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  • Blog Post: New Road Map to the End of Hunger Launched in Minnesota

    The Public News Service of Minnesota published an article on Food Insecurity in our state. AHA's Rachel Callanan serves on the Steering Committee of the Minnesota Food Charter. Check it out! DULUTH, Minn. - Minnesota is set to roll out a new plan on ending hunger as hundreds of advocates from...
  • Blog Post: Dr. John Wheeler - Heart & Stroke Medical Professional Hero 2014

    Each year the American Heart Association recognizes some exceptional individuals who have given back in extraordinary ways; including a survivor who has faced heart disease or stroke with courage and constructive action; a medical professional who has dedicated their life to helping people who suffer...
  • Blog Post: High School Student Cigarette Use Drops to 10.6 Percent!

    The Minnesota Department of Health sent out a news release today on cigarette use among high school students in our state, check our the article below! Cigarette use among high school students drops to 10.6 percent Minnesota's first e-cigarette survey finds 12.9 percent used or tried e-cigs...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Advocacy Summit - Minnesota

    Last month we held the first You're the Cure Advocacy Summit in Minnesota for our insider advocates, those who reached Champion and Hero rank in the previous fiscal year.  Our insiders started the day sharing their stories and their "Life is Why." Then the group reviewed the upcoming...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Rock Rocklage

    Rock Rocklage Rosemount, MN When the helicopter arrived they refused to transport me stating; "We don't transport dead people." My cardiac event occurred at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 22, 2007. I was driving to a client's house for a listing appointment in Apple Valley, MN...
  • Blog Post: My Story: AmandaJean Beaulieu

    AmandaJean Beaulieu Minneapolis, MN They say we only have one heart. Some of us are lucky enough to know someone who got a second heart. My family has been supporting the American Heart Association since 1994 when my cousin Emma became the first infant in MN to receive a heart transplant. Sadly she...
  • Blog Post: Move Up in Ranks - Meet Your Lawmakers in St. Paul!

    Starting in January , we'll be working on many great issues to make Minnesota a healthier state! Join us at one of the upcoming Lobby Days to advocate for Heart Health! February 18th, 2015 Legislative Breakfast - Systems of Care REGISTER HERE Learn about the importance of acute care issues...
  • Blog Post: Have a Story? Share It with Us!

    Sharing your own personal story is the most effective way to advocate for healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke! As you have noticed, the You’re the Cure community site now features pictures and stories of real advocates – people like you whose lives have been impacted...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Speak to Minneapolis School Board on PE Requirements

    Tuesday night, three advocates spoke at the Minneapolis School Board meeting regarding lowering the PE requirement in Minneapolis school. We would like to thank Toben, Claudia and Lars for contributing very compelling points from your specific perspectives! Check out Lars' notes on what he spoke...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Angie Eoff

    Angie Eoff Saint Louis Park, MN At the age of 25 I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Cardiomyopathy, a rare but serious condition that causes the heart muscle to become inflamed and to work less efficiently. Over the next 6 years, I was implanted with an ICD twice and gave birth to a son in 2007. I was...
  • Blog Post: Prep Yourself for the MN Legislative Session!

    Now that our elected officials have returned to St. Paul, we are off and running in the advocacy department as well. Before we jump right in and ask you to make those important phone calls and send those urgent emails to the legislature, here is a quick rundown of the issues we're going to be focusing...
  • Blog Post: Meet the New Surgeon General

    Dr. Vivek Murthy was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December to serve as the next surgeon general of the United States. The surgeon general is America’s top public health official, and his responsibilities range from managing disease to promoting prevention and a healthy start for our kids. ...
  • Blog Post: Minneapolis School Board Votes to Cut P.E. Requirement

    Despite our best efforts, the Minneapolis School Board voted tonight to cut physical education (PE) and Health graduation requirements in half. This is not only bad for the health of Minneapolis students but also bad for their academic success, as fit kids learn better. Thanks to newly seated board...
  • Blog Post: Funding a Healthier Minnesota Through Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure

    The Capitol’s been busy in the early days of session. Move MN announced their transportation funding vision last week and on Monday Senator Scott Dibble unveiled his transportation funding bill. We’re excited to say that both demonstrate a commitment to bike/ped and call for $50M+/year to...
  • Blog Post: Adult Smoking Rate falls to 14.4 Percent in Minnesota!

