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  • Blog Post: Artificial Sweeteners May Increase Blood Sugar

    The below article was featured on Heart.org on October 7th. A recent scientific study says people should reconsider their heavy use of artificial sweeteners, which may actually increase blood sugar by altering natural gut bacteria. The study , published in the science journal Nature, was...
  • Blog Post: Progress against heart disease, stroke reflected in latest statistics

    New government statistics show a decline in deaths from heart disease and stroke, continuing a promising trend in the fight against two of the nation’s leading causes of death. The stroke death rate fell 2.6 percent and the heart disease death rate dropped 1.8 percent in 2012, the most current...
  • Blog Post: Students Take Part In Walk To School Day

    Check out the article posted today on www.publicnewsservice.com! Children all over Minnesota are taking part in Walk To School Day. (Photo: Elizabeth/Flickr) ST. Paul, Minn. - Today is Walk to School Day, and the annual event comes as some school districts in Minnesota see a resurgence in students...
  • Blog Post: Dieters Need Close Access to Healthy Food

    You're obese, at risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and so motivated to improve your diet that you've enrolled in an intensive behavioral program. But if you need to travel more than a short distance to a store that offers a good selection of healthy food, your success may be limited...
  • 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...
  • 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: 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: Share Your Story: Kristy Sidlar

    Kristy Sidlar Michigan So there I was on the side of the road by myself, lying next to my bicycle. I was fading in and out of consciousness, honestly wondering if these were going to be my last moments. My plans to compete in the triathlon I was training for were far from my mind. What I was thinking...
  • Blog Post: Kingston Murriel, Mississippi

    Kingston Murriel Jackson, Mississippi On July 3, 2012, 5 weeks before my due date, I had an appointment for my 8-month checkup. During the ultrasound the physician could not get a good view of the left ventricle of my son’s heart. He thought it was due to the way he was laying, but wanted to...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Pics: Join Us for an Online Food Fight

    Fall brings about visions of harvest and nature's bounty. Unfortunately what we see when we are out on the go doesn't always match that vision. What do you see? This fall we want to know what you see - in convenience stores or where you stop to shop when you are on the go. Simply snap a picture...
  • 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: One Step Closer to Healthy Food Access in Minneapolis!

    The Staple Food Ordinance passed the Minneapolis City Council’s Health, Environment and Community Engagement committee unanimously on October 20, 2014. Huge thank you to You’re the Cure advocate Dr. Courtney Jordan Baechler for testifying on behalf of the American Heart Association. The...
  • Blog Post: WIN! Tobacco Cessation Funding Granted

    The American Heart Association and our You’re the Cure advocates and partners made a big win this month! After years of campaigning to increase funding for tobacco prevention and cessation in the District, our efforts have finally been rewarded. On October 1, 2014, DC Council granted $2 million...
  • Blog Post: Come Help Us Grow Grassroots at Fall Heart Walk in DC!

    Heart Walk is an opportunity to come play with us, help make walkers aware of our advocacy efforts, and engage them in the You're the Cure grassroots network. We need your help manning our You're the Cure booths at this event to spread the message! Take a look at the coming Heart Walk event in...
  • Blog Post: RI Awarded $3.5 Million to Prevent Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke

    Good news for Rhode Island...and many thanks to our You're the Cure advocates who fight for federal funding that comes back to our state! Following is a press release from the RI Department of Health: Rhode Island Department of Health Awarded $3.5 Million to Drive Down Chronic Diseases: New...
  • 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: You're Invited: Join Us to Learn More About Advocacy

    We have a special opportunity from the NC Alliance for Health (NCAH), our statewide coalition advocating for obesity prevention and tobacco control policy change. The American Heart Association is a proud member of the NCAH. NC Alliance for Health Healthy Food Access Training You are invited to an...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools...are you ready for the next step?

    Are you ready to take the next step to ensure students in NY learn CPR before graduation? As you know the Governor signed the CPR in Schools bill...what does this mean? Now the Commissioner of the State Education Department and the Board of Regents must provide their stamp of approval. The Commissioner...
  • Blog Post: Victory! Coaches will be required to know CPR in 2015!

    Victory! Thanks to your advocacy, critical lifesaving legislation that would require coaches to be trained in CPR is headed to the Governor’s desk. This law, when signed by the Governor, will require all public high school coaches to be certified in CPR by August 2015! This has been a long battle...
  • Blog Post: In MA Stroke is Preventable, Treatable and Beatable

    Today, October 29th is World Stroke Day, which was established to help spread public awareness of the world's high stroke risk and stroke prevalence. It is also a good time to remind our legislators why we need to create a strong stroke system of care in the Commonwealth. While stroke is the No...
  • 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: Tell the Board of Regents to say YES to CPR!

    Will the Board of Regents say YES to CPR in Schools? As you know the Governor signed the CPR in Schools bill... So what now? The Commissioner of the State Education Department and the Board of Regents must provide their stamp of approval. The Commissioner has 180 days to issue a report on CPR/AED instruction...
  • Blog Post: Pledge to Stand Up to Sodium!

    Did you know that most Americans eat more than twice the American Heart Association’s recommended amount of sodium? Chances are, that includes you—even if you rarely pick up the salt shaker. Too much salt can damage blood vessels over time, paving the way for high blood pressure – a...
  • Blog Post: Felicia Guerrero

    Felicia Guerrero Ohio As an active You’re the Cure Advocate and Physician Outreach and Marketing Liaison for the University of Toledo, Felicia Guerrero is no stranger to speaking up for improved health for Ohio’s kids and communities. So, it was no surprise that Felicia jumped at the chance...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Thomas Armstrong

    Thomas Armstrong West Lafayette, IN Thomas Armstrong's Journey February 2014 my father, siblings and I were faced with a horrible decision, a life changing decision. He was admitted to the hospital on an emergency basis. We were told my father was suffering from a condition called Peripheral...