the media, how to write a letter to the editor and some social media...
  • Blog Post: You're The Cure Legislators of the Year Recognized

    Last month we were very excited to recognize two outstanding lawmakers for their passion and dedication to the Safe Routes to School issue this past year legislators for their work this year during the American Heart Association volunteer event in Minneapolis. Read more about the winners below: Legislators...
  • Blog Post: You're The Cure Advocates of the Year Recognized

    Last month we were very excited to recognize two outstanding You’re the Cure advocates for their work this year for the last several years during the American Heart Association volunteer event in Minneapolis. Read more about the winners below: Advocate of the Year: Dr. John Wheeler Congratulations...
  • Blog Post: Another Great Year for Heart-Health Policy in Minnesota

    Thanks to the hard work of advocates like YOU, Minnesota had another great year in moving heart-health policies forward. Together, we have worked to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke and we have much to celebrate this year! Below is a brief summary of the bills we helped...
  • Blog Post: Governor Dayton Proclaims CPR Week in Minnesota

    Governor Dayton has officially designated June 2-8, 2014, CPR Week in Minnesota! Learn how YOU can help save a life with hands-only CPR by watching this 60-second demo video .
  • Blog Post: Minnesota Receives Better Stroke Treatment

    Check out this article from the Public News Service, and learn how the acronym "FAST" can help memorize the symptoms of a stroke, and how Minnesota is receiving better stroke treatment. ST. PAUL, Minn. - National Stroke Awareness Month is quickly coming to a close, but it's hoped lessons...
  • Blog Post: Remembering Congressman Jim Oberstar

    See how Congressman Jim Oberstar impacted Safe Routes To School, as he is remembered in an article posted today on www.preventobesity.net . (photo credits: left - minnpost.com, bottom right - bikeportland.org) Childhood obesity advocates are joining lawmakers in mourning former Rep. Jim Oberstar...