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  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Hero: Representative Nick Zerwas

    What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? My involvement with the AHA goes all the way back to when I was first born. I was born with a heart defect, and my parents taught me at a young age how important it was to be a volunteer/advocate with the AHA. After surviving 10...
  • Blog Post: MN Legislator and Advocate of Year Named at June Celebrations!

    This month we awarded our top legislators and advocates who went above and beyond this past fiscal year, fighting to reduce heart disease and stroke! Advocate of the Year: Dale Wakasugi The advocate of the year award is given to the volunteer who has gone above and beyond during the legislative session...
  • Blog Post: Youth Nicotine Exposure Heath Advisory Released by MDH

    The Minnesota Department of Health released a health advisory this week on the rise of nicotine poisoning in children, check it out below: The Minnesota Poison Control System saw a 35 percent jump in e-cigarette and e-juice poisonings among children from birth to 5 years old between 2013 and 2014...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Hero: Helen Bagshaw

    Helen Bagshaw - Minnesota My name is Helen Bagshaw and I am an RN CCRN and Registered American Heart CPR/ACLS Instructor at Winona Health. My aim and passion is to teach, educate and provide information about ‘Hands-Only CPR’, AED Use and Choking Emergencies to every Citizen in Winona...
  • Blog Post: 2015 Minnesota Legislative Session Wrap Up

    The 2015 Legislative Session has come to an end and we’ve had another great year working hard to push for heart-health policies in Minnesota. We have many reasons to celebrate the work in fighting for a healthier Minnesota! The Wins As the dust settles, we are excited to share the big policy wins...
  • Blog Post: MN Advocates Attended National Lobby Day in D.C.!

    On May 11 and 12, the Midwest Affiliate joined more than 380 advocates in Washington D.C. for You’re the Cure on the Hill national lobby day. We had 53 volunteers 10 of which were youth advocates, 20 staff representing all 11 states in the affiliate who stepped up to the plate for healthy school...
  • 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: Evidence Shows Stroke System Working on Hemorrhagic Strokes

    Check out this great article from the AHA / ASA Newsroom, our Stroke System work is so focused around ischemic stroke (because it’s more common), but the evidence is starting to show that the same approach improves outcomes for hemorrhagic strokes too. People with hemorrhagic strokes (brain...
  • Blog Post: Edina School Celebrates Bike to School Day

    Dozens of students biked to school at South View Middle School in Edina on Wednesday, celebrating National Bike to School Day. Senator Melisa Franzen was there to greet them as they arrived!
  • Blog Post: Dr. Steven Kopecky - Letter to the Editor

    Dr. Steven Kopecky's letter to the editor was published in the Rochester paper today, check it out! I appreciate that Sen. Carla Nelson represents the residents of Senate District 26 so well, especially on important health issues such as reducing the harmful effects of tobacco. Sen. Nelson...
  • Blog Post: AHA Board Member Debra Rectenwald's Letter to the Editor

    AHA-Twin Cities board member Debra Rectenwald writes in a letter to the editor in Sunday’s Pioneer Press that Minnesota lawmakers have the unique opportunity this session to lay the groundwork for a modern transportation system by including "greater investment in pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure…"...
  • Blog Post: Upper Midwest Obesity Rates Trimmed by Minnesota!

    Check out this press release from the Minnesota Department of Health! Way to go Minnesota! Minnesota has outperformed nearby states by being the only one of its neighbors to bend the curve on obesity rates, according to a recent MDH analysis of CDC data. Minnesota’s adult obesity rates have...
  • Blog Post: Move MN Supporters Rallied at the Capitol for Transportation!

    Supporters across the state came together this afternoon on the Capitol Lawn for a rally to make their voices heard about the urgent need for reliable transportation funding! Speakers included Governor Mark Dayton, Lt. Governor Tina Smith, and Senator Scott Dibble.
  • Blog Post: MN Advocates Testify on AHA Issues at the Capitol

    Last week was full of hearings up at the Capitol and State Office Building! We want to thank ALL of our volunteers who testified on our issues. Check it out below: The House Transportation Finance Committee released their omnibus transportation finance bill on Tuesday. We lined up 4 testifiers to...
  • Blog Post: Volunteers Needed in the You’re the Cure Area at the Twin Cities Heart Walk

    Calling all survivors, caregivers, advocates, donors and volunteers! The Advocacy Department needs 4-6 volunteers for our upcoming Twin Cities Heart Walk on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Target Field. We will need help from 6:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. working at the advocacy information table, collecting...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Bernard P. Friel

    Bernard P. Friel Mendota Heights, MN On February 27, 1969 at the age of 38, I suffered a myocardial infarction, a heart attack, that I was not expected to survive. I spent a week in the CCU unit, and 3 more weeks in the hospital. Angiograms indicated a significant block in the anterior descending...
  • Blog Post: Step Up with Minnesotans on National Walking Day!

    Today is National Walking Day! Grab your friends, family or coworkers and get active on this beautiful spring day! Check out the article below posted by the Public News Source. ST. PAUL, Minn. - Across Minnesota today, children and adults will be taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle. This is...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Russell Luepker Testifies in House Tax Committee

    Minnesota State Advocacy Committee member, Dr. Russell Luepker, testified today against the proposal to provide tax relief for premium cigars in the House Tax Committee. The bill (HF1544) rolls back the tax on premium cigars from $3.50 per cigar to $.50 per cigar. The higher tax was a gain we made in...
  • Blog Post: Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition's First Lobby Day a Success!

    The first ever Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day was held on March 25th, and it was a huge success! Many people described this event as "the best lobby day ever!" Thank you to all the volunteers, staff and attendees who made this event happen! There were well over 200 attendees...
  • Blog Post: AmandaJean Beaulieu Speaks on Capitol Steps in D.C.!

    One of our top advocacy volunteers and stroke survivor, AmandaJean Beaulieu spoke at U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's press conference on the Capitol Steps in D.C. yesterday morning in honor of the 5th Anniversery of the signing of the Affordable Care Act! Here is a link to AmandaJean’s...
  • Blog Post: Urging Minnesotans to Rethink Their Drink

    Check out this article from the Public News Service on sugar sweetened beverages! ST. PAUL, Minn. - March is National Nutrition Month, and those across the state wanting to make some positive changes are being told to "Rethink Your Drink." Donna McDuffie, nutrition coordinator with the Minnesota...
  • Blog Post: New School P.E. Benchmarks Considered for MN

    The Public News Service posted an aritcle this morning on developing grade-specific benchmarks for P.E. classes in Minnesota, check it out below! ST. PAUL, Minn. - Getting regular exercise is one of the easiest ways to combat childhood obesity, and a bill awaiting a hearing at the state Capitol...
  • Blog Post: SF790 Hearing Today!

    SF790, appropriating money to sustain the newly implemented Stroke System in MN gets a thorough hearing in the Senate HHS Finance Committee today. Thanks to Sen. Melisa Lopez Franzen for your leadership and Joanie Somes and Albert Tsai for your testimony!
  • Blog Post: Last Chance! Register for the MHK Lobby Day on March 25th!

    The Minnesotan's for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby day is two weeks away on Wednesday, March 25th at the Minnesota History Center! This event's focus is to advocate for policy that will help combat childhood obesity like fighting for quality physical education in schools, funding for the Statewide...
  • Blog Post: Volunteers Testify Around MN at Transportation Hearings

    The Minnesota Safe Routes to School Coalition has been busy testifying around the state for active transportation funding! Jodi Gertken gave a great testimony at the Sen. Transportation & Public Safety Cmte hearing in St. Cloud, Minnesota about why CentraCare Health System supports the Move MN...