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  • Blog Post: Back to School With the Zoo Crew!

    Schools across the nation are gearing up to GO WILD for Heart Health this year! If you hear someone in Youth Market say It’s a JUNGLE Out There - they are not kidding! With the help of the ZOO CREW, Youth Market Directors will guide students, staff and families through the WILDLY adventurous and...
  • Blog Post: In North Dakota, Every Bill Gets a Vote

    While the North Dakota legislature only meets every other year and for only 80 days, there is no shortage of work that gets done, and every bill that is introduced gets voted on unless it is withdrawn. That's a lot of legislation that is discussed in Bismarck every two years. Last year, 900 bills...
  • Blog Post: For Kids, What is Ideal Heart Health?

    The road to cardiovascular disease begins in childhood, and it’s a road many American children are on, based on a new report from the American Heart Association that indicates very few kids meet all the criteria for ideal heart health. Many are overweight or obese. Others don’t get enough...
  • Blog Post: The Jig is Up on Added Sugar

    ICYMI - which means "in case you missed it" ... new scientific evidence reveals the dangers of too much sugar for our kids. New recommendations by the American Heart Association are as follows: Experts recommend that children ages 2-18 consumer less than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day....
  • Blog Post: Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Indiana Heart Walks

    Heart Walk season is upon us once again! The Advocacy Department is looking for 2-3 volunteers for each of the upcoming Heart Walk events (see below). We will need help throughout the day collecting petition cards and recruiting new advocates for the You’re the Cure network. If you are interested...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Wisconsin Heart Walks

    Heart Walk season is upon us once again! The Advocacy Department is looking for 2-3 volunteers for each of the upcoming Heart Walk events (see below). We will need help throughout the day collecting petition cards and recruiting new advocates for the You’re the Cure network. If you are interested...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Illinois Heart Walks

    Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Illinois Heart Walks The Advocacy Department is looking for 2-3 volunteers for each of the upcoming Illinois Heart Walks. 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! We will...
  • Blog Post: Join us for "Back to School, Back to Good Health" Twitter Chat

    Where did the summer go? School supplies in the stores and fall sports schedules means it’s time to think about back-to-school. And we want to help! We invite you to join us for a “Back To School, Back To Good Health” Twitter chat hosted by the American Heart Association’s 11...
  • Blog Post: Legislative Special Session: Update

    North Dakota lawmakers are in Bismarck for a Legislative Special Session called by Governor Dalrymple to address a budget shortfall. The session was called to order on August 2 nd . According to officials, an updated budget forecast predicted tax collections will continue to drop due to depressed oil...
  • Blog Post: High-tech Simulators Will Allow Rural Emergency Techs to Practice Trauma Treatment Thanks to $5.5 Million Grant

    At a time when rural emergency medicine is facing shortages of volunteers, equipment and funding, Nebraska’s rural EMS system has received a significant investment from the Helmsley Charitable Trust. The University of Nebraska Medical Center received a three-year, $5.5 million grant for four...
  • Blog Post: Expert will visit Omaha to Discuss Benefits of a Walkable City

    Jeff Speck, author of “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save American, One Step at a Time” will visit Omaha next month to tour the city on foot and by car, meet with area officials and address the Heartland 2050 summit. The summit, coordinated by the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area...
  • 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: Michigan State University Goes 100% Tobacco Free

    On August 15th, a tobacco-free ordinance recently passed by the Michigan State University's Board of Trustees went into effect that will prohibit the use of all tobacco products from all university property. In addition to traditional tobacco products such as cigarettes and chewing tobacco, the ordinance...
  • 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...