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Yankton Rural AHEC Receives Large Grant

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Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 10:23 pm

Yankton Rural Area Health Education Center (YRAHEC) is the recipient of a one-year Community Action Grant from the American Heart Association for 2013-14. The Community Action Grant initiative is designed to help achieve the American Heart Association’s mission: to build healthier lives, free from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Projects were asked to focus on one or more of “Life’s Simple 7,”the seven key factors to good health outlined on www.mylifecheck.org, and/or align with one of the association’s strategic focus areas: advocacy; CPR & first aid; quality and systems improvement; and health      equity.

YRAHEC is one of 29 grant recipients, out of a total of 172 applicants, across an 11-state region served by the American Heart Association’s Midwest Affiliate. YRAHEC received $3,000 in funding to support the 4-H Emergency Life Saving Project, which will train 4-H leaders and youth to properly respond to a sudden cardiac arrest emergency by knowing how to administer CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) increasing a victim’s likelihood of survival.

According to Bart Hallberg, Community Program Manager of YRAHEC, “We are delighted to receive this funding from the American Heart Association, which will enable us to educate people about how to live a healthy life and improve the heart health of our         community.”

For more information about the project, contact Hallberg at YRAHEC, 605-655-1400 or visit www.yrahec.org. To learn more about the American Heart Association and their Community Action Grant program, visit www.heart.org/.

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