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  • Blog Post: New School P.E. Benchmarks Considered for MN

    The Public News Service posted an aritcle this morning on developing grade-specific benchmarks for P.E. classes in Minnesota, check it out below! ST. PAUL, Minn. - Getting regular exercise is one of the easiest ways to combat childhood obesity, and a bill awaiting a hearing at the state Capitol...
  • Blog Post: SF790 Hearing Today!

    SF790, appropriating money to sustain the newly implemented Stroke System in MN gets a thorough hearing in the Senate HHS Finance Committee today. Thanks to Sen. Melisa Lopez Franzen for your leadership and Joanie Somes and Albert Tsai for your testimony!
  • Blog Post: Legislative Update - Report from the Front Lines

    North Dakota lawmakers gave their initial stamp of approval to nearly 600 bills before breaking for a three-day recess last Thursday, and a new state revenue forecast in mid-March will set the stage for the second half of the session. For the last 37 days, lawmakers have been busy working on bills...
  • Blog Post: Roads Safer for Bicyclists

    The South Dakota legislature passed a bill that will make South Dakota's roads safer for bicyclists, encouraging kids and adults to be more active in their daily lives. House Bill 1030 will put into state law the three-foot separation that cars and trucks must give to bicycles on public roads where...
  • 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: Illinois State University and American Heart Association Day at the Capitol

    On March 4th, the very first Illinois State University/American Heart Association Day at the Capitol took place in Springfield. 50 students from the exercise physiology program at ISU, led by You’re the Cure volunteers Karen Dennis and Dale Brown, attended a morning training and afternoon of lobbying...
  • Blog Post: 2015 Legislative Breakfast

    More than 40 advocates gathered at the Cornhusker Hotel last week for training and a review of important legislative issues being in the 2015 Legislative session. Volunteers heard from advocates whose lives have been profoundly impacted by heart disease and stroke. Jill Duis, survivor and long-time AHA...
  • Blog Post: Last Chance! Register for the MHK Lobby Day on March 25th!

    The Minnesotan's for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby day is two weeks away on Wednesday, March 25th at the Minnesota History Center! This event's focus is to advocate for policy that will help combat childhood obesity like fighting for quality physical education in schools, funding for the Statewide...
  • Blog Post: Volunteers Testify Around MN at Transportation Hearings

    The Minnesota Safe Routes to School Coalition has been busy testifying around the state for active transportation funding! Jodi Gertken gave a great testimony at the Sen. Transportation & Public Safety Cmte hearing in St. Cloud, Minnesota about why CentraCare Health System supports the Move MN...
  • Blog Post: What's Up with School Nutrition?

    There is a lot of discussion out there about school nutrition – and we couldn’t be happier about that! Students consume 35% - 50% of their daily caloric intake at school where they are often exposed to junk foods and sugar-sweetened beverages that have little to no nutritional value. Parents...
  • 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: Flint Schools Able to Increase CPR Training Thanks to Foundation Gift

    Flint School District staff can be trained for CPR and on how to use an automated external defibrillator a lot quicker thanks to donation from a Flushing-based nonprofit. The Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation recently donated five manikins to the Flint School District. The goal is to have each school...
  • Blog Post: Detroit School Offers Healthy Choice at Lunch

    The introduction of a salad bar at Bates Academy is part of an ongoing effort by Detroit Public Schools to revamp the district's breakfast and lunch menus to increase student access to nutritious food. According to research published online by JAMA Pediatrics, from fall 2007 to spring 2012, only...
  • 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: First MN Legislative Breakfast was a Success!

    There are lobby days and events at the Capitol every day, but there has never been a day focused on EMS and Acute Care…until yesterday!! AHA MN partnered with the MN Ambulance Association, the College of Emergency Physicians, the MN Resuscitation Consortium, the MN Trauma System and the MN Office...
  • 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: 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...