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  • 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: Register Now for a Media Advocacy 101 Webinar

    Join other advocates across Minnesota for a Media Advocacy 101 Webinar on June 27, 2014 from Noon to 1 p.m. Learn how you can use your voice through media to advocate for heart-health policies like increasing bike and pedestrian investments. Hear from media professional Steve Kinsella about tips and...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Minnesota Hospitals Get Stroke-Ready

    The most recent news release from the Minnesota Department of Health encourages Minnesota hospitals to get stroke-ready designation. Check out the article below! The Minnesota Department of Health is encouraging Minnesota hospitals to seek a new stroke-ready designation as part of National Stroke...
  • Blog Post: Veterans Push for Safe Routes to School

    It’s crunch time in the Minnesota legislature as there is only a week left in this year’s session. We need all the support we can get to push for Safe Routes to School funding and are pleased to share the article from the Public News Service below with you, showcasing the support of this...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer for the You’re the Cure Area at the Twin Cities Heart Walk

    Calling all survivors, caregivers, advocates, donors and volunteers! The Advocacy Department needs 4-6 volunteers for our upcoming Twin Cities Heart Walk on Saturday, May 31, 2014. We will need help from 6:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. working at the advocacy information table, collecting petition cards and...
  • Blog Post: Minnesota encourages families and children to participate in Screen-Free Week

    It's time to get a little more active by turning off the screens and unplug! The best way to celebrate Screen-Free week is to get outside and get moving with that extra time. Check out this article from Public News Source for more information. (05/05/14) ST. PAUL, Minn. - As the time that kids...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jolene Tesch

    Jolene Tesch Shakopa, MN A poet once wrote of a dear friend’s death, “…‘tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” On August 11, 2010 I truly understood the depth of this quote. The life-long pain of loss can be eased by the memories you shared...
  • Blog Post: Retired Generals From Minnesota Urge State Legislators To Increase Funding For Minnesota’s Safe Routes to School Program

    On April 24th Mission: Readiness staff and a Minnesota volunteer met with Gov. Dayton and legislators to make the case for $6M for Safe Routes to School infrastructure. The childhood obesity problem has been identified by the group as a national security issues. Mission: Readiness also distributed a...
  • 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...