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  • Blog Post: It is time for Massachusetts to be CPR Smart

    Look to your left. Look to your right. Would the people around you know how to save your life if you suffered from sudden cardiac arrest? You can make sure that across Massachusetts there are thousands of people who would know what to do. It’s time for Massachusetts to Be CPR Smart. Would you...
  • Blog Post: Lace up your Sneakers and Make a Commitment to Live Healthier!

    Spring has arrived on the calendar and soon the warm weather will too. I am sure, like me, you are looking forward to it! When the weather gets warm it motivates me to tie on those sneakers and get moving! Not only is this the perfect time for us as adults to make the commitment to start getting more...
  • Blog Post: Stroke Survivors Come Together to End Stroke

    On February 25th over 60 stroke survivors, caretakers and advocates came together to share their personal story about stroke and ask the legislators to support creating a tiered stroke system of care. We know that stroke is the No. 4 cause of death among adults in the U.S. It kills 128,000 people...
  • Blog Post: Victory for Pulse Ox!

    Victory!! The Pulse Ox Bill is on the Governor’s desk! Thanks to your continued advocacy the House and Senate took final action and passed the legislation that would require newborn screening for congenital heart defects with pulse ox! This would not have been possible without our legislative champions...
  • Blog Post: CVS Will Stop Selling Tobacco Products!

    We have made great progress in the fight against tobacco and today one more step was made! By October 1, CVS will no longer sell tobacco products in any of its 7,600 stores. This is a huge step taken by a chain pharmacy to date especially with the loss of revenue they will face. CVS’s decision...
  • Blog Post: Active Streets is on the Move!

    Last week, the House passed a Transportation Bond Bill and as part of the bill, the Active Streets Program was included for an authorization of $50 million in funding. We appreciate everyone’s outreach on this issue and this is just one of many steps. We still need your help to get it to the Governor’s...
  • Blog Post: Prevention & Wellness Trust Grants Awarded

    This week, the Department of Public Health announced nine recipients of the first awards from the $60 million Massachusetts Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund. This funding will help Massachusetts combat health disparities and reduce preventable health conditions that are costly to our residents and...
  • Blog Post: Join Us So Together We Can End Stroke

    We are looking for stroke survivors and passionate advocates like you to participate in our Together to End Stroke event at the Massachusetts State House on February 25, 2014. This event will help us celebrate 10 years of Massachusetts having a Stroke System of Care and help us work towards continuing...
  • Blog Post: A Heart Healthy New Year in Massachusetts

    With 2013 behind us I am hopeful that 2014 will be our most successful year in making Massachusetts Heart Healthy and Stroke Free. We are close to ensuring that all Coaches in MA Public Schools will be trained in CPR and that all newborns will be screened with Pulse Ox for CHD. We are also working to...
  • 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: Our Hands Can Save Lives!

    A few weeks ago a study came out that said that performing CPR for 38 minutes or longer can improve a patient’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest. This is great news! Sustaining CPR that long also improves the chances that survivors will have normal brain function, researchers said. Now we just...
  • Blog Post: A Simple Device That Can Save a Life

    You see AEDs on walls in airports, malls and office buildings, but do you see them in your kids schools? On sports field or in rinks? The answer might be sadly no. We need to do better; we need to make sure that AEDs are available in our schools and on our fields at all times so that it is never more...
  • Blog Post: Wishing You A Heart Healthy Holiday

    I wanted to take a minute during the sometimes crazy holiday season to say thank you! Your advocacy on behalf of the American Heart/Stroke Association has made the Commonwealth a healthier place for you and your friends and family to live. But our work isn’t done! I look forward to seeing success...
  • Blog Post: We Are Raising the Most Sedentary Generation

    Did you know that your kids aren’t keeping up with you? Millions of children around the world don't run as fast or as far as their parents did when they were young. It is the first time that our children's fitness has declined worldwide over the last three decades. We know that children...
  • Blog Post: I Have So Much to be Thankful For

    I wanted to thank you! I know you hear from me a lot, every week, but you still take the time to advocate, you send emails, you make phone calls, you come to the State House and you share your story. I ask a lot of you, but I wanted to let you know it makes a difference. You are making Massachusetts...
  • Blog Post: What Would Your Wish Be?

    Last Friday, a five year old named Miles, captured the attention and the hearts of the country. Miles was granted a wish from the Make a Wish Foundation and he wanted to be Batman for the day. So San Francisco turned into Gotham. He captured the Riddler and stopped a bank heist, he saved a damsel in...
  • Blog Post: We Are One Step Closer to Protecting Our Kids Hearts!

    The Senate voted on two of our critical pieces of legislation, requiring Pulse Ox Screening for Newborns and CPR Training for Coaches. They took it up quickly because of advocates like you and our dedicated legislative champions. This is a great first step in requiring two critical that will protect...
  • Blog Post: The Power to Save a Life

    A local school freshman student-athlete suffered from cardiac arrest while on one of the schools fields. The school had a strong emergency medical response plan in place and the coach knew CPR which he started immediately and an AED was available quickly. The student survived! Shouldn’t we ensure...
  • Blog Post: The Heart of our Mission: Our Volunteers!

    We celebrated our amazing volunteers and advocates at our annual Heart of Our Mission reception. The event commemorated key volunteers who have demonstrated passion and commitment for moving forward the American Heart Association’s mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases...
  • Blog Post: Its Time to Improve Stroke Care in the Commonwealth

    Imagine you were 14 years old and you had sudden weakness on one side of your body, you suddenly had trouble speaking, you had a loss of balance and you had a sudden, severe headache with no known cause. You went immediately to your closest hospital. Would you know that these were classic stroke symptoms...
  • Blog Post: Advocating for AEDs

    Yesterday the Committee of Public Health heard legislation that would require AEDs in Schools. We were so lucky to have two dedication and passionate advocates come and share their story. John lost his son Michael from sudden cardiac arrest when he took a hit on the football field and there was no AED...
  • Blog Post: A True Heart Hero

    The number-one killer among healthy young athletes is sudden cardiac arrest. Every three days someone suffers from it, and each year more than 400,000 people die from it. When someone goes into cardiac arrest, an electrical shock provided by an automated external defibrillator, or AED, is an effective...
  • Blog Post: We Could Be Saving Lives in Massachusetts With A Simple Test!

    Pulse Ox is moving! Thank you for our advocates time and effort we are one step closer to hospitals being required to screen newborns for Critical Congenital Heart Defects using Pulse Ox. Newborn screening is a well-established state-based public health program that involves testing all infants for metabolic...
  • Blog Post: Danger in the Air

    The air we breathe shouldn’t pose a serious threat to our health, but unfortunately the polluted air in the U.S. is doing just that. Air pollution, which contains particles from toxic acids, chemicals, and metals, comes from sources such as power plant and vehicle emissions, fires, and even windblown...