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  • Blog Post: Critical Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week is February 7-14

    In the United States, about 40,000 children are born with a heart defect each year. Congenital heart disease consists of various heart defects that are present at birth. About 40,000 newborns are diagnosed with this disease in the U.S. annually, and 25 percent of those cases are critical, meaning they...
  • Blog Post: Register Now for the Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day 2016!

    Register now for the Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day! Don’t miss a chance to lend your voice to help improve the health of Minnesota kids by attending our 2nd Minnesotans For Healthy Kids Coalition Day at the Capitol. Join us on March 16, 2016 to advocate with others around...
  • Blog Post: Have you watched our CPR video yet?

    The facts are clear. Bystander CPR saves lives. And the more people trained in hands-only CPR, the more potential lifesavers there are, ready to put their skills to use in an emergency. Dan Christianson is alive today because of the quick actions of three high school students who knew CPR and dialed...
  • Blog Post: Reminder: send your message today!

    Great news! Last Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted 61-36 to pass House Bill 1001. As you may remember, this is the legislation that includes a $1 increase in Indiana’s cigarette tax. Thank you to every advocate who attended our Day at the Statehouse last week, every advocate who submitted...
  • Blog Post: Join us at the Good Food Access Fund Campaign Kick Off!

    The Good Food Access Fund campaign is off to a GREAT start for this legislative session. Senator Dan Sparks (DFL) is our chief bill author, and we are building grassroots and organizational support throughout Minnesota. Please join us for our campaign kickoff event on February 23, 2016 to learn more...
  • Blog Post: Be a featured advocate!

    Each month in our newsletter, we highlight one of our great American Heart Association volunteers or survivors. We always need new stories to feature - can you help? If you'd like to be featured in our monthly newsletter and on our website, please send an email to Jason.harder@heart.org and let...
  • Blog Post: Medicaid Expansion Editorial: It Makes Sense for South Dakota

    Expansion access to quality health care is vital in our efforts to reduce the impact of cardiovascular disease and stroke on all South Dakotans, and all Americans. We strongly support the Governor's plan to expand access to affordable healthcare coverage. It saves lives, it saves money, and it makes...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Raise Awareness at Red Dress Dash

    We are so proud of all our Nebraska advocates who participated in the Red Dress Dash in Lincoln on February 4th! We are especially proud of Lisa Culbertson who took a moment to explain why this event, and raising awareness, is so important to her! Lisa was saved by CPR and has become a passionate advocate...
  • Blog Post: Take Action to Expand Access to Health Care

    The legislative session is well underway, and access to care through Medicaid is one of the issues that is gaining momentum in the early weeks of the session. Expanding access to care through Medicaid makes sense for South Dakota. It’s a good deal that will benefit counties and their governments...
  • Blog Post: Make Plans Now to Attend the Sioux Falls Go Red for Women Events!

    Heart disease is no match for the power of women's voices Heart disease is no match for the power of women’s voices. Most women don’t notice the symptoms of heart disease until it’s too late. That’s why heart disease has been called the silent killer. But we won’t...
  • Blog Post: Stroke Systems of Care Bill Goes Before Committee

    Members of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee will soon vote on LB 722: the Stroke System of Care Act. The purpose of the Act is to improve the overall outcomes of stroke patients. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability; and with the aging of the population...
  • Blog Post: Join us for The Legislative Games: Bully Pulpit

    In conjunction with the Hypertension Conference on Thursday afternoon, March 17 th , and the Obesity Conference on March 18 th , the American Heart Association invites You’re the Cure advocates to attend a special event on the evening of March 17 th . Rather than sitting in your hotel room, staying...
  • Blog Post: Giving Hearts Day is February 11th

    For the past several years the American Heart Association has had the opportunity to participate in an annual event called Giving Hearts Day. Giving Hearts Day is hosted by Dakota Medical Foundation, Impact Foundation, and Alex Stern Family Foundation. Once again the American Heart Association is participating...
  • Blog Post: The Time Has Come to Increase Tobacco Tax

    We support Senator Mike Gloor's efforts to increase the tobacco tax in Nebraska. He has worked tirelessly on this issue for several years, and we are hopeful that this may be the year for it to happen. We support raising the tobacco tax for several reasons, one being the impact it has on youth smoking...
  • Blog Post: Hypertension Conference Being Planned for March

    Make plans now to attend the Hypertension Summit in Fargo on March 17th. The summit will provide an overview of hypertension in North Dakota and discuss the importance of prevention and control. Presenters will educate attendees on various topics related to hypertension, including statistics, guidelines...
  • Blog Post: RSVP to join us at the Statehouse!

    February is American Heart Month and it will be here before you know it! You're invited to help the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology kick off the month by joining us in Indianapolis for a free advocacy event at the Statehouse on February 2nd. Click here to register...
  • Blog Post: New Year, New You and New Volunteer Opportunities!

    Happy New Year! There are a lot of opportunities for you to get involved in fighting for a healthier Minnesota in the next several weeks. 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! Below are a list of all the opportunities...
  • Blog Post: Heart Ball Supports our Life-Saving Work

    More than 400 heart and stroke survivors, physicians, and business and community leaders will gather to celebrate the 20 th anniversary of the Red River Valley Heart Ball on January 30 th . The annual Heart Ball marks the American Heart Association’s efforts throughout the year to raise awareness...
  • Blog Post: Raising Awareness for Congenital Heart Defects During Heart Month

    February is Heart Month, and even the littlest hearts can be affected by heart disease or congenital heart defects. Two years ago, South Dakota passed a law requiring that all newborn babies be screened for congenital heart defects before leaving the hospital. Such a simple little test that is saving...
  • Blog Post: Don't Let your New Year's Resolution Go Up in Smoke

    On the topic of New Year's resolutions, a common goal this time of year for many is to quit smoking. While many establish the goal, sticking to it and actually quitting can be a major challenge. We applaud the effort and have resources to help! The benefits of quitting are enormous, and worth the...
  • Blog Post: Early Access to Medical Care Improves Health in Adulthood

    Several states will once again consider expanding access to medical care through Medicaid during their 2016 legislative sessions. The American Heart Association strongly advocates for expanded access to medical care to prevent, diagnose and treat cardiovascular diseases and other chronic conditions....
  • Blog Post: Expanded Healthy Food Access Plan Backed by MN Health Advocates

    Check out this article from the Public News Service! Learn about the new Good Food Access Fund campaign going on in Minnesota! ST. PAUL, Minn. - As many people are planning for their next big holiday meal, health advocates say about 900,000 Minnesotans don't have access to affordable and nutritious...
  • Blog Post: Check out this article about Northwest Indiana residents access to health foods, featuring Danielle Patterson, Government Relations Director with the American Heart Association

    Less than three miles from Gary is what Chickita Merriweather would describe as a food haven. But getting there is no small feat. The mother of seven embarks on an hour long journey every two weeks, which includes a seven-block walk on sometimes inaccessible streets to get to the nearest bus stop...
  • Blog Post: Increase in Vaping Becoming a Problem for Schools

    E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that have cartridges or refillable tanks that contain a liquid mixture primarily comprised of propylene glycol and/or glycerol and nicotine, as well as flavorings and other chemicals.2 They emulate conventional cigarettes, but the exhaled aerosol does not contain...
  • Blog Post: Save the Date - 2016 Legislative Breakfast!

    Can you believe that 2015 is almost over? The new Legislative Session is quickly approaching and with that comes our annual breakfast! This year we have teamed up with the Healthier Iowa Coalition and will be focusing on our Safe Routes to School efforts. RSVP today! Healthier Iowa Legislative Breakfast...