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  • Blog Post: New School P.E. Benchmarks Considered for MN

    The Public News Service posted an aritcle this morning on developing grade-specific benchmarks for P.E. classes in Minnesota, check it out below! ST. PAUL, Minn. - Getting regular exercise is one of the easiest ways to combat childhood obesity, and a bill awaiting a hearing at the state Capitol...
  • Blog Post: Illinois State University and American Heart Association Day at the Capitol

    On March 4th, the very first Illinois State University/American Heart Association Day at the Capitol took place in Springfield. 50 students from the exercise physiology program at ISU, led by You’re the Cure volunteers Karen Dennis and Dale Brown, attended a morning training and afternoon of lobbying...
  • Blog Post: Last Chance! Register for the MHK Lobby Day on March 25th!

    The Minnesotan's for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby day is two weeks away on Wednesday, March 25th at the Minnesota History Center! This event's focus is to advocate for policy that will help combat childhood obesity like fighting for quality physical education in schools, funding for the Statewide...
  • Blog Post: Volunteers Testify Around MN at Transportation Hearings

    The Minnesota Safe Routes to School Coalition has been busy testifying around the state for active transportation funding! Jodi Gertken gave a great testimony at the Sen. Transportation & Public Safety Cmte hearing in St. Cloud, Minnesota about why CentraCare Health System supports the Move MN...
  • Blog Post: An Update from the Capitol: Different approaches to transportation funding in 2015

    The Republican House Majority bill ( HF 4 – Rep. Kelly, Red Wing) calls for $750 million over the next four years, through redirecting existing dollars, tapping the state’s budget surplus to the tune of $200 million, and through greater "efficiencies" at MnDOT. Their bill is exclusively...
  • Blog Post: Go Red event at Mall of America

    This past Saturday, AHA held a Go Red Health Fair at the Mall of America. You’re the Cure advocates were there collecting petition cards in support of active transportation policy – funding walk and bike paths as part of the larger transportation investment in the state of Minnesota. We...
  • Blog Post: Litchfield Community Weighs In on Transportation Funding

    This week the editorial board of the Litchfield Independent Review overwhelmingly endorsed Move MN's balanced and holistic legislative proposal. The op-ed agrees that Minnesota needs a 10-year commitment to fix our bridges, improve state highways and local roads, expand access to transit and create...
  • Blog Post: Funding a Healthier Minnesota Through Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure

    The Capitol’s been busy in the early days of session. Move MN announced their transportation funding vision last week and on Monday Senator Scott Dibble unveiled his transportation funding bill. We’re excited to say that both demonstrate a commitment to bike/ped and call for $50M+/year to...
  • Blog Post: Minneapolis School Board Votes to Cut P.E. Requirement

    Despite our best efforts, the Minneapolis School Board voted tonight to cut physical education (PE) and Health graduation requirements in half. This is not only bad for the health of Minneapolis students but also bad for their academic success, as fit kids learn better. Thanks to newly seated board...
  • Blog Post: Prep Yourself for the IL Legislative Session!

    Our elected officials will returned to Springfield this week, we are off and running in the advocacy department on a new legislative session as well! Before we jump right in and ask you to make those important phone calls and send those urgent emails to the legislature, here is a quick rundown of the...
  • Blog Post: Prep Yourself for the MN Legislative Session!

    Now that our elected officials have returned to St. Paul, we are off and running in the advocacy department as well. Before we jump right in and ask you to make those important phone calls and send those urgent emails to the legislature, here is a quick rundown of the issues we're going to be focusing...
  • Blog Post: Move Up in Ranks - Meet Your Lawmakers in St. Paul!

    Starting in January , we'll be working on many great issues to make Minnesota a healthier state! Join us at one of the upcoming Lobby Days to advocate for Heart Health! February 18th, 2015 Legislative Breakfast - Systems of Care REGISTER HERE Learn about the importance of acute care issues...
  • Blog Post: Save the Date - 2015 Iowa Legislative Breakfast!

