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  • Blog Post: Falling on Deaf Ears

    All winter and spring, volunteers from the American Heart Association have been meeting with legislators, writing letters to the editor, making calls and sending email. Why? Because one of the most lifesaving bills in the past decade is being debated in the state house. LD633 would accept the federal...
  • Blog Post: Corn Hole at the State House? Yes.

    The American Heart Association had a wonderful and successful lobby day this year. Volunteers from around the state joined staff from the American Heart Association to meet with legislators, talk about our policy priorities and (of course) teach hands only CPR. The snow squalls even held off until late...
  • Blog Post: When Lunch Exceeds Daily Limits

    I was planning to order lunch from a national chain restaurant, so I did a bit of research. At the American Heart Association, we try to provide healthy food at meetings and events. I recently decided to replace the dark chocolates I use as decoration at my women’s legislative luncheon with apples...
  • Blog Post: Maine Goes Red!

    Friday, February 5 th we celebrate national Go Red for Women day. I love this day. It is really great to go from one event to another and see everyone sporting their red. I am looking forward to educating the people who I encounter about the risks of cardiovascular disease to the women they love. ...
  • Blog Post: Bucket List

    One of the great things about living in Maine is that you are never very far from some amazing nature. This past weekend I was able to cross “stay at that amazing house on top of Morse Mountain” off my bucket list. I have admired that house every time I have hiked the two miles up and down...
  • Blog Post: Yoda for Yoga

    New Year’s Resolution: Take care of me. My New Year’s resolution this year sounds simple. Take care of myself. However, this is not always an easy task. I am fortunate to work for an employer who values health, both mental and physical. We have the entire week between Christmas and New...
  • Blog Post: Good Thought for the New Year

    I remember dreading going back to school after vacation. I remember feeling that the break was not long enough and that I still had a lot of sleeping to do. That early wake up the first week back was painful. Maybe that is because I only remember middle and high school. The two week break that my...
  • Blog Post: Swimming Upstream for Kid's Health

    I was on the Oyster River Otters swim team when I was a kid. I was pretty slow and seemingly always cold. I was so skinny that I sank and did not have very many muscles—but I loved it (except the time I was disqualified because the Mt. Washington ferry’s wake pushed me into an adjoining lane...
  • Blog Post: Making Connections for Families with CCHD

    It was a typical fall day in Maine. It rained, it cleared, it was windy, it was beautiful. However, for the close to 100 Mainers gathered at the Kennebec Valley YMCA, the day was not typical. Sure, there was cider, healthy snacks and pumpkins (pretty typical fall fare in Maine) but the invitee list was...
  • Blog Post: It Does Not Take a Super Sleuth...

    We don’t need Nancy Drew to solve this crime. My daughter was Nancy Drew for Halloween. She loves using her notebook and magnifying glass to solve mysteries that a 1 st grader understands (Who left their soccer medal at our house? What shelf at Hannaford is missing its unit price label?). ...
  • Blog Post: Field trips are not just for kids

    Last week, on a typical Maine September day (sun, hot, cold, breezy, rain), I took a field trip. My daughter’s class went to Pineland Farm for a field trip the same day, but I was not jealous. My American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network colleague and her lobbyist spent the day at Ricker Hill...
  • Blog Post: Oh when the Saints come marching in

    Most of us know the chorus to this song made famous Louis Armstrong, but until this week, I had never focused on the other verses. I decided to look them up after hearing the song for the 15 th time on my recent trip to New Orleans. The lyrics are obviously written from a religious point of view,...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Go Back to School

    Advocacy Committee member, Lori Kaley and I stopped by Rep. Chellie Pingree’s Portland office this week. We met with Representative Pingree and two of the Congresswoman’s staff members and gave them the good news: The healthy school food standards are working. In December, 2010, President...
  • Blog Post: Patience pays off for the littlest hearts

    On August 17 th the Maine Secretary of State published the DHHS rules that requires pulse oximetry testing for all newborns in Maine. It was a long road, but worth the ride. Those of you who have been following this blog since its inception 3 years ago know that the American Heart Association believes...
  • Blog Post: Scarborough Rocks and Learns

    I love summer. I also love disco music. That is why I was excited to bring my daughter to the Scarborough Music in the Park event in mid-July. Motor Booty Affair (a disco cover band) was playing and the night was beautiful. The best part—it was work. The Scarborough Fire Department teamed...
  • Blog Post: Treasure These Days...

    My daughter loves digging in the sand for buried treasure. When she was a toddler, we snuck some skee ball tickets in to the sand when she was not looking. We did the same again this past weekend, only this time we really made her dig for them. The smile on her face when she unearthed the tickets was...
  • Blog Post: Nicotine-laced aerosol in your workplace? Yup.

    By now, you have all heard about these new tobacco products called e-cigarettes. These products take addictive nicotine-laced liquid, add candy and fruit flavors, and insert them into a devise that aerosolizes the liquid. People inhale the aerosol instead of smoking. Kids are using these products in...
  • Blog Post: Rounding Third and Headed for Home...

    The American Heart Association’s fiscal year ends at about the same time as the end of the legislative session. That makes June a very busy month. I have been at the state house every day (and some nights) during the past month working to try to override Governor’s vetoes and trying to stop...
  • Blog Post: Sarah Porter

    When I had a stroke four years ago, I was a healthy, happy student at the University of Maine. One minute I'm sitting in class, and the next my face started seizing up. And then I couldn't understand what people were saying. Concerned family members took me to the ER, where I was accused of faking...
  • Blog Post: Maine Celebrates #NationalCPRWeek with a Huge Victory

    Maine celebrates National CPR Week with huge vote! Well, the Governor did it again. He vetoed another lifesaving bill. The Governor vetoed LD556, a bill that requires that all high school students spend 20 minutes out of 4 years of school learning Hands-Only CPR. That is the bad news. The fantastic...
  • Blog Post: Flashes of Memories

    I called my paternal grandfather Pop Pop. He would have been 106 today. He passed away when I was a young girl, but I have wonderful memories of him. I remember him in flashes. Catching sand crabs at Dennis Shores on the Cape, working on some photography project in the basement of his house in NJ, teaching...
  • Blog Post: Still Climbing...

    I think of the Maine budget process as a rock climb: 1) Sprinting is not the best option 2) It makes sense to think about each step to make sure you aren’t left hanging without a foot hold 3) Always make sure you have a partner and a safety harness 4) 6-year olds may be better at this...
  • Blog Post: Kate Kearns, Maine

    The last time I spoke to my Dad, he had decided he wanted my baby, due that winter, to call him "Granddaddy." You see, my sister and I never stopped calling him "Daddy" even into our adulthood, and he wanted to keep it that way. He never got to meet my daughter. I remember him...
  • Blog Post: Honor the Legacy. Protect the Future.

    When people are healthy, children do better in school, workers are more productive, families have more money in their wallets every month, and businesses can add jobs because their health costs are lower. Why, then does Governor LePage recommend gutting Maine’s only state source of tobacco and...
  • Blog Post: Fighting for the Health of Women to Honor Go Red Day!

    Sadie is not a nice cat, but she was willing to humor me so that I could have a picture accompany my blog today. As a working mom, I am juggling a few balls in the air. Although my daughter was able to get to school on time this morning, I was not able to take her picture in her red dress. She was in...