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  • Blog Post: Local Column Outlines Status of Medicaid Expansion in State

    The Nebraska legislature has twice considered expanding Medicaid in our state, and twice the proposal has been rejected. The American Heart Association supports expansion of Medicaid because we believe it will become an important source of coverage for currently uninsured adults with or at-risk for cardiovascular...
  • Blog Post: Complete Streets Resolution Promotes Safer City Streets

    The Sioux Falls City Council passed an important resolution that will encourage safer transportation in the city for pedestrians and bicyclists. The Complete Streets resolution is intended to make the city safer and more active by making sure all forms of transportation are considered in the street and...
  • Blog Post: Watch4Jerry Video Promotes Safe Transportation

    The city of Sioux Falls has launched a new video that, among other messages, promotes safe transportation on city streets whether you are driving, biking or walking. The video introduces Jerry, a precocious pup that reminds all those who use city streets to watch out for pedestrians, bicyclists and pets...
  • Blog Post: Mom Becomes Heart, CPR Advocate After Losing her Son

    Melinda Kentfield lost her son Taylor to cardiac arrest on September 10, 2013. The 21-year-old junior at South Dakota State University had collapsed while jogging with two friends. One friend ran to call 9-1-1 while the other stayed with Taylor. Several minutes passed before a police officer and then...
  • 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: Nebraska Legislative Session: Here's What Happened

    The 2014-2015 fiscal year was a very successful year for accomplishing advocacy priorities. In August, the regulation was finalized for critical congenital heart defect screening for newborns. The regulation language includes pulse oximetry screening for all newborns. More than 20,000 newborns are now...
  • Blog Post: Game On! North Dakota Schools take on Nutrition Challenges and Are Winning!

    Kristy Anderson, Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association, was recently a guest blogger on the USDA Blog. Kristy has been a tireless advocate for improved nutrition in school meals as a strategy to reduce the incidence of childhood obesity. AHA recently participated in USDA’s...
  • Blog Post: CPR a Critical Link in the Chain of Survival, Report Says

    The Institute of Medicine recently issued a report that supports AHA’s focus on the importance of teaching CPR to as many people as possible. The report suggests that while 9 of 10 people who suffer from sudden cardiac arrest outside a hospital die, survival rates could be improved dramatically...
  • Blog Post: Institute of Medicine Issues Report on Importance of CPR Training

    The Institute of Medicine recently issued a report that supports AHA’s focus on the importance of teaching CPR to as many people as possible. The report suggests that while 9 of 10 people who suffer from sudden cardiac arrest outside a hospital die, survival rates could be improved dramatically...
  • Blog Post: Kansas 2015 Legislative Wrap-Up

    The 2015 Kansas legislative session recently came to an end after weeks of long and contentious debate. Thank you to our You’re the Cure advocates whose countless letters of support, e-mails, phone calls and visits with lawmakers were vital in helping us maintain heart healthy policies in Kansas...
  • Blog Post: Register for Heart Walk in Your Community!

    Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of all Americans? In fact, someone dies from CVD every 39 seconds! Heart disease also kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. And congenital cardiovascular defects are the most common cause of infant death from birth defects. Heart...
  • Blog Post: MN Legislator and Advocate of Year Named at June Celebrations!

    This month we awarded our top legislators and advocates who went above and beyond this past fiscal year, fighting to reduce heart disease and stroke! Advocate of the Year: Dale Wakasugi The advocate of the year award is given to the volunteer who has gone above and beyond during the legislative session...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association Praises Historic FDA Action to Remove Trans Fat from Foods

    Washington, D.C., June 16, 2015 – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final determination that partially hydrogenated oils are no longer “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS), released today: “The...
  • Blog Post: Youth Get Involved in Tobacco Prevention

    According to the CDC, Nebraska ranks 6th among 36 other states for youth who use tobacco (i.e., cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and/or cigars). The dangers of smoking are well-known. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and affecting the health of smokers in general. Quitting...
  • Blog Post: Michigan State University Goes Tobacco-free

    Beginning in August of 2016, Michigan State University will ban the use of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from it's main campus and all other university property. MSU trustees voted unanimously on the ban after more than 1,600 MSU students signed a petition last year to ban smoking...
  • Blog Post: Bike Safety Law Goes Into Effect July 1

    Thanks to our South Dakota advocates, South Dakota's bike safety law will go into effect on July 1st. The signs are already popping up around the state. Pictured as bike safety law supporters Rep. Lee Schoenbeck and Rep. Fred Deutsch. This is one of the strongest bike safety laws in the nation. We...
  • Blog Post: Strong Support in North Dakota for Healthy School Meals

    The Pew Charitable Trusts released a poll that indicates most North Dakotans are supportive of improved nutrition when it comes to school meals. The survey finds that 90 percent of both North Dakota public school parents and voters believe that every meal should include fruits and vegetables. All North...
  • Blog Post: Youth Nicotine Exposure Heath Advisory Released by MDH

    The Minnesota Department of Health released a health advisory this week on the rise of nicotine poisoning in children, check it out below: The Minnesota Poison Control System saw a 35 percent jump in e-cigarette and e-juice poisonings among children from birth to 5 years old between 2013 and 2014...
  • Blog Post: Op-Ed: Wisconsin should encourage sidewalks and bikeways

    Check out this great op-ed that was printed in the Wisconsin State Journal this month. It was submitted by Andy Wiegman, a member of our State Advocacy Committee and a member of the Metro-Milwaukee Board of Directors for the American Heart Association. "In Wisconsin, some politicians in the Legislature...
  • Blog Post: Go Red for Women Community Expo

    On Friday, May 29th, Illinois Advocates asked the crowd at the Go Red For Women Community Expo to support the progress made by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. These amazing You're the Cure volunteers collected over 300 petitions in support of healthy school meals. This free event included heart...
  • 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: Have you learned Hands-Only CPR?

    Did you know that last week was CPR week? If you missed it, don't worry - there is always time to learn! Why Learn Hands-Only CPR? Cardiac arrest – an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Hero: Bob Biggins

    What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? I had my stroke in 2003 while serving in the Illinois legislature. I'd already been working with the American Heart Association on health care issues so after I was able, I became a visible advocate for heart healthy issues...
  • Blog Post: Be Wary of Sneaky Salt!

    Become an advocate in our fight against sneaky Salt! Say NO to the higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and other health problems linked to too much sodium. Did you know that most Americans eat more than twice the American Heart Association’s recommended...
  • Blog Post: How to Make Healthy Nutrition Changes in the Workplace

    Making changes to your diet can be difficult, and it can be even more of a challenge to incorporate those changes into your workplace environment. Someone is always bringing cakes, donuts, cookies and other temptations that can sabotage your daily healthy-eating plan. It can be even more difficult if...