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  • 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: Study: Increasing number of U.S. adults living with congenital heart defects

    According to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, m ore adults are living with congenital heart defects in the United States, creating the need for more health services and tracking systems to collect data across all ages, not just at birth. A new study estimates...
  • 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...
  • 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: Heart Screening Important Element in Preventing Heart Attack

    AHA volunteer advocate Lynn Paulson shares her story in the Rapid City Journal to encourage others to do a heart screening. A heart attack can happen to anyone, but prevention and detection of heart problems can save lives. According to Dr. Alexander Schabauer, cardiovascular specialist at Rapid City...
  • Blog Post: New Study Suggests Ways to Counterbalance Sitting Time

    We've all heard that sedentary lifestyle can have detrimental affects to our cardiovascular health. The influence of activity trackers and wellness programs at workplaces has certainly helped to encourage more daily physical activity. Now a new study suggests that office workers can actually stave...
  • 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: Spring Volunteer Opportunities

    Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Events in Your Area The Advocacy department needs 2-3 volunteers for each of the upcoming 2016 American Heart Association events. 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...
  • 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: Upcoming Minnesota Advocacy Opportunities - Volunteers Needed!

    Calling all survivors, caregivers, advocates, donors and volunteers! We have a few volunteer opportunities coming up in the next couple of months! Check them out below and contact Jess Nolan if you can help! Transportation Forward Action Nights Various dates in April 2016 Sierra Club, 2327 E Franklin...