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  • Blog Post: In North Dakota, Every Bill Gets a Vote

    While the North Dakota legislature only meets every other year and for only 80 days, there is no shortage of work that gets done, and every bill that is introduced gets voted on unless it is withdrawn. That's a lot of legislation that is discussed in Bismarck every two years. Last year, 900 bills...
  • Blog Post: For Kids, What is Ideal Heart Health?

    The road to cardiovascular disease begins in childhood, and it’s a road many American children are on, based on a new report from the American Heart Association that indicates very few kids meet all the criteria for ideal heart health. Many are overweight or obese. Others don’t get enough...
  • Blog Post: The Jig is Up on Added Sugar

    ICYMI - which means "in case you missed it" ... new scientific evidence reveals the dangers of too much sugar for our kids. New recommendations by the American Heart Association are as follows: Experts recommend that children ages 2-18 consumer less than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day....
  • Blog Post: Legislative Special Session: Update

    North Dakota lawmakers are in Bismarck for a Legislative Special Session called by Governor Dalrymple to address a budget shortfall. The session was called to order on August 2 nd . According to officials, an updated budget forecast predicted tax collections will continue to drop due to depressed oil...
  • Blog Post: Powers Lake Ambulance Receives EMS Recognition

    At a time when rural areas are facing critical shortages of emergency medical professionals, we are pleased to recognize the Powers Lake Ambulance Service for recently being named the Northwest Region Squad of the Year for 2015. The intent of this award is to recognize a service that significantly contributes...
  • Blog Post: F-M Ambulance Earns Award

    The American Heart Association is pleased to honor F-M Ambulance the association's Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Award for implementing quality improvement standards for the treatment of patients who experience STEMI heart attacks. The Mission: Lifeline program seeks to close the gaps that separate...
  • Blog Post: New Study: E-cigarettes could cut smoking-related deaths by 21 percent

    E-cigarettes could lead to a 21 percent drop in deaths from smoking-related diseases in those born after 1997, according to a study published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research. The study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Cancer Institute and the Cancer Intervention and...
  • Blog Post: Pokémon Go Brings Video Games Outside

    Pokémon Go is getting players physically moving in the real world, a change from the stereotypical stationary screen time usually associated with gaming. The app works by allowing GPS to track the gamer’s location, which in turn moves the player’s avatar the same distance on the in...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Janelle Steinberg

    Janelle Steinberg North Dakota I am busy - like crazy, off-the-charts busy. I have six kids, a husband, a part-time job at my church, a couple of businesses, I run the North Dakota International Pageant, and volunteer opportunities coming out of my ears. You know what though, I LOVE IT! I can’t...
  • 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: 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: Survivor Spotlight: Sheila Long

    Sheila Long North Dakota As a healthy, active and vibrant woman in her 40’s, Sheila Long never expected to experience a heart attack. Sheila did not have the common risk factors for heart attack – she was a non-smoker, she exercised on a regular basis and maintained a healthy diet and...
  • 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...