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  • 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...
  • 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...