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  • Blog Post: Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Illinois Heart Walks

    Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Illinois Heart Walks The Advocacy Department is looking for 2-3 volunteers for each of the upcoming Illinois Heart Walks. 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! We will...
  • Blog Post: Join us for "Back to School, Back to Good Health" Twitter Chat

    Where did the summer go? School supplies in the stores and fall sports schedules means it’s time to think about back-to-school. And we want to help! We invite you to join us for a “Back To School, Back To Good Health” Twitter chat hosted by the American Heart Association’s 11...
  • Blog Post: High-tech Simulators Will Allow Rural Emergency Techs to Practice Trauma Treatment Thanks to $5.5 Million Grant

    At a time when rural emergency medicine is facing shortages of volunteers, equipment and funding, Nebraska’s rural EMS system has received a significant investment from the Helmsley Charitable Trust. The University of Nebraska Medical Center received a three-year, $5.5 million grant for four...
  • Blog Post: South Dakota Heart Walks Raise Awareness for AHA Mission

    Thousands of South Dakotans are expected to join one of our state's three Heart Walks this Fall to raise funds to fight heart disease and stroke, the two leading causes of death in the world. Heart Walks are non-competitive and in addition to raising money, helps to raise awareness for the life-saving...
  • Blog Post: South Dakota Hospitals and EMS Systems Recognized

    The American Heart Association has recognized three South Dakota hospitals and one ambulance service with quality achievement awards for heart and stroke care. Rapid City Regional Hospital, Avera Heart Hospital, Sanford USD Medical Center and Paramedics Plus were all recognized with Mission: Lifeline...
  • Blog Post: Powers Lake Ambulance Receives EMS Recognition

    At a time when rural areas are facing critical shortages of emergency medical professionals, we are pleased to recognize the Powers Lake Ambulance Service for recently being named the Northwest Region Squad of the Year for 2015. The intent of this award is to recognize a service that significantly contributes...
  • Blog Post: F-M Ambulance Earns Award

    The American Heart Association is pleased to honor F-M Ambulance the association's Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Award for implementing quality improvement standards for the treatment of patients who experience STEMI heart attacks. The Mission: Lifeline program seeks to close the gaps that separate...
  • Blog Post: How much sugar is sneaking into your diet?

    Did you see that the American Heart Association was featured on KARE 11 yesterday? It's all about sneaky sugar! If you missed it, check on the in-studio segment the MN Communications team did with new volunteer Renee Zorcak here!
  • Blog Post: August Recess

    Participate in your local August Recess! We are looking for volunteers to take a meeting with their member of Congress while they are back in their district offices this August. Important federal advocacy goals for Congress this year include: CR (Cardiac Rehab) – changing a key Medicare...
  • Blog Post: Participate in your local August Recess!

    We are looking for volunteers to take a meeting with their member of Congress while they are in town this August. Important federal advocacy goals for Congress this year include: CR (Cardiac Rehab) – changing a key Medicare provision so that those who have survived a coronary event can...
  • 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: Pierre Recognized for Health Goals

    The National League of Cities recently recognized the city of Pierre for completing key health and wellness goals established by the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties initiative. Let’s Move! is a nationwide effort to help ensure kids grow up healthy. Pierre received 3 medals for promoting...
  • 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: State Capitol Adopts New Healthy Eating Program

    According to the American Heart Association, obesity costs U.S. businesses more than $12 billion a year in medical expenses. According to health officials in North Dakota, those costs could plummet if more workplaces adopted a healthy eating program. As part of a pilot program to make the healthy choice...
  • Blog Post: New Video Teaches CPR; CPR Saves Another Life

    During CPR week, the American Heart Association launched a new video intended to encourage everyone to learn the life-saving skill of CPR. This new video demonstrates how easy it is to learn the steps to save a life. CPR week is an opportunity to raise awareness that everyone should know how to perform...
  • 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: Illinois Legislature End of Year Wrap-up

    The General Assembly met throughout the Memorial Day weekend, but little progress was made. Budget talks are ongoing with no real indication that an agreement can be reached. The House is scheduled to convene every Wednesday this June. However, this means that several of our policy priorities remain...
  • 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: CPR Flash Mob Demonstrates Hands Only CPR

    As states across the country include life-saving CPR training in their high school curriculum, advocates across South Dakota demonstrate why this skill should be included in South Dakota’s high school curriculum as well. A recent outdoor concert in Rapid City turned into a Flash Mob when folks...
  • Blog Post: Legislative Session is Over, How Did We Do?

    The legislature has adjourned for the 2016 session and as you likely have heard they worked right down to the deadline. The heart-health policies we have been working on celebrated some big wins and a few disappointments. Take a minute to read our recap below. Stay tuned for possible special session...
  • Blog Post: Illinois Advocacy Committee Springfield Meeting

    Last week, on May 3rd-4th the Illinois Advocacy Committee held their quarterly meeting in Springfield, Illinois. The two-day meeting started with a tour of Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, where committee members were shown the latest technology and teaching techniques. The Memorial Center...
  • Blog Post: Regional EMS Meetings In Your Community

    Several regional meetings will be held in the coming weeks to address the challenges that the present EMS system is currently facing in North Dakota. These meetings are an opportunity for numerous stakeholders to work together in identifying how we can move forward and face the unique challenges of our...
  • 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: 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...