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  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Youth Advocate Spotlight: Jackson Walters

    Jackson Walters North Dakota Advocates from across the nation traveled to Washington DC to talk to their lawmakers about the importance of school nutrition in the fight against childhood obesity. The North Dakota delegation had the opportunity to visit with Senator Hoeven, Senator Heitkamp and Congressman...
  • Blog Post: Strong Support in North Dakota for Healthy School Meals

    The Pew Charitable Trusts released a poll that indicates most North Dakotans are supportive of improved nutrition when it comes to school meals. The survey finds that 90 percent of both North Dakota public school parents and voters believe that every meal should include fruits and vegetables. All North...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Valerie McDonald

    Valerie McDoanld North Dakota It was mid-August in 1984. I was eight months pregnant with my 3 rd child. I received a call from my brother-in-law telling me that my father had a heart attack while visiting family in the small town of Warren MN. At this point in my life I had no medical training and...
  • Blog Post: Be Wary of Sneaky Salt!

    Become an advocate in our fight against sneaky Salt! Say NO to the higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and other health problems linked to too much sodium. Did you know that most Americans eat more than twice the American Heart Association’s recommended...
  • Blog Post: North Dakota Provides Funding for CPR Training in Schools

    June is a great time to raise awareness for the importance of CPR training with National CPR Awareness week June 1-8. And in North Dakota, the number of people who know how to do Hands Only CPR is growing! Because of funding made available by the legislature, students across North Dakota will have the...
  • Blog Post: Lobby Day MVPs in the Spotlight

    There were SO many amazing stories surrounding this year’s Hill Day that it was hard to narrow down our annual lobby day award winners. Not a bad problem to have! Please join us in congratulating these You’re the Cure MVPs, and then learn more about their stories in this video. Science...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Lois Mauch

    Lois Mauch North Dakota We all want to make a difference; I had the opportunity to participate as a representative of North Dakota Society of Healthy and Physical Educators, (ND SHAPE) with the American Heart Association Lobby day. Advocacy is important no matter what your profession is and becoming...
  • 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...