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  • Blog Post: World Hypertension Day Encourages Everyone to Know Your Numbers

    In North Dakota, around 25 percent of the community population has hypertension, and about 13 percent of those folks do not know they have hypertention. That's according to Tiffany Knauf, hypertension management coordinator for the North Dakota Department of Health, which is why representatives from...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Brad and Kristi Wellendorf Family

    Brad and Kristi Wellendorf Family Midwest Affiliate It was a Wednesday night. We met at our 8 th grade son’s baseball game. Brad had to help with field prep, but he had a difficult time raking. He was not able to catch his breath and was really thirsty. Unfortunately, he didn’t share this...
  • 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: 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: 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: Regional Meetings Open to the Public; Your Attendance and Input is Encouraged

    The North Dakota Department of EMS, the North Dakota EMS Association, along with other partners, including the American Heart Association, are hosting regional meetings across North Dakota to address the challenges that the present EMS system is currently facing in North Dakota. These meetings are an...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Volunteers Participate in Training

    North Dakota Volunteers Volunteers from across the state gathered in Fargo in March to participate in the North Dakota AHA Advocacy Summit and the Legislative Games: Bully Pulpit Advocacy Training. Held in conjunction with the Department of Health Hypertension Conference and the Sanford Obesity Conference...
  • Blog Post: Survivor Spotlight: Dave Semrud - A Follow-Up Story

    A couple of months ago I was asked to write about my experiences when I had my heart attack. I did it, and just the writing of it was a good experience. It reminded me of how far I’d come and how much I didn’t want to repeat it. However, I had feelings of not leveling, of not telling the...
  • Blog Post: North Dakota Explores Rural EMS Challenges

    The North Dakota Department of EMS, the North Dakota EMS Association, along with other partners, including the American Heart Association, are hosting regional meetings across North Dakota to address the challenges that the present EMS system is currently facing in North Dakota. These meetings are an...
  • Blog Post: Partnership Improves Childcare Nutrition

    Heartland Nutrition and the American Heart Association teamed up to take steps toward improving the nutrition of children in home based childcare providers across the state. Home Childcare providers received education, resources and tools to improve the nutrition of meals and snacks they serve to...
  • 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...