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  • 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...
  • 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: 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: Advocate Spotlight: Theresa Ferdinand

    Theresa Ferdinand South Dakota AHA advocate and volunteer Theresa Ferdinand has worked for Rapid City Regional Hospital for 25 years. She began her career as a staff nurse and then moved to Cardiac Rehabilitation where she continued as a nurse and as the director for 23 years. She recently transferred...
  • 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: 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: Study could alter approach to treating high blood pressure

    It was 2011 when David Baldwin got a diagnosis familiar to millions of Americans: He had high blood pressure. He did as his doctor advised – lost some weight, cut back on salt and took medication. Eight months later, it had dropped a little. “That’s when I saw the flier on the elevator...
  • Blog Post: Higher Cigarette Taxes Linked to Fewer Infant Deaths

    A recent study by Vanderbilt University and University of Michigan suggests that higher taxes and prices for cigarettes not only provides health benefits to those who are currently smoking or considering smoking, but it is also strongly associated with lower infant mortality rates in the United States...
  • Blog Post: Survivor Spotlight: Owen Harris

    Owen Harris South Dakota Shortly after little Owen was born, their doctor told his family he had a very loud heart murmur and that they needed to do an EKG right away. The doctor also said she would be consulting with a pediatric cardiologist from Sioux Falls. A few days later, Owen’s parents...
  • Blog Post: New CPR Guidelines: Everyone Has a Role to Play

    Under the new CPR guidelines, released just last month, a cell phone and a willingness to step in are key components to saving someone’s life. According to the new guidelines, bystanders not trained in CPR should immediately call 9-1-1, put the phone on speaker, and then provide "hands...
  • Blog Post: Sugar-Sweetened Beverages: A Health Risk

    Americans are consuming more and more sugar-sweetened beverages such as Coca Cola, Pepsi and Mountain Dew causing people's weight and health to spiral out of control. What is a sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB)? An SSB is any beverage with added caloric sweetener including soda, other carbonated...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy Spotlight: Alaina Monroe

    I was born March 1 st 1989. Right after I was delivered the doctor shouted “It’s a girl! And we don’t know what’s wrong with her.” There was one layer of skin covering my chest, my sternum was not properly developed. The condition is called a cleft sternum. They immediately...
  • Blog Post: Fit-Friendly Worksites Program Encourages Healthy Workforce

    The American Heart Association recognizes employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health. We want to reward organizations for their progressive leadership and concern for their staff. Designed to be a catalyst for positive change in American business, the program recognizes...
  • Blog Post: Celebrate National Healthy Eating Day! Learn New Cooking Skills!

    One of our strategies to enable our advocates to lead healthier lives is to provide awareness and education about the important role good nutrition plays in keeping our hearts healthy. Healthy nutrition is vital to our health from infancy throughout the rest of our lives. But breaking bad nutrition habits...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Julie Boerhave

    I was 5 months old when my family physician heard an unfamiliar sound in my heart. My parents took me to see a heart specialist in Iowa City when I was 9 months old. They diagnosed me with Atrial Septum Defect, a large hole in my heart. They wanted to wait , if possible until I was 4 years old to do...