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  • Blog Post: Recess is over, time for healthy lunch and science class

    With the August Congressional recess winding down, Maine’s Congressional Delegation will be headed back to Washington DC to deal with budgets and zika funding. However, before they leave this beautiful state and return to the hot and muggy weather of early fall in the nation’s capital, the...
  • Blog Post: Joe Boucher, Maine

    The reasons I volunteer are quite varied, but long before I knew what the American Heart Association was, I knew that I supported their mission to end heart disease. Heart disease has been part of life since elementary school when my father had his first heart attack, while driving with my younger...
  • Blog Post: A Lifesaving Delivery

    Thirty-two states have passed laws or adopted curriculum changes to require hands-only guidelines-based CPR training for all students before they graduate from high school. That means that each year, more than 1.8 million public high schools graduates will have been trained in CPR. Just over a year ago...
  • Blog Post: Portland Passes Tobacco 21- First in the State!

    On June 20, Portland became Maine’s first municipality to take the next step to keep all harmful tobacco products out of the hands of our children. Portland City Council unanimously agreed to an ordinance change that will raise the age to purchase tobacco to 21. American Heart Association volunteers...
  • Blog Post: Lunch and Learn with a Side of Sunshine

    I spend most of my work time striving to reduce heart disease and stroke through changing statewide policies in Maine. Even when the legislature is out of session, the work does not cease. Maine’s American Heart Association Advocacy Committee analyzes Maine’s current landscape for policy...
  • Blog Post: Meredith McNeil, Maine

    On July 9, 2014, I suffered a stroke. I was as healthy as one could be, a triathlete and marathoner in the middle of training for my 5 th marathon. When I arrived at hospital, I experienced first-hand how a hospital handles a stroke victim.  It was remarkable to witness and I am happy to say I have made...
  • Blog Post: You Can Detect a Stroke

    I grew up worshipping Nancy Drew. Now, my daughter loves her as well. My daughter has a notebook that she fills with mysteries that she is trying to solve—it is really cool. Everyone knows that Nancy Drew is someone you want to have around in a pinch (or if you are held hostage by evil inn owners...
  • Blog Post: Time for Thanks

    Now that the hustle and bustle of the legislative session is over, we take a deep breath and then give thanks. Maine’s legislators work hard to represent their constituents while they are in Augusta. Maine technically has a part-time legislature, but being a legislator can be a full time job. Now...
  • Blog Post: Without Day

    On April 29, The Maine Legislature adjourned Sine Die . Sine Die is Latin for "Without Day." This is the phrase used when a legislature or assembly does not assign another day to meet. Obviously, the Maine Legislature is coming back after the election in November, but there is no day assigned...
  • Blog Post: Making Connections for Maine Survivors

    Last week, the American Heart Association in Maine hosted our first ever survivor gathering at OceanView at Falmouth. It was a resounding success. Approximately 50 heart disease and stroke survivors were able to network and hear the amazing Pat Kirby tell her story of surviving misdiagnosis, numerous...
  • 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...