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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 Minnesota.
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 Minnesota at Heart.
Celebrating Community, Addressing Health Equity
Michelle Davenport shared her story of survival and was honored at the Twin Cities Heart Ball. She is leading the way in addressing health equity by educating her community about blood pressure and stroke symptoms. African Americans have the highest rate of stroke, in fact, they are twice as likely to suffer a stroke compared to whites. That’s why the American Heart Association has begun to partner with local groups to address the role social determinants play in determining health. Where you live and the conditions in which you live impact life expectancy and quality of life more than genetics or clinical care. Join Michelle and help us close the gap.
Improving Quality of Life
Living healthy and free of disease makes a critical difference in quality of life. But life expectancy for babies born to mothers in Minneapolis and St. Paul can vary as much 13 years across neighborhoods just a few miles apart. 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 Minnesotan 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. With help from AHA, Edina became the first city in Minnesota to raise the age to purchase tobacco and nicotine products to 21. Since then several other cities have done the same and others are working to do so.
Strengthening the Economy
A community's well-being is directly related to the health of its local economy. The American Heart Association is helping reverse the tax burden from obesity and disease-related healthcare costs by increasing taxes on items that contribute to disease, like sugar sweetened beverages. On average, men and women spend more than half of their waking hours at work – which can have a significant impact on our health. That is why we collaborate with the local 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.
In Minnesota, we are fueling discovery, funding $6.2 million in research at local institutions. We also reached over 2,500 patients in local hospitals using our care guidelines and over 60,000 Minnesotan’s with our clinical “Target: BP” and community “Check, Change, Control” blood pressure programs.
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. Thanks to our advocacy efforts, all high school students in Minnesota will learn CPR before graduation, creating thousands of new lifesavers every year.