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  • Blog Post: In MA, Stroke is Preventable, Treatable and Beatable

    Today, October 29th is World Stroke Day, which was established to help spread public awareness of the world's high stroke risk and stroke prevalence. It is also a good time to remind our legislators why we need to create a strong stroke system of care in the Commonwealth. While stroke is the No...
  • Blog Post: Victory! Coaches will be required to know CPR in 2015!

    Victory! Thanks to your advocacy, critical lifesaving legislation that would require coaches to be trained in CPR is headed to the Governor’s desk. This law, when signed by the Governor, will require all public high school coaches to be certified in CPR by August 2015! This has been a long battle...
  • Blog Post: A Victory for Improving Our Communities in the Commonwealth

    Complete Streets Will Help Increase Options for Safe Physical Activity and Better Access Healthy Foods. The MA Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced that they are launching a $3 to $5 million pilot project for the Complete Streets Certification Program! This means cities and towns will be...
  • Blog Post: THE HEALTHY INCENTIVES PILOT

    The Healthy Incentives Pilot (HIP) investigated the im­pact of making fruits and vegetables more affordable for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assis­tance Program (SNAP). The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 authorized funds for pilot projects to determine if providing financial...
  • Blog Post: Gracie Soultanian, Massachusetts

    After hearing Michael Ellsessar’s story, a 16-year-old who died of sudden cardiac arrest in 2010 after getting hit in the chest during a football game, Gracie Soultanian, then 12 now 13, decided she needed to do something. There are no warning signs for sudden cardiac arrest, allowing any athlete...
  • Blog Post: We are Looking for Go Red Spokespeople!

    Are you a woman who is a heart disease or stroke survivor? Has heart or stroke touched your life personally? Has a loved one had a heart attack or stroke? Have you made a lifestyle change to help prevent heart disease or stroke? We are looking for you to share your story! Help us spread the message!...
  • Blog Post: Heart of Gold

    I am excited to be able to celebrate some amazing advocates from Central MA as Heart of Gold Winners at the Heart of the Commonwealth Event. The Heart of Gold Award is presented each year to members of the Central Massachusetts’ community who have enhanced the quality of life in the region and...
  • Blog Post: Does Your Child have PE in Schools?

    As we start another school year and our students head back to start learning critical skills, I wonder what about their health? Are they getting the opportunity to be physical active in school? Are they learning the life-long habit of the importance of being active? With your help we can start to make...
  • Blog Post: Susan Canning, Massachusetts

    Sue Canning became an advocate because of her son Kevin. Kevin was born on April 8, 1992.Kevin was loved by everyone because he didn’t take life too seriously and was always trying to make people laugh. Kevin started playing sports very young, including hockey competitively from the age of 3 on...
  • Blog Post: A Heartfelt Thanks

    Thank YOU! Because of all your hard work we have been able to able to make sure that all babies born are screened for congenital heart defects, we made sure to make sure that kids don’t start smoking and adults quit by increasing the tobacco tax, we made sure that our cities and towns are thinking...
  • Blog Post: 2 Days Left and So Much to Do!

    With only two days left before the legislators break for the summer we need a last push to get some critical legislations to help our kids passed. The House still needs to take action on legislation that would require all coaches to know CPR, restricting the sale and use of E-Cigarettes, and requiring...
  • Blog Post: Rachel Henry, Massachusetts

    Eleven years ago, at the age of 30, Rachel suffered a hemorrhagic stroke in her doctor's office during a routine checkup. Thankfully, her doctor knew what was happening and Rachel was able to receive immediate lifesaving care. It was a long road, but she always says that stroke changed her physically...
  • Blog Post: Aphasia Advocates Back Improved Stroke Care Bills

    We know that stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the U.S. A stroke can have various communication effects, one of which is aphasia. Stroke is the most common cause of aphasia, which is a language disorder that affects the ability to communicate. Aphasia does not...
  • Blog Post: Tedy Tackles the Legislature

    On June 18th, Tedy Bruschi came to the State House to talk about important Stroke Legislation. He has been a dedicated advocate for us since suffering his stroke. He spoke passionately to the legislators about how he had a "stroke system of care" in place because he was a three time super bowl...
  • Blog Post: Boston Teacher is Saved by Heroes in her School!

    When Joan Eacmen, a teacher at Roxbury’s O’Bryant School of Math & Science, collapsed in front of her classroom in March from cardiac arrest, students and staff took action. Their quick thinking and combined efforts to call for help, administer CPR and use the school’s AED are what...
  • Blog Post: 1 Million New Lifesavers Will be in Our Communities Every Year, But Why Not in Massachusetts?

    More than one million high school students a year will be trained in CPR because of state laws requiring the lifesaving skill as a graduation requirement and work done by the American Heart Association’s CPR in Schools efforts. As a result of 16 states, Oklahoma being the latest addition, across...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer Named a Unsung Heroine of Massachusetts

    I am always so excited when our volunteers and advocates are recognized for their hard work! Diane Pickles was named by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) as an Unsung Heroine. The MCSW is an independent state agency that was legislatively created in 1998 to advance woman of the...
  • Blog Post: State of the Air in the Commonwealth

    The American Lung Association’s “State of the Air 2014” report was released yesterday and it shows that all eight counties in Massachusetts with particle pollution monitors cut year-round particle pollution (soot) levels compared to the 2013 report and the Boston metro area had its...
  • Blog Post: We Need to Come Together to End Stroke in Massachusetts

    May is stroke month, which makes it the perfect time to ask our legislators to act quickly on critical legislation that would require high quality of care for stroke patients in the Commonwealth. Stroke is the nation's No. 4 killer and a leading cause of long-term disability, every year, about...
  • Blog Post: Kristina Hill - Stroke Hero

    Kristina Hill was only 13 when she suffered her stroke. She had classic stroke signs and symptoms and was rushed to her local hospital not long after the first onset of those symptoms, but because she was so young, the hospital did not think it was a stroke. She waited for a long time for a diagnosis...
  • Blog Post: Complete Streets Are Almost a Reality in the Commonwealth

    At the End of April Governor Patrick signed the Transportation Bond Bill into law, which authorizes $50 million in funding for cities and towns through a new Complete Streets Certification Program over the next five years! The Complete Streets Certification program will make it safer and easier to walk...
  • 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...