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  • Blog Post: Critical Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week is February 7-14

    In the United States, about 40,000 children are born with a heart defect each year. Congenital heart disease consists of various heart defects that are present at birth. About 40,000 newborns are diagnosed with this disease in the U.S. annually, and 25 percent of those cases are critical, meaning they...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Raise Awareness with Heart Month Proclamation

    AHA Volunteer Advocates North Dakota AHA volunteers, survivors, and partners joined for a Heart Month proclamation at the Capitol with Governor Dalrymple. Advocates thanked Governor Dalrymple, who is in his last year, for his support in developing a stronger cardiac and stroke system. Because of strong...
  • Blog Post: Join us for The Legislative Games: Bully Pulpit

    In conjunction with the Hypertension Conference on Thursday afternoon, March 17 th , and the Obesity Conference on March 18 th , the American Heart Association invites You’re the Cure advocates to attend a special event on the evening of March 17 th . Rather than sitting in your hotel room, staying...
  • Blog Post: Giving Hearts Day is February 11th

    For the past several years the American Heart Association has had the opportunity to participate in an annual event called Giving Hearts Day. Giving Hearts Day is hosted by Dakota Medical Foundation, Impact Foundation, and Alex Stern Family Foundation. Once again the American Heart Association is participating...
  • Blog Post: Hypertension Conference Being Planned for March

    Make plans now to attend the Hypertension Summit in Fargo on March 17th. The summit will provide an overview of hypertension in North Dakota and discuss the importance of prevention and control. Presenters will educate attendees on various topics related to hypertension, including statistics, guidelines...
  • Blog Post: Heart Ball Supports our Life-Saving Work

    More than 400 heart and stroke survivors, physicians, and business and community leaders will gather to celebrate the 20 th anniversary of the Red River Valley Heart Ball on January 30 th . The annual Heart Ball marks the American Heart Association’s efforts throughout the year to raise awareness...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Your New Year's Resolution

    It's Monday, the dreaded first day back to work or school after the holiday break. Your holidays were full of celebrations, family gatherings, watching sporting events, and lots and lots of food. You probably didn't exercise as much as you normally do, and you've gotten used to being not...
  • Blog Post: New Initiative To Improve Community Health Launched in Fargo and West Fargo

    The American Heart Association is one of three national organizations funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to build and strengthen health promotion efforts at the community level . This award is part of the second round of funding provided to the AHA and brings the number...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Ann Malmberg

    Ann Malmberg North Dakota I recently joined “You’re the Cure” , the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s grassroots advocacy community. I am the Regional Director of Community Health for Essentia Health. My role at Essentia is totally in line with the role...
  • Blog Post: Higher Cigarette Taxes Linked to Fewer Infant Deaths

    A recent study by Vanderbilt University and University of Michigan suggests that higher taxes and prices for cigarettes not only provides health benefits to those who are currently smoking or considering smoking, but it is also strongly associated with lower infant mortality rates in the United States...
  • Blog Post: New CPR Guidelines: Everyone Has a Role to Play

    Under the new CPR guidelines, released just last month, a cell phone and a willingness to step in are key components to saving someone’s life. According to the new guidelines, bystanders not trained in CPR should immediately call 9-1-1, put the phone on speaker, and then provide "hands...
  • Blog Post: Sugar-Sweetened Beverages: A Health Risk

    Americans are consuming more and more sugar-sweetened beverages such as Coca Cola, Pepsi and Mountain Dew causing people's weight and health to spiral out of control. What is a sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB)? An SSB is any beverage with added caloric sweetener including soda, other carbonated...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy Spotlight: Alaina Monroe

    I was born March 1 st 1989. Right after I was delivered the doctor shouted “It’s a girl! And we don’t know what’s wrong with her.” There was one layer of skin covering my chest, my sternum was not properly developed. The condition is called a cleft sternum. They immediately...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Dave Semrud

    Dave Semrud North Dakota The reality is that I've run out of excuses not to do this little history of the poor choices I had made over the years, and of my rescue by some remarkable people a lot more committed to life than I was. Let me start with the bad health choices I made years ago. I...
  • Blog Post: How Fit Is Your Organization?

    The American Heart Association recognizes employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health. We want to reward organizations for their progressive leadership and concern for their staff. Designed to be a catalyst for positive change in American business, the program recognizes...
  • Blog Post: Return to the Kitchen, Return to Good Health

    One of our strategies to enable our advocates to lead healthier lives is to provide awareness and education about the important role good nutrition plays in keeping our hearts healthy. Healthy nutrition is vital to our health from infancy throughout the rest of our lives. But breaking bad nutrition habits...
  • Blog Post: North Dakota Becomes #25!

    We are excited to share that North Dakota just became the 25th state in the nation to ensure their students will graduate every year with life-saving CPR skills. This means that North Dakota will put an estimated 7,000 life-savers into our communities each and every year. This victory was achieved by...
  • Blog Post: Stroke is Why

    Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in our country, and certainly one of the leading factors leading to disability. Stroke is why we are laser-focused on preventing stroke, knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke, and knowing how to act immediately to get someone the care they need when stroke...
  • Blog Post: Be Inspired! Share Your Story!

    Share Your Story The mission of the American Heart Association is relevant to everyone. Every one of us has been impacted in some way by heart disease or stroke. The impact of the AHA connects to millions of stories - stories of survival, stories of loss and families who inspired others to make a...
  • Blog Post: Back to School, Back to Good Health!

    With summer drawing to a close, back-to-school season not only is a time to stock up on supplies, it’s also an opportunity to encourage kids to eat healthy, be active and avoid secondhand smoke. The AHA recognizes that a smoke-free environment can promote children’s brain development, prevent...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: ND SHAPE on New P.E. Standards

    Following a year long process, the new North Dakota Physical Education Standards and Outcomes were released in July 2015. Funds were pooled from the ND Department of Public Instruction, American Heart Association, and ND Society of Health and Physical Educators to develop and host a professional development...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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...