What We Do in Minnesota

OUR MISSION
Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
The American Heart Association is working to improve the cardiovascular health of ALL Americans by 20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20% by the year 2020.

Fewer people are dying from heart disease and stroke, but improving the cardiovascular health of ALL Americans has had mixed results - obesity among adults, and physical activity and cholesterol for kids.

Our My Heart. My Life.TM prevention platform includes:

  • Teaching Gardens to encourage school children to eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Cooking Classes to help parents prepare healthy meals for their families
  • Walking Clubs and Walking Paths to promote exercise and safe places to walk
  • Fit-Friendly Worksite Program to recognize employee wellness initiatives
  • Heart Walks to celebrate healthy lifestyles and fund research and health initiatives
  • Reducing sodium and sugar-sweetened beverages as personal choices and default options in the community.

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Reichen Farmington MN

Six-year-old Reichen, of Farmington, had a stroke before birth because his mom was allergic to an element in his blood.

Medical advances have protected his little sister from a similar stroke.

Reichen and his family are long-time Heart Walk volunteers, raising awareness that stroke can impact even children.