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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Carrie Hoch-Mortlock

    Carrie Hoch-Mortlock Michigan I will begin by taking you back to year 2010. I woke up one Sunday in March and decided to stop smoking, cold turkey. I never smoked a lot, a pack per week or two. I was a social smoker. In January of that same year, I started working with a personal trainer. It was my...
  • Blog Post: Gov. Snyder proclaimed February 2-6 as Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young (SCDY) Awareness Week

    Every year, sudden cardiac death of the young (SCDY) claims the lives of more than 300 children and young adults under the age of 40 in Michigan. That’s why this February, Governor Rick Snyder and the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) are joining the campaign to celebrate American...
  • Blog Post: In case you missed it - register today for Go Red at the Capitol!

    Since 2004, the Go Red For Women movement has helped bring awareness to the fact that heart disease is the number 1 killer of women in the United States. This year, the American Heart Association will be holding events across the state in February, and we’re excited to kick things off again with...
  • Blog Post: November is National Family Caregivers Month.

    Each November, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognizes National Family Caregivers Month (NFCM) to acknowledge the millions of family caregivers who are caring for their loved ones with a chronic disease. With 2.2 million stroke family caregivers in the U.S., the AHA/ASA...
  • Blog Post: National Eating Healthy Day is on November 5, 2014

    Take the first step to making healthier food choices by taking part in the American Heart Association's National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. On this day, Americans are encouraged to commit to healthier eating and we created Eating Healthy Day to help keep your families and...
  • 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: Share your Story: Shawna Gurgul

    Shawna Gurgul Michigan My Peripartum Cardiomyopathy On March 15, 2010, my husband and I found out I was pregnant with our first child. We were ecstatic! Over-the-moon, just full of joy! We told our family members and the news was met with so much happiness! We couldn’t wait to meet this new...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Georgia D. Leventis-Molina

    Georgia D. Leventis-Molina Michigan I am a survivor. On April 1, 2008 I had a stroke. I woke up from a nap and told my husband Jody I couldn’t see straight. He told me to get up and he was taking me to the ER. I had already been there and to the doctor 3 times the past 2 weeks because of...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: K.C. Sanders

    K.C. Sanders Michigan I thought it was just another migraine. Not this time. I went immediately to the emergency room. The doctors recognized that I'd had a stroke. I thought to myself "36 year old women can't have strokes"... I spent 42 days in the ICU, then 7 months of physical...