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  • Blog Post: CPR a Critical Link in the Chain of Survival, Report Says

    The Institute of Medicine recently issued a report that supports AHA’s focus on the importance of teaching CPR to as many people as possible. The report suggests that while 9 of 10 people who suffer from sudden cardiac arrest outside a hospital die, survival rates could be improved dramatically...
  • 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. Heart...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Amber Rost

    Amber Rost South Dakota As an active, busy mom of two school-age girls, I try very hard to ensure my family is getting the good nutrition they need each and every day. It can be a challenge not only to put nutritious meals on the table every day, but also to combat the marketing of junk food that...
  • 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: Advocate Spotlight: Chrissy Meyer

    Chrissy Meyer South Dakota The American Heart Association is excited to welcome back Chrissy Meyer to the AHA staff. Chrissy joins the North Dakota and South Dakota teams as the Communications Director for both states. Chrissy began her relationship with the AHA as a Go Red For Women volunteer...
  • 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: 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...