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  • Blog Post: Back to School With the Zoo Crew!

    Schools across the nation are gearing up to GO WILD for Heart Health this year! If you hear someone in Youth Market say It’s a JUNGLE Out There - they are not kidding! With the help of the ZOO CREW, Youth Market Directors will guide students, staff and families through the WILDLY adventurous and...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Meet Rory!

    Meet RORY, the lifesaving lion and KING of the Zoo Crew! Did you know that a lion’s roar can be heard from five miles away? This year, Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart students will be challenged by RORY to make a difference and share their ROAR for heart health loud and clear! Students...
  • Blog Post: For Kids, What is Ideal Heart Health?

    The road to cardiovascular disease begins in childhood, and it’s a road many American children are on, based on a new report from the American Heart Association that indicates very few kids meet all the criteria for ideal heart health. Many are overweight or obese. Others don’t get enough...
  • Blog Post: The Jig is Up on Added Sugar

    ICYMI - which means "in case you missed it" ... new scientific evidence reveals the dangers of too much sugar for our kids. New recommendations by the American Heart Association are as follows: Experts recommend that children ages 2-18 consumer less than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day....
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Rae O'Leary

    Rae O'Leary South Dakota Rae O'Leary is a advocate for public health and led the Canli Coalition to pass a tribal ordinance to protect the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe from the dangers of secondhand smoke by making all enclosed places smoke-free. Rae also joined our state-wide advocacy committee...
  • Blog Post: South Dakota Heart Walks Raise Awareness for AHA Mission

    Thousands of South Dakotans are expected to join one of our state's three Heart Walks this Fall to raise funds to fight heart disease and stroke, the two leading causes of death in the world. Heart Walks are non-competitive and in addition to raising money, helps to raise awareness for the life-saving...
  • Blog Post: South Dakota Hospitals and EMS Systems Recognized

    The American Heart Association has recognized three South Dakota hospitals and one ambulance service with quality achievement awards for heart and stroke care. Rapid City Regional Hospital, Avera Heart Hospital, Sanford USD Medical Center and Paramedics Plus were all recognized with Mission: Lifeline...
  • Blog Post: New Study: E-cigarettes could cut smoking-related deaths by 21 percent

    E-cigarettes could lead to a 21 percent drop in deaths from smoking-related diseases in those born after 1997, according to a study published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research. The study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Cancer Institute and the Cancer Intervention and...
  • Blog Post: Pokémon Go Brings Video Games Outside

    Pokémon Go is getting players physically moving in the real world, a change from the stereotypical stationary screen time usually associated with gaming. The app works by allowing GPS to track the gamer’s location, which in turn moves the player’s avatar the same distance on the in...
  • Blog Post: Pierre Recognized for Health Goals

    The National League of Cities recently recognized the city of Pierre for completing key health and wellness goals established by the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties initiative. Let’s Move! is a nationwide effort to help ensure kids grow up healthy. Pierre received 3 medals for promoting...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Amy Marsh

    Amy Marsh South Dakota My name is Amy Marsh and I have been providing Emergency Medical Services in South Dakota since 1991. I currently work as an EMS Educator for Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and continue to volunteer for Renner Fire Rescue. I attended my first Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class...
  • Blog Post: The Sodium 411

    Thinking about reducing the sodium in your and your family’s diet? You’ve come to the right place! We’ll show you how extra salt sneaks into your diet and how it hurts your health, and share tips for kissing the excess salt goodbye. We call it the Sodium 411 ... and be sure to keep...
  • Blog Post: Help Put Your State on the Map to #ProtectPE

    Do you love PE? So do we! From a healthy heart to an active mind, physical education supports the whole student. Physical education has positive impacts on kids' physical, mental, and emotional health- and teaches them about the overall value of making healthy choices, now and into adulthood. Join...
  • Blog Post: CPR Flash Mob Demonstrates Hands Only CPR

    As states across the country include life-saving CPR training in their high school curriculum, advocates across South Dakota demonstrate why this skill should be included in South Dakota’s high school curriculum as well. A recent outdoor concert in Rapid City turned into a Flash Mob when folks...
  • Blog Post: Survivor Spotlight: Larry Hulscher

    Larry Hulscher South Dakota Three nurses who work as a team at Avera Gregory Hospital never dreamed they would team up with first responders to save a life on the sidelines of a high school football field, nearly 250 miles away from home. Yet that’s exactly what happened on the rainy night...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Brad and Kristi Wellendorf Family

    Brad and Kristi Wellendorf Family Midwest Affiliate It was a Wednesday night. We met at our 8 th grade son’s baseball game. Brad had to help with field prep, but he had a difficult time raking. He was not able to catch his breath and was really thirsty. Unfortunately, he didn’t share this...
  • Blog Post: Hunger Has Impact on Growth and Development

    According to a recent journal article published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, both preschool and school-aged children showed that chronic hunger and food insecurity are significant predictors of health conditions, even when taking other factors into consideration. The results of this study were...
  • Blog Post: Heart Screening Important Element in Preventing Heart Attack

    AHA volunteer advocate Lynn Paulson shares her story in the Rapid City Journal to encourage others to do a heart screening. A heart attack can happen to anyone, but prevention and detection of heart problems can save lives. According to Dr. Alexander Schabauer, cardiovascular specialist at Rapid City...
  • Blog Post: New Study Suggests Ways to Counterbalance Sitting Time

    We've all heard that sedentary lifestyle can have detrimental affects to our cardiovascular health. The influence of activity trackers and wellness programs at workplaces has certainly helped to encourage more daily physical activity. Now a new study suggests that office workers can actually stave...
  • Blog Post: Get Up and Move During National Physical Activity Month

    Its National Physical Activity month and because Americans are spending more time at work and sitting in front of a screen than ever before, we are at an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases. Being physically active is important to prevent heart disease and stroke, the nation’s...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Ruby Bonn

    Ruby Bonn South Dakota Our little miss Ruby has been through quite a lot in her life so far; two ambulance rides, a helicopter and airplane ride all at the young age of 2 weeks. Melissa, her mother, was placed on bed rest at 24 weeks for premature labor. Ruby was born at St. Mary’s hospital...
  • Blog Post: Update on Efforts to Expand Medicaid Coverage in South Dakota

    As you know, Medicaid expansion has been a huge focus of our legislative efforts throughout this session, and the response from You're the Cure advocates has been tremendous! We know expanding Medicaid will mean we can improve the health of all South Dakotans through preventive care and screenings...
  • Blog Post: Are you on Social Media? Join Us!

    Social media is everywhere, and for many of us, it’s where we get our news. Online communities are a regular part of our daily lives, and we want you to join our social media community to stay up to date on everything related to the American Heart Association in South Dakota. As we continue...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Roland Kemink

    Roland Kemink South Dakota August 16, 2013 was a day much like many other summer days working at our Church Camp near Rochford SD. But things changed dramatically about 5 p.m. I put my chain saw aside and started supper for our group of workers. Ten minutes later I thought I had a bit of heartburn...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Sabrina Swee

    Sabrina Swee South Dakota Engaging our youth in healthy eating is important to help combat the childhood obesity crisis facing our nation. With childhood obesity rates on the rise, it's encouraging to read about kids like Sabrina Swee who started cooking in the kitchen at age 3. Recently, Sabrina...