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  • Blog Post: Be a featured advocate!

    Each month in our newsletter, we highlight one of our great American Heart Association volunteers or survivors. We always need new stories to feature - can you help? If you'd like to be featured in our monthly newsletter and on our website, please send an email to Jason.harder@heart.org and let...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Chris Fowler

    Chris Fowler Michigan There are always days that stick out in a person’s mind. To some, it may a bad day at work, or your boss gets after you, the battery in your car dies, it could be anything from A to Z. My day that sticks out is October 9, 2012. On this day my whole life changed. I was at...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools update

    Last month you received messages from us asking you to contact your lawmakers in support of CPR in Schools. Here's an update on our progress so far. Legislation has been introduced in both the State Senate and the House of Representatives. In the Senate we'll be talking about Senate Bill 647...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools

    Earlier this week we asked you to send a message to your lawmakers asking them to co-sponsor legislation that would ensure all students in Michigan are trained in hands-only CPR before they graduate from high school. In the weeks to come, you'll hear more from us about this exiting initiative. Check...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Brad Dornbos

    Brad Dornbos Michigan My name is Brad Dornbos. I am a Firefighter and EMS Coordinator for the City of Wyoming Department of Public Safety. I am an American Heart Association CPR Instructor and teach CPR/First Aid classes along with the use of AEDs for companies and schools on my days off. Working...
  • Blog Post: People Encouraged to Use CPR Mobile App to Save Lives

    New American Heart Association CPR guidelines encourage people to use CPR mobile apps to save lives. First and foremost, call 9-1-1 and set the phone on speaker to allow EMS dispatchers to provide instructions to bystanders on how to perform Hands-Only CPR. Approximately 326,000 cardiac arrests occur...
  • Blog Post: Grant Announced to Provide CPR and AED Training for Students in Grand Rapids

    Ninth-graders at Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids will learn how to use CPR and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) through a pilot program sponsored by Amway. The Grand Rapids Board of Education recently approved Amway's donation of 10 Physio Control LifePak CR+Automated External Defibrillators...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Allison Penski

    Allison Penski Michigan Allison is a true miracle to her parents. She was born with transposition of the great arteries (TGA). Her heart was hooked up incorrectly giving her two circulatory systems instead of one, thus making her a "blue baby" because her body was not getting oxygenated...
  • 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: Social factors could erase gains in heart disease, stroke

    Although deaths from heart attacks and strokes have been declining thanks to advances in prevention and treatment, social factors such as race and income could reverse that trend, according to a first-of-its-kind statement from the American Heart Association. The incidence of heart disease and stroke...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Margo Knefelkamp

    Margo Knefelkamp, Indiana While working full-time and earning her MBA, Margo adopted healthier habits that helped her lose 100 pounds. She joined a CrossFit gym and exercises multiple times per week. She cut sugar-sweetened beverages and began eating healthier foods. The results have been an inspiration...
  • Blog Post: Nutritious School Lunch Leads to Better Academics

    Check out this great opinion article that was published in the Lansing State Journal recently: "A recent poll from the Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project found that 98% of Michigan public schools think serving nutritious foods in schools is important so that kids are ready to do their...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Andrew Christensen

    Andrew Christensen Michigan I was born on May 3,1990 with a rare heart condition called Truncus Arteriosus with ventricular bi septal defect, a condition that effects only 1% of children born with congenital heart conditions. It means that one large blood vessel leads out of my heart instead of two...
  • Blog Post: Michigan State University Goes Tobacco-free

    Beginning in August of 2016, Michigan State University will ban the use of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from it's main campus and all other university property. MSU trustees voted unanimously on the ban after more than 1,600 MSU students signed a petition last year to ban smoking...
  • Blog Post: Have you learned Hands-Only CPR?

    Did you know that last week was CPR week? If you missed it, don't worry - there is always time to learn! Why Learn Hands-Only CPR? Cardiac arrest – an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Scott & Danielle Hawkins

    Scott & Danielle Hawkins Michigan In April of 2014 my husband, Scott, had an Ateriovenous Malformation (AVM) rupture. Fortunately, Scott knew something was happening because he had an intense headache and slurred speech. After calling me, we both called 911. That phone call saved Scott's...
  • Blog Post: 1.8 Million Michiganders Have Limited Access to Healthy Food

    In case you missed this story when it was first announced... "That quick trip to the grocery store isn't so easy for more than 1.8 million Michiganders, including an estimated 300,000 children, who live in communities with limited access to healthy food. The lack of access to healthy food...
  • Blog Post: Genesee County Schools Awarded MI HEARTSafe School Status

    Click to read the full story on ABC12.com! "Approximately 300 Michigan children die of a sudden cardiac event each year. After Flushing high school student Thomas Smith died from an enlarged heart the school district became motivated to raise awareness about the risks of sudden cardiac arrest...
  • Blog Post: Lobby Day MVPs in the Spotlight

    There were SO many amazing stories surrounding this year’s Hill Day that it was hard to narrow down our annual lobby day award winners. Not a bad problem to have! Please join us in congratulating these You’re the Cure MVPs, and then learn more about their stories in this video. Science...
  • Blog Post: Heart Walk season is here!

    Heart Walk season is here! Would you like to start a team and bring your friends and family on board? Can you help us get your company involved? If you’d like more information, drop an email to Jason.Harder@heart.org and I’ll connect you with the Corporate Events Director in your area! Here’s...
  • Blog Post: Michigan Communities Lack Access to Healthy Foods

    Approximately 1.8 million Michigan residents, including 300,000 children, do not have access to healthy fruits and vegetables. While many people consider the urban areas to have the greatest need, which is true for Detroit, Grand Rapids and Flint, there are many rural areas in northern Michigan where...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Alli Sidel

    Alli Sidel Michigan Hi! My name is Alli. I was born on May 12th, 2012 in seemingly perfect health. My parents and big sister Emma were so excited to meet me. On July 20th, 2012 my family took me to our family doctor for my regular 2-month well baby visit, and while there – my doctor heard...
  • Blog Post: Flint Schools Able to Increase CPR Training Thanks to Foundation Gift

    Flint School District staff can be trained for CPR and on how to use an automated external defibrillator a lot quicker thanks to donation from a Flushing-based nonprofit. The Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation recently donated five manikins to the Flint School District. The goal is to have each school...
  • Blog Post: Detroit School Offers Healthy Choice at Lunch

    The introduction of a salad bar at Bates Academy is part of an ongoing effort by Detroit Public Schools to revamp the district's breakfast and lunch menus to increase student access to nutritious food. According to research published online by JAMA Pediatrics, from fall 2007 to spring 2012, only...
  • Blog Post: Go Red at the Capitol 2015

    We are glad to have so many wonderful advocates, volunteers, survivors and lawmakers who were able to join us for Go Red at the Capitol last month. Special thanks go out to Janine Krolikowski for speaking, and thanks to our legislative partners: Senator Tonya Schuitmaker, Senator Rebekah Warren, Representative...