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  • Blog Post: CPR Saves Another Life

    CPR is a key component to survival when sudden cardiac arrest occurs. Chances of survival from sudden cardiac are about 10% - but a victim has zero chance of survival if CPR is not administered right away. Survival from sudden cardiac arrest shouldn't depend upon where it happens - and it can happen...
  • Blog Post: Back to School, Back to Good Health!

    With summer drawing to a close, back-to-school season not only is a time to stock up on supplies, it’s also an opportunity to encourage kids to eat healthy, be active and avoid secondhand smoke. The AHA recognizes that a smoke-free environment can promote children’s brain development, prevent...
  • Blog Post: Stroke is Why

    Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in our country, and certainly one of the leading factors leading to disability. Stroke is why we are laser-focused on preventing stroke, knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke, and knowing how to act immediately to get someone the care they need when stroke...
  • Blog Post: Mom Becomes Heart, CPR Advocate After Losing her Son

    Melinda Kentfield lost her son Taylor to cardiac arrest on September 10, 2013. The 21-year-old junior at South Dakota State University had collapsed while jogging with two friends. One friend ran to call 9-1-1 while the other stayed with Taylor. Several minutes passed before a police officer and then...
  • Blog Post: Local Column Outlines Status of Medicaid Expansion in State

    The Nebraska legislature has twice considered expanding Medicaid in our state, and twice the proposal has been rejected. The American Heart Association supports expansion of Medicaid because we believe it will become an important source of coverage for currently uninsured adults with or at-risk for cardiovascular...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Jamie Schneider

    Jamie Schneider Nebraska Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking the lives of one in three each year. Sometimes, that statistic does not seem alarming because it is easy to trick yourself into thinking that the one person will not be you. Heart disease is for other people. But as the youngest...
  • Blog Post: Nebraska Legislative Session: Here's What Happened

    The 2014-2015 fiscal year was a very successful year for accomplishing advocacy priorities. In August, the regulation was finalized for critical congenital heart defect screening for newborns. The regulation language includes pulse oximetry screening for all newborns. More than 20,000 newborns are now...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Corrie Kielty

    Corrie Kielty Nebraska Being a mom and now a grandmother, involves much more than day to day mom duties. It means doing everything I can to make Nebraska, my lifelong home, a better place for children. Hopefully I’ve modeled Mahatma Gandhi’s profound advice to “be the change you...
  • Blog Post: Youth Get Involved in Tobacco Prevention

    According to the CDC, Nebraska ranks 6th among 36 other states for youth who use tobacco (i.e., cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and/or cigars). The dangers of smoking are well-known. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and affecting the health of smokers in general. Quitting...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Be Wary of Sneaky Salt!

    Sneaky Salt Become an advocate in our fight against sneaky Salt! Say NO to the higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and other health problems linked to too much sodium. Did you know that most Americans eat more than twice the American Heart Association’s...
  • Blog Post: How to Make Healthy Nutrition Changes in the Workplace

    Making changes to your diet can be difficult, and it can be even more of a challenge to incorporate those changes into your workplace environment. Someone is always bringing cakes, donuts, cookies and other temptations that can sabotage your daily healthy-eating plan. It can be even more difficult if...
  • Blog Post: Another Life Saved by CPR; During June, Learn Hands Only CPR

    June is a great time to raise awareness for the importance of CPR training with National CPR Awareness week June 1-8. More than 300,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occurring every year in the United States. Sadly, most people who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest do not receive life-saving CPR...
  • 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: Take Action on Important Issue Alerts

    We have reached the point in our legislative session when important decisions are being made regarding Appropriations. Several issues that, if passed, can help to improve the cardiovascular health of Nebraskans are being discussed by the Appropriations Committee. Take a couple of minutes today to message...
  • Blog Post: Advocates to Gather at Nation's Capitol

    American Heart Association You're the Cure advocates will travel to Washington DC in May to attend 2 days of advocacy training, legislative briefings and then a walk to Capitol Hill to talk to our lawmakers about issues important for heart and stroke health. As in the past, we have a strong delegation...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Laura Sypal

    As a mother of three small children, I consider it my job and privilege to help them grow up healthy and strong. I feel that one of the best and easiest ways I do this is by feeding them nutritious food and living an active lifestyle as a family. I am a firm believer that food can be either our best...
  • Blog Post: 2015 Legislative Breakfast

    More than 40 advocates gathered at the Cornhusker Hotel last week for training and a review of important legislative issues being in the 2015 Legislative session. Volunteers heard from advocates whose lives have been profoundly impacted by heart disease and stroke. Jill Duis, survivor and long-time AHA...
  • Blog Post: What's Up with School Nutrition?

    There is a lot of discussion out there about school nutrition – and we couldn’t be happier about that! Students consume 35% - 50% of their daily caloric intake at school where they are often exposed to junk foods and sugar-sweetened beverages that have little to no nutritional value. Parents...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Julie Smith

    Julie Smith Nebraska Heart disease has always been of importance to me even before I became a nurse. My parents both had cardiovascular disease identified when they were in their 50s. It affected their lives then and as they aged. Being from a rural area, when my father had his first heart attack...
  • Blog Post: Medicaid Redesign Is Right for Nebraska

    The American Heart Association supports efforts that improve access to quality healthcare for all Americans. That includes Medicare redesign which would help reduce the costs of health care and save the lives of hundreds of Nebraskans. The Medicaid Redesign Act proposes providing premium assistance for...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Karen Tesina

    Karen Tesina Nebraska Throughout my nursing career, I was always most interested in caring for the cardiovascular patient. As a staff nurse, I worked both on a cardiac floor as well as a cardiovascular intensive care unit. Later, I was given the opportunity to start a heart program in northeast Nebraska...
  • Blog Post: Mission: Lifeline Expands Across the Border

    Access to emergency cardiac response is vital to saving lives from a STEMI heart attack - the most deadly kind of heart attack. Nebraska received funding from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to support the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline initiative which has ensured all parts of our...
  • Blog Post: More Concerns about E-Cigs

    As more research comes available and more studies are being done on the effects of e-cigarettes, today the New England Journal of Medicine raises a new worry about electronic cigarettes – exposure to formaldehyde. You remember formaldehyde, right? Who could forget that awful-smelling chemical used...
  • Blog Post: A Healthy Recipe for School Nutrition

    The U.S. is in the midst of a fullblown obesity epidemic that has disproportionately affected our children. Currently, nearly one third of children are overweight or obese. The health consequences of obesity in children are staggering. Recent research shows that an obese child’s arteries can resemble...
  • Blog Post: Expect Cigar Bar Legislation During Session

    Cigar bars in Nebraska will have to "snuff out" smoking in their establishments once their new liquor licenses are received from the state. A recent Nebraska Supreme Court ruling on the cigar bar and tobacco shop exemptions to the statewide smoking ban amounted to unconstitutional special legislation...