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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: October is Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month

    Do you know the difference between a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest? People often use these terms interchangeably, but they are not synonyms. A heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked, and sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating unexpectedly...
  • Blog Post: The State of Obesity: Michigan's 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: Get connected! Join us on social media today!

    Did you know that the American Heart Association has a great online presence on Facebook and Twitter? You can check out all the wonderful updates, pictures, and postings by getting connected with us online. Click below to join the page that is in your area and be sure to share and like our posts! ...
  • Blog Post: E-Cigarettes in the news

    Have you been reading a lot about the e-cigarette bills in the news lately? If you need to catch up, here's a sample of what's out there: Battle Creek Enquirer: Snyder should veto e-cigarette legislation Detroit Free Press: Michigan bills that would ban minors from buying e-cigs cause concern...
  • Blog Post: Is Your School HEART Safe?

    The Michigan Department of Community Health, the Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan Alliance for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young and the American Heart Association recently awarded 40 Michigan schools with a three-year MI HEARTSafe School designation which recognizes schools...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Sheri Lindsay

    Sheri Lindsay Michigan My life has changed dramatically in the past 24 months since I had a stroke — I am now happier and healthier than I have ever been — and I am so grateful for this chance to share my story. I am hopeful that people who are faced with similar health challenges will...
  • Blog Post: Letter to the Editor: Use Michigan's existing tobacco laws to cover e-cigarettes

    "Minors should not be allowed to purchase e-cigarettes. On this point, vast majorities of legislators and the public agree. The bigger question is: How should regulation about e-cigarettes be put in place?" This Letter to the Editor appeared in the Detroit Free Press and was submitted by...
  • Blog Post: In case you missed it...

    Earlier this month, Governor Snyder signed into law House Bill 4713. This bill will ensure that a Cardiac Emergency Response Plan is in place in every Michigan school. These plans are a great way to help students and staff alike make sure they are prepared and know what to do during medical emergencies...
  • Blog Post: In Memory of Rekisha Harris

    *Guest Blogger Kevin Harker, Executive Vice President, Midwest Affiliate shares a story about loss. And while it’s difficult to read a story that doesn’t have a happy ending, it’s important that the story still gets told …. because the unfortunate reality is that heart disease...