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  • Blog Post: South Dakota Youth Advocate in Washington D.C.

    Reagan Spomer, a youth advocate for the American Heart Association, recently traveled to Washington DC to help First Lady Michelle Obama plant the White House vegetable garden. Reagan was chosen to participate in this event because she sits on the national board of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation...
  • 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: It's Time to Get Moving

    Adults are spending more time at work than ever before - including more time at computers and desks with less time being active. As a nation, we are becoming more inactive. Studies have shown that people who have a low level of activity double their risk of heart disease. “The good news is you...
  • Blog Post: Legislature Approves Stroke System of Care

    Great news on stroke care for North Dakota! The North Dakota legislature passed our stroke bill unanimously in both houses and last week it was signed by Governor Dalrymple. What does this mean for North Dakota and stroke? The North Dakota Stroke System of Care includes all the stakeholders involved...
  • 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: South Dakota Legislative Wrap-Up

    Whew! The 90 th session of South Dakota’s legislature wrapped up on March 30, and it’s good to be home again. It was a mixed bag as many sessions are, and access to care and active transportation issues kept us busy. We were excited to support the Daugaard administration’s two bills...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Spring Events!

    Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Spring Events in Your Area The Advocacy Department needs 4-6 volunteers for our upcoming Spring 2015 events listed below. We will need help throughout the day working at the advocacy information table, collecting petition cards and recruiting new advocates for...
  • Blog Post: Chicago Pilot Health Event Series Sparks Health Innovation

    The largest challenge faced by new healthcare technology companies is finding a place to test run their new product or idea. Almost every startup aiming to bring innovation to healthcare has obstacles obtaining their first pilot at a hospital. Often times, entrepreneurs are lost on who to approach at...
  • Blog Post: Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition's First Lobby Day a Success!

    The first ever Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day was held on March 25th, and it was a huge success! Many people described this event as "the best lobby day ever!" Thank you to all the volunteers, staff and attendees who made this event happen! There were well over 200 attendees...
  • Blog Post: AmandaJean Beaulieu Speaks on Capitol Steps in D.C.!

    One of our top advocacy volunteers and stroke survivor, AmandaJean Beaulieu spoke at U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's press conference on the Capitol Steps in D.C. yesterday morning in honor of the 5th Anniversery of the signing of the Affordable Care Act! Here is a link to AmandaJean’s...
  • Blog Post: Legislative Update - Report from the Front Lines

    North Dakota lawmakers gave their initial stamp of approval to nearly 600 bills before breaking for a three-day recess last Thursday, and a new state revenue forecast in mid-March will set the stage for the second half of the session. For the last 37 days, lawmakers have been busy working on bills...
  • Blog Post: Roads Safer for Bicyclists

    The South Dakota legislature passed a bill that will make South Dakota's roads safer for bicyclists, encouraging kids and adults to be more active in their daily lives. House Bill 1030 will put into state law the three-foot separation that cars and trucks must give to bicycles on public roads where...
  • Blog Post: Illinois State University and American Heart Association Day at the Capitol

    On March 4th, the very first Illinois State University/American Heart Association Day at the Capitol took place in Springfield. 50 students from the exercise physiology program at ISU, led by You’re the Cure volunteers Karen Dennis and Dale Brown, attended a morning training and afternoon of lobbying...
  • 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: Last Chance! Register for the MHK Lobby Day on March 25th!

    The Minnesotan's for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby day is two weeks away on Wednesday, March 25th at the Minnesota History Center! This event's focus is to advocate for policy that will help combat childhood obesity like fighting for quality physical education in schools, funding for the Statewide...
  • 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: First MN Legislative Breakfast was a Success!

    There are lobby days and events at the Capitol every day, but there has never been a day focused on EMS and Acute Care…until yesterday!! AHA MN partnered with the MN Ambulance Association, the College of Emergency Physicians, the MN Resuscitation Consortium, the MN Trauma System and the MN Office...
  • Blog Post: Governor Dalrymple Proclaims Heart and Stroke Day in North Dakota

    Governor Dalrymple met with AHA volunteers, survivors and staff on Monday, February 9th and proclaimed it Heart and Stroke Day in North Dakota. Heart and Stroke Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and stroke, and to bring attention to opportunities to improve health...
  • 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: From the Frontlines in Pierre: A Legislative Update

    It’s hard to believe, but the 90 th session of South Dakota’s legislature is now half over! It’s been an interesting if slow session so far, but things will be picking up as we speed toward the end in mid-March. So far, active transportation issues have been keeping us busy –...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Raise Their Voices on Heart and Stroke Issues

    The legislative session is well underway in Bismarck. AHA advocates from across North Dakota recently traveled from all corners of the state to participate in Heart and Stroke Day at the Capitol to raise awareness for heart disease and stroke. More than 50 volunteer advocates, survivors, spouses, caregivers...
  • Blog Post: Last Chance to Register for the MN Legislative Breakfast!

    The Minnesota Legislative Breakfast is coming up next Wednesday February 18th at the Kelly Inn! Register now to join advocates from Minnesota to speak with legislators in a strong, unified voice about the importance of acute care issues when treating heart disease and stroke. During this event you will...
  • Blog Post: Go Red event at Mall of America

    This past Saturday, AHA held a Go Red Health Fair at the Mall of America. You’re the Cure advocates were there collecting petition cards in support of active transportation policy – funding walk and bike paths as part of the larger transportation investment in the state of Minnesota. We...
  • Blog Post: AHA Day at the Capitol

    Volunteers, survivors and advocates traveled to Pierre on Monday, February 9th for AHA Day at the Capitol to raise awareness for cardiovascular disease and stroke, and to share their concerns with lawmakers. With heart disease being our state's number one killer of adults, raising awareness and educating...
  • Blog Post: Conference of Illinois Legislators Go Red for Women Event at the Statehouse

    You’re the Cure advocates in Illinois kicked off American Heart Month and the 2015 legislative session with our annual Conference of Women Legislators Go Red event at the Capitol on February 4th. Advocates, lawmakers and staff wore their best red and posed for pictures to promote awareness for...