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  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools - it's official!

    On Tuesday, April 26 th , Governor Scott Walker signed Wisconsin’s CPR in Schools legislation into law, making Wisconsin the 31 st state to ensure all students learn compressions-only CPR. The American Heart Association’s CPR in Schools campaign began in earnest in August of 2015 when...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: James Young

    James Young, Michigan Winter season 2011, will forever be a reminiscence of what eventually became a diagnosis of Congestive Heart Failure. There I was, after a snow storm, shoveling a path down the sidewalk when I began to cough up, what I thought to be phlegm. However, after taking further notice...
  • Blog Post: CDC releases new study about school lunches

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new study entitled, “Improvements and Disparities in Types of Foods and Milk Beverages Offered in Elementary School Lunches, 2006–2007 to 2013–2014,” by Lindsey Turner, Punam Ohri-Vachaspati, Lisa Powell and Frank...
  • Blog Post: What's up with CPR in Schools?

    In case you missed it, on February 16th, the Wisconsin State Senate passed AB 545, the bill that would ensure all students in Wisconsin are trained in hands-only CPR before they graduate from high school! We expect that this bill will make it to the Governor's desk for his signature in the near...
  • Blog Post: Have you watched our CPR video yet?

    The facts are clear. Bystander CPR saves lives. And the more people trained in hands-only CPR, the more potential lifesavers there are, ready to put their skills to use in an emergency. Dan Christianson is alive today because of the quick actions of three high school students who knew CPR and dialed...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools update

    Last month you received messages from us asking you to contact your lawmakers in support of CPR in Schools. Here's an update on our progress so far. First, a co-sponsorship update. Thanks in part to strong advocacy from American Heart Association volunteers, the bills ended up with very...
  • Blog Post: Did you know: Congestive Heart Failure

    Did you know: the number of Americans diagnosed with heart failure is expected to increase by nearly 40 percent during the next 15 years and the costs of managing the illness will almost double, according to a new report from the American Heart Association released last Tuesday. Congestive heart failure...
  • Blog Post: Did you know: Wisconsin's ANCHOR grant

    The American Heart Association has the opportunity to impact community health through the Accelerating National Community Health Outcomes through Reinforcing Partnerships Program (ANCHOR Partnerships Program), better known as ANCHOR. Wisconsin was one of fifteen markets selected throughout our nation...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Paula Arbaugh

    Paula Arbaugh Wisconsin My name is Paula Arbaugh and I am a wife and mother to three growing boys. I am also a Boy Scout leader and love to go camping, hiking and cook outdoors. My faith is very important to me and I enjoy doing both women’s and couple’s bible studies with other families...
  • Blog Post: Social factors could erase gains in heart disease, stroke

    Although deaths from heart attacks and strokes have been declining thanks to advances in prevention and treatment, social factors such as race and income could reverse that trend, according to a first-of-its-kind statement from the American Heart Association. The incidence of heart disease and stroke...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Margo Knefelkamp

    Margo Knefelkamp, Indiana While working full-time and earning her MBA, Margo adopted healthier habits that helped her lose 100 pounds. She joined a CrossFit gym and exercises multiple times per week. She cut sugar-sweetened beverages and began eating healthier foods. The results have been an inspiration...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association Praises Historic FDA Action to Remove Trans Fat from Foods

    Washington, D.C., June 16, 2015 – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final determination that partially hydrogenated oils are no longer “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS), released today: “The...
  • Blog Post: Op-Ed: Wisconsin should encourage sidewalks and bikeways

    Check out this great op-ed that was printed in the Wisconsin State Journal this month. It was submitted by Andy Wiegman, a member of our State Advocacy Committee and a member of the Metro-Milwaukee Board of Directors for the American Heart Association. "In Wisconsin, some politicians in the Legislature...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Scott & Danielle Hawkins

    Scott & Danielle Hawkins Michigan In April of 2014 my husband, Scott, had an Ateriovenous Malformation (AVM) rupture. Fortunately, Scott knew something was happening because he had an intense headache and slurred speech. After calling me, we both called 911. That phone call saved Scott's...
  • 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: Spring Heart Walk season is here!

    Heart Walk season is here! Would you like to start a team and bring your friends and family on board? Can you help us get your company involved? If you’d like more information, drop an email to Jason.Harder@heart.org and I’ll connect you with the Corporate Events Director in your area! Here’s...
  • Blog Post: Wear Red Day Reception at the Capitol 2015

    We are glad to have so many wonderful advocates, volunteers, survivors and lawmakers who were able to join us for our Wear Red Day reception at the Capitol last week. Special thanks go out to Senator Jennifer Shilling and her staff for all their help. Thanks also to Cari Anne Renlund, 2015 Madison Go...
  • Blog Post: November is National Family Caregivers Month.

    Each November, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognizes National Family Caregivers Month (NFCM) to acknowledge the millions of family caregivers who are caring for their loved ones with a chronic disease. With 2.2 million stroke family caregivers in the U.S., the AHA/ASA...
  • Blog Post: October is Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month

    Do you know the difference between a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest? People often use these terms interchangeably, but they are not synonyms. A heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked, and sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating unexpectedly...
  • Blog Post: The State of Obesity: Wisconsin's Report

    In recognition of Childhood Obesity Awareness month, we are pleased to be able to provide our advocates with the most recent statistics on childhood obesity in our state and across the nation. The State of Obesity report (formerly F as in Fat), a project of the Trust for America’s Health and the...
  • Blog Post: Let us feature you and your "why"

    The American Heart Association recently launched its new brand “Life is Why.” We want people to experience more of life's precious moments. It's why we've made better heart and brain health our mission. What is your “why?” Tell us why you advocate for heart health...
  • Blog Post: Pulse Oximetry - it's official!

    The big news from last week was all about Pulse Oximetry! As of Thursday, July 3, all babies born in Wisconsin will be screened for CCHD prior to hospital discharge. There has been a lot of great media coverage about this - click the link below to read a great article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel...
  • Blog Post: Across America, 23 million students are eating healthier thanks to Farm to School programs

    A 2012 study by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation predicted that obesity rates in the U.S.could exceed 44% by 2030, costing our country an additional $66 billion per year in medical expenses. But here's the good news: After years of focused initiatives to address...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy in the News

    Click here to read or listen to audio of Brad Gast, Chairman of the American Heart Association's Wisconsin's Advocacy Committee, discuss the victories that made 2014 such a great year for advocacy at the AHA! These successes are driven by volunteers like you. If you'd like to get more...
  • Blog Post: Session may be over, but you can still get involved!

    While the state legislature may not be in session right now, there are still ways we need your help! Stay involved this summer by checking out all the current Action Alerts you can still take part in! Urge Congress to participate in American Stroke Month! May is American Stroke Month,...