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  • 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: CPR in Schools - it's official!

    On Tuesday, April 26 th , Governor Scott Walker signed Wisconsin’s CPR in Schools legislation into law, making Wisconsin the 31 st state to ensure all students learn compressions-only CPR. The American Heart Association’s CPR in Schools campaign began in earnest in August of 2015 when...
  • 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: Local Schools Receive Life-Saving CPR Kits

    Area school districts received a life-saving gift through a partnership of Great Plains Health and the American Heart Association. The tr aining kits were handed out to area school districts. North Platte Public Schools, North Platte Catholic Schools, Our Redeemer Lutheran School, Wallace, Sutherland...
  • Blog Post: House and Senate Committees take up CPR in Schools legislation

    On April 28th, the House Education Committee heard testimony from a number of AHA advocates in support of HB 5160, introduced by Representative Thomas Hooker, that would ensure that all students in Michigan are trained in Hands-Only CPR before they graduate from high school. Representative Hooker testified...
  • 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: Ann Arbor proposes a Tobacco 21 ordinance

    A potential ordinance change in Ann Arbor could make it harder for young people to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products. Ann Arbor City Council Member Julie Grand is proposing to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products in the city from 18 to 21. While controversy on the proposal is expected...
  • Blog Post: Heart Screening Important Element in Preventing Heart Attack

    AHA volunteer advocate Lynn Paulson shares her story in the Rapid City Journal to encourage others to do a heart screening. A heart attack can happen to anyone, but prevention and detection of heart problems can save lives. According to Dr. Alexander Schabauer, cardiovascular specialist at Rapid City...
  • Blog Post: New Study Suggests Ways to Counterbalance Sitting Time

    We've all heard that sedentary lifestyle can have detrimental affects to our cardiovascular health. The influence of activity trackers and wellness programs at workplaces has certainly helped to encourage more daily physical activity. Now a new study suggests that office workers can actually stave...
  • Blog Post: From the Front Lines: Legislative Update

    LB 722, the Stroke System if Care Act, passed on Final Reading on Tuesday, April 12, and now on its way to the Governor's desk. This is the final hurdle for the Stroke System of Care Act and the American Heart Association encourages all advocates to contact the Governor and ask for his support. Stroke...
  • Blog Post: Spring Volunteer Opportunities

    Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Events in Your Area The Advocacy department needs 2-3 volunteers for each of the upcoming 2016 American Heart Association events. Be our hero by taking action in your community AND earn points which will allow you to move up in the You’re the Cure ranks...
  • 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: Upcoming Minnesota Advocacy Opportunities - Volunteers Needed!

    Calling all survivors, caregivers, advocates, donors and volunteers! We have a few volunteer opportunities coming up in the next couple of months! Check them out below and contact Jess Nolan if you can help! Transportation Forward Action Nights Various dates in April 2016 Sierra Club, 2327 E Franklin...
  • 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: 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: CPR Lobby Day was a Huge Success!

    On March 23, the Michigan advocacy team hosted a very successful CPR in Schools Lobby Day in Lansing. Over 70 advocates and AHA staff from across the state were in attendance and made over 90 contacts with their lawmakers. Attendees participated in a short training session regarding the current status...
  • 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: Breaking News from Chicago: Tobacco 21 Passes!

    On March 16, Chicago’s City Council passed the tobacco ordinance which included raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21! Each day, nearly 2,500 kids in this country try their first cigarette. By raising the minimum age to buy tobacco to 21, Chicago has taken a necessary step to...
  • Blog Post: Be a featured advocate!

    Each month in our newsletter, we highlight one of our great American Heart Association volunteers or survivors. We always need new stories to feature - can you help? If you'd like to be featured in our monthly newsletter and on our website, please send an email to Jason.harder@heart.org and let...
  • Blog Post: Join Nebraska Social Media Network!

    Social media is everywhere, and for many of us, it’s where we get our news. Online communities are a regular part of our daily lives, and we want you to join our social media community to stay up to date on everything related to the American Heart Association. We continue to strive to meet our...
  • Blog Post: Update on Efforts to Expand Medicaid Coverage in South Dakota

    As you know, Medicaid expansion has been a huge focus of our legislative efforts throughout this session, and the response from You're the Cure advocates has been tremendous! We know expanding Medicaid will mean we can improve the health of all South Dakotans through preventive care and screenings...
  • Blog Post: What's up with CPR in Schools?

    In case you missed it, on February 16th, the Wisconsin State Senate passed AB 545, the bill that would ensure all students in Wisconsin are trained in hands-only CPR before they graduate from high school! We expect that this bill will make it to the Governor's desk for his signature in the near...
  • 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: Welcome Karen Englert to the Team!

    Help us welcome Karen Englert, new Government Relations Director, to the American Heart Association's Missouri Advocacy Team! Karen joins our staff after serving as a volunteer and believes wholeheartedly in our lifesaving mission. In fact, Karen is a survivor of heart disease herself. This year...