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  • Blog Post: August Recess Highlights

    August Recess is officially over for 2016! We are highlighting our meeting with Congressman Erik Paulsen of District 3. AHA Volunteer and Survivor Gerry Yumul, lead the meeting by first thanking the Congressman for being a support of the FAST Act. Gerry asked the Congressman to support Cardiac Rehab...
  • Blog Post: How much sugar is sneaking into your diet?

    Did you see that the American Heart Association was featured on KARE 11 yesterday? It's all about sneaky sugar! If you missed it, check on the in-studio segment the MN Communications team did with new volunteer Renee Zorcak here!
  • Blog Post: Participate in your local August Recess!

    We are looking for volunteers to take a meeting with their member of Congress while they are in town this August. Important federal advocacy goals for Congress this year include: CR (Cardiac Rehab) – changing a key Medicare provision so that those who have survived a coronary event can...
  • Blog Post: Good Food Access Fund is Ready to Take on MN's Healthy Food Access Problem!

    More than 340,000 Minnesotans face both distance and income as a barrier to obtaining healthy, affordable food such as fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy, whole grains, and lean meats and poultry. 1 This problem is only worsening with 61% of Minnesota counties losing grocery stores since 2007. 2 Limited...
  • Blog Post: Symposium Attendees Taught to "Rethink Your Drink"

    Attendees at the Worksite Wellness Symposium learned just how much sugar is in their daily beverages. We started out our 15 minute breakout session with a Price is Right style game, "Higher or Lower?" Attendees had three plates of sugary treats in front of them, next to a 20 oz bottle of soda...
  • Blog Post: The Good Food Access Fund Campaign Kickoff was a Success!

    This past Tuesday, the Good Food Access Fund Campaign Kickoff took place at The Wilder Center in St. Paul. We were fortunate to have a group of more than 100 health, food, equity, agriculture and community-development advocates, led by the Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition. The Good Food Access...
  • Blog Post: Register Now for the Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day 2016!

    Register now for the Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day! Don’t miss a chance to lend your voice to help improve the health of Minnesota kids by attending our 2nd Minnesotans For Healthy Kids Coalition Day at the Capitol. Join us on March 16, 2016 to advocate with others around...
  • Blog Post: Join us at the Good Food Access Fund Campaign Kick Off!

    The Good Food Access Fund campaign is off to a GREAT start for this legislative session. Senator Dan Sparks (DFL) is our chief bill author, and we are building grassroots and organizational support throughout Minnesota. Please join us for our campaign kickoff event on February 23, 2016 to learn more...
  • Blog Post: Expanded Healthy Food Access Plan Backed by MN Health Advocates

    Check out this article from the Public News Service! Learn about the new Good Food Access Fund campaign going on in Minnesota! ST. PAUL, Minn. - As many people are planning for their next big holiday meal, health advocates say about 900,000 Minnesotans don't have access to affordable and nutritious...
  • Blog Post: Minnesota You're the Cure Advocacy Summit - 2015

    Last month we held the 2nd Annual You're the Cure Advocacy Summit in Minnesota for our insider advocates! Our insiders started the day introducing themselves and painting their favorite fruit or vegetable. The theme of the summit this year was "INSPIRED." Throughout the day...
  • Blog Post: Did you know: Congestive Heart Failure

    Did you know: the number of Americans diagnosed with heart failure is expected to increase by nearly 40 percent during the next 15 years and the costs of managing the illness will almost double, according to a new report from the American Heart Association released last Tuesday. Congestive heart failure...
  • Blog Post: Health Challenge for Minnesota Families Starts in September

    The Minnesota News Connection posted an article today on the Life Is Why Family Health Challenge! ST. PAUL, Minn. – The number of children who are overweight or obese in Minnesota has been swelling for decades, but a month-long event starting Tuesday aims to gain some traction in reversing that...
  • Blog Post: Minnesota Finds "Grocery Gap" in Access to Healthy Food

    An article posted today from Bring Me The News surveys Minnesotans on access to healthy foods! Check it out! An increasing number of Minnesotans believe that not everyone has access to healthy food options, with the lack of grocery stores in greater Minnesota playing a factor in what people choose...
  • Blog Post: Last Chance to Register for the MN Legislative Breakfast!

    The Minnesota Legislative Breakfast is coming up next Wednesday February 18th at the Kelly Inn! Register now to join advocates from Minnesota to speak with legislators in a strong, unified voice about the importance of acute care issues when treating heart disease and stroke. During this event you will...
  • 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: New Report: Kansas is 14th Most Obese State in Nation

    Washington, D.C., August 15, 2013 –Kansas is now the 14th most obese state in the nation, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2013, a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). After three decades of increases...
  • Blog Post: New FDA Report Reinforces Urgent Need to Prohibit Menthol Cigarettes Says American Heart Association

    Washington, D.C. July 23, 2013 – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new evaluation on the use of menthol in cigarettes, and the agency’s request for input on whether regulatory action on this...
  • Blog Post: State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health

    More funding coming to Indiana to address heart disease, stroke, diabetes, school health and worksite wellness. It is anticipated Indiana will receive a little more than $1.7 million to help combat obesity and prevent heart disease and stroke. To read more about this new funding, please visit the link...
  • Blog Post: Doctor Appointments: Be Your Own Advocate

    Do you know what questions to ask your healthcare team so you can take an active part in your heart and stroke health? The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association can be your partner in making sure you’re getting the care you need. One of the most important relationships you’ll...
  • Blog Post: Milwaukee advocates: you still have opportunities to learn Hands-Only CPR

    Here's a great opportunity for anyone in Milwaukeee to learn Hands-Only CPR - there are still two training opportunities available! Click here for more information and to sign up for a training! By the end of 2013, 6,000 Milwaukee residents will be turned into lifesavers at Learn Hands-Only...
  • Blog Post: Illinois EMS Alliance News Release

    Read the news release about the Illinois EMS Alliance, a fast-growing coalition of EMS providers and stakeholders from across the state that support increased resources and smart reforms for EMS. Formed in November of 2012, the Alliance will work to support action on recommendations made in the Illinois...
  • Blog Post: Illinois State EMS Report

    Read the report and get the facts on EMS in Illinois. Over the past year, the IL House EMS Task Force has held hearings throughout the state to receive testimony on issues facing EMS. The recommendations made at those hearings, which include increased funding for EMS services and reforms designed to...
  • Blog Post: Did you know that October was National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month?

    Justin wanted to make sure I shared this article with you from President and Co-founder of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, Mary M. Newman, on CPR and AED. Help Improve Survival From the Nation's Leading Cause of Death -- Learn CPR and How to Use an AED In October, the public, to its credit...
  • Blog Post: Minnesota SHIP Funding Petition Card

    Let your voice be heard and ask your legislators to fully fund the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) in Minnesota. Download the petition card, fill it out and return it to the Advocacy Department. Then ask your friends to lend their voices to our fight to make Minnesota a healthier state!