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  • Blog Post: Register Now for the Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day 2016!

    Register now for the Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day! Don’t miss a chance to lend your voice to help improve the health of Minnesota kids by attending our 2nd Minnesotans For Healthy Kids Coalition Day at the Capitol. Join us on March 16, 2016 to advocate with others around...
  • Blog Post: Join us at the Good Food Access Fund Campaign Kick Off!

    The Good Food Access Fund campaign is off to a GREAT start for this legislative session. Senator Dan Sparks (DFL) is our chief bill author, and we are building grassroots and organizational support throughout Minnesota. Please join us for our campaign kickoff event on February 23, 2016 to learn more...
  • Blog Post: Expanded Healthy Food Access Plan Backed by MN Health Advocates

    Check out this article from the Public News Service! Learn about the new Good Food Access Fund campaign going on in Minnesota! ST. PAUL, Minn. - As many people are planning for their next big holiday meal, health advocates say about 900,000 Minnesotans don't have access to affordable and nutritious...
  • Blog Post: Save the Date - 2016 Legislative Breakfast!

    Can you believe that 2015 is almost over? The new Legislative Session is quickly approaching and with that comes our annual breakfast! This year we have teamed up with the Healthier Iowa Coalition and will be focusing on our Safe Routes to School efforts. RSVP today! Healthier Iowa Legislative Breakfast...
  • Blog Post: IAHPERD Convention

    On November 19th and 20th, hundreds of Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD) members gathered at the IAHPERD Convention in Saint Charles, Illinois to hear the latest on Physical Education (P.E.) in Illinois schools. 248 attendees helped protect P.E. in Illinois...
  • Blog Post: Minnesota You're the Cure Advocacy Summit - 2015

    Last month we held the 2nd Annual You're the Cure Advocacy Summit in Minnesota for our insider advocates! Our insiders started the day introducing themselves and painting their favorite fruit or vegetable. The theme of the summit this year was "INSPIRED." Throughout the day...
  • Blog Post: Focus on Better Health Among Native Americans in New Key Initiative

    Check out this editorial posted today in the Star Tribune. Voices for Healthy Kids is supporting the ‘gathering of some of the nation’s most respected national philanthropic organizations.' Six months ago, Minnesota’s Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community garnered well-deserved...
  • Blog Post: Did you know: Wisconsin's ANCHOR grant

    The American Heart Association has the opportunity to impact community health through the Accelerating National Community Health Outcomes through Reinforcing Partnerships Program (ANCHOR Partnerships Program), better known as ANCHOR. Wisconsin was one of fifteen markets selected throughout our nation...
  • Blog Post: Why a Sugar Tax Works!

    Over the past several decades, the world has become increasingly aware of the role of added sugar, particularly in beverages, as a major factor linked with of increased weight gain, diabetes, and many other health problems as well as dental caries. The World Health Organization, most international cancer...
  • Blog Post: You're Invited - Safe Routes to School Twitter Party!

    Join us for a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Twitter Party! Have questions about #SRTS? We have answers! Please join us for a Twitter Party where we’ll discuss Safe Routes to School efforts and how it relates to the health of Iowans. Show your support, get your questions answered and learn how...
  • Blog Post: Step it Up! The Surgeon General Advocates the Benefits of Walkable Communities

    We applaud the United States Surgeon General for recently issuing a call to action to address major public health challenges such as heart disease and diabetes. Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities articulates the health benefits of walking...
  • Blog Post: Biking Injuries and Deaths Spike as More Adults Pedal

    An article posted by NPR Minnesota Public Radio this week, talks about the increase of injuries and deaths that coming with the increase adults biking. Check it out below! More adults across the country are strapping on helmets and hopping on bikes to get to work. That's good news for people's...
  • Blog Post: Health Challenge for Minnesota Families Starts in September

    The Minnesota News Connection posted an article today on the Life Is Why Family Health Challenge! ST. PAUL, Minn. – The number of children who are overweight or obese in Minnesota has been swelling for decades, but a month-long event starting Tuesday aims to gain some traction in reversing that...
  • 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...