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  • 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: North Dakota Mission: Lifeline Results Published and Presented at National Conferences

    The North Dakota Mission: Lifeline project was selected to present at two national conferences in June, 2014. “ Statewide Collaboration in Rural STEMI System Development in Resource Limited Environments- Where You Live Shouldn't Determine If You Live: North Dakota Mission: Lifeline ”...
  • Blog Post: Serving Healthy Food in Schools Shouldn't Be a 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: "I Love You Salt, But You're Breaking My Heart"

    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: E-Cigarettes in the news

    Have you been reading a lot about the e-cigarette bills in the news lately? If you need to catch up, here's a sample of what's out there: Battle Creek Enquirer: Snyder should veto e-cigarette legislation Detroit Free Press: Michigan bills that would ban minors from buying e-cigs cause concern...
  • Blog Post: A Great Year for Heart-Health Policy in Illinois

    Thanks to the hard work of advocates like YOU, Illinois 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 this year’s...
  • 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: E-cigarette market rises, health experts warn users

    Check out this recent news report about electronic cigarettes from WISH-TV in Indiana, featuring quotes from Danielle Patterson, Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association. “There’s no sense in trading in one tobacco product from an industry that’s been deceiving...
  • Blog Post: Pulse Oximetry - it's official!

    The big news from last week was all about Pulse Oximetry! As of Thursday, July 3, all babies born in Wisconsin will be screened for CCHD prior to hospital discharge. There has been a lot of great media coverage about this - click the link below to read a great article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel...
  • Blog Post: Got a Minute? Learn Hands-only CPR

    If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a spouse, a parent, or a friend. The statistics are clear as 80% of out-of hospital cardiac arrests happening in private or residential settings. Unfortunately, only 41 percent of people...
  • Blog Post: The Bottom Line Is: CPR Saves Lives

    Dear Friend of Heart: The story below couldn’t have been scripted any better if it were set in Hollywood. For one family in the small Minnesota town of Luverne, the series of events on the evening of May 14 th brought everything in their lives full circle. It was around 7 p.m. when Gene Cragoe...
  • Blog Post: Lauren’s Law Signed by Governor Quinn

    On June 5, 2014, Governor Quinn signed Lauren’s Law! This law will require all Illinois secondary schools to include CPR and AED training in their curriculum starting with this upcoming 2014-15 school year. Below is an AHA news release on the new law. Check out photos from the signing on our Facebook...
  • Blog Post: Will South Dakota Be Next to Include CPR in Schools?

    In the 2014 legislative session, You’re the Cure volunteers convinced SD lawmakers to pass SB 145, encouraging schools to train students in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Inclusion of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training in high school represents a significant opportunity to train up...
  • 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: 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: F-M Ambulance Receives Silver Award

    We want to congratulate the F-M Ambulance service for receiving the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Award. The award recognizes ambulance services for their commitment to improving treatment of patients that suffer from severe heart attacks or STEMI. A STEMI heart attack...
  • Blog Post: American Heart/Stroke Association honor Stroke Champions in Springfield

    On May 22, in honor of American Stroke Month, volunteers from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association gathered to recognize former Representative Bob Biggins, Representative Robyn Gabel and Senator Heather Steans for their work to improve outcomes for stroke patients over the last...
  • Blog Post: Thank Governor Dalrymple for Raising Awareness of High Blood Pressure

    A shocking 159,000 North Dakotans report that they have been told they have high blood pressure, which increases their risk for a heart attack or a stroke – the two leading causes of death for North Dakotans. One of every three adults in the U.S. has high blood pressure. These statistics demand...
  • Blog Post: Thank you for Supporting the Red River Valley Heart Walk

    Saturday, May 3, the Scheels Arena was filled with fun family activities including a Kids' zone . . . Photos with the queens . . . Heart Health Information . . . Survivor V.I.P. lounge . . . Inspirational Stories . . . Healthy Snacks . . . Public Policy Victory Celebration . . . and of course WALKING—...
  • Blog Post: Kirk Disrude demonstrates that STROKE IS BEATABLE

    It was early in the morning, September 2011. Kirk Disrude went to reach for a shirt in his closet and felt a sharp pain, "like a rubber band snapping" in his brain. As the room spun around him, he lost his balance and fell. He called for his wife Beth, and that’s the last memory he can...
  • 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...