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  • Blog Post: August Recess Visit: Rep. John Kline

    You’re the Cure advocate and Minnesota State Advocacy Committee member, Jolene Tesch and her two little ones Charlie and Raina visited Minnesota Representative John Kline’s office today to deliver a few special puzzle pieces highlighting nutritional foods that "fit" into a successful...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Letter to the Editor on Sugar Sweetened Beverages

    Since the issue of sugar sweetened beverage taxes has recently garnered a lot of media attention in Illinois and throughout the country, we wanted to make sure you saw this op-ed by AHA volunteer, Dr. Goutham Rao, in the Chicago Sun-Times over the weekend. Kudos, Goutham, on the nice piece! Thank...
  • 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: Letter to the Editor - Fighting Childhood Obesity

    The Southern Illinoisan hands out a "Golden Pen Award" every month to the person who writes the best Letter to the Editor. Read below to see how Jagan M Ailinani,MD,FACR wants to fight childhood obesity. To the Editor: I commend Sen. Mattie Hunter, D-Chicago and Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston...
  • 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: Results of Public Opinion Poll Show Illinoisans Support Daily Physical Education

    Last month, advocates from across the state gathered in Springfield to draw attention to the importance of daily P.E. in Illinois schools. The American Heart Association participated in a press event on March 19 annoucing the latest polling results that showcase strong support by Illinois residents for...
  • Blog Post: Senate Bill 73 signed by Governor Walker

    The American Heart Association thanks Governor Scott Walker for signing Senate Bill 73, which will create a grant program to assist in creating workplace wellness programs in Wisconsin for small businesses. SB 73 passed with unanimous support from both Republicans and Democrats. As health care costs...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Register Now for Minnesota's Heart on the Hill

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register here for this free event Join other advocates to speak with Minnesota legislators in a strong, unified voice about the importance of fighting heart disease and stroke. Advocate for the following issues: Promote physical activity to reduce heart...
  • Blog Post: Register for an Iowa Heart Walk Near You!

    We would like to invite you to participate in a 2014 Heart Walk near you! The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's premiere event for raising funds to save lives from this country's No. 1 and No. 4 killers - heart disease and stroke. Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy...
  • Blog Post: Register for a Kansas Heart Walk Near You!

    We would like to invite you to participate in a 2014 Heart Walk near you! The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's premiere event for raising funds to save lives from this country's No. 1 and No. 4 killers - heart disease and stroke. Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy...
  • Blog Post: Register for a Missouri Heart Walk Near You!

    We would like to invite you to participate in a 2014 Heart Walk near you! The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's premiere event for raising funds to save lives from this country's No. 1 and No. 4 killers - heart disease and stroke. Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy...
  • Blog Post: You're Invited to a Safe Routes to School Webinar

    Join other advocates across Minnesota to learn about Safe Routes to School (SRTS) policy. Register NOW! Safe Routes to School Webinar Friday, February 28, 2014 Noon to 1 p.m. Hear what’s happening in Minnesota and nationally regarding SRTS policy from our expert presenters: Dorian Grilley...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Healthy Eating Active Living Act Introduced in Springfield

    On February 19, the American Heart Association, as a member of the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity, supported the introduction of the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Act at a press event in Springfield. The HEAL Act would raise revenue for wellness and Medicaid through a penny-per ounce excise...
  • Blog Post: Move MN Unveils Transportation Reform and Funding Package to Lawmakers

    The 150 member Move MN coalition says the balanced, sustainable package will address the state’s significant transportation needs and bolster economic competitiveness St. Paul, Minn. – The state’s economic progress is at risk of being derailed by billions of dollars in unfunded transportation...
  • Blog Post: SRTS In-District Meeting a Success

    Litchfield Safe Routes to School (SRTS) advocates, Olivia Wicklund (front right) and Ron Nicholson (front left) met with Rep. Dean Urdahl Feb. 7th to discuss SRTS in the bonding bill. It was a productive visit! Also pictured are Dorian Grilley and Michelle Breidenbach from the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota...
  • Blog Post: Governor Dayton allocates $2 million for Safe Routes to School initiative

    Governor Dayton included $2 million in his $986 million bonding package for Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS). Thank you to all the advocates who took action and urged the governor to include funding in his bonding package for this very important program! We are appreciative to Governor Dayton for providing...
  • Blog Post: Chicago Public Schools adopts new PE policy to get kids active

    Last week, the Chicago Board of Education unanimously voted to adopt a new Physical Education Policy that recognizes physical education as a core subject within Chicago Public Schools. The policy, which will be implemented across the district over the next three years, will help kids understand and embrace...
  • Blog Post: Teen-obesity epidemic has plateaued — but not among the poor

    We’ve had some (mildly) good news about obesity in recent months. Studies have suggested that the obesity rate among U.S. children and teens has begun to plateau. Other research has found that young people in the U.S. are consuming fewer daily calories than they did a decade ago, especially calories...