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  • Blog Post: ND Mission: Lifeline Transition to ND Cardiac System of Care

    The American Heart Association ND Mission: Lifeline grant funded program launched on August 1, 2011 and will be coming to a close on August 31, 2014 after 3 years of statewide STEMI system enhancement. The AHA staff have worked diligently with Mission: Lifeline leadership, taskforce members, ND Department...
  • Blog Post: Life is Why is the New Anthem of the American Heart and American Stroke Association

    A celebration of life, Life is Why offers a simple, yet powerful answer to the question of why we do what we do. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we want people to experience more of life’s precious moments. It’s why we’ve made better heart and brain...
  • 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: Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Fall Heart Walks!

    The Advocacy department needs 4-6 volunteers for our upcoming Heart Walks listed below. We will need help throughout the day working at the Advocacy information table, collecting petition cards and recruiting new advocates to our network. Volunteers are needed for a four hour shift. All volunteers will...
  • 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: Senator Mattie Hunter's Health and Education Fair

    On August 2nd, at Senator Mattie Hunter's Health and Education Fair, the American Heart Association and the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity partnered to educate over 500 individuals on the health impact of sugar sweetened beverages and the HEAL ACT. Volunteers collected surveys gauging the audiences'...
  • 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: 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: Grab Your Sneakers for Heart Walks in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Pierre

    Grab your sneakers, your friends and family, and head on out to a Heart Walk near you! The Eastern South Dakota Heart Walk is Saturday, August 23rd, at Falls Park in Sioux Falls, the Black Hills Heart Walk is Saturday, September 13th at the Main St. Square, and the Central South Dakota Heart Walk is...
  • Blog Post: Are E-cigs 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: 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: 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: 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...