    Join us for our annual 2015 Legislative Breakfast! Stop by anytime between 7:30 AM—9:30 AM to introduce yourself to your lawmakers and enjoy a heart healthy breakfast! We will have information so you can learn more about our newest issues and we will also provide you with materials you can give...
  • Blog Post: A Win for Public Health in Berkeley

    Three-fourths of voters approve tax on sugary drinks! The voters of Berkeley, California, have delivered a big win not only for the health of their children, but children across the country by demonstrating that cities and citizens have the power to initiate positive change. Sugary drinks are...
  • Blog Post: National Eating Healthy Day is on November 5, 2014

    Take the first step to making healthier food choices by taking part in the American Heart Association's National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. On this day, Americans are encouraged to commit to healthier eating and we created Eating Healthy Day to help keep your families and...
  • Blog Post: New Road Map to the End of Hunger Launched in Minnesota

    The Public News Service of Minnesota published an article on Food Insecurity in our state. AHA's Rachel Callanan serves on the Steering Committee of the Minnesota Food Charter. Check it out! DULUTH, Minn. - Minnesota is set to roll out a new plan on ending hunger as hundreds of advocates from...
  • Blog Post: Minneapolis Passes Measures for Healthy Food Access!

    On October 31st, the Minneapolis City Council passed the Staple Food Ordinance unanimously! Thanks to all of our advocates who took action on this important issue, and to You’re the Cure advocate Dr. Courtney Jordan Baechler for testifying on behalf of the American Heart Association. The Staple...
  • Blog Post: Farm to School Program in MN Produces Healthy Results

    Check out the article posted this week in the Public News Service about the Farm to School Program happening in our state! (Photo Credit - Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy) ST. Paul, Minn. - October is National Farm to School Month and in Minnesota, it's an event being celebrated in...
  • Blog Post: MnDOT Starts Applicant Search for SRTS Grants

    MnDOT talks about how they are seeking applicants for the Safe Routes to School grant, check it out! ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota schools and their partners are invited to apply for $1.25 million in Safe Routes to School grant funds for projects that will help more children safely walk and bicycle...
  • Blog Post: Students Take Part In Walk To School Day

    Check out the article posted today on www.publicnewsservice.com! Children all over Minnesota are taking part in Walk To School Day. (Photo: Elizabeth/Flickr) ST. Paul, Minn. - Today is Walk to School Day, and the annual event comes as some school districts in Minnesota see a resurgence in students...
  • Blog Post: Register Now! "How-To" Advocate for the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP)

    SHIP funding will be up for discussion at the Minnesota Legislature in 2015. Thursday November 6th, 2014 - 6:00 - 7:00 PM and Friday November 7th, 2014 - 12:00 - 1:00 PM. Join other advocates across Minnesota to learn about how you can advocate for SHIP! Learn tips and message points from our expert...
  • Blog Post: Minnesota: Building Coalitions to Improve Public Health

    Want a behind the scenes glance at some of the reasons for our success in Minnesota around Safe Routes to School? Then check out this great article on the success of our coalition work around obesity prevention. Minnesota: Building Coalitions to Improve Public Health One way to encourage children...
  • Blog Post: Move MN Campaign Update from Erik

    Wanna know the latest about the Move MN campaign and the American Heart Association's involvement? Then check out this message from AHA Campaign Coordinator, Erik Petzel. We have been busy this summer building support for passing a multi-model transportation funding package, including dedicated...
  • Blog Post: Georgia Morse Middle School First SD School to Achieve School Nutrition Award

    Georgia Morse Middle School in Pierre is the first South Dakota school to receive a Healthy Schools Award through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Former principal, Troy Wiebe accepted the award in Washington DC. The Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program brings parents, school staff, and...
  • Blog Post: Poll Released on Parents Support for Healthier School Food Policies

    The American Heart Association, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the PEW Charitable Trusts released a poll earlier this week which found the majority of parents support national nutrition standards for both school meals and snack food and beverages sold in schools. Check it out below! Parents Support...