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  • Blog Post: South Dakota Heart Walks Raise Awareness for AHA Mission

    Thousands of South Dakotans are expected to join one of our state's three Heart Walks this Fall to raise funds to fight heart disease and stroke, the two leading causes of death in the world. Heart Walks are non-competitive and in addition to raising money, helps to raise awareness for the life-saving...
  • Blog Post: South Dakota Hospitals and EMS Systems Recognized

    The American Heart Association has recognized three South Dakota hospitals and one ambulance service with quality achievement awards for heart and stroke care. Rapid City Regional Hospital, Avera Heart Hospital, Sanford USD Medical Center and Paramedics Plus were all recognized with Mission: Lifeline...
  • Blog Post: Powers Lake Ambulance Receives EMS Recognition

    At a time when rural areas are facing critical shortages of emergency medical professionals, we are pleased to recognize the Powers Lake Ambulance Service for recently being named the Northwest Region Squad of the Year for 2015. The intent of this award is to recognize a service that significantly contributes...
  • Blog Post: F-M Ambulance Earns Award

    The American Heart Association is pleased to honor F-M Ambulance the association's Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Award for implementing quality improvement standards for the treatment of patients who experience STEMI heart attacks. The Mission: Lifeline program seeks to close the gaps that separate...
  • 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: New Study: E-cigarettes could cut smoking-related deaths by 21 percent

    E-cigarettes could lead to a 21 percent drop in deaths from smoking-related diseases in those born after 1997, according to a study published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research. The study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Cancer Institute and the Cancer Intervention and...
  • Blog Post: Pokémon Go Brings Video Games Outside

    Pokémon Go is getting players physically moving in the real world, a change from the stereotypical stationary screen time usually associated with gaming. The app works by allowing GPS to track the gamer’s location, which in turn moves the player’s avatar the same distance on the in...
  • Blog Post: August Recess

    Participate in your local August Recess! We are looking for volunteers to take a meeting with their member of Congress while they are back in their district offices this August. Important federal advocacy goals for Congress this year include: CR (Cardiac Rehab) – changing a key Medicare...
  • 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: Study: Increasing number of U.S. adults living with congenital heart defects

    According to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, m ore adults are living with congenital heart defects in the United States, creating the need for more health services and tracking systems to collect data across all ages, not just at birth. A new study estimates...
  • Blog Post: Teen Smoking is Down. So What's the Bad News?

    Statistics from a recent CDC survey indicate that youth smoking rates in Nebraska have been cut in half in recent years. The survey states that while some 32 percent of high schoolers in Nebraska said they have tried smoking, only about 11 percent had smoked in the previous month, and just 8 percent...
  • Blog Post: Pierre Recognized for Health Goals

    The National League of Cities recently recognized the city of Pierre for completing key health and wellness goals established by the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties initiative. Let’s Move! is a nationwide effort to help ensure kids grow up healthy. Pierre received 3 medals for promoting...
  • Blog Post: The Sodium 411

    Thinking about reducing the sodium in your and your family’s diet? You’ve come to the right place! We’ll show you how extra salt sneaks into your diet and how it hurts your health, and share tips for kissing the excess salt goodbye. We call it the Sodium 411 ... and be sure to keep...
  • Blog Post: State Capitol Adopts New Healthy Eating Program

    According to the American Heart Association, obesity costs U.S. businesses more than $12 billion a year in medical expenses. According to health officials in North Dakota, those costs could plummet if more workplaces adopted a healthy eating program. As part of a pilot program to make the healthy choice...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association Celebrates Lifesaving Victory as Missouri Becomes 34th State to Provide CPR Training in Schools

    Governor Nixon has signed Senate Bill 711 to equip a new generation of Show-Me State lifesavers; More than 60,000 Missouri students to be newly trained in first year of law’s implementation JEFFERSON CITY, MO, June 14, 2016 – Governor Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 711 (SB 711) today, making...
  • Blog Post: New Video Teaches CPR; CPR Saves Another Life

    During CPR week, the American Heart Association launched a new video intended to encourage everyone to learn the life-saving skill of CPR. This new video demonstrates how easy it is to learn the steps to save a life. CPR week is an opportunity to raise awareness that everyone should know how to perform...
  • Blog Post: Teen Who Suffered a Stroke Walks Across Stage at Graduation

    Every now and then you come across a story so compelling, and so inspirational, you just have to share with everyone! Such is the case with this story of a Iowa teenager who suffered a massive stroke just days before his 17th birthday. Shortly after his stroke, doctors had told him he will likely never...
  • Blog Post: 90 Seconds Can Save a Life

    We spend a lot of time talking about the importance of teaching high school students CPR before they graduate, but what if YOU are called on to give CPR in an emergency? You will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: your spouse, parent, child or friend. In just 90 seconds, you...
  • Blog Post: Illinois Legislature End of Year Wrap-up

    The General Assembly met throughout the Memorial Day weekend, but little progress was made. Budget talks are ongoing with no real indication that an agreement can be reached. The House is scheduled to convene every Wednesday this June. However, this means that several of our policy priorities remain...
  • Blog Post: Help Put Your State on the Map to #ProtectPE

    Do you love PE? So do we! From a healthy heart to an active mind, physical education supports the whole student. Physical education has positive impacts on kids' physical, mental, and emotional health- and teaches them about the overall value of making healthy choices, now and into adulthood. Join...
  • Blog Post: CPR Flash Mob Demonstrates Hands Only CPR

    As states across the country include life-saving CPR training in their high school curriculum, advocates across South Dakota demonstrate why this skill should be included in South Dakota’s high school curriculum as well. A recent outdoor concert in Rapid City turned into a Flash Mob when folks...
  • Blog Post: Join us for a special event this month!

    Please join us this month for our first ever You're the Cure Summit in Michigan! We’re going to be kicking off another exciting year of advocacy and this event is a great way to make sure you’re ready for our next campaigns. If you make it, please register using the link below. Here are...
  • 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: CPR in Schools Grant Announced

    Great news from Green Bay! Cooperative Educational Service Agency #7 (CESA 7) is pleased to announce that they have received a grant from the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment to help schools statewide implement robust CPR training programs for students. The...
  • 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...