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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 Omaha.
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 Omaha at Heart.
- Columbus Go Red For Women, Location: Ramada Columbus and River's Edge Convention Center, Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 05:00 PM
- Omaha Heart & Stroke Ball, Location: CHI Health Center Omaha, Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 05:00 PM
- Lincoln Heart Ball, Location: Embassy Suites Lincoln, Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 05:30 PM
- Omaha-Council Bluffs Heart Walk, Location: Stinson Park, Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 07:00 AM
Improving Quality of Life
Living healthy and free of disease makes a critical difference in quality of life. In Omaha, life expectancy can vary by 14 years from zip code to zip code. 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 Nebraskan should help our health, not harm it. At the American Heart Association, 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 — whether you're in Omaha, Western Nebraska or anywhere in between.
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're working with Omaha-area businesses 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 pushing 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 the Cornhusker state, we are fueling discovery, providing more than $1.7 million to fund 10 studies at Nebraska research institutions. Through Nebraska Mission: Lifeline, the American Heart Association has led the development of statewide systems of care for heart attack patients. We have provided 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) equipment to nearly 100 emergency medical services across Nebraska, and are working closely with the state’s critical access hospital health systems.
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 air. We led the effort to have all newborns screened for critical congenital heart defects with pulse oximetry before leaving the hospital. We fought for local physical education requirements and are working to have all Nebraska high school students learn CPR before graduating.