Northwest’s McNeese honored for commitment to American Heart Association

Originally published April 18, 2019 in the Nodaway News-Leader.

The American Heart Association recognized Gina McNeese, an instructor of health and physical education at Northwest Missouri State University and the Horace Mann Laboratory School, with its Mission Impact Award for her commitment to physical fitness instruction and 30 years of leading students through the organization’s Kids Heart Challenge on April 12.

Stephanie Jumps, a youth market director with the American Heart Association, presented a medal and plaque to McNeese in front of a crowd of more than 400 third and fourth grade students and teachers from schools throughout Nodaway County. McNeese was leading them through fitness activities during the Hy-Vee Kids Fit event at the Carl and Cheryl Hughes Fieldhouse on the Northwest campus. Read More

Activity program improves students’ physical and emotional well-being

Originally published Jan. 1, 2019 by WCAX-TV.

A nationwide program from The American Heart Association is trying to keep students active in school, and address both their physical and emotional well-being. Chris Martinez shows us how it’s helping get students in Los Angeles on a healthy track for life.

For kids at LA’s Fairburn Elementary School, every morning starts with a workout. Read More


Heart association honors Portland phys ed teacher

Originally published Dec. 26, 2017 in The Forecaster.

By Kate Irish Collins The Forecaster

PORTLAND — Raising awareness around heart health and encouraging students to give back are important life lessons.

That’s why Denise Pressier, the physical education teacher at Lincoln Middle School, enrolls her students in the annual Hoops for Heart community service fundraiser. The Hoops for Heart event benefits the American Heart Association and this year Pressier was honored for her long-time commitment to the cause with the Hoops for Heart Coordinator of the Year award from the Maine chapter of the association.

The presentation took place at the annual conference of the Maine Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, at the Samoset Resort in Rockland. Pressier, who’s taught phys ed at Lincoln Middle for the past 15 years, said, “I was honored to win this award. I have supported this event for many years … (and it) was special to be honored by my peers.”

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IHT Recognized by the American Heart Association

On March 6th, CEO Ben Bentzin and President Jen Ohlson presented at the American Heart Association’s Health Science Innovation • Investment Forum in New York City for the final round of the AHA’s 2020 Innovation Challenge. The IHT Spirit System was awarded first place, topping hundreds of technology company’s from across the country as the best new innovation addressing the AHA mission of building healthier lives and the AHA 2020 goal “to improve the cardiovascular health of Americans by 20 percent and reduce the number of heart-disease related deaths by 20 percent by the year 2020”.

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