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  • Blog Post: Lobby Day MVPs in the Spotlight

    There were SO many amazing stories surrounding this year’s Hill Day that it was hard to narrow down our annual lobby day award winners. Not a bad problem to have! Please join us in congratulating these You’re the Cure MVPs, and then learn more about their stories in this video. Science...
  • Blog Post: South Dakota Youth Advocate in Washington D.C.

    Reagan Spomer, a youth advocate for the American Heart Association, recently traveled to Washington DC to help First Lady Michelle Obama plant the White House vegetable garden. Reagan was chosen to participate in this event because she sits on the national board of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation...
  • Blog Post: Advocates to Gather at Nation's Capitol

    American Heart Association You're the Cure advocates will travel to Washington DC in May to attend 2 days of advocacy training, legislative briefings and then a walk to Capitol Hill to talk to our lawmakers about issues important for heart and stroke health. As in the past, we have a strong delegation...
  • Blog Post: South Dakota Legislative Wrap-Up

    Whew! The 90 th session of South Dakota’s legislature wrapped up on March 30, and it’s good to be home again. It was a mixed bag as many sessions are, and access to care and active transportation issues kept us busy. We were excited to support the Daugaard administration’s two bills...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Representative Fred Deutsch

    It was the spring of 2007. I had just turned 50. Shortness of breath sent me to my doctor. After a battery of tests he told me I was 50 pounds overweight, had hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and the muscles on the left side of my heart had started to abnormally thicken (ventricular hypertrophy). The good...
  • Blog Post: Roads Safer for Bicyclists

    The South Dakota legislature passed a bill that will make South Dakota's roads safer for bicyclists, encouraging kids and adults to be more active in their daily lives. House Bill 1030 will put into state law the three-foot separation that cars and trucks must give to bicycles on public roads where...
  • Blog Post: What's Up with School Nutrition?

    There is a lot of discussion out there about school nutrition – and we couldn’t be happier about that! Students consume 35% - 50% of their daily caloric intake at school where they are often exposed to junk foods and sugar-sweetened beverages that have little to no nutritional value. Parents...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Mary Michaels

    Mary Michaels South Dakota My Dad is Why. It was the month of May; I finished my second year of college and moved back home for the summer. I was a kid that actually loved hanging out with my parents. As the youngest of 6, I was raised going everywhere with them – concerts, plays, community...
  • Blog Post: From the Frontlines in Pierre: A Legislative Update

    It’s hard to believe, but the 90 th session of South Dakota’s legislature is now half over! It’s been an interesting if slow session so far, but things will be picking up as we speed toward the end in mid-March. So far, active transportation issues have been keeping us busy –...
  • Blog Post: AHA Day at the Capitol

    Volunteers, survivors and advocates traveled to Pierre on Monday, February 9th for AHA Day at the Capitol to raise awareness for cardiovascular disease and stroke, and to share their concerns with lawmakers. With heart disease being our state's number one killer of adults, raising awareness and educating...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Dr. Paul Amundson

    Paul Amundson South Dakota FAMILY. As a family physician I saw numerous cases of individuals suffer and/or die from heart disease way too early in life. I committed myself early in my career to doing everything within my power to combat this #1 killer of South Dakotans (and the entire US). Like many...
  • Blog Post: Everyone Should Learn CPR

    We know that CPR saves lives. We know that more than 420,000 EMS assessed-out of hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States each year – and most of them are fatal. We also know that only 10% of victims who suffer a cardiac arrest outside of the hospital setting survive. Administering CPR...
  • Blog Post: More Concerns about E-Cigs

    As more research comes available and more studies are being done on the effects of e-cigarettes, today the New England Journal of Medicine raises a new worry about electronic cigarettes – exposure to formaldehyde. You remember formaldehyde, right? Who could forget that awful-smelling chemical used...
  • Blog Post: National Wear Red Day is Friday, February 6

    National Wear Red Day is Friday, February 6, 2015, but heart disease kills 1 in 3 women year-round. That's why we want to say thank you for helping raise awareness no matter what time of the year. To get started, we have created free materials that you can print on your home or office printer. It's...
  • Blog Post: A Healthy Recipe for School Nutrition

    The U.S. is in the midst of a fullblown obesity epidemic that has disproportionately affected our children. Currently, nearly one third of children are overweight or obese. The health consequences of obesity in children are staggering. Recent research shows that an obese child’s arteries can resemble...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Jeremy Aylward Family

    Jeremy, Andrea and Nora Aylward South Dakota Blessings are why… I believe that I have been undoubtedly blessed in many ways throughout my short existence, but with a blessing being a gift I had to find a way to share my gratitude. Therefore, I fashioned the blessings bestowed upon me into...
  • Blog Post: Lauren Forsch Joins SD AHA Staff

    Life’s next great adventure is why At twenty-six years old I never thought that I would be a cancer survivor—that’s just life though—no one actually thinks that these things will happen to them. With heart disease found on both sides of my family, ‘survivor ribbons’...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Government Relations Director Megan Myers

    Megan Myers South Dakota Hi there, You're the Cure advocates! Thanks for the opportunity to introduce myself - I'm Megan Myers, and I serve as Government Relations Director for South Dakota. It's been an honor to work for the AHA. I joined the team in March and came over from the American...
  • Blog Post: Why All Students Should Learn CPR

    Imagine you have just learned how to do CPR in your health class, and while out shopping, you find out someone nearby - a baby - needs this life-saving skill? Imagine that you are the one who knows what to do to help the baby's life. That a happened to a brave teenager. She knew what to do. She knew...
  • Blog Post: AHA Improving Health Care in South Dakota

    Ever wonder what the American Heart Association is doing to improve health care quality in South Dakota? Check out this video from Scientific Sessions! A special shout-out to the SD hospitals recognized by the AHA for quality - Avera Heart Hospital , Sanford Health and Rapid City Regional Hospital ....
  • Blog Post: A Healthy School Lunch Doesn't Have to be a Puzzle

    The school year is well underway, and as a parent, it can be difficult to ensure your kids have nutrition-packed lunches that will please the pickiest of eaters. Home-made lunches can also be a first-line of defense in the fight against childhood obesity by helping kids embrace a healthy lifestyle. ...
  • Blog Post: Medicaid Expansion Would be Good for South Dakota

    Medicaid expansion is part of the Affordable Care Act and it became an issue for us when the Supreme Court ruled that the Federal government couldn't force states to expand Medicaid as part of the overall plan to get as many people with health coverage as possible. According to the U.S. Census...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Story: Ann Thompson

    Ann Thompson South Dakota On May 23, 2012, our seemingly healthy 16-year-old son, Adam, died of a sudden cardiac arrest at home taking a nap. He had no warning; the first symptom was death. The only thing that might have saved his life was an automated external defibrillator, a medical device designed...
  • Blog Post: South Dakota Should Teach CPR in Schools

    Everyone should know CPR. Anyone 12 years and older has the physical strength to do CPR. Ann Thompson wants all kids to learn CPR before they graduate from high school. Her son, Adam, died at home from sudden cardiac arrest. It can happen to anyone, at any time, anywhere. Having more people trained in...
  • Blog Post: Paramedics Step Up to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

    Paramedics in Carmel, Indiana, a fast-growing community just outside Indianapolis are stepping forward to reduce hospital admissions by implementing the Mobile Integrated Health Care program. In the past decade, according to the Joint National EMS Leadership Forum , close to 300 fire departments, ambulance...