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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: My Story: Sheri Keck

    Sheri Keck South Dakota Sheri Keck is an active, 54 year old physical education teacher and a coach at Rapid City Stevens High School. Her first indication of trouble came in the form of back pain after a road trip which she wrote off as fatigue from the long car ride. Less than two months later Sheri...
  • 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: Will South Dakota Be Next to Include CPR in Schools?

    In the 2014 legislative session, You’re the Cure volunteers convinced SD lawmakers to pass SB 145, encouraging schools to train students in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Inclusion of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training in high school represents a significant opportunity to train up...
  • Blog Post: Where's the AED? Selfie Campaign Raises Awareness To Save Lives

    Now that we have raised awareness for the importance of knowing CPR during CPR Week, hopefully you have taken a minute to watch the 60-second video on Hands Only CPR. Share it with your friends and family so that everyone around you knows the basics of 1) calling 9-1-1, and 2) doing compressions hard...
  • Blog Post: CPR Saved My Dad

    Pamela Miller Grassroots Advocacy Director In my work as Grassroots Advocacy Director for the AHA, I advocate every day for policies that improve our cardiovascular health – things like smoke free air, research funding, access to AEDs and learning CPR. I am passionate about our mission and how...
  • Blog Post: Active seniors can lower heart attack risk by doing more, not less

    According to a recent study in study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, active seniors can lower their risk of heart attack by doing more, not less. The report says that maintaining or boosting your level of physical activity after age 65 can improve your heart’s electrical...
  • Blog Post: F.A.S.T. - Know the Signs of Stroke

    Stroke Month is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease and to educate Americans that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable. Stroke is largely preventable. In fact, it is the No. 1 preventable cause of disability...
  • Blog Post: Businesses Take Steps Toward Better Health

    It all starts with a simple step forward. One of the easiest ways to move toward a more active and healthy lifestyle is by walking. That's why the American Heart Association sponsors National Walking Day every year - to encourage walking as way to lead a heart-healthy life. Augustana College in Sioux...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Maynard Konechne

    Maynard Konechne South Dakota Maynard Konechne of Kimball, South Dakota, has served his community and the state of South Dakota as an emergency medical technician for 40 years. Maynard’s interest in the American Heart Association goes hand in hand with the work and services that emergency personnel...
  • Blog Post: FDA Proposes Regulation of E-Cigarettes

    E-cigarettes have become increasingly more popular since the were first introduced in 2008. Creative marketing and kid-friendly flavors have led to increased usage of e-cigs among young people. Health organizations such as the AHA have worried that the products target young people and could get them...
  • 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: 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: Share your Story: Brian Hambek

    Most 14 year old kids are not looking for CPR and First Aid certification unless directed that way through organizations like Boy Scouts and that’s where it started for me. I was proud to put a CPR Certification card in my wallet not knowing where it would take me. On a Saturday morning when...
  • Blog Post: South Dakota Moves One Step Closer to CPR in Schools

    South Dakota will soon join the growing list of states who are training the next generation of life-savers! In South Dakota, that means 11,000 new life-savers in our communities each and every year. SB 145, the CPR in Schools bill, has had an interesting journey through the legislative process. In...
  • Blog Post: March is National Nutrition Month

    About 30% of South Dakotans are overweight or obese, including nearly 15% of children. Childhood obesity has become a major health concern, causing health problems in children that previously weren’t seen until adulthood such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. Parents...
  • Blog Post: Youth Advocate Spotlight: Shayla Rost

    Shayla Rost, and kids like her, are the future of our advocacy efforts. And Shayla’s not wasting any time getting involved and making a difference! The South Dakota legislature is considering a measure that would encourage all schools in the state to provide CPR instruction prior to high school...
  • Blog Post: South Dakota Legislature to Consider CPR in Schools

    A bill before the South Dakota legislature will get its first committee hearing on February 10th. Senate Bill 145 would require that all students receive Hands Only CPR instruction prior to high school graduation. The training would also include how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). The...