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Pump Up P.E. Webinar

On Monday, January 25, 2016 join us from 12:30pm-2pm for a webinar on how physical educators can better engage parents as champions of physical education and school health. Hosted by the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity’s workgroup on Childhood Nutrition & Physical Activity in Educational Settings, this webinar will feature physical educators, school leaders, physicians, and a parent who have all worked to promote physical education and community health in partnership with schools. Participants will learn practical strategies for when and how to engage parents and the role parents can play in advocating for physical education and physical activity in schools. Click here to read more about the upcoming webinar.

Register for the webinar today!

Speakers include:

Sandy Noel, retired physical educator and co-chair of the IAPO workgroup

Mark Peysakhovich, Senior Director of Government Relations at the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and co-chair of the IAPO workgroup

Dan Phelps, Assistant Principal, Hononegah Community High School

Martha Carmen, Physical Education/Science Teacher, Edison Park Elementary School

Tim Sanborn, Cardiology Division, NorthShore University HealthSystem and Clinical Professor, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Sandy Shackelford, parent from O’Fallon, Illinois

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Register Now for the Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day 2016!

Register now for the Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day!

Don’t miss a chance to lend your voice to help improve the health of Minnesota kids by attending our 2nd Minnesotans For Healthy Kids Coalition Day at the Capitol. Join us on March 16, 2016 to advocate with others around the state by talking with your lawmakers.

During the morning you will attend advocacy workshops and trainings and then put those new skills to the test by meeting with your state legislators. Breakfast and lunch are included, and meetings with your state legislators will be scheduled for you.

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55102
8:00 AM—4:00 PM
Register online now!

Or call 952-278-7928 by March 2, 2016
This year's issues include:
Quality Physical Education
Safer Walking and Biking 

For more details and to register, visit

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Expanded Healthy Food Access Plan Backed by MN Health Advocates

Check out this article from the Public News Service! Learn about the new Good Food Access Fund campaign going on in Minnesota!

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As many people are planning for their next big holiday meal, health advocates say about 900,000 Minnesotans don't have access to affordable and nutritious foods. To help, several groups are backing an initiative called the Good Food Access Fund.

Lance Knuckles, community outreach director for the Community Reinvestment Fund, said the problem also includes about 200,000 kids in the state.

"A full 27 percent of Minnesota's youth between the ages of 10 and 17 are overweight or obese, due in part to the lack of access to healthy foods." Check out the rest of the article here

Photo: iStockPhoto

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Save the Date - 2016 Legislative Breakfast!

Can you believe that 2015 is almost over? The new Legislative Session is quickly approaching and with that comes our annual breakfast! This year we have teamed up with the Healthier Iowa Coalition and will be focusing on our Safe Routes to School efforts. RSVP today!

Healthier Iowa Legislative Breakfast at the Capitol
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 from 7 - 9 AM (stop by anytime!)
Iowa State Capitol - Rotunda, 1007 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA

We'll be talking about the importance of Safe Routes to School and there will be activities for the kids, so feel free to bring the whole family!

Safe Routes to School creates safe and convenient opportunities for children to bike and walk to and from school, helping to reverse the alarming rise in childhood obesity. It will also promote academic performance and reduces healthcare costs in the state of Iowa.

We'd love to see you there! Use this opportunity to grab a free heart-healthy breakfast and spend 5 or 10 minutes introducing yourself to your lawmakers. It's the perfect time to let them know what's on your mind as they go to work for YOU.

Just click this link to RSVP today!

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IAHPERD Convention

On November 19th and 20th, hundreds of Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD) members gathered at the IAHPERD Convention in Saint Charles, Illinois to hear the latest on Physical Education (P.E.) in Illinois schools. 248 attendees helped protect P.E. in Illinois by signing a petition asking Governor Rauner and their state legislators to not propose any legislation that will eliminate or reduce physical education in Illinois schools.

Add your voice to the fight and text HEARTIL to 52886! Then help us spread the word by asking friends and family to do the same.

Thank you for your support!

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Minnesota You're the Cure Advocacy Summit - 2015

Last month we held the 2nd Annual You're the Cure Advocacy Summit in Minnesota for our insider advocates!

Our insiders started the day introducing themselves and painting their favorite fruit or vegetable.




