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  • Blog Post: Why All Students Should Learn CPR

    Imagine you have just learned how to do CPR in your health class, and while out shopping, you find out someone nearby - a baby - needs this life-saving skill? Imagine that you are the one who knows what to do to help the baby's life. That a happened to a brave teenager. She knew what to do. She knew...
  • Blog Post: A Healthy School Lunch Doesn't Have to be a Puzzle

    The school year is well underway, and as a parent, it can be difficult to ensure your kids have nutrition-packed lunches that will please the pickiest of eaters. Home-made lunches can also be a first-line of defense in the fight against childhood obesity by helping kids embrace a healthy lifestyle. ...
  • Blog Post: Medicaid Expansion Is Needed for Heart Disease and Stroke Patients

    As Nebraska continues to debate the issue of expanding Medicaid to cover adults under 65 with income up to 133% of the federal poverty level in Nebraska, there are some important considerations on why this can improve health outcomes in our state. Medicaid is already an important source of health...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Dayna Krannawitter

    Dayna Krannawitter Nebraska I have seen the difference advocacy makes and I strongly support the efforts of the American Heart Association to make our great state an even healthier place to live. It is wonderful to be able to eat at a smoke-free restaurant and to know that all newborns will be screened...
  • Blog Post: Paramedics Step Up to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

    Paramedics in Carmel, Indiana, a fast-growing community just outside Indianapolis are stepping forward to reduce hospital admissions by implementing the Mobile Integrated Health Care program. In the past decade, according to the Joint National EMS Leadership Forum , close to 300 fire departments, ambulance...
  • Blog Post: Newborn Screening Saves Lives; Inspires Hope

    Newborn babies in Nebraska are being screened for congenital heart defects as a part of the newborn screening protocol, thanks to a law passed by the Nebraska legislature. This simple, non-invasive screening can detect life-threatening heart defects before an infant goes home from the hospital. Dr. Rob...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Kevin Sypal

    Kevin Sypal Nebraska It was about five years ago when I started to really reflect on my life. I had a great career in the advertising industry. I was married to the love of my life and my best friend, Laura. Together we were raising our first daughter, Claire. Everything seemed perfect, but something...
  • Blog Post: October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month: Would You Know What To Do?

    Do you know the difference between a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest? People often use these terms interchangeably, but they are not synonyms. A heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked, and sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating unexpectedly...
  • Blog Post: Nebraska Family Inspires Others Through Personal Loss

    The annual Go Red for Women event in Omaha brought out hundreds of volunteers, advocates, survivors and families to raise money and awareness for the number women killer of women - heart disease. But for one family, it brought out memories, images and even the voice of someone who was lost to heart disease...
  • Blog Post: National Healthy Eating Day: Your Toolkit for Success

    Take the first step to making healthier food choices by taking part in the American Heart Association's National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. On this day, Americans are encouraged to commit to healthier eating. Celebrating National Eating Healthy Day is fun and easy! We provide...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Kristen Waters

    I’ve been with the American Heart Association as the Nebraska Communications Director for the past two years, but my time with AHA extends beyond that. Let me take you back to 2008. I was living in the big city - our nation’s capital – and working for a big time trade association...
  • Blog Post: State of Obesity Report: Nebraska

    In recognition of Childhood Obesity Awareness month, we are pleased to be able to provide our advocates with the most recent statistics on 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 Robert Wood...
  • Blog Post: AHA Applauds CVS Decision to Ban Tobacco Products

    Last February, CVS Caremark Corp. announced it would end the sale of tobacco products by Oct. 1, becoming the first national pharmacy chain to do so. The company noted their decision would result in a $2 billion loss in revenue, including $1.5 billion in direct tobacco sales and $500,000 in related purchases...
  • Blog Post: AHA Issues Statement on E-Cigs

    Electronic cigarettes might help some people quit smoking, but the American Heart Association recommends them only as a last resort and only with several notes of caution. AHA President Elliott Antman, M.D., underscored the careful approach Tuesday, a day after the organization’s first policy...
  • 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...