    The Minnesota Department of Health posted a news release today on the fall of Minnesota's smoking rate. Check out the article below! Findings from the latest Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey (MATS) show that Minnesota is continuing to make progress in reducing tobacco use. Minnesota’s adult...
  • Blog Post: Litchfield Community Weighs In on Transportation Funding

    This week the editorial board of the Litchfield Independent Review overwhelmingly endorsed Move MN's balanced and holistic legislative proposal. The op-ed agrees that Minnesota needs a 10-year commitment to fix our bridges, improve state highways and local roads, expand access to transit and create...
  • Blog Post: Study Shows Impact of MN Tobacco Tax Increase

    Check out how the tobacco industry is responding to the tax increase below in this new study from SMARTalk! A newly published paper in Tobacco Control (Brock B, Choi K, Boyle RG, Moilanen M & Schillo BA, January 6, 2015) examines the tobacco industry’s response to a sizeable 2013 Minnesota...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Gene Johnson

    Gene Johnson New Brighton, MN On Sept.11,2002 I had a heart attack, followed immediately by a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). I had a series of miracles and fortuitous events that followed. My daughter called and told my wife to check on dad. I was laying on the driveway with the garden hose spewing...
  • Blog Post: Go Red event at Mall of America

    This past Saturday, AHA held a Go Red Health Fair at the Mall of America. You’re the Cure advocates were there collecting petition cards in support of active transportation policy – funding walk and bike paths as part of the larger transportation investment in the state of Minnesota. We...
  • Blog Post: Last Chance to Register for the MN Legislative Breakfast!

    The Minnesota Legislative Breakfast is coming up next Wednesday February 18th at the Kelly Inn! Register now to join advocates from Minnesota to speak with legislators in a strong, unified voice about the importance of acute care issues when treating heart disease and stroke. During this event you will...
  • Blog Post: EMS Transport Protocols Bill Passes to House Floor!

    Justin Bell (AHA), Buck McAlpin (MAA) and Rep. Nick Zerwas were up at the Capitol yesterday when House File 513 passed out of HHS Reform Committee and made its way to the House floor! The bill updates EMS protocols for stroke patients and includes the newly designated stroke hospitals across MN so that...
  • Blog Post: Facts Show Health Improvement from 2013 Tobacco Tax Increase

    MINNPOST's article from yesterday shows that the 2013 tobacco tax increase is improving health throughout the state of Minnesota! Check out the article below. (Photo - MINNPOST/Flickr) It has been a year and a half since Minnesota implemented the 2013 tobacco tax increase of $1.60 per pack of...
  • Blog Post: First MN Legislative Breakfast was a Success!

    There are lobby days and events at the Capitol every day, but there has never been a day focused on EMS and Acute Care…until yesterday!! AHA MN partnered with the MN Ambulance Association, the College of Emergency Physicians, the MN Resuscitation Consortium, the MN Trauma System and the MN Office...
  • Blog Post: Study Shows More Deaths Linked to Smoking

    Check out this article from the Public News Source posted today! Smoking is deadlier than we have thought! (Picture - Franco/Flickr) ST. PAUL, Minn. - While many of the dangers of smoking have been well known for some time, new research shows that the consequences may be larger and deadlier than previously...
  • Blog Post: An Update from the Capitol: Different approaches to transportation funding in 2015

    The Republican House Majority bill ( HF 4 – Rep. Kelly, Red Wing) calls for $750 million over the next four years, through redirecting existing dollars, tapping the state’s budget surplus to the tune of $200 million, and through greater "efficiencies" at MnDOT. Their bill is exclusively...