The theme of the summit this year was "INSPIRED." Throughout the day advocates told us how they are inspired through the training and projects provided.

One of the new things brough to this year's summit was THE LEGISLATIVE GAMES, where advocates split into two teams and set up how the legislative process is run on game boards. At the end of the game, Annie threw in a wild card at them, one was what happens if your bill doesn't get signed by the Governor? Adovcates then had to show more ways that they reach the Governor and get them to sign, run a social media campaign, get petition cards signed, etc.

See more pictures from this year's summit HERE

Want to be a YTC Insider and be at next year’s summit? Start taking action at and move up in ranks!

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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 to work towards improving community health; in Wisconsin, we are working towards increasing levels of physical activity amongst elementary age students in the Fox Valley (Calumet, Fond du Lac, Outagamie, and Winnebago counties) and Crawford County. Towards that end, we have partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to expand their Active Schools Core 4+ strategies to eight new elementary schools. The Active Schools Core 4+ strategies are strategies to help students achieve more of their recommended minutes of daily physical activity throughout the entirety of the school day. These four strategies are: Before School, After School, Active Classrooms, Active Recess, and the plus stands for Family and Community Engagement.


Schools that participate in the ANCHOR Program will be introduced to and receive training on these strategies in order to help increase the opportunities their students have to be physically active throughout the day. We know that active students are better learners, with increased attentiveness, memory, and decreased negative behavioral outcomes. By participating in the ANCHOR program, the schools in these five Wisconsin counties are taking steps to ensure the success of their students, and future generations of students, in the years to come.

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Why a Sugar Tax Works!

Over the past several decades, the world has become increasingly aware of the role of added sugar, particularly in beverages, as a major factor linked with of increased weight gain, diabetes, and many other health problems as well as dental caries. The World Health Organization, most international cancer societies and the American Heart Association are among the many global organizations that call for major regulatory efforts to reduce consumption of added sugar, particularly from beverages.

Why beverages: we have learned that when we consume a beverage — be it water, tea, coffee or caloric ones such as soft drinks and fruit drinks, we do not reduce our food intake to compensate for this. There is a very large body of literature that has created a consensus that reducing intake of caloric beverages rich in added sugar is critical to help prevent not only obesity but many other diet-related noncommunicable diseases.

In addition, we have learned and created a global consensus that reducing added sugar, even from food, will enhance our health.

Click here to continue reading the opinion piece from the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Important Messages on School Nutrition Delivered During August Recess Visits

You're the Cure advocates stepped up to the plate for school meals this August, and gave Members of Congress reasons why they shouldn't roll-back strong nutrition standards for school meals! Delivering a special school lunch tray highlighting facts on the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. We can't go back! Protect strong school nutrition standards and reject any effort to go back to school meals loaded with salt, fat, and sugar!

A special thank you goes out to all of the advocates who helped make this August Recess a success!   Dale Wakasugi visited Senator Amy Klobuchar's office.








Dr. Courtney Baechler and her two kids stopped by Representative Keith Ellison's office.


Jo DeBruycker and Rachel Callanan met with Representative Collin Peterson's staff.








Amanda Bartschenfeld dropped off materials to Representative Betty McCollum's office.


 Angela Alexander, Cindy Kaigama, Peggy Paul and Rachel Callanan met with Jake Coleman, the District Outreach Coordinator for  Rep. Erik Paulsen's office.

Rachel Callanan, Carrie-Ann Canney, Madeline and Colin Roberts, Elaine Larson, Jack Olwell, Lisa, Liam, and Gavin Hoffman met with District Coordinator Brooke Schaeffer of Rep. John Kline's office.

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Health Challenge for Minnesota Families Starts in September

The Minnesota News Connection posted an article today on the Life Is Why Family Health Challenge!

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The number of children who are overweight or obese in Minnesota has been swelling for decades, but a month-long event starting Tuesday aims to gain some traction in reversing that trend.

The Life is Why Family Health Challenge is broken down into four themed weeks. American Heart Association volunteer Carrie McLeod says the first component is focused on the foods people buy at the grocery store and is called My Cart is Why.

"Which helps your family to understand the importance of fruits and vegetables and has some fun, easy activities for the children to take part it," she explains. "So that it can really be a fun thing and not an 'Oh, gosh, you have to eat your broccoli' kind of thing." Continue reading here

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