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  • Blog Post: New Study: E-cigarettes could cut smoking-related deaths by 21 percent

    E-cigarettes could lead to a 21 percent drop in deaths from smoking-related diseases in those born after 1997, according to a study published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research. The study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Cancer Institute and the Cancer Intervention and...
  • Blog Post: Pokémon Go Brings Video Games Outside

    Pokémon Go is getting players physically moving in the real world, a change from the stereotypical stationary screen time usually associated with gaming. The app works by allowing GPS to track the gamer’s location, which in turn moves the player’s avatar the same distance on the in...
  • Blog Post: Teen Smoking is Down. So What's the Bad News?

    Statistics from a recent CDC survey indicate that youth smoking rates in Nebraska have been cut in half in recent years. The survey states that while some 32 percent of high schoolers in Nebraska said they have tried smoking, only about 11 percent had smoked in the previous month, and just 8 percent...
  • Blog Post: The Sodium 411

    Thinking about reducing the sodium in your and your family’s diet? You’ve come to the right place! We’ll show you how extra salt sneaks into your diet and how it hurts your health, and share tips for kissing the excess salt goodbye. We call it the Sodium 411 ... and be sure to keep...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: AHA Volunteer Jill Duis

    Jill Duis Nebraska Congratulations to Nebraska AHA Advocate Jill Duis on recently being honored with the Leadership Champion Award by Work Well in Lincoln. This award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the advancement of personal health or the health of others. Jill...
  • Blog Post: Teen Who Suffered a Stroke Walks Across Stage at Graduation

    Every now and then you come across a story so compelling, and so inspirational, you just have to share with everyone! Such is the case with this story of a Iowa teenager who suffered a massive stroke just days before his 17th birthday. Shortly after his stroke, doctors had told him he will likely never...
  • Blog Post: Help Put Your State on the Map to #ProtectPE

    Do you love PE? So do we! From a healthy heart to an active mind, physical education supports the whole student. Physical education has positive impacts on kids' physical, mental, and emotional health- and teaches them about the overall value of making healthy choices, now and into adulthood. Join...
  • Blog Post: Survivor Spotlight: Leon and Elaine Graves

    Leon and Elaine Graves Nebraska Leon and Elaine Graves have both survived life-threatening heart and stroke events. Elaine shares their story to encourage others to pay attention to symptoms, and to not hesitate to call 9-1-1 when something doesn’t seem right. Several years prior to September...
  • 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...