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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: AHA Improving Health Care in South Dakota

    Ever wonder what the American Heart Association is doing to improve health care quality in South Dakota? Check out this video from Scientific Sessions! A special shout-out to the SD hospitals recognized by the AHA for quality - Avera Heart Hospital , Sanford Health and Rapid City Regional Hospital ....
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Advocacy Summit - Illinois

    This month we held the first You're the Cure Advocacy Summit in Illinois for our insider advocates, those who reached Champion and Hero rank in the previous fiscal year. Our insiders started the day sharing their stories and their "Life is Why." Then the group reviewed the upcoming...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Advocacy Summit - Minnesota

    Last month we held the first You're the Cure Advocacy Summit in Minnesota for our insider advocates, those who reached Champion and Hero rank in the previous fiscal year.  Our insiders started the day sharing their stories and their "Life is Why." Then the group reviewed the upcoming...
  • Blog Post: High School Student Cigarette Use Drops to 10.6 Percent!

    The Minnesota Department of Health sent out a news release today on cigarette use among high school students in our state, check our the article below! Cigarette use among high school students drops to 10.6 percent Minnesota's first e-cigarette survey finds 12.9 percent used or tried e-cigs...
  • Blog Post: November is National Family Caregivers Month.

    Each November, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognizes National Family Caregivers Month (NFCM) to acknowledge the millions of family caregivers who are caring for their loved ones with a chronic disease. With 2.2 million stroke family caregivers in the U.S., the AHA/ASA...
  • Blog Post: Dr. John Wheeler - Heart & Stroke Medical Professional Hero 2014

    Each year the American Heart Association recognizes some exceptional individuals who have given back in extraordinary ways; including a survivor who has faced heart disease or stroke with courage and constructive action; a medical professional who has dedicated their life to helping people who suffer...
  • 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: Join us for AHA Day at the Capitol

    Plans are underway for American Heart Association Day at the Capitol on Monday, February 9, 2015. This is our opportunity to showcase the important work we do every day to reduce the impact of heart disease and stroke in our state. We have a robust agenda to be considered by the assembly this year...
  • Blog Post: Save the Date - 2015 Iowa Legislative Breakfast!

    Join us for our annual 2015 Legislative Breakfast! Stop by anytime between 7:30 AM—9:30 AM to introduce yourself to your lawmakers and enjoy a heart healthy breakfast! We will have information so you can learn more about our newest issues and we will also provide you with materials you can give...
  • 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: Medicaid Expansion Would be Good for South Dakota

    Medicaid expansion is part of the Affordable Care Act and it became an issue for us when the Supreme Court ruled that the Federal government couldn't force states to expand Medicaid as part of the overall plan to get as many people with health coverage as possible. According to the U.S. Census...
  • Blog Post: National Eating Healthy Day – “Produce Results”

    On Wednesday, November 5, National Eating Healthy Day, we invited individuals to eat more vegetables and fruit by including a fruit and/or vegetable at every meal and snack with the theme “Produce Results”. Most North Dakotan’s eat less than half the recommended 8-10 servings of fruits...
  • Blog Post: A Win for Public Health in Berkeley

    Three-fourths of voters approve tax on sugary drinks! The voters of Berkeley, California, have delivered a big win not only for the health of their children, but children across the country by demonstrating that cities and citizens have the power to initiate positive change. Sugary drinks are...
  • Blog Post: Health Organizations Applaud Branson for Passing Strong Smoke-Free Law

    Missouri’s leading health organizations thank Mayor Raeanne Presley and the Branson Board of Alderman for unanimously passing a strong smoke-free ordinance. This ordinance will protect workers and the public from the serious health hazards of secondhand smoke. “Supporters and volunteers...
  • Blog Post: 61,000 Kids is Why

    While the state of Kansas wrestles with finding a solution for its current deficit, we know there is a popular and life-saving way to raise some much needed revenue for the state – an increase in the tobacco tax. Kansans for a Healthy Future (K4HF) is a coalition formed around the singular mission...
  • Blog Post: Life is Why

    I carry a picture with me in my portfolio of a little boy I met at a Heart Walk last year. His name is Colton, and by the age of 9 when I met him, he’d already endured five heart surgeries, suffering a stroke during the last one. That’s a lot for anyone to go through, let alone a child not...
  • Blog Post: National Eating Healthy Day is on November 5, 2014

    Take the first step to making healthier food choices by taking part in the American Heart Association's National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. On this day, Americans are encouraged to commit to healthier eating and we created Eating Healthy Day to help keep your families and...
  • Blog Post: New Road Map to the End of Hunger Launched in Minnesota

    The Public News Service of Minnesota published an article on Food Insecurity in our state. AHA's Rachel Callanan serves on the Steering Committee of the Minnesota Food Charter. Check it out! DULUTH, Minn. - Minnesota is set to roll out a new plan on ending hunger as hundreds of advocates from...
  • Blog Post: South Dakota Should Teach CPR in Schools

    Everyone should know CPR. Anyone 12 years and older has the physical strength to do CPR. Ann Thompson wants all kids to learn CPR before they graduate from high school. Her son, Adam, died at home from sudden cardiac arrest. It can happen to anyone, at any time, anywhere. Having more people trained in...
  • Blog Post: Minneapolis Passes Measures for Healthy Food Access!

    On October 31st, the Minneapolis City Council passed the Staple Food Ordinance unanimously! Thanks to all of our advocates who took action on this important issue, and to You’re the Cure advocate Dr. Courtney Jordan Baechler for testifying on behalf of the American Heart Association. The Staple...
  • 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: Farm to School Program in MN Produces Healthy Results

    Check out the article posted this week in the Public News Service about the Farm to School Program happening in our state! (Photo Credit - Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy) ST. Paul, Minn. - October is National Farm to School Month and in Minnesota, it's an event being celebrated in...
  • Blog Post: CDC Report - Heart Disease Still #1 Killer

    When the news broke this week with the latest statistics about the leading causes of death in the United States, we knew the news would be good, and that we’d see a continued decline in heart disease and stroke. And we did! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), death...
  • Blog Post: MnDOT Starts Applicant Search for SRTS Grants

    MnDOT talks about how they are seeking applicants for the Safe Routes to School grant, check it out! ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota schools and their partners are invited to apply for $1.25 million in Safe Routes to School grant funds for projects that will help more children safely walk and bicycle...