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  • Blog Post: A week in the life...

    I thought I would take a moment to tell you what a great and busy week I had this week. Monday: 4 separate meetings in Augusta with legislators on the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee to discuss tobacco taxes—then off to Portland to help set up for the Go Red for Women Luncheon...
  • Blog Post: Opening Day!

    Opening Day! Apparently, only the MLB believes that spring actually started in March this year. Mother Nature does not agree. I was awoken last night by the sounds of plows. Yup. Had to scrape the car again this morning However, today is opening day. The Sox play any minute now. I firmly believe that...
  • Blog Post: 1800 Calories

    1800 calories. I went online to see how many calories an average woman burns while shoveling snow. It is about 400 an hour. So, I figure that over the past week or so, I burned 1800 calories. This is great for almost all of me. My shoulder, however, disagrees. The piles at the end of my driveway...
  • Blog Post: Women Legislators Lunch and Learn

    Flying snow could not deter these women legislators from enjoying themselves at the 8th Annual Women’s Legislative Caucus Heart Luncheon. Unfortunately, due to one of the many snow storms we have had this year, some could not attend. The event was fun and informative nonetheless. Tracy Sabol...
  • Blog Post: Jane Cleaves, Maine

    My name is Jane Cleaves, I am a "mostly" retired nurse from Yarmouth, ME. I am also a board member and current advocacy committee member of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in Maine. I have been volunteering for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association...
  • Blog Post: Gooooaaaallll!

    Later this year, the 2/3rds of MaineCare smokers who want to quit will finally have all the tools they need. Last session, the American Heart Association and our partners worked hard to restore cuts made by the LePage Administration and their allies in the Legislature a few years ago. Those cuts really...
  • Blog Post: Weird vegetables--Great people.

    I was fortunate to be able to attend a Voices for Healthy Kids (VHK) training with my friend and colleague, Tina Pettingill from the Maine Public Health Association. VHK is a joint venture between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association that seeks to combat obesity through...
  • Blog Post: Megan Allen, Maine

    My name is Megan Allen, and I live in Waterville, Maine. I am a member of You’re the Cure and volunteer for the American Heart Association because I believe it is critically important that all newborns are screened for critical congenital heart defects. The American Heart Association is leading...
  • Blog Post: Ringing in the New Year!

    Long gone are the days where I wandered around Boston in the freezing cold on New Year’s Eve with my friends. In fact, when I was in my late-teens and early twenties trying to find my friends at First Night Boston, you could still find phones like the one pictured above and none of us had cell...
  • Blog Post: Where did 2013 go?

    Wow! Where did 2013 go? As we celebrate all we did this year, I find myself once again thinking about New Year resolutions. The perennial favorites are there….eat better, get more exercise, save more money…but these goals are all centered on making my life better. What if for 2014 we all...
  • Blog Post: Happiest of Holidays to the World's Best Volunteers!

    I am truly lucky. I get to work on policies that will make our communities healthier every, single day. But the greatest part of my job is that I get to do that work with the best volunteers in the world. As the holidays are upon us, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you. And to let you know how...
  • Blog Post: Left Out in the Cold

    Ok, forget what I said yesterday. It is too cold to exercise outside today. This was the thermometer at my house at 7:30 this morning. I would hate to see what it said before then. Facebook tells me that some of my friends a bit inland from me had negative 17degree readings this morning. Although both...
  • Blog Post: Who says it is too cold for exercise?

    I am not a huge fan of winter, but I do love playing in the snow with C. I don’t even mind shoveling. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and burns plenty of calories to boot. In fact, with my body weight, I can burn 345 calories an hour shoveling snow. In fact, the American Heart Association’s...
  • Blog Post: Soup on a cold rainy day‚Ķ

    I love soup, especially tomato soup. So, when I stepped out at lunch to run errands on this 36-degree damp day, I stopped at a chain restaurant to buy some soup to bring back to my desk. When I returned, I decided to catch up on emails from Nancy Brown. Nancy, as most of you know, is the CEO of the American...
  • Blog Post: Sadie. Move.

    Working from home has its perks and its downsides. I am lucky enough to be able to work from home from time to time. I have found that it is much easier for me to fit exercise into my routine, if I can cut out the 40 minute commute time to and from the office. The downside is that I am sitting either...
  • Blog Post: Can you believe this is NOT Maine?

    Every so often it is nice to leave Maine and go learn things from "folks from away." Especially when you wake up to a view so beautiful, you can’t believe you aren’t in Maine. I was lucky enough to be a part of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Health...
  • Blog Post: We Did This (and Go Red Sox)!

    Maine left Massachusetts in 1820—but we remain part of Red Sox Nation. We don’t have any of those weird mixed allegiances that Connecticut may have living so close to that other city. We are tried and true, dyed-in-the-wool fans. In fact, many of the men here already had beards—and...
  • Blog Post: Elizabeth Roy, Maine

    I am Elizabeth Roy and I live in Albion, Maine. My second son, Brodyn has Hypo Plastic Left Heart Syndrome, a severe underdevelopment of the left side of his heart. He was born with half a heart, and this defect was not detected in utero, or at birth. I had a normal pregnancy. I had a repeat C-section...
  • Blog Post: The Doctor is In!

    "Boy, I have to tell you, I'm a Republican and have not been for this Obamacare thing at all...But if these numbers are anywhere close to correct I am ALL FOR IT NOW!" "Oh My God... that's amazing! ...So, why exactly are people so angry about this?" Those are two quotes from...
  • Blog Post: Up, Up and Away!

    What great weather for this year’s Central Maine Heart Walk! A perfect Maine September day. There was glorious sunshine, fog burning off in the AM …and a hot air balloon. I spent the morning talking to folks from all walks of life who were participating in the walk. I teamed up with some...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Story: Dennise Whitley

    I spent 13 years of my professional life working in advocacy and government relations for the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association in Maine (AHA/ASA). I feel these years were the most productive and rewarding of my long career in the health field. In the policy successes of...
  • Blog Post: Where have you been all my life?

    Why did I not know this before??? Ok, I have lived in the same town in Maine for going on 13 years. I thought I knew all there was to know. There are great restaurants, fun parks, a great college, wonderful stores etc. I try to buy local when I can and am fortunate to live where I can walk to town...
  • Blog Post: Pot 'O Gold... Not so much

    Anyone who read the recent article in the Portland Press Herald (“For youths in Maine, tobacco is a tough buy 8/27”) may think that Maine has found the pot of gold to making sure our kids don’t smoke. However, those of us who look closely at the data realize that even if we catch that...
  • Blog Post: Taking a spin

    Summer is in full swing. Of course that means the temperature is swinging between 55 and 85 degrees and that the weather forecasts are as unreliable as cell phone reception at camp. One of our family’s favorite summer places is the carousel at OOB. I don’t do all that well spinning in...
  • Blog Post: Summer is here (?)

    So, the Legislature has gone home for the summer and it is time to start planning for next year. I will do a full Legislative recap in my next blog, but we are still waiting for some more information about the fate of one of our bills, so that will have to wait until next week. The good news is that...