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  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: MN Advocates Attended National Lobby Day in D.C.!

    On May 11 and 12, the Midwest Affiliate joined more than 380 advocates in Washington D.C. for You’re the Cure on the Hill national lobby day. We had 53 volunteers 10 of which were youth advocates, 20 staff representing all 11 states in the affiliate who stepped up to the plate for healthy school...
  • Blog Post: Encourage Senator Thune To Co-Sponsor The FAST Act

    Stroke continues to be a leading cause of death in South Dakota, and disability from stroke has a dramatic impact of survivors and their families – not mention the health care cost that results from stroke. With stroke, time lost is brain lost. Expanding the use of telemedicine in the evaluation...
  • Blog Post: New Hands Only CPR Video; Learn this Life-Saving Skill and Share with Others

    June is a great time to raise awareness for the importance of CPR training with National CPR Awareness week June 1-8. More than 300,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occurring every year in the United States. Sadly, most people who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest do not receive life-saving CPR...
  • Blog Post: Another Life Saved by CPR; During June, Learn Hands Only CPR

    June is a great time to raise awareness for the importance of CPR training with National CPR Awareness week June 1-8. More than 300,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occurring every year in the United States. Sadly, most people who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest do not receive life-saving CPR...
  • Blog Post: North Dakota Provides Funding for CPR Training in Schools

    June is a great time to raise awareness for the importance of CPR training with National CPR Awareness week June 1-8. And in North Dakota, the number of people who know how to do Hands Only CPR is growing! Because of funding made available by the legislature, students across North Dakota will have the...
  • Blog Post: 1.8 Million Michiganders Have Limited Access to Healthy Food

    In case you missed this story when it was first announced... "That quick trip to the grocery store isn't so easy for more than 1.8 million Michiganders, including an estimated 300,000 children, who live in communities with limited access to healthy food. The lack of access to healthy food...
  • Blog Post: Genesee County Schools Awarded MI HEARTSafe School Status

    Click to read the full story on ABC12.com! "Approximately 300 Michigan children die of a sudden cardiac event each year. After Flushing high school student Thomas Smith died from an enlarged heart the school district became motivated to raise awareness about the risks of sudden cardiac arrest...
  • Blog Post: The Go Red For Women Community Expo

    American Heart Association | American Stroke Association Presents The Go Red For Women Community Expo Union Station’s Great Hall 500 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago Friday, May 29 th 8:30 am to 2 pm Heart disease is the number one killer of women, killing one woman...
  • Blog Post: Advances in Stroke Treatment Just in Time for Stroke Month

    Check out this great article from the Chicago Tribune on the advances in stroke treatment, just in time for Stroke Month. Based on findings from recent studies, stroke patients will benefit from advanced treatment offered by comprehensive stroke centers across the nation. Hospitals in Illinois...