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  • Blog Post: 2014 Heart on the Hill a Success

    April 2 was our Minnesota Heart on the Hill. We had 38 volunteers at the Capitol to meet with legislators. Our issues this year included asking for $6 million for Safe Routes to School infrastructure, AED registry, and comprehensive transportation funding that includes designated funding for active transportation...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Bernard P. Friel

    Bernard P. Friel Mendota Heights, MN On February 27, 1969 at the age of 38, I suffered a myocardial infarction, a heart attack, that I was not expected to survive. I spent a week in the CCU unit, and 3 more weeks in the hospital. Angiograms indicated a significant block in the anterior descending...
  • Blog Post: Minnesota Department of Health Minnesota Stroke News Update - Minnesota Stroke System Launch, March 2014

    Minnesota Stroke System Newsletter March 2014 Spring is finally here! You know what that means: walking outside without a winter coat; the singing of birds; and, of course, the launch of the Minnesota Stroke System! After months of preparation, we are ready for implementation. The first phase of...
  • Blog Post: Childhood Obesity Legislative Working Group Releases 2014 Recommendations

    On Monday, the Childhood Obesity Legislative Working Group (COLWG) held a news conference to release their 2014 legislative recommendations. The event featured group co-chairs, Rep. Bob Dettmer and Rep. Kim Norton, as well as authors from the bills the COLWG endorsed. They also released a report providing...
  • Blog Post: Register Now for Minnesota's Heart on the Hill

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register here for this free event Join other advocates to speak with Minnesota legislators in a strong, unified voice about the importance of fighting heart disease and stroke. Advocate for the following issues: Promote physical activity to reduce heart...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jamie LaLonde

    Jamie LaLonde Bloomington, MN My name is Jamie LaLonde I'm 20 years old and when I was 18 I suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while working in the Mall of America. I was working and I asked to take my break early which was unusual for me to do. On my way to the break room where I would have...
  • Blog Post: You're Invited to a Safe Routes to School Webinar

    Join other advocates across Minnesota to learn about Safe Routes to School (SRTS) policy. Register NOW! Safe Routes to School Webinar Friday, February 28, 2014 Noon to 1 p.m. Hear what’s happening in Minnesota and nationally regarding SRTS policy from our expert presenters: Dorian Grilley...
  • Blog Post: Move MN Unveils Transportation Reform and Funding Package to Lawmakers

    The 150 member Move MN coalition says the balanced, sustainable package will address the state’s significant transportation needs and bolster economic competitiveness St. Paul, Minn. – The state’s economic progress is at risk of being derailed by billions of dollars in unfunded transportation...
  • Blog Post: SRTS In-District Meeting a Success

    Litchfield Safe Routes to School (SRTS) advocates, Olivia Wicklund (front right) and Ron Nicholson (front left) met with Rep. Dean Urdahl Feb. 7th to discuss SRTS in the bonding bill. It was a productive visit! Also pictured are Dorian Grilley and Michelle Breidenbach from the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota...
  • Blog Post: AED Registry Bill Has Informational Hearing

    American Heart Association volunteers Kim Harkins and Katie Tewalt testified in the House Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday January 29th in support of a bill the would require all public access Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to be registered in a maintenance program. AEDs are...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Shauna Brick

    Shauna Brick Shakopee, MN What couldn’t a girl say about her father? He watched you grow from daddy’s little girl to an independent woman, teaching you valuable life lessons and sharing in all your special moments along the way. In 1998, I almost lost my father to a life threatening stroke...
  • Blog Post: Governor Dayton allocates $2 million for Safe Routes to School initiative

    Governor Dayton included $2 million in his $986 million bonding package for Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS). Thank you to all the advocates who took action and urged the governor to include funding in his bonding package for this very important program! We are appreciative to Governor Dayton for providing...
  • Blog Post: Teen-obesity epidemic has plateaued — but not among the poor

    We’ve had some (mildly) good news about obesity in recent months. Studies have suggested that the obesity rate among U.S. children and teens has begun to plateau. Other research has found that young people in the U.S. are consuming fewer daily calories than they did a decade ago, especially calories...
  • Blog Post: We Need Your Help! Make Safe Routes to Schools a Priority in 2014

    A new calendar year brings another legislative session in Minnesota. Lawmakers are already hard at work gearing up for the 2014 session and Governor Dayton is in the midst of putting the finishing touches on his bonding bill. Please take a minute and urge Governor Dayton to include Safe Routes to...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Mark Olson

    Mark Olson Richfield, MN Beware the Ides of March, little did I know that this saying would gain new meaning for me on the morning of March 15 th 2008. My wakeup call came in the form of shortness of breath and chest pain the evening of March 14th. I figured I was just having an asthma attack even...
  • Blog Post: Afton Alps skier, 17, saved after heart attack

    Justin wanted to share this great story about a recent CPR save. Make sure you take action on our latest AED Registry action alert here . It was supposed to be the start of a fun day on the slopes for 17-year-old Dan Mannon. But then he nearly died. The Wisconsin teenager was in line for chairlift...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story with Us!

    Sharing your own personal story is the most effective way to advocate for healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke! As you have noticed, the You’re the Cure community site now features pictures and stories of real advocates – people like you whose lives have been impacted...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Dale Wakasugi

    Dale Wakasugi Woodbury, MN I am alive today because Lindsay, a high school student, had recently completed CPR and AED training. I collapsed refereeing a local high school basketball game in 2007 and Lindsay ran out of the crowded stands and started CPR and used the AED while others called 911. My...
  • Blog Post: Separating the Truth from the Myths: New Cholesterol Guidelines

    Cholesterol is a concern for many Americans. Even those who exercise and eat a healthy diet can be at risk for high cholesterol because of hereditary factors. As you may have heard, earlier this month, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology published new guidelines on lifestyle...
  • Blog Post: Slow-poke generation? Kids around the world are less fit than their parents were, study finds

    Rachel wanted me to share this article with you. Today's kids can't keep up with their parents. An analysis of studies on millions of children around the world finds they don't run as fast or as far as their parents did when they were young. On average, it takes children 90 seconds...
  • Blog Post: Advocating for AED Legislation

    Take Action! Do you know what AED stands for? More importantly, do you know where the nearest AED is and will it be maintained and ready to be used? Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs, are used to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm when someone is suffering a cardiac arrest. Different...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Gene Johnson

    Gene Johnson New Brighton, MN On Sept.11,2002 I had a heart attack, followed immediately by a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). I had a series of miracles and fortuitous events that followed. My daughter called and told my wife to check on dad. I was laying on the driveway with the garden hose spewing...
  • Blog Post: Statewide Health Improvement Program awards grants to communities across Minnesota

    During last session, Minnesota You're the Cure volunteers successfully advocated for increased funding of the Statewide Health Improvement Program. We are pleased to share the following update and news release from the Minnesota Department of Health on the progress of the program. SHIP building...
  • Blog Post: Minnesota Launching Effort to Improve Stroke Care

    St. Paul, Minn- Today is World Stroke Day, and stroke continues to be one of the leading killers in Minnesota and across the nation. However, a new effort set to start up in Minnesota in the New Year should mean better care and outcomes there. According to Dr. Albert Tsai, director of the Minnesota...
  • Blog Post: Bike and Walk to School Day for Minnesota Students

    Check out this news coverage of Bike and Walk to School Day featuring You're the Cure advocate Jodi Gertken. This story was heard around the state through the Minnesota News Connection. (10/09/13) ST. PAUL, Minn. - Expect to see a lot more Minnesota students getting to class today under their...