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  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Joan Enderle

    Early in my career as a dietitian, I learned firsthand how one person can make an impact and that a small group of individuals can shape policy at a local, state and national level. Those early experiences built my confidence to expand advocacy work to include the American Heart Association (AHA) as...
  • 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: 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: 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: Advocate Spotlight: Sharon Buhr, Susan Milender, and Andrea Winter

    Valley City, North Dakota School Wellness is all about partnerships in Valley City. In 2012 when schools were asked to revise and strengthen their school wellness policies, the local nutrition and exercise partnership, Barnes ON THE MOVE Partnership (OTM-17 members strong), stepped forth and volunteered...
  • 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: 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: Advocate Spotlight: Shelly Arnold

    Shelly Arnold North Dakota As the Chair of the American Heart Association’s Advocacy Committee, I understand the importance of statewide programs and the need to integrate work among all types of healthcare professionals. Heart attack and stroke are two life changing events that can sometimes...
  • Blog Post: More Concerns about E-Cigs

    As more research comes available and more studies are being done on the effects of e-cigarettes, today the New England Journal of Medicine raises a new worry about electronic cigarettes – exposure to formaldehyde. You remember formaldehyde, right? Who could forget that awful-smelling chemical used...
  • Blog Post: High Blood Pressure causing more Deaths despite Drop in Heart Disease, Stroke Deaths

    Fewer Americans are dying from heart disease and stroke, but deaths caused by high blood pressure are on the rise, according to new statistics from the American Heart Association. Although cardiovascular disease is still the biggest killer in the U.S., deaths fell by nearly a third from 2001 to 2011—a...
  • Blog Post: 2015 Legislative Priorities

    The 64 th North Dakota Legislative session has begun, and elected officials are setting policy and funding priorities for the next two years – 2015 – 17. As you can imagine, with heart and stroke being our leading cause of death in North Dakota, there are a significant number of touch points...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Bonnie Staiger

    Bonnie and Stacy, Staiger Consulting Group North Dakota Question: You've represented the American Heart Association in the halls of the state Capitol in Bismarck since 1999. How has your firm grown since that time? Bonnie: We actually doubled in size in 2007! I was pleased when my daughter...
  • Blog Post: Plan Now to Go Red for Women

    Women are strong. We are smart. We solve problems. Women can do anything men can do. And, there are some things we’re even better at – dying of heart disease and stroke. Like breaking barriers? Go Red! And help break the one against heart disease. It’s not just a man’s disease...
  • Blog Post: Raise Your Voice During 2015 Legislative Session

    A strong cardiac system of care is essential for our diverse, rural state. North Dakota has the unique opportunity to invest our resources in the most up-to-date system and technology improvements and reduce the devastating impact of heart disease and stroke on North Dakota families and reduce the cost...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Lynette Anderson

    Lynette Anderson North Dakota Lynnette Anderson, is a registered nurse, and like many AHA volunteers has an extensive background in heart attack care. She was a Critical Care Nurse for 20 years, currently working in the quality department where she monitors and collects data on heart attack patients...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Jessica Petrick

    As North Dakota continues to attract new businesses and the development of our resources, it’s important to also recognize the need for education and awareness of our state’s health risks, especially as it relates to heart disease and stroke. The AHA is excited to announce that Jessica Petrick...
  • Blog Post: A Healthy School Lunch Doesn't Have to be a Puzzle

    The school year is well underway, and as a parent, it can be difficult to ensure your kids have nutrition-packed lunches that will please the pickiest of eaters. Home-made lunches can also be a first-line of defense in the fight against childhood obesity by helping kids embrace a healthy lifestyle. ...
  • Blog Post: Join us for AHA Day at the Capitol

    Plans are underway for American Heart Association Day at the Capitol on Monday, February 9, 2015. This is our opportunity to showcase the important work we do every day to reduce the impact of heart disease and stroke in our state. We have a robust agenda to be considered by the assembly this year...
  • Blog Post: National Eating Healthy Day – “Produce Results”

    On Wednesday, November 5, National Eating Healthy Day, we invited individuals to eat more vegetables and fruit by including a fruit and/or vegetable at every meal and snack with the theme “Produce Results”. Most North Dakotan’s eat less than half the recommended 8-10 servings of fruits...
  • Blog Post: Paramedics Step Up to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

    Paramedics in Carmel, Indiana, a fast-growing community just outside Indianapolis are stepping forward to reduce hospital admissions by implementing the Mobile Integrated Health Care program. In the past decade, according to the Joint National EMS Leadership Forum , close to 300 fire departments, ambulance...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Dr. Joshua Wynne

    Dr. Joshua Wynne North Dakota Joshua Wynne, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H. has been an advocate for cardiovascular health and wellness for decades. But in addition to helping thousands of patients with heart problems over many years in his role as a clinician, he also practices what he preaches! As Vice...
  • Blog Post: AHA Joins Forces with Million Hearts®

    American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is proud to join forces with Million Hearts® to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Million Hearts® is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Million Hearts® brings...
  • Blog Post: National Healthy Eating Day: Your Toolkit for Success

    Take the first step to making healthier food choices by taking part in the American Heart Association's National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. On this day, Americans are encouraged to commit to healthier eating. Celebrating National Eating Healthy Day is fun and easy! We provide...
  • Blog Post: Former Jamestown Student Saves Child’s Life Spurs CPR Smart Conversation

    The importance of making CPR and AED training into a required curriculum for high school graduations has become an important point of conversation in the Jamestown School System after hearing of a former Jamestown High School student who saved a child’s life while babysitting. Jamestown High...