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  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Brad and Kristi Wellendorf Family

    Brad and Kristi Wellendorf Family Midwest Affiliate It was a Wednesday night. We met at our 8 th grade son’s baseball game. Brad had to help with field prep, but he had a difficult time raking. He was not able to catch his breath and was really thirsty. Unfortunately, he didn’t share this...
  • Blog Post: Local Schools Receive Life-Saving CPR Kits

    Area school districts received a life-saving gift through a partnership of Great Plains Health and the American Heart Association. The tr aining kits were handed out to area school districts. North Platte Public Schools, North Platte Catholic Schools, Our Redeemer Lutheran School, Wallace, Sutherland...
  • Blog Post: Hunger Has Impact on Growth and Development

    According to a recent journal article published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, both preschool and school-aged children showed that chronic hunger and food insecurity are significant predictors of health conditions, even when taking other factors into consideration. The results of this study were...
  • Blog Post: From the Front Lines: Legislative Update

    LB 722, the Stroke System if Care Act, passed on Final Reading on Tuesday, April 12, and now on its way to the Governor's desk. This is the final hurdle for the Stroke System of Care Act and the American Heart Association encourages all advocates to contact the Governor and ask for his support. Stroke...
  • Blog Post: Get Up and Move During National Physical Activity Month

    Its National Physical Activity month and because Americans are spending more time at work and sitting in front of a screen than ever before, we are at an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases. Being physically active is important to prevent heart disease and stroke, the nation’s...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Matt Zimmerman

    Matt Zimmerman Nebraska My name is Matt Zimmerman and I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). I am proud and honored to be an AHA volunteer and advocate for the AHA mission. In my “day job”...
  • Blog Post: Join Nebraska Social Media Network!

    Social media is everywhere, and for many of us, it’s where we get our news. Online communities are a regular part of our daily lives, and we want you to join our social media community to stay up to date on everything related to the American Heart Association. We continue to strive to meet our...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Sabrina Robinson

    Sabrina Robinson Kansas Sabrina Robinson was at home with her then-6-year-old son Zachary, 35 miles away from the nearest hospital where she worked as a nurse in the cardiologist’s office, when she thought she was having a stroke. She called 911 that morning in 2014, but when the EMS crew...
  • Blog Post: Crunch Time at the Capitol! Take Action Today!

    It’s crunch time at the Capitol in Lincoln on several important issues that our volunteer advocates have been working on throughout this session. Your senator needs to hear from you to ensure the initiatives that will improve our cardiovascular in Nebraska are on the minds of our legislators as...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Raise Awareness at Red Dress Dash

    We are so proud of all our Nebraska advocates who participated in the Red Dress Dash in Lincoln on February 4th! We are especially proud of Lisa Culbertson who took a moment to explain why this event, and raising awareness, is so important to her! Lisa was saved by CPR and has become a passionate advocate...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Jill Duis

    Jill Duis Nebraska I have walked with heart disease my entire life. I was born with a complete heart block, meaning the top part of my heart didn't communicate with the bottom part, which meant my heart would only beat 40 beats per minute – about half the normal rate. My parents were...
  • Blog Post: Stroke Systems of Care Bill Goes Before Committee

    Members of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee will soon vote on LB 722: the Stroke System of Care Act. The purpose of the Act is to improve the overall outcomes of stroke patients. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability; and with the aging of the population...
  • Blog Post: The Time Has Come to Increase Tobacco Tax

    We support Senator Mike Gloor's efforts to increase the tobacco tax in Nebraska. He has worked tirelessly on this issue for several years, and we are hopeful that this may be the year for it to happen. We support raising the tobacco tax for several reasons, one being the impact it has on youth smoking...
  • Blog Post: Don't Let your New Year's Resolution Go Up in Smoke

    On the topic of New Year's resolutions, a common goal this time of year for many is to quit smoking. While many establish the goal, sticking to it and actually quitting can be a major challenge. We applaud the effort and have resources to help! The benefits of quitting are enormous, and worth the...
  • Blog Post: Early Access to Medical Care Improves Health in Adulthood

    Several states will once again consider expanding access to medical care through Medicaid during their 2016 legislative sessions. The American Heart Association strongly advocates for expanded access to medical care to prevent, diagnose and treat cardiovascular diseases and other chronic conditions....
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Your New Year's Resolution

    It's Monday, the dreaded first day back to work or school after the holiday break. Your holidays were full of celebrations, family gatherings, watching sporting events, and lots and lots of food. You probably didn't exercise as much as you normally do, and you've gotten used to being not...
  • Blog Post: Increase in Vaping Becoming a Problem for Schools

    E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that have cartridges or refillable tanks that contain a liquid mixture primarily comprised of propylene glycol and/or glycerol and nicotine, as well as flavorings and other chemicals.2 They emulate conventional cigarettes, but the exhaled aerosol does not contain...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Lisa Culbertson

    Lisa Culbertson Nebraska More than 326,000 people in the United States suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests annually. If more people knew CPR, more lives would be saved. I am one of a few people who has performed CPR, has received CPR, and even more rare, married my lifesaver. I was just 27 years...
  • Blog Post: Higher Cigarette Taxes Linked to Fewer Infant Deaths

    A recent study by Vanderbilt University and University of Michigan suggests that higher taxes and prices for cigarettes not only provides health benefits to those who are currently smoking or considering smoking, but it is also strongly associated with lower infant mortality rates in the United States...
  • Blog Post: Columbia Considers Measure to Ban Tobacco Use in Parks

    We continue to applaud communities across Nebraska who aid in the fight against tobacco and the harmful effects of tobacco smoke. Recently, the Columbus park board voted 5-0 to ban smoking and use of tobacco products in parks where children gather to play. We are aware of 18 other Nebraska communities...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Nebraska Advocacy Volunteer Summit

    Meet our top active, committed and hero volunteers that recently attended our "Advocacy Volunteer Summit, 2015". It has always been important to us to recognize and show them how thankful we are for their help in the fight against heart disease and stroke, so we decided to implement a new advocate...
  • Blog Post: Another Nebraska School Receives CPR Training Kits

    Students is the Northwest School District are learning the life-saving skill of CPR. And while it’s good to know the proper technique, the training also provides students with the confidence to know they would know what to do if someone needed CPR. CPR training kits were recently donated to...
  • Blog Post: Project Aims to Raise Awareness for Congenital Heart Defects

    February, Heart month, is just around the corner, and we need your help! Hospital across Nebraska are participating in the Little Hats, Big Hearts TM project to raise awareness of heart disease, the No. 1 killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy Spotlight: Alaina Monroe

    I was born March 1 st 1989. Right after I was delivered the doctor shouted “It’s a girl! And we don’t know what’s wrong with her.” There was one layer of skin covering my chest, my sternum was not properly developed. The condition is called a cleft sternum. They immediately...
  • Blog Post: Bystander Saves Woman with CPR

    We hear it often - someone's life is saved because a bystander knew CPR. When CPR is administered immediately when sudden cardiac arrest happens, it can double or even triple that person's chances of survival. We know it t happens across the country because we hear the stories. It also happens...