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  • Blog Post: You helped Protect Heart Health Funds

    Earlier this year, we told you about efforts to consolidate many state programs, including those which protect heart disease and stroke. And while consolidation sounds nice, it means the public wouldn't have a good sense of how state funds are being spent on important health programs. Thanks to your...
  • Blog Post: An Update from Albany

    CPR trainings: AHA recently held a second CPR training day at the state Capitol where lawmakers, staff and visitors could receive free hands-only CPR training. Did you know Idaho recently became the 13th state to pass CPR in Schools legislation? Don’t all students in New York deserve the same?...
  • 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: NYS Legislative session off and running...

    State legislators have returned to Albany... and there has been of flurry of activity in the first month back. Here's what's happening now: Governor's Budget - 16.2% of adults across the state still smoke. And 8.5 million adult New Yorkers are considered overweight or obese. At a time...
  • Blog Post: Tobacco trust fund is needed

    Fifty years after the surgeon general first told Americans that smoking causes disease and death, the American Heart Association and other public health advocacy groups have announced bold new goals to end the tobacco epidemic for good, including reducing adult tobacco use to 10 percent. As the president...
  • 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: Turning the Page to the Next Chapter in NYC

    Many New Yorkers celebrated the beginning of 2014 by watching the public inauguration of our 109th Mayor - Bill de Blasio from Brooklyn. Mayor de Blasio has a long history of public service to our city, including terms as a City Council Member and most recently as our Public Advocate. Our new Mayor has...
  • 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: NYS Session is just around the corner...

    NYS Legislative Session is just around the corner...Governor Cuomo will release his budget in January and lawmakers will consider hundreds, possibly thousands of bills. What are the policy priorities for the American Heart Association? Here's a quick peek: CPR for graduation. Yes, it is hard to...
  • 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: Smoking Causes 30% of Heart Disease – Quit Today and Even Get Paid!

    If you’re considering quitting smoking for this year’s Great American Smoke-out on November 21, there are a few good reasons to encourage that next step. Smoking causes 30% of all heart disease and strokes. If you’re a lifelong smoker, your habit will shave 13-14 years off your life...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Kenneth Maynard, New Jersey

    Dr. Maynard is an accomplished scientist who holds degrees in Human Sciences, Neurological Science and Neurobiology. He has a background in research of Cerebrovascular Disorders, such as stroke. He served as an Assistant Professor in Surgery (Neurosurgery) at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant Neuroscientist...
  • Blog Post: A NYC Victory!

    I found a great way to avoid watching the Red Sox win the national championship...I watched NYC's Council Members act on their own championship for strong tobacco control policies! New York City once again is leading the country in prioritizing heart disease and stroke prevention over the scare-tactics...
  • Blog Post: Recognize World Stroke Day...Because You Care

    Stroke is the No. 2 cause of death worldwide and the No. 4 cause of death in the U.S. Yet studies show that Americans do not rank stroke as a leading health concern . On World Stroke Day, October 29, help us raise awareness that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable! When someone is...
  • Blog Post: Smoking report finally released!

    Think we've won the war on smoking? Think again...a newly released evaluation of the state's Tobacco Control Program shows that while we've made great progress we have a long way to go! http://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/tobacco_control/docs/2012-12_independent_evaluation_report.pdf ...
  • 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: Vermont EMS Conference October 24-27, heart and stroke issues and more!

    The Vermont EMS Conference sponsored by the Vermont Department of Health will be held this year at Jay Peak Resort October 24-27. Registration ends October 16th. Register now at: www.VTEMSConference.com You can register for pre-conference workshops as well as a wide variety of sessions offered...
  • Blog Post: NYS adult obesity rates still too high!

    We all know obesity is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. The CDC has posted the 2012 state-specific data on adult obesity prevalence. So where does New York stand? 23.6% of adults are considered obese...are we doing enough to combat obesity?
  • Blog Post: New York City Continues to Fight for our Hearts!

    The court ruled against New York City's efforts to reduce soda consumption. The policy, approved by the NYC Board of Health last summer, would have resticted portion sizes to just 16 oz. for most sugary drinks sold within the five boroughs. While the Mayor's Office has promised to continue its...
  • Blog Post: Strengthening the Stroke Systems of Care in MA

    Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability among Americans. However, many hospitals do not have the necessary personnel, equipment, and organization to triage and treat patients with stroke rapidly and effectively. The lack of adequate acute stroke care capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Mel is more than just a stroke survivor, she's an advocate!

    Melody Trombly is a seven year stroke survivor. Her husband knew the signs and symtoms and recognized what was happening. Mel was having a stroke. Fortunately she received care quickly and the life saving drug (TPA). Now Mel is spreading the word so that others can live a healthy life. Do you know the...
  • Blog Post: The Budget was Finalized in MA and it is Not Good News!

    The Legislature has finished the budget for 2014 and there isn’t too much good news. We were able to secure $250,000 for an AED Trust Fund, but that was the only one of our priorities that was included in the final version. As you might remember the Senate created a Comprehensive Stroke System...
  • Blog Post: Vermont Communities Becoming HEARTsafe

    The American Heart Association and the Vermont Department of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) have launched the HEARTsafe Program, a community-based effort designed to improve the odds of survival for people suffering sudden cardiac arrest events. Residents and visitors will know they have entered a...
  • Blog Post: Licking my wounds in Maine

    Sigh. This picture sums up how I felt yesterday. This legislative session, which started out with much promise, may very well end with the swipe of the Governor’s veto pen. The Governor has vetoed a bill that would have allowed Maine youth, our next generation of heroes, to learn Hands Only...
  • Blog Post: Please Support Critical Programs for Heart and Stroke in the Commonwealth

    The Senate will start debating their budget and we are asking for their support for critical funding for key prevention programs. We knew it was going to be a tough budget year we feel that it is still important for the Legislature to make investments in public health and access to care. We are asking...