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  • 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: April Update from Springfield

    Below is a legislation update from Alex Meixner, Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association. All – we have some good progress to report in Springfield on the systems-of-care front, as Illinois’ annual spring legislative session rolls on.  So without further ado: ...
  • Blog Post: CPR update - in case you missed it

    Recently, Governor Pence signed House Bill 1290 into law. This bill requires all high school students to be trained in CPR prior to graduation. The American Heart Association would like to thank every volunteer who helped us advocate for this issue! So what are the next steps? This law goes into effect...
  • Blog Post: How Healthy is Your County?

    Here's a great, newly updated for 2014 resource for you to check out! You can visit http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/ , click your state and then see where your county stacks up against others when looking at morbidity or mortality, or numerous different health factors. Do you live in one of the...
  • Blog Post: E-Cigarettes: What You Should Know

    A recent story in the Omaha World Herald got our attention. According to the article, 'Young people are ingesting the nicotine used in e-cigarettes, leading to an increase in calls to poison control centers in Nebraska and across the country." Recent calls to the Nebraska Regional Poison Control...
  • Blog Post: What You Should Know about E-Cigarettes

    E-cigarettes are in the news. State and federal officials continue to seek scientific data to understand the effect these devices have on consumers. We think there are things you should know about e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are battery powered devices that are disposable or have refillable cartridges...
  • Blog Post: Lace up and Walk to Better Health

    The American Heart Association invited all Americans to lace up for their heart health and get moving on National Walking Day, April 2 nd . Walking has many health benefits, and April is the ideal time to kick-start your physical activity routine! Research has shown that every hour of regular exercise...
  • Blog Post: Thank Senators For Life-Saving Appropriation

    Last year, the Appropriations Committee approved $150,000 for 12-lead cardiac monitors for our Rural EMS services. Cardiac monitors with 12-Lead capability are critical in diagnosing a STEMI heart attack … the deadliest type of heart attack. On March 4th, the AHA had the pleasure of announcing...
  • Blog Post: Encourage State Leadership on Hypertension

    The need for statewide action on hypertension is clear. Hypertension is a leading risk factor for heart disease, stroke and other chronic diseases. It’s also preventable and controllable. High blood pressure is treatable, if more North Dakotans are driven to know their numbers, if well managed...
  • Blog Post: Big Squeeze Kick Off - Know your Numbers!

    The best way to know if you are at risk for high blood pressure, is to know your numbers! The City of Sioux Falls wants to help residents to identify, manage and control high blood pressure. April 1st was the official kick-off of the fourth annual blood pressure awareness campaign called The Big Squeeze...
  • 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: CPR Training at the Illinois Statehouse

    American Heart Association volunteers led by AHA Illinois Advocacy Committee member J.R. Dietl taught over 100 Capitol staff how to save a life last month by training them in CPR and AED use. With the legislature in recess that week, legislative and Capitol building staff took advantage of a comparably...
  • Blog Post: Major Stroke Legislation Introduced in Illinois

    Major new stroke legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate with the goal of keeping stroke care in Illinois moving forward.  Drafted by special committee of stroke professionals from across the state, including several AHA/ASA volunteers, House Bill 5742 and Senate Bill 3520 are progressing...
  • Blog Post: Lauren's Law Heard in the House Education Committee

    Last week, Lauren's Law , HB 3724, was heard in front of the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee. This bill would ensure all Illinois high schools students were trained in CPR and AED use prior to high school graduation. It is named in honor of Lauren Laman who tragically lost her...
  • 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: Mission: Lifeline expands to Nebraska, anchored by $4.1 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

    On March 4th, the AHA had the pleasure of announcing a $5.3 million initiative to expand Mission: Lifeline efforts into rural Nebraska. In a collaborative, statewide effort, Mission: Lifeline will be implemented over three years with funding from key partners that share a commitment to improving outcomes...
  • 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: New York Times article "E-Cigarettes, by Other Names, Lure Young and Worry Experts"

    Olivia Zacks, 17, recently took a drag of peach-flavored vapor from a device that most people would call an e-cigarette. But Ms. Zacks, a high school senior, does not call it that. In fact, she insists she has never even tried an e-cigarette. Like many teenagers, Ms. Zacks calls such products "hookah...
  • Blog Post: Kansas Hospitals Not Required to Administer Lifesaving Pulse Ox Test to Newborns

    A simple test could save a child’s life, but hospitals in Kansas are not required to offer it. This inexpensive, easy, lifesaving test to detect critical congenital heart defects, known as pulse oximetry, is required in more than 30 states across the country including Missouri. The Kansas Department...
  • Blog Post: Healthier Food Choices Start at Home

    The American Heart Association has developed healthy tips, recipes and guides to make it even easier to eat healthier and save money by preparing more meals at home. And what better time for your family to start making healthier food choices than March, which happens to be National Nutrition Month? ...
  • Blog Post: Central Valley and LaMoure Public Schools First to Achieve CPR Smart School Recognition in North Dakota

    LaMoure Public School and Central Valley Public School in Buxton are the first schools in North Dakota to be recognized as CPR Smart by the American Heart Association by including CPR and AED training into their required curriculum for high school graduation. To achieve CPR Smart School recognition...