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  • Blog Post: Lincoln Recognized for Acute Heart Event Response

    No one wants to have a heart attack, and if you do have one, you hope that you get the right care, in the right amount of time. Lincoln residents can rest assured that their EMS and heart attack systems of care are up to the task of providing the necessary response. Recently, Lincoln NE made the list...
  • 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: E-cigs: How they are Winning the War

    According to a recently published online article, electronic cigarette companies are quietly winning the war on regulation by successfully lobbying state legislatures to exclude them from tobacco control laws. And their tactics are strategic and creative. According to the article (posted Aug 4, 2014...
  • Blog Post: Many schools prepared for new federal lunch standards

    Thousands of schools around the country have found new ways of providing “smart” snacks for students – well in advance of updated federal lunch standards that begin with the upcoming school year. Schools across the country will be following updated Department of Agriculture rules...
  • Blog Post: Smoking Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia

    We've known for years of the increased health risks caused by smoking and tobacco-related products. A new study now links smoking with an increased risk of dementia. The World Health Organization (WHO) and Alzheimer’s Disease International are reporting, based on a review of scientific studies...
  • Blog Post: School Nutrition: Help to Solve the Nutrition Puzzle

    Congress is working on appropriations bills and school nutrition standards have been a hot topic in the agriculture appropriations debate. The House bill would allow schools to get waivers from these standards and the Senate bill would delay the sodium standards supported by the AHA. Other amendments...
  • Blog Post: New Sodium Campaign Aimed to Raise Awareness of Sodium Intake

    Americans eat too much salt, and most have no idea how much they are eating, according to new consumer research by the American Heart Association. Nearly all of the 1,000 people surveyed by the American Heart Association (97 percent) either underestimated or could not estimate how much sodium they...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Lisa Bockman

    Lisa Bockman Nebraska It was a typical Monday night for the Bockman family - they had just finished dinner and were getting ready to watch a movie together. Suddenly, without warning, Lisa collapsed and stopped breathing. Her son Darian, remembering that their neighbor was a nurse, went and got her...
  • Blog Post: Life-Saving Technology for Nebraska's Rural Areas

    Twelve-lead electrocardigram equipment is now available in rural Nebraska thanks to grant funding through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Emergency Medical Services. The funding was approved by the legislature during last year's session. What does this mean for...
  • Blog Post: Where's the AED? Selfie Campaign Raises Awareness To Save Lives

    Now that we have raised awareness for the importance of knowing CPR during CPR Week, hopefully you have taken a minute to watch the 60-second video on Hands Only CPR. Share it with your friends and family so that everyone around you knows the basics of 1) calling 9-1-1, and 2) doing compressions hard...
  • Blog Post: Will Nebraska be Next to Teach CPR in Schools?

    It’s time for Nebraska to join the growing list of states that are now requiring CPR as a graduation requirement. This month we are asking the Nebraska State Board of Education to make this a requirement. Approximately, 424,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests occur nationwide. That is more than...
  • Blog Post: Nebraska Celebrates 5 Years of Clean Indoor Air

    On June 1, 2009, Nebraska joined the growing list of states to implement a Clean Indoor Air law, thereby reducing the exposure to secondhand smoke within our state. According to the Surgeon General's report, there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke - any exposure to tobacco smoke is harmful...
  • Blog Post: CPR Saved My Dad

    Pamela Miller Grassroots Advocacy Director In my work as Grassroots Advocacy Director for the AHA, I advocate every day for policies that improve our cardiovascular health – things like smoke free air, research funding, access to AEDs and learning CPR. I am passionate about our mission and how...
  • 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: Thank Senator Scheer for Supporting CPR in Schools

    As we work to encourage support for CPR as a graduation requirement among the Board of Education, it is important that we acknowledge and thank those who have stepped forward in support of this initiative. State Senator Scheer introduced Legislative Resolution 512 to show support for having all high...
  • Blog Post: F.A.S.T. - Know the Signs of Stroke

    Stroke Month is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease and to educate Americans that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable. Stroke is largely preventable. In fact, it is the No. 1 preventable cause of disability...
  • Blog Post: May is Stroke Month - Know the Signs

    There are three main types of stroke and all of them are serious. Even if symptoms last fewer than five minutes or go away you still need emergency care. During May, we encourage everyone take time to know and understand the signs and symptoms of a stroke. Symptoms can vary from one person to the next...
  • Blog Post: FDA Proposes Regulation of E-Cigarettes

    E-cigarettes have become increasingly more popular since the were first introduced in 2008. Creative marketing and kid-friendly flavors have led to increased usage of e-cigs among young people. Health organizations such as the AHA have worried that the products target young people and could get them...
  • Blog Post: Heart Walk Raises Awareness

    Fighting heart disease and stroke takes volunteers, money, passion and commitment, among other things. The Omaha - Council Bluffs Heart Walk embodies all of those elements - and it's a great opportunity for YOU to get involved with the American Heart Association. There is still time to sign up for...
  • Blog Post: E-Cigarettes: What You Should Know

    A recent story in the Omaha World Herald got our attention. According to the article, 'Young people are ingesting the nicotine used in e-cigarettes, leading to an increase in calls to poison control centers in Nebraska and across the country." Recent calls to the Nebraska Regional Poison Control...
  • Blog Post: Thank Senators For Life-Saving Appropriation

    Last year, the Appropriations Committee approved $150,000 for 12-lead cardiac monitors for our Rural EMS services. Cardiac monitors with 12-Lead capability are critical in diagnosing a STEMI heart attack … the deadliest type of heart attack. On March 4th, the AHA had the pleasure of announcing...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Melinda Kentfield

    I want to tell you about my son, Taylor. And as a Mom, I want to do my part in making a difference in your lives, and in turn, asking you to do the same. Taylor Kentfield was born October 12 th , 1991. When he was born, they identified immediately that he had a heart defect. They diagnosed him with...
  • Blog Post: Mission: Lifeline expands to Nebraska, anchored by $4.1 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

    On March 4th, the AHA had the pleasure of announcing a $5.3 million initiative to expand Mission: Lifeline efforts into rural Nebraska. In a collaborative, statewide effort, Mission: Lifeline will be implemented over three years with funding from key partners that share a commitment to improving outcomes...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Brittany Cvitak

    Brittany Cvitak knows first-hand why being an advocate for the American Heart Association is so important - and can have an impact on saving lives. At 21 years old, Brittany is a critical congenital heart defect (CCHD) and stroke survivor. Brittany uses her voice to help make change for others. Brittany's...
  • Blog Post: Make Positive Changes During National Nutrition Month

    About 30% of Nebraskans are overweight or obese, including nearly 15% of children. Childhood obesity has become a major health concern, causing health problems in children that previously weren’t seen until adulthood such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. Parents are...