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  • Blog Post: An Update from the Capitol: Different approaches to transportation funding in 2015

    The Republican House Majority bill ( HF 4 – Rep. Kelly, Red Wing) calls for $750 million over the next four years, through redirecting existing dollars, tapping the state’s budget surplus to the tune of $200 million, and through greater "efficiencies" at MnDOT. Their bill is exclusively...
  • Blog Post: Study Shows More Deaths Linked to Smoking

    Check out this article from the Public News Source posted today! Smoking is deadlier than we have thought! (Picture - Franco/Flickr) ST. PAUL, Minn. - While many of the dangers of smoking have been well known for some time, new research shows that the consequences may be larger and deadlier than previously...
  • Blog Post: Facts Show Health Improvement from 2013 Tobacco Tax Increase

    MINNPOST's article from yesterday shows that the 2013 tobacco tax increase is improving health throughout the state of Minnesota! Check out the article below. (Photo - MINNPOST/Flickr) It has been a year and a half since Minnesota implemented the 2013 tobacco tax increase of $1.60 per pack of...
  • Blog Post: EMS Transport Protocols Bill Passes to House Floor!

    Justin Bell (AHA), Buck McAlpin (MAA) and Rep. Nick Zerwas were up at the Capitol yesterday when House File 513 passed out of HHS Reform Committee and made its way to the House floor! The bill updates EMS protocols for stroke patients and includes the newly designated stroke hospitals across MN so that...
  • Blog Post: Governor Dalrymple Proclaims Heart and Stroke Day in North Dakota

    Governor Dalrymple met with AHA volunteers, survivors and staff on Monday, February 9th and proclaimed it Heart and Stroke Day in North Dakota. Heart and Stroke Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and stroke, and to bring attention to opportunities to improve health...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Spring Events

    Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Spring Events in Your Area The Advocacy Department needs 4-6 volunteers for our upcoming Spring 2015 events listed below. We will need help throughout the day working at the advocacy information table, collecting petition cards and recruiting new advocates for...
  • Blog Post: Medicaid Redesign Is Right for Nebraska

    The American Heart Association supports efforts that improve access to quality healthcare for all Americans. That includes Medicare redesign which would help reduce the costs of health care and save the lives of hundreds of Nebraskans. The Medicaid Redesign Act proposes providing premium assistance for...
  • Blog Post: From the Frontlines in Pierre: A Legislative Update

    It’s hard to believe, but the 90 th session of South Dakota’s legislature is now half over! It’s been an interesting if slow session so far, but things will be picking up as we speed toward the end in mid-March. So far, active transportation issues have been keeping us busy –...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Raise Their Voices on Heart and Stroke Issues

    The legislative session is well underway in Bismarck. AHA advocates from across North Dakota recently traveled from all corners of the state to participate in Heart and Stroke Day at the Capitol to raise awareness for heart disease and stroke. More than 50 volunteer advocates, survivors, spouses, caregivers...
  • Blog Post: Last Chance to Register for the MN Legislative Breakfast!

    The Minnesota Legislative Breakfast is coming up next Wednesday February 18th at the Kelly Inn! Register now to join advocates from Minnesota to speak with legislators in a strong, unified voice about the importance of acute care issues when treating heart disease and stroke. During this event you will...
  • Blog Post: Successful Wear Red Day at the Missouri Capitol!

    Lawmakers, advocates and staff helped fill the halls of the Missouri Capitol with RED on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 to bring awareness to the number one killer of women – heart disease. While there, advocates from across the state met with their lawmakers to share their stories of heart disease...
  • Blog Post: Heart attack care initiative expands to Iowa with $4.6 million Helmsley grant

    The American Heart Association announced that it has received a $4.6 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to support the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline initiative in Iowa. "This is a great day for rural health in Iowa, and especially for heart patients and their...
  • Blog Post: Go Red event at Mall of America

