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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Step it Up! The Surgeon General Advocates the Benefits of Walkable Communities

    We applaud the United States Surgeon General for recently issuing a call to action to address major public health challenges such as heart disease and diabetes. Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities articulates the health benefits of walking...
  • Blog Post: Stroke is Why

    Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in our country, and certainly one of the leading factors leading to disability. Stroke is why we are laser-focused on preventing stroke, knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke, and knowing how to act immediately to get someone the care they need when stroke...
  • Blog Post: Be Inspired! Share Your Story!

    Share Your Story The mission of the American Heart Association is relevant to everyone. Every one of us has been impacted in some way by heart disease or stroke. The impact of the AHA connects to millions of stories - stories of survival, stories of loss and families who inspired others to make a...
  • Blog Post: Back to School, Back to Good Health!

    With summer drawing to a close, back-to-school season not only is a time to stock up on supplies, it’s also an opportunity to encourage kids to eat healthy, be active and avoid secondhand smoke. The AHA recognizes that a smoke-free environment can promote children’s brain development, prevent...
  • Blog Post: Complete Streets Resolution Promotes Safer City Streets

    The Sioux Falls City Council passed an important resolution that will encourage safer transportation in the city for pedestrians and bicyclists. The Complete Streets resolution is intended to make the city safer and more active by making sure all forms of transportation are considered in the street and...
  • Blog Post: Cardiac System of Care Conference Set for September

    In April, 2010 the Helmsley Charitable Trust awarded the American Heart Association an $8.4 million grant to build a STEMI system of care in the state of South Dakota. The Mission Lifeline project has transitioned into the South Dakota Cardiac System of Care. The American Heart Association and the South...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: David Bordewyk

    David Bordewyk South Dakota As general manager and chief lobbyist for South Dakota Newspaper Association, I spend a portion of every winter at the state capitol in Pierre, advocating for newspapers, the First Amendment and open government issues before legislators and others. Lobbying during the...
  • Blog Post: Watch4Jerry Video Promotes Safe Transportation

    The city of Sioux Falls has launched a new video that, among other messages, promotes safe transportation on city streets whether you are driving, biking or walking. The video introduces Jerry, a precocious pup that reminds all those who use city streets to watch out for pedestrians, bicyclists and pets...
  • 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...