Making Headlines

NEMO Heart Health’s first annual Celebrity Stride for Your Heart Day made the news! Kirksville Daily Express’ Taylor Muller wrote a gratifying article summarizing the event hosted at the local Hy-Vee.

‘Dozens of local celebrities took it in stride at Hy-Vee for the closeout event for NEMO Heart Health and its celebration of all things cardiac during February as Heart Month.
All throughout February the local heart health group hosted awareness events at Hy-Vee and throughout Kirksville aimed at encouraging and facilitating heart health both before and after crucial and dangerous moments like cardiac arrest or strokes.
“We just wanted to get people thinking about healthy activity,” said Troy Mihalevich, NEMO Heart Health Board president. “The month is an opportunity for people to think about heart health and the food we put in our bodies and our activity levels every day.”
For seven hours Saturday, about three dozen local celebrities, elected officials and city, Truman State and Northeast Regional employees took turns walking or jogging for 15 minutes on a treadmill situated in the middle of Hy-Vee.
The runners brought attention, and about $730 in donations, to NEMO Heart Health and its mission of heart care. After setting out to buy and place 50 automated external defibrillators in the Kirksville community in five years, the group has managed to place 100 AEDs in just the past four.
“We could have all 100 of our AEDs out there but if no one pulls it out of the cabinet or uses it at the important time, they’re worthless,” Mihalevich said.
With the automatic defibrillation units scattered across Kirksville, NEMO Heart Health is turning its attention to the education and prevention aspects of heart health, both informing the public on AED use, but also steps that can help prevent cardiac arrest and the need for an AED.
“We need to get the word out on how easy an AED is to use,” Mihalevich said. “This is a big deal. This can save peoples’ lives.”’

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Photos courtesy of Taylor Muller/Kirksville Daily Express


We’d like to give a big thanks to all of the local celebrities who walked for heart awareness and to everyone who donated to keep the celebrities on their feet. We were able to raise $730 thanks to all of you!




Celebrity Stride For Your Heart Schedule

Here is the schedule for tomorrow’s first Celebrity Stride for Your Heart Day!

Come on out to Hy-Vee Saturday February 22 (tomorrow) from 8-3 and see the following celebrities walk for heart awareness!  They must walk for five minutes, and then YOUR donations keep them walking (up to 15 minutes total time).

We will have a lot of awesome stuff going on too!  AED Demonstrations?  YES!  Free Green Smoothie Samples?  YOU BET!  Free Water Bottles?  ABSOLUTELY!  ST Louis Cardinal Giveaways?  YES! YES! YES!  Even a chance for some free ticket passes?  YES!!!

See you Saturday at Hy-Vee!

Time Name Representing
8:00-8:15 Sheriff Hardwick Adair County Sheriff
8:15-8:30 Dr. Coe Ann Hardwick Complete Chiropractic Care
8:30-8:45 Dr. Kevin Rhodes Northeast Regional Medical Group
8:45-9:00 Amanda Rhodes Northeast Regional Medical Group
9:00-9:15 Ryan Ronan KTVO – SPORTS
9:15-9:30 Dr. Christopher Halliday ATSU’s School of Dentistry
9:30-9:45 Kelli Hunsicker NEMO Heart Health/NRMC
9:45-10:00 Samantha Croix KTVO Good Morning Heartland
10:00-10:15 Jerry Wollmering Truman State University Athletic Director
10:15-10:30 Jenny Zweifel Miss Northwest County
10:30-10:45 John Nolan Trumascape
10:45-11:00 Steve Farnsworth Kirksville Police Dept
11:00-11:15 Abbi Berry Truman State University – Homecoming Queen/Cardinal Key
11:15-11:30 Dr. Janice Clark Truman State University Health & Exercise Science
11:30-11:45 Chris Schisler Truman State University Homecoming King
11:45-12:00 Kelly Freeland Northeast Health Council
12:00-12:15 Jeff Suchomel Store Manager, Hy-Vee
12:15-12:30 Matt Heeren AT Still University
12:30-12:45 Laura Gruber Northeast Regional Healthy Woman/Senior Circle
12:45-1:00 Dr. Joseph Novinger ATSU & NEMO Health Council
1:00-1:15 Paula Brawner VP Treatment Services Preferred Family
1:15-1:30 Kathy Adkins Bank Midwest Assistant VP
1:30-1:45 Lora Shipley Hy-Vee Pharmacy Tech
1:45-2:00 Eric Shahan Hy-Vee Kitchen Employee
2:00-2:15 Dr. Dana Valencia Northeast Regional Heart Center
2:15-2:30 Dr. John Rickelman NEMO HH Medical Director
2:30-2:45 Ranee Brayton CEO – Northeast Regional Medical Center

NEMO Heart Health on KTVO

Kelli Hunsicker, Treasurer of NEMO Heart Health, stopped by Good Morning Heartland on February 13, 2014 to promote heart month and Rock the Town Red day.  See what she had to say here:


It’s National Heart Month

In case you weren’t aware, February is National Heart Month.  NEMO Heart Health has been working hard to Rock the Town Red!  I am sure by now you have seen or ordered (thank you!) the shirts for Rock the Town Red Day Friday February 14th.  And have you seen the RED ribbon tied around the poles downtown?  Why do we want to Rock the Town Red so badly?  To make the community aware of how important heart health is.  We have all been touched by someone with cardiovascular disease so we know how important it is to be healthy with proper nutrition and exercise for overall  prevention of heart disease.  It is our goal to never have to use any of the 100 AED’s NEMO Heart Health has placed around Kirksville and surrounding areas.

We would love to hear why you wear RED.  Send an email to us at to tell us why you wear red.  Whether it’s for your friends, family, or maybe even yourself – we want to know.  You might even see some stories on our blog (on Kirksville Daily Express website) or on our website (with your permission of course).

From everyone at NEMO Heart Health – happy ROCK the Town RED Day – and Happy Valentine’s Day.

YouTube Videos & Resources

NEMO RAAWKS is happy to announce the addition of ten physical activity videos to the NEMO Heart Health YouTube Channel! These videos are created to get kids moving at home, the parks, and the classroom and practice developmentally important movements known as fundamental movement skills. Got a few minutes? Click on the YouTube widget at the upper right of our homepage to check them out!

In addition, several worksheets have been created that can be used with, or instead of, the video series for the home and parks! They offer additional learning opportunities- writing out numbers, learning right from left, practicing reading a clock- and challenges to help your child succeed. Below are the PDFs for each of them, as well as an evaluation form to be used by teachers following the classroom video series. We hope these resources will help get you and your kids moving and have fun while doing it!

Classroom Evaluation

Video 1 Worksheet for Home

Video 2 Worksheet for Home

Video 3 Worksheet for Home

Video 4 Worksheet for Home

Video 5 Worksheet for Parks

2013 Heart and Sole Walk

Thank you everyone who participated in the 2013 Heart and Sole Walk!  We were able to surpass our goal of $5000.00 with your help.  The total raised was $6074.00!

For more information, check out the article in Kirksville Daily Express!


Green Thumb Project

Information about the Green Thumb project and how it is helping students in the Kirksville R-III School district.

Childhood Obesity

Article on Huffington Post about childhood obesity and what we need to look at as a nation to combat it.

“Volunteers clear brush for new trails”

Visit the link below for Heartland Connection’s article about the Kirksville Leadership Institute’s efforts to clear a portion of the FLATS trail that connects downtown Kirksville to Thousand Hills State Park.

“Go from the couch to running a 5K in nine weeks”

Visit the link below to read the article about a conditioning course that will be available in order to prepare for ATSU’s Founder’s Day 5K run.