    This past Saturday, AHA held a Go Red Health Fair at the Mall of America. You’re the Cure advocates were there collecting petition cards in support of active transportation policy – funding walk and bike paths as part of the larger transportation investment in the state of Minnesota. We...
  • Blog Post: Wear Red Day Reception at the Capitol 2015

    We are glad to have so many wonderful advocates, volunteers, survivors and lawmakers who were able to join us for our Wear Red Day reception at the Capitol last week. Special thanks go out to Senator Jennifer Shilling and her staff for all their help. Thanks also to Cari Anne Renlund, 2015 Madison Go...
  • Blog Post: AHA Day at the Capitol

    Volunteers, survivors and advocates traveled to Pierre on Monday, February 9th for AHA Day at the Capitol to raise awareness for cardiovascular disease and stroke, and to share their concerns with lawmakers. With heart disease being our state's number one killer of adults, raising awareness and educating...
  • Blog Post: Conference of Illinois Legislators Go Red for Women Event at the Statehouse

    You’re the Cure advocates in Illinois kicked off American Heart Month and the 2015 legislative session with our annual Conference of Women Legislators Go Red event at the Capitol on February 4th. Advocates, lawmakers and staff wore their best red and posed for pictures to promote awareness for...
  • Blog Post: Join us for the Hoosiers for a Healthier Indiana Advocacy Day!

    Did you know: Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in Indiana. More than 9,700 Hoosiers die from their own smoking every year. Indiana taxpayers foot the bill for $2.18 billion ($570 per household) in annual health care expenditures directly caused by tobacco use. Increasing...
  • Blog Post: Smokers are a Heart Attack Waiting to Happen: Cathy Porter's Story

    Inhale. Pause. Exhale. Slowly and deliberately a cigarette gives smokers immediate satisfaction. Now picture that swirl of smoke upon exhale creeping around your body and taking hold, like a tight hug. It grips your heart and won’t let go – literally squeezing the life out of you. Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: Go Red at the Capitol 2015

    We are glad to have so many wonderful advocates, volunteers, survivors and lawmakers who were able to join us for Go Red at the Capitol last month. Special thanks go out to Janine Krolikowski for speaking, and thanks to our legislative partners: Senator Tonya Schuitmaker, Senator Rebekah Warren, Representative...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Buffy Mckinney

    Buffy McKinney O Fallon, IL There was never any heart disease in my family. That all changed on August 12, 2010 when my first grandson, Brody, was born with a congenital heart defect called ASD/VSD. The thought was that the holes would eventually close themselves so they released him from the hospital...
  • Blog Post: Everyone Should Learn CPR

    We know that CPR saves lives. We know that more than 420,000 EMS assessed-out of hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States each year – and most of them are fatal. We also know that only 10% of victims who suffer a cardiac arrest outside of the hospital setting survive. Administering CPR...
  • Blog Post: Mission: Lifeline Expands Across the Border

    Access to emergency cardiac response is vital to saving lives from a STEMI heart attack - the most deadly kind of heart attack. Nebraska received funding from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to support the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline initiative which has ensured all parts of our...
  • Blog Post: Study Shows Impact of MN Tobacco Tax Increase

    Check out how the tobacco industry is responding to the tax increase below in this new study from SMARTalk! A newly published paper in Tobacco Control (Brock B, Choi K, Boyle RG, Moilanen M & Schillo BA, January 6, 2015) examines the tobacco industry’s response to a sizeable 2013 Minnesota...
  • Blog Post: Litchfield Community Weighs In on Transportation Funding

    This week the editorial board of the Litchfield Independent Review overwhelmingly endorsed Move MN's balanced and holistic legislative proposal. The op-ed agrees that Minnesota needs a 10-year commitment to fix our bridges, improve state highways and local roads, expand access to transit and create...
  • Blog Post: Adult Smoking Rate falls to 14.4 Percent in Minnesota!

    The Minnesota Department of Health posted a news release today on the fall of Minnesota's smoking rate. Check out the article below! Findings from the latest Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey (MATS) show that Minnesota is continuing to make progress in reducing tobacco use. Minnesota’s adult...