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  • Blog Post: About Lauren's Law

    On February 8, 2008, Lauren Laman was in the gym at St. Charles North High School practicing with the rest of her dance team when she went into Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). While an AED was available, it was not used, and while CPR was eventually administered, it was not sufficient. By the time EMS arrived...
  • Blog Post: Letter to the Editor - Fighting Childhood Obesity

    The Southern Illinoisan hands out a "Golden Pen Award" every month to the person who writes the best Letter to the Editor. Read below to see how Jagan M Ailinani,MD,FACR wants to fight childhood obesity. To the Editor: I commend Sen. Mattie Hunter, D-Chicago and Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston...
  • Blog Post: American Cures Act Introduced by Sen. Richard Durbin

    The American Heart Association supports the American Cures Act , introduced on March 12 by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), co-chair of the Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition and Senate Majority Whip. The legislation would create a mandatory funding mechanism to help support the National Institutes...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Tori Seward

    Tori Seward Springfield, IL I am a 34 year old stroke survivor, and mommy of a beautiful 3 year old boy named Maddox. He is the reason I have pushed so hard to recover, he is the reason I keep going even when I feel like giving up! I may not get back to the way I was before the stroke, but I am adjusting...
  • Blog Post: Lauren's Law is on it's way to the Governor

    We would like to share a bit of good news! Our bill to mandate that all Illinois high-schools add CPR and AED training to their curriculum, House Bill 3724, cleared its final legislative barrier earlier today when the Senate approved it 48 – 4. HB 3724, which some of you may know as the Lauren...
  • Blog Post: American Heart/Stroke Association honor Stroke Champions in Springfield

    On May 22, in honor of American Stroke Month, volunteers from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association gathered to recognize former Representative Bob Biggins, Representative Robyn Gabel and Senator Heather Steans for their work to improve outcomes for stroke patients over the last...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Andrew Rauh submits Letter to the Editor on Lauren's Law

    The celebration for Lauren’s Law, the CPR in Schools bill, continues! Check out this great Letter to the Editor from Midwest Affiliate Board President and Illinois resident Dr. Andrew Rauh which was published in the Chicago Tribune last week. As a cardiologist and president of the American Heart...
  • Blog Post: Letter to the Editor on Sugar Sweetened Beverages

    Since the issue of sugar sweetened beverage taxes has recently garnered a lot of media attention in Illinois and throughout the country, we wanted to make sure you saw this op-ed by AHA volunteer, Dr. Goutham Rao, in the Chicago Sun-Times over the weekend. Kudos, Goutham, on the nice piece! Thank...
  • Blog Post: Lauren’s Law Signed by Governor Quinn

    On June 5, 2014, Governor Quinn signed Lauren’s Law! This law will require all Illinois secondary schools to include CPR and AED training in their curriculum starting with this upcoming 2014-15 school year. Below is an AHA news release on the new law. Check out photos from the signing on our Facebook...
  • 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: 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: Teaching Gardens = Learning Laboratories for Kids

    Studies show that when kids grow their own fruits and vegetables, they’re more likely to eat them. That’s the idea behind the American Heart Association Teaching Gardens. While 1/3 of American children are classified as overweight or obese, AHA Teaching Gardens is fighting this unhealthy...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Dustin Palmer

    Dustin Palmer Salem, IL Last fall I was a normal guy, working a normal job, living a normal life..if there is such a thing. I was in good shape..running several miles a day and working out. And spending every minute I could with my beautiful two year old boy. Then it all changed. One day after work...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: My Story: Dina Piersawl

    Dina Piersawl Chicago, IL I suffered a mini-stroke on January 2, 2004, but my story began a few days earlier during the holidays. I was visiting my parents in Kentucky and had a nagging headache. My mother told me that my eyes looked funny and asked me what was wrong - a mother always knows when there...
  • Blog Post: The State of Obesity: Illinois Report

    In recognition of Childhood Obesity Awareness month, we are pleased to be able to provide our advocates with the most recent statistics on childhood obesity in our state and across the nation. The State of Obesity report (formerly F as in Fat), a project of the Trust for America’s Health and the...
  • Blog Post: Ground-Breaking Illinois Stroke Bill Signed into Law

    Thanks to dedicated volunteers like you, on Monday, August 18, 2014, Governor Quinn signed House Bill 5742, new stroke legislation into law taking a big step forward in emergency care for stroke patients in Illinois. HB 5742 was approved by the Illinois legislature on May 22, having been introduced in...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Tracy Green

    Tracy Green Springfield, IL My name is Tracy Green and I am a stroke survivor. On November 10, 2007 I was buying a new car but was not feeling well. I waited to fill out the paperwork but continued feeling worse. As the dealership closed, they drove me home knowing I could not drive. I was in my apartment...
  • Blog Post: Trick or Treat?

    Candy Corn, Gummy Bears, Peanut Butter Cups, Swedish Fish, Candy Bar, Bubblegum and Cotton Candy… These may sound like treats the neighborhood kids are hoping to pick up when they go trick-or-treating later this month, but they’re actually the tricks used by companies to hook our kids on...
  • Blog Post: Lauren's Law Update

    Schools across Illinois are making great strides towards implementing the Lauren Laman CPR and AED training law, passed earlier this year and signed by Governor Pat Quinn on June 5, 2014. The law makes quality CPR and AED training a required part of the existing, required-for-graduation health curriculum...
  • 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...