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  • 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: 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...
  • 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...