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  • Blog Post: How much sugar is sneaking into your diet?

    Did you see that the American Heart Association was featured on KARE 11 yesterday? It's all about sneaky sugar! If you missed it, check on the in-studio segment the MN Communications team did with new volunteer Renee Zorcak here!
  • Blog Post: Participate in your local August Recess!

    We are looking for volunteers to take a meeting with their member of Congress while they are in town this August. Important federal advocacy goals for Congress this year include: CR (Cardiac Rehab) – changing a key Medicare provision so that those who have survived a coronary event can...
  • Blog Post: Join us at the Indiana Healthy Food Access Policy Forum

    You’re invited to join partners and advocates from across Indiana this month to discuss food deserts, food insecurity, innovative community solutions, and potential public policy for the 2016-17 legislative session. Event details: Indiana Healthy Food Access Policy Forum Thursday, June...
  • Blog Post: Legislative Session is Over, How Did We Do?

    The legislature has adjourned for the 2016 session and as you likely have heard they worked right down to the deadline. The heart-health policies we have been working on celebrated some big wins and a few disappointments. Take a minute to read our recap below. Stay tuned for possible special session...
  • Blog Post: Good Food Access Fund is Ready to Take on MN's Healthy Food Access Problem!

    More than 340,000 Minnesotans face both distance and income as a barrier to obtaining healthy, affordable food such as fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy, whole grains, and lean meats and poultry. 1 This problem is only worsening with 61% of Minnesota counties losing grocery stores since 2007. 2 Limited...
  • Blog Post: CDC releases new study about school lunches

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new study entitled, “Improvements and Disparities in Types of Foods and Milk Beverages Offered in Elementary School Lunches, 2006–2007 to 2013–2014,” by Lindsey Turner, Punam Ohri-Vachaspati, Lisa Powell and Frank...
  • Blog Post: The 2nd Annual Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day was a Success!

    The 2nd Annual Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day was held on March 16th, and it was a huge success! Thank you to all the volunteers, staff and attendees who made this event happen! There were nearly 300 attendees who received excellent training throughout the morning program then met with...
  • Blog Post: Symposium Attendees Taught to "Rethink Your Drink"

    Attendees at the Worksite Wellness Symposium learned just how much sugar is in their daily beverages. We started out our 15 minute breakout session with a Price is Right style game, "Higher or Lower?" Attendees had three plates of sugary treats in front of them, next to a 20 oz bottle of soda...
  • Blog Post: The Good Food Access Fund Campaign Kickoff was a Success!

    This past Tuesday, the Good Food Access Fund Campaign Kickoff took place at The Wilder Center in St. Paul. We were fortunate to have a group of more than 100 health, food, equity, agriculture and community-development advocates, led by the Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition. The Good Food Access...
  • Blog Post: Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity Webinar

    On Tuesday, March 22nd from 2:00pm-3:30pm CST, Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO) will be hosting a webinar: Tackling the Health Equity Challenges to Healthy Eating and Active Living: New Research and Action Strategies. On this webinar, IAPO will provide the opportunity to hear and share updates...
  • Blog Post: Illinois State University Day at the Capitol

    On March 2 nd , the American Heart Association held the second Illinois State University Day at the Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. 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 an afternoon...
  • 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...