Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin
The purpose of the Community Action Grant initiative is to improve the cardiovascular health of the communities we serve and advance our 2010 Impact Goal. The programs must meet the goals and mission of the American Heart Association strategic plan.
The following program focus areas may be directed at the public or health professionals and meet the requirements for application of these funds:
- Women and Heart Disease
- Cultural Health Initiatives
- Stroke Prevention and Education
- Childhood Obesity
- Physical Activity
- Grassroots advocacy in support of AHA policy priorities
- Community CPR
Submit applications electronically. Applications will go through a first-round review by a volunteer board of directors or task force for your metro market or region. The top five applications from each market/region will be forwarded to the Midwest Affiliate health strategies committee for the final review.
Application Due: Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 5:00 PM CST
Submit electronically to: Lisa.Wilson @heart.org
All applicants will be notified by June 15, 2009. Funding will begin July 1, 2009.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Physical education standards vital for students
Duluth News Tribune
January 22, 2009
All teachers know fit kids get better grades. The Minnesota Legislature and Gov. Tim Pawlenty need to be convinced.
During the past few years, a measure was introduced to create statewide physical-education standards and reinstate physical education as a graduation requirement. Our kids deserve to learn lifelong healthy habits. We have seen what happens when physical education programs decline.
Let’s do the right thing for our schools, our kids, and the health of our state. It’s a win-win-win situation.
View letter online
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Tell your legislator you support the prevention of heart disease and stroke - through strong phy ed programs, state funding, tobacco tax and efforts aimed at women.
I am going to have a tough year at the capitol. The economy is on everyone's mind and we need to demonstrate how prevention programs are good for Minnesotans' physical *and* financial health. I need your commitment to help me convince legislators about the importance of these programs. Can I count on you?
Thanks for being an American Heart Association advocate! Together we can improve the health of our state!
Rachel Callanan, JD
Senior Advocacy Director
P.S. Will I see you at Heart on the Hill? Register today!
Save the date! We'll be hosting a working conference on March 17-18 in Bloomington, Minn., for community health boards and tribal governments that plan to apply for SHIP funding.
Visit MDH's website for more information.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
The Minnesota state budget is in bad shape. We have a huge deficit yet many important programs that need to be funded to prevent heart disease and stroke. This means that state legislators need to find opportunities to raise more revenue if we want programs to remain funded.
The Minnesota House of Representatives is asking Minnesotans for ideas on how to fill the budget gaps. The American Heart Association has an idea: increase the tobacco tax! Increasing the tobacco tax would raise funds that could be dedicated to programs like the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Unit and to fund the Minnesota Women’s Heart Health Promotion Act. It would also saves lives through those who would quit smoking and preventing people from starting. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death.
Please share this idea with the Minnesota House of Representatives!
Shoot me an email to let me know you submitted an idea so we can track our effectiveness!
To learn more:
Tobacco use in Minnesota
How increasing the tobacco tax raises money and saves lives