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Creating a Culture of Health
We are working to weave healthy living practices and opportunities into our community. From teaming up with city leaders to support more walking and biking routes, to driving initiatives that make healthier food options available in all neighborhoods, to providing our kids with more opportunities to be active in school – we are making it easier to be healthy where we live, work and play in Kansas.
Wichita Sweetheart Program
The Sweetheart program is for young ladies who will be a sophomores and juniors in high school for the 2018-2019 school year. The program trains girls in all areas of the American Heart Association through volunteering, advocacy, learning about heart-healthy lifestyles, and discovering how they can individually fight heart disease and stroke – all in a fun environment.
Focusing on the Need
There is no quick fix, no one way to solve complex health issues that are affecting this generation and generations to come. That’s why we’re focused on the areas within communities where there is an opportunity to make the greatest impact. Because at the center of it all, we have Kansas at Heart.
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Improving Quality of Life
Living healthy and free of disease makes a critical difference in quality of life. That's why we are working to raise awareness about the vital effect lifestyle has on health, especially poor nutrition and inactivity, and to help children form healthy habits that will last a lifetime by removing obstacles to making healthy choices.
Ensuring Healthy Environments
Being a Kansan should help our health, not harm it. We're working to increase opportunities for people to incorporate physical activity into their everyday lives and to make nutritious foods more accessible and affordable for all. We're also working to enact statewide and local policies the raise the minimum legal sale age for all tobacco products to 21.
Strengthening the Economy
A community's well-being is directly related to the health of its local economy. On average, men and women spend more than half of their waking hours at work. That is why we collaborate with the business community to help create a more physically active, health-conscious culture in the office. From blood pressure screenings to fitness days, our local worksites are starting to work for our wellbeing. The American Heart Association is also helping reverse the tax burden from obesity and disease-related healthcare costs by working to increase taxes on items that contribute to disease.
With human ingenuity, we can prevent heart disease and stroke — and care for people who suffer from these devastating diseases. In Kansas, we are fueling discovery, providing more than $1.9 million to fund 11 studies at local research institutions. Twenty-two Kansas hospitals are participating in our Quality programs, including Get With the Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline.
Policy has the power to protect our health, improve communities and drive lasting change. The American Heart Association empowers citizens to take informed action on local and state policies because we can all benefit from things like smoke free laws and complete streets. Thanks to our advocacy efforts, all high school students in Kansas will learn CPR before graduation, and 20 Kansas communities have raised the age to purchase tobacco products to 21.