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  • Blog Post: Health Challenge for Minnesota Families Starts in September

    The Minnesota News Connection posted an article today on the Life Is Why Family Health Challenge! ST. PAUL, Minn. – The number of children who are overweight or obese in Minnesota has been swelling for decades, but a month-long event starting Tuesday aims to gain some traction in reversing that...
  • Blog Post: Complete Streets Resolution Promotes Safer City Streets

    The Sioux Falls City Council passed an important resolution that will encourage safer transportation in the city for pedestrians and bicyclists. The Complete Streets resolution is intended to make the city safer and more active by making sure all forms of transportation are considered in the street and...
  • 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: A Safe Path Back to School: Safe Routes to School 101

    Kids are more sedentary today than they were a generation ago. This is contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic, but in many cases it is due to the environment that surrounds them. Building Safe Routes to School (SRTS) brings street-scale improvements to neighborhoods so that children have greater...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Events!

    Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Heart Walks in Your Area The Advocacy department needs 3-4 volunteers for each of the upcoming 2015 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: Social factors could erase gains in heart disease, stroke

    Although deaths from heart attacks and strokes have been declining thanks to advances in prevention and treatment, social factors such as race and income could reverse that trend, according to a first-of-its-kind statement from the American Heart Association. The incidence of heart disease and stroke...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer Opportunities Near You!

    LIFE is why our Iowa You’re the Cure advocates give their time and talent to help build a healthier world, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. We exercise our voices and work together to advocate for heart-healthy and stroke-smart communities through legislative policies in our cities,...
  • Blog Post: August Recess Visit: Congressman Randy Hultgren

    You're the Cure hero, Heather Gavras is puzzled why some Members of Congress are trying to roll-back strong nutrition standards for school meals. On August 4th, she stopped by Congressman Randy Hultgren's office to deliver a special puzzle, which shows that nutritious foods "fit" into...
  • Blog Post: Physical Education and CPR Training: Skills for a Lifetime

    The American Heart Association strongly advocates for quality physical education as we believe the quality and quantity of physical education in our schools is an important part of a student’s comprehensive, well-rounded education program and a means of positively affecting life-long health and...
  • Blog Post: Cardiac System of Care Conference Set for September

    In April, 2010 the Helmsley Charitable Trust awarded the American Heart Association an $8.4 million grant to build a STEMI system of care in the state of South Dakota. The Mission Lifeline project has transitioned into the South Dakota Cardiac System of Care. The American Heart Association and the South...
  • Blog Post: Keep Moving Toward Healthy School Meals!

    Members of Mission Readiness, Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Seiben and Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Schulstad wrote an Op/Ed in MinnPost yesterday on making sure schools are serving healthy food, check it out! Two retired Air Force generals and a school food-service director would appear, at first glance, to have little...
  • Blog Post: Minnesota Finds "Grocery Gap" in Access to Healthy Food

    An article posted today from Bring Me The News surveys Minnesotans on access to healthy foods! Check it out! An increasing number of Minnesotans believe that not everyone has access to healthy food options, with the lack of grocery stores in greater Minnesota playing a factor in what people choose...
  • 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: Watch4Jerry Video Promotes Safe Transportation

    The city of Sioux Falls has launched a new video that, among other messages, promotes safe transportation on city streets whether you are driving, biking or walking. The video introduces Jerry, a precocious pup that reminds all those who use city streets to watch out for pedestrians, bicyclists and pets...
  • Blog Post: Nutritious School Lunch Leads to Better Academics

    Check out this great opinion article that was published in the Lansing State Journal recently: "A recent poll from the Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project found that 98% of Michigan public schools think serving nutritious foods in schools is important so that kids are ready to do their...
  • Blog Post: Illinois Legislative Year End Wrap-up

    As we close the books on the American Heart Association’s fiscal year and inch closer to the end of the General Assembly’s 2015 overtime legislative session. Let’s take a look back at the progress we’ve made on systems of care in Illinois. We’ve made huge strides, but there’s...
  • 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: Game On! North Dakota Schools take on Nutrition Challenges and Are Winning!

    Kristy Anderson, Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association, was recently a guest blogger on the USDA Blog. Kristy has been a tireless advocate for improved nutrition in school meals as a strategy to reduce the incidence of childhood obesity. AHA recently participated in USDA’s...
  • Blog Post: CPR a Critical Link in the Chain of Survival, Report Says

    The Institute of Medicine recently issued a report that supports AHA’s focus on the importance of teaching CPR to as many people as possible. The report suggests that while 9 of 10 people who suffer from sudden cardiac arrest outside a hospital die, survival rates could be improved dramatically...
  • Blog Post: Institute of Medicine Issues Report on Importance of CPR Training

    The Institute of Medicine recently issued a report that supports AHA’s focus on the importance of teaching CPR to as many people as possible. The report suggests that while 9 of 10 people who suffer from sudden cardiac arrest outside a hospital die, survival rates could be improved dramatically...
  • Blog Post: Register for Heart Walk in Your Community!

    Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of all Americans? In fact, someone dies from CVD every 39 seconds! Heart disease also kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. And congenital cardiovascular defects are the most common cause of infant death from birth defects. Heart...
  • Blog Post: MN Legislator and Advocate of Year Named at June Celebrations!

    This month we awarded our top legislators and advocates who went above and beyond this past fiscal year, fighting to reduce heart disease and stroke! Advocate of the Year: Dale Wakasugi The advocate of the year award is given to the volunteer who has gone above and beyond during the legislative session...
  • 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: Michigan State University Goes Tobacco-free

    Beginning in August of 2016, Michigan State University will ban the use of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from it's main campus and all other university property. MSU trustees voted unanimously on the ban after more than 1,600 MSU students signed a petition last year to ban smoking...
  • Blog Post: Go Red for Women Community Expo

    On Friday, May 29th, Illinois Advocates asked the crowd at the Go Red For Women Community Expo to support the progress made by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. These amazing You're the Cure volunteers collected over 300 petitions in support of healthy school meals. This free event included heart...