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  • 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: Stratis Health Awards Heart Disease and Diabetes

    Check out this article featuring AHA's Justin Bell and advocate Albert Tsai, posted by the Minnesota Department of Health on Stratis Health's 2014 Building Healthier Communities Award. Stratis Health, Minnesota’s state quality improvement organization, recently announced six recipients...
  • Blog Post: Illinois Schools Observe New Law Requiring CPR, AED Training

    Check out the article below from the Kane County Chronicle putting Lauren's Law into action. (Photo credit - Sandy Bressner, Shaw Media) George Laman, whose teenage daughter died six years ago after collapsing during a drill team practice at St. Charles North High School, hopes that a new, potentially...
  • Blog Post: Attention Southern Illinois Advocates: Save the Date!

    We are pleased to share this great video promoting the upcoming Southern Illinois Heart Walk. Check it out and then please consider signing up to participate in this great event on October 4th, 2014! If you are interested in volunteering at the Advocacy booth at the walk, please contact Rae O’Neill...
  • 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: Key to Kids Eating Healthier; Make it Affordable

    With the youth obesity crisis in our country, many efforts have been made to encourage our young people to eat healthier - less sugar, fewer empty calories, more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, etc. But one of the biggest challenges in this effort is the cost. Preparing and consuming a healthier...
  • 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: Listen to the Media Advocacy 101 Webinar

    In June, we held an Media Advocacy 101 webinar so advocates could learn more about how to use their voice in the media to influence heart-health policy changes. The presentation covers the do’s and don’ts of working with the media, how to write a letter to the editor and some social media...
  • 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: AHA Presents Awards to Illinois Doctors

    This week at the Board and Committee meetings in Dallas Texas, awards were presented to two Illinois doctors. We would like to take a moment to say congratulations, and thank them for their hard work and dedication to the American Heart Association Gold Heart Award Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc, FAHA...
  • Blog Post: Across America, 23 million students are eating healthier thanks to Farm to School programs

    A 2012 study by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation predicted that obesity rates in the U.S.could exceed 44% by 2030, costing our country an additional $66 billion per year in medical expenses. But here's the good news: After years of focused initiatives to address...
  • 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: Player's Life Saved by CPR and AED at Basketball Game

    Just days after Gov. Quinn signed Lauren’s Law , requiring all Illinois high schools to offer CPR and AED training in the curriculum, a Porta High School student’s life was saved when his coach and bystander performed CPR and used an AED after he collapsed during a basketball game. Check...
  • 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: Get Educated with our Interactive Library

    This is cool! Have you ever wondered what a stent is and how it works? Want to know more about TIA (transient ischemic attacks)? Visit our Interactive Cardiovascular Library for animations that help explain these topics, high blood pressure and many other cardiovascular diseases. Click this link:...