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  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: An Update from the Capitol: Different approaches to transportation funding in 2015

    The Republican House Majority bill ( HF 4 – Rep. Kelly, Red Wing) calls for $750 million over the next four years, through redirecting existing dollars, tapping the state’s budget surplus to the tune of $200 million, and through greater "efficiencies" at MnDOT. Their bill is exclusively...
  • Blog Post: Study Shows More Deaths Linked to Smoking

    Check out this article from the Public News Source posted today! Smoking is deadlier than we have thought! (Picture - Franco/Flickr) ST. PAUL, Minn. - While many of the dangers of smoking have been well known for some time, new research shows that the consequences may be larger and deadlier than previously...
  • Blog Post: First MN Legislative Breakfast was a Success!

    There are lobby days and events at the Capitol every day, but there has never been a day focused on EMS and Acute Care…until yesterday!! AHA MN partnered with the MN Ambulance Association, the College of Emergency Physicians, the MN Resuscitation Consortium, the MN Trauma System and the MN Office...
  • Blog Post: Facts Show Health Improvement from 2013 Tobacco Tax Increase

    MINNPOST's article from yesterday shows that the 2013 tobacco tax increase is improving health throughout the state of Minnesota! Check out the article below. (Photo - MINNPOST/Flickr) It has been a year and a half since Minnesota implemented the 2013 tobacco tax increase of $1.60 per pack of...
  • Blog Post: EMS Transport Protocols Bill Passes to House Floor!

    Justin Bell (AHA), Buck McAlpin (MAA) and Rep. Nick Zerwas were up at the Capitol yesterday when House File 513 passed out of HHS Reform Committee and made its way to the House floor! The bill updates EMS protocols for stroke patients and includes the newly designated stroke hospitals across MN so that...
  • 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: Go Red event at Mall of America

    This past Saturday, AHA held a Go Red Health Fair at the Mall of America. You’re the Cure advocates were there collecting petition cards in support of active transportation policy – funding walk and bike paths as part of the larger transportation investment in the state of Minnesota. We...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Gene Johnson

    Gene Johnson New Brighton, MN On Sept.11,2002 I had a heart attack, followed immediately by a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). I had a series of miracles and fortuitous events that followed. My daughter called and told my wife to check on dad. I was laying on the driveway with the garden hose spewing...
  • Blog Post: Study Shows Impact of MN Tobacco Tax Increase

    Check out how the tobacco industry is responding to the tax increase below in this new study from SMARTalk! A newly published paper in Tobacco Control (Brock B, Choi K, Boyle RG, Moilanen M & Schillo BA, January 6, 2015) examines the tobacco industry’s response to a sizeable 2013 Minnesota...
  • Blog Post: Litchfield Community Weighs In on Transportation Funding

    This week the editorial board of the Litchfield Independent Review overwhelmingly endorsed Move MN's balanced and holistic legislative proposal. The op-ed agrees that Minnesota needs a 10-year commitment to fix our bridges, improve state highways and local roads, expand access to transit and create...
  • Blog Post: Adult Smoking Rate falls to 14.4 Percent in Minnesota!

    The Minnesota Department of Health posted a news release today on the fall of Minnesota's smoking rate. Check out the article below! Findings from the latest Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey (MATS) show that Minnesota is continuing to make progress in reducing tobacco use. Minnesota’s adult...
  • Blog Post: Funding a Healthier Minnesota Through Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure

    The Capitol’s been busy in the early days of session. Move MN announced their transportation funding vision last week and on Monday Senator Scott Dibble unveiled his transportation funding bill. We’re excited to say that both demonstrate a commitment to bike/ped and call for $50M+/year to...
  • Blog Post: Minneapolis School Board Votes to Cut P.E. Requirement

    Despite our best efforts, the Minneapolis School Board voted tonight to cut physical education (PE) and Health graduation requirements in half. This is not only bad for the health of Minneapolis students but also bad for their academic success, as fit kids learn better. Thanks to newly seated board...
  • Blog Post: Prep Yourself for the MN Legislative Session!

    Now that our elected officials have returned to St. Paul, we are off and running in the advocacy department as well. Before we jump right in and ask you to make those important phone calls and send those urgent emails to the legislature, here is a quick rundown of the issues we're going to be focusing...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Angie Eoff

    Angie Eoff Saint Louis Park, MN At the age of 25 I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Cardiomyopathy, a rare but serious condition that causes the heart muscle to become inflamed and to work less efficiently. Over the next 6 years, I was implanted with an ICD twice and gave birth to a son in 2007. I was...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Speak to Minneapolis School Board on PE Requirements

    Tuesday night, three advocates spoke at the Minneapolis School Board meeting regarding lowering the PE requirement in Minneapolis school. We would like to thank Toben, Claudia and Lars for contributing very compelling points from your specific perspectives! Check out Lars' notes on what he spoke...
  • Blog Post: Have a Story? Share It with Us!

    Sharing your own personal story is the most effective way to advocate for healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke! As you have noticed, the You’re the Cure community site now features pictures and stories of real advocates – people like you whose lives have been impacted...
  • Blog Post: Move Up in Ranks - Meet Your Lawmakers in St. Paul!

    Starting in January , we'll be working on many great issues to make Minnesota a healthier state! Join us at one of the upcoming Lobby Days to advocate for Heart Health! February 18th, 2015 Legislative Breakfast - Systems of Care REGISTER HERE Learn about the importance of acute care issues...
  • Blog Post: My Story: AmandaJean Beaulieu

    AmandaJean Beaulieu Minneapolis, MN They say we only have one heart. Some of us are lucky enough to know someone who got a second heart. My family has been supporting the American Heart Association since 1994 when my cousin Emma became the first infant in MN to receive a heart transplant. Sadly she...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Rock Rocklage

    Rock Rocklage Rosemount, MN When the helicopter arrived they refused to transport me stating; "We don't transport dead people." My cardiac event occurred at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 22, 2007. I was driving to a client's house for a listing appointment in Apple Valley, MN...