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  • Blog Post: My Life is Why!

    Meet AHA volunteer, Angie Chafos! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? In 2010, I survived a heart attack. My left anterior descending artery was 100 percent blocked. When I...
  • Blog Post: MN STEMI System of Care Signed into Law!

    On Friday April 29, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law HF2613 – to launch an official Minnesota STEMI System of Care and prioritize the highest quality treatment for anyone who suffers a heart attack, regardless of where they live in Minnesota! The new legislation authorizes the MN...
  • Blog Post: Good Food Access Fund is Ready to Take on MN's Healthy Food Access Problem!

    More than 340,000 Minnesotans face both distance and income as a barrier to obtaining healthy, affordable food such as fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy, whole grains, and lean meats and poultry. 1 This problem is only worsening with 61% of Minnesota counties losing grocery stores since 2007. 2 Limited...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Minnesota Advocacy Opportunities - Volunteers Needed!

    Calling all survivors, caregivers, advocates, donors and volunteers! We have a few volunteer opportunities coming up in the next couple of months! Check them out below and contact Jess Nolan if you can help! Transportation Forward Action Nights Various dates in April 2016 Sierra Club, 2327 E Franklin...
  • Blog Post: Education is Why!

    Meet one of the MN State Advocacy Committee members, Andy Iverson. ___________________________________________________________ What is your Why? Education. There is so much we can do to live healthier lives as individuals and as a society the most people just aren’t aware of. The American...
  • Blog Post: The 2nd Annual Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day was a Success!

    The 2nd Annual Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day was held on March 16th, and it was a huge success! Thank you to all the volunteers, staff and attendees who made this event happen! There were nearly 300 attendees who received excellent training throughout the morning program then met with...
  • Blog Post: Symposium Attendees Taught to "Rethink Your Drink"

    Attendees at the Worksite Wellness Symposium learned just how much sugar is in their daily beverages. We started out our 15 minute breakout session with a Price is Right style game, "Higher or Lower?" Attendees had three plates of sugary treats in front of them, next to a 20 oz bottle of soda...
  • Blog Post: The Good Food Access Fund Campaign Kickoff was a Success!

    This past Tuesday, the Good Food Access Fund Campaign Kickoff took place at The Wilder Center in St. Paul. We were fortunate to have a group of more than 100 health, food, equity, agriculture and community-development advocates, led by the Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition. The Good Food Access...
  • Blog Post: Family is Why

    Meet one of our top advocates, Dawn Moen! ______________________________________________________________________________ What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? Growing up I was a lifeguard and had to take American Heart Association CPR certifications that were...
  • 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: Join us at the Good Food Access Fund Campaign Kick Off!

    The Good Food Access Fund campaign is off to a GREAT start for this legislative session. Senator Dan Sparks (DFL) is our chief bill author, and we are building grassroots and organizational support throughout Minnesota. Please join us for our campaign kickoff event on February 23, 2016 to learn more...
  • 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: 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...