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  • Blog Post: Exploring New Places is Why!

    Meet AHA's Communications Coordinator, Emily Schnacky! _____________________________________________________________________________________________ What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? My career with the American Heart Association began February 2015 when...
  • Blog Post: New Year, New You and New Volunteer Opportunities!

    Happy New Year! There are a lot of opportunities for you to get involved in fighting for a healthier Minnesota in the next several weeks. Be our hero by taking action in your community AND earn points which will allow you to move up in the You’re the Cure ranks! Below are a list of all the opportunities...
  • Blog Post: Register Now for the Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day 2016!

    Register now for the Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day! Don’t miss a chance to lend your voice to help improve the health of Minnesota kids by attending our 2nd Minnesotans For Healthy Kids Coalition Day at the Capitol. Join us on March 16, 2016 to advocate with others around...
  • Blog Post: Prevention is Why!

    Meet one of AHA's Contract Lobbyists, Brian McDaniels! ___________________________________________________________________________________ What is your why? Prevention. We are in a position to pass legislation that will save lives and protect families. There is so much competition for resources...
  • Blog Post: Expanded Healthy Food Access Plan Backed by MN Health Advocates

    Check out this article from the Public News Service! Learn about the new Good Food Access Fund campaign going on in Minnesota! ST. PAUL, Minn. - As many people are planning for their next big holiday meal, health advocates say about 900,000 Minnesotans don't have access to affordable and nutritious...
  • Blog Post: Minnesota You're the Cure Advocacy Summit - 2015

    Last month we held the 2nd Annual You're the Cure Advocacy Summit in Minnesota for our insider advocates! Our insiders started the day introducing themselves and painting their favorite fruit or vegetable. The theme of the summit this year was "INSPIRED." Throughout the day...
  • Blog Post: Why is Why

    Meet Minnesota State Advocacy Committee President, Dale Wakasugi. ____________________________________________________________________________ What is your why? My Why is why. Why did I get heart disease? Why did I have a heart attack? Why did I survive cardiac arrest twice? Why am I still here...
  • Blog Post: My Son and Sister are Why!

    Meet our Senior Director of Communications, Elizabeth Warmka! ________________________________________________________________________________________ What is your why? My son and my sister are why I work for more research dollars and a healthier world. My dad died last year due to complications...
  • Blog Post: Family is Why

    Meet our new Campaign Coordinator, Elyse Levine Less! ________________________________________________________________________________________ What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? Working as an intern with the Minnesotan’s for Healthy Kids Coalition during...
  • Blog Post: Focus on Better Health Among Native Americans in New Key Initiative

    Check out this editorial posted today in the Star Tribune. Voices for Healthy Kids is supporting the ‘gathering of some of the nation’s most respected national philanthropic organizations.' Six months ago, Minnesota’s Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community garnered well-deserved...
  • Blog Post: Biking Injuries and Deaths Spike as More Adults Pedal

    An article posted by NPR Minnesota Public Radio this week, talks about the increase of injuries and deaths that coming with the increase adults biking. Check it out below! More adults across the country are strapping on helmets and hopping on bikes to get to work. That's good news for people's...
  • Blog Post: My Family is Why

    What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? Health Policy was a focus of mine in law school and the American Heart Association has a stellar reputation for its work combatting leading causes of death and disability in Minnesota and the nation. I was very excited at the possibility...
  • Blog Post: Important Messages on School Nutrition Delivered During August Recess Visits

    You're the Cure advocates stepped up to the plate for school meals this August, and gave Members of Congress reasons why they shouldn't roll-back strong nutrition standards for school meals! Delivering a special school lunch tray highlighting facts on the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. We can't...
  • Blog Post: Health Challenge for Minnesota Families Starts in September

    The Minnesota News Connection posted an article today on the Life Is Why Family Health Challenge! ST. PAUL, Minn. – The number of children who are overweight or obese in Minnesota has been swelling for decades, but a month-long event starting Tuesday aims to gain some traction in reversing that...
  • Blog Post: Local MN Foods Make Way to Cafeterias!

    Check out this article! Many Minnesota kids returning to school in the upcoming weeks will find local produce and meats in their lunch line! ST. PAUL, Minn. - School children across Minnesota will be returning to class in just a few weeks, and once again this year they'll find more local foods...
  • Blog Post: Meet Minnesota Advocacy Staff: Rachel Callanan

    What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? I had been working in nonprofit advocacy for almost 10 years and I was looking for a new challenge. I took the job with AHA and 8 years later, it’s one of the best moves I’ve ever made. What issues or policies are...
  • Blog Post: Keep Moving Toward Healthy School Meals!

    Members of Mission Readiness, Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Seiben and Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Schulstad wrote an Op/Ed in MinnPost yesterday on making sure schools are serving healthy food, check it out! Two retired Air Force generals and a school food-service director would appear, at first glance, to have little...
  • Blog Post: Minnesota Finds "Grocery Gap" in Access to Healthy Food

    An article posted today from Bring Me The News surveys Minnesotans on access to healthy foods! Check it out! An increasing number of Minnesotans believe that not everyone has access to healthy food options, with the lack of grocery stores in greater Minnesota playing a factor in what people choose...
  • 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...