Throughout the year, our blog will feature AHA volunteer stories of survival and hope. We know there are thousands of stories like these - thats why we want to say “Thanks” to all of you for giving your time and sharing your lives with us. You can’t spell CURE without U! Thank you for all you do to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. YOU’RE THE CURE!

Friday, December 18, 2009

TAKE ACTION! Resolve to Make Minnesota Heart Healthy in 2010!

2010 is fast approaching and with a new year comes new opportunities to make Minnesota a healthier place to live.

The Minnesota Legislature will convene on Feb. 4th, 2010. Follow the link below to contact your Representative, Senator, and Governor Pawlenty about the heart healthy policies they should make a priority in 2010:

Resolve to Make Minnesota Heart Healthy in 2010

In 2010, your American Heart Association will be working with legislators on three top priorities:

1. Increasing the price of tobacco in Minnesota to build a more comprehensive approach to helping Minnesotans quit smoking and prevent people from starting altogether.

2. Creating statewide standards for physical education in our state. Overweight /obesity are a primary risk factor for heart disease and stroke, the leading cause of death in Minnesota. PE Standards in schools will teach our children the importance of exercise.

3. Passing a statewide Complete Streets policy in 2010. A Complete Streets policy means that our streets and roadways will be safer and more accessible for pedestrians, transit riders, bicyclists, and drivers--all users, regardless of age or ability. With safer commutes and walkable/bikable paths, more Minnesotans will have the choice to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Resolve to Make Minnesota Heart Healthy in 2010

We wish you a happy holiday season and thank you for all you continue to do to support a healthy lifestyle in Minnesota!

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