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  • Blog Post: A Safe Path Back to School: Safe Routes to School 101

    Kids are more sedentary today than they were a generation ago. This is contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic, but in many cases it is due to the environment that surrounds them. Building Safe Routes to School (SRTS) brings street-scale improvements to neighborhoods so that children have greater...
  • Blog Post: Local MN Foods Make Way to Cafeterias!

    Check out this article! Many Minnesota kids returning to school in the upcoming weeks will find local produce and meats in their lunch line! ST. PAUL, Minn. - School children across Minnesota will be returning to class in just a few weeks, and once again this year they'll find more local foods...
  • Blog Post: August Recess Visit: Congressman Randy Hultgren

    You're the Cure hero, Heather Gavras is puzzled why some Members of Congress are trying to roll-back strong nutrition standards for school meals. On August 4th, she stopped by Congressman Randy Hultgren's office to deliver a special puzzle, which shows that nutritious foods "fit" into...
  • Blog Post: Keep Moving Toward Healthy School Meals!

    Members of Mission Readiness, Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Seiben and Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Schulstad wrote an Op/Ed in MinnPost yesterday on making sure schools are serving healthy food, check it out! Two retired Air Force generals and a school food-service director would appear, at first glance, to have little...
  • Blog Post: Minnesota Finds "Grocery Gap" in Access to Healthy Food

    An article posted today from Bring Me The News surveys Minnesotans on access to healthy foods! Check it out! An increasing number of Minnesotans believe that not everyone has access to healthy food options, with the lack of grocery stores in greater Minnesota playing a factor in what people choose...
  • Blog Post: Illinois Legislative Year End Wrap-up

    As we close the books on the American Heart Association’s fiscal year and inch closer to the end of the General Assembly’s 2015 overtime legislative session. Let’s take a look back at the progress we’ve made on systems of care in Illinois. We’ve made huge strides, but there’s...
  • Blog Post: 2015 Minnesota Legislative Session Wrap Up

    The 2015 Legislative Session has come to an end and we’ve had another great year working hard to push for heart-health policies in Minnesota. We have many reasons to celebrate the work in fighting for a healthier Minnesota! The Wins As the dust settles, we are excited to share the big policy wins...
  • Blog Post: MN Advocates Attended National Lobby Day in D.C.!

    On May 11 and 12, the Midwest Affiliate joined more than 380 advocates in Washington D.C. for You’re the Cure on the Hill national lobby day. We had 53 volunteers 10 of which were youth advocates, 20 staff representing all 11 states in the affiliate who stepped up to the plate for healthy school...
  • Blog Post: 1.8 Million Michiganders Have Limited Access to Healthy Food

    In case you missed this story when it was first announced... "That quick trip to the grocery store isn't so easy for more than 1.8 million Michiganders, including an estimated 300,000 children, who live in communities with limited access to healthy food. The lack of access to healthy food...
  • Blog Post: Edina School Celebrates Bike to School Day

    Dozens of students biked to school at South View Middle School in Edina on Wednesday, celebrating National Bike to School Day. Senator Melisa Franzen was there to greet them as they arrived!
  • Blog Post: AHA Board Member Debra Rectenwald's Letter to the Editor

    AHA-Twin Cities board member Debra Rectenwald writes in a letter to the editor in Sunday’s Pioneer Press that Minnesota lawmakers have the unique opportunity this session to lay the groundwork for a modern transportation system by including "greater investment in pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure…"...
  • Blog Post: Upper Midwest Obesity Rates Trimmed by Minnesota!

    Check out this press release from the Minnesota Department of Health! Way to go Minnesota! Minnesota has outperformed nearby states by being the only one of its neighbors to bend the curve on obesity rates, according to a recent MDH analysis of CDC data. Minnesota’s adult obesity rates have...
  • Blog Post: Move MN Supporters Rallied at the Capitol for Transportation!

    Supporters across the state came together this afternoon on the Capitol Lawn for a rally to make their voices heard about the urgent need for reliable transportation funding! Speakers included Governor Mark Dayton, Lt. Governor Tina Smith, and Senator Scott Dibble.
  • Blog Post: MN Advocates Testify on AHA Issues at the Capitol

    Last week was full of hearings up at the Capitol and State Office Building! We want to thank ALL of our volunteers who testified on our issues. Check it out below: The House Transportation Finance Committee released their omnibus transportation finance bill on Tuesday. We lined up 4 testifiers to...
  • Blog Post: Step Up with Minnesotans on National Walking Day!

    Today is National Walking Day! Grab your friends, family or coworkers and get active on this beautiful spring day! Check out the article below posted by the Public News Source. ST. PAUL, Minn. - Across Minnesota today, children and adults will be taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle. This is...
  • Blog Post: Michigan Communities Lack Access to Healthy Foods

    Approximately 1.8 million Michigan residents, including 300,000 children, do not have access to healthy fruits and vegetables. While many people consider the urban areas to have the greatest need, which is true for Detroit, Grand Rapids and Flint, there are many rural areas in northern Michigan where...
  • Blog Post: Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition's First Lobby Day a Success!

    The first ever Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day was held on March 25th, and it was a huge success! Many people described this event as "the best lobby day ever!" Thank you to all the volunteers, staff and attendees who made this event happen! There were well over 200 attendees...
  • Blog Post: Urging Minnesotans to Rethink Their Drink

    Check out this article from the Public News Service on sugar sweetened beverages! ST. PAUL, Minn. - March is National Nutrition Month, and those across the state wanting to make some positive changes are being told to "Rethink Your Drink." Donna McDuffie, nutrition coordinator with the Minnesota...
  • 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: Advocates Pledged to Rethink Their Drink!

    Last Friday was AHA's Worksite Wellness Symposium: Establishing a Culture of Health in the Workplace. The event took place at Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN. The advocacy department had a table in the expo area, displaying just how much sugar is in everyday beverages. At the table, we also asked people...
  • 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...