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  • Blog Post: ND Notes a Decline in Deaths From Cardiovascular Disease

    According to new research in the American Heart Association journal "Circulation," hospitalizations and deaths from heart disease and stroke in the U.S. dropped significantly in the last decade. Shelly Arnold, manager of trauma, stroke and cardiac care at Sanford Health in Bismarck and chair...
  • 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: AHA Issues Statement on E-Cigs

    Electronic cigarettes might help some people quit smoking, but the American Heart Association recommends them only as a last resort and only with several notes of caution. AHA President Elliott Antman, M.D., underscored the careful approach Tuesday, a day after the organization’s first policy...
  • 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: Stillwater stepping up to be a heart-safe community

    Check out this article from the Stillwater Gazette! They interviewed Justin Bell, AHA's Government Relations Director of MN, on the importance of AEDs. A automatic external defibrillator (AED) uses recorded voice commands to help bystanders if a cardiac arrest is taking place. (Submitted photo...
  • 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: Volunteer with TLC & Move MN at the State Fair!

    As a member of the Move MN Coalition, the American Heart Association is headed to the State Fair this month to spread the word about urgent transportation needs in our state—and we need your help! Volunteer for a few hours and the Coalition will return the favor with free fair admission and...
  • 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: Let us feature you and your "why"

    The American Heart Association recently launched its new brand “Life is Why.” We want people to experience more of life's precious moments. It's why we've made better heart and brain health our mission. What is your “why?” Tell us why you advocate for heart health...
  • Blog Post: Get connected! Join us on social media today!

    Did you know that the American Heart Association has a great online presence on Facebook and Twitter? You can check out all the wonderful updates, pictures, and postings by getting connected with us online. Click below to join the page that is in your area and be sure to share and like our posts! ...
  • 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: Judge upholds Indianapolis smoke-free air law

    The smoke-free air law in Indianapolis was upheld in court recently. On July 28th, a Marion County Superior Court judge upheld the smoke-free ordinance, that went into effect in 2012. It was passed by the Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council. Click here to read the rest of the story and...
  • 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: 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...