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  • Blog Post: Quality Physical Education Moves Out of Committee

    Great news, our physical education bill was voted out of Committee. This is the quickest we have ever seen the legislature take action on this issue which is exciting! We are working to continue moving it through the legislative process but we will need your help, so stay tuned for next steps! The...
  • Blog Post: Critical Stroke Funding Saved!

    We were able to secure $500,000 in critical funding for stroke data collection, prevention, and awareness. This is a great first step in ensuring that we are providing access to high quality of care for all stroke patients in the Commonwealth. This has not been an easy budget process and we know that...
  • Blog Post: Mass DOT Funds Complete Streets Program

    We are excited to announce, after a few years of hard work, that Mass DOT will be making use of $12.5 million of transportation-dedicated funds to implement a new Complete Streets program to support cities and towns in the design and construction of roadways that accommodate all users and modes. The...
  • Blog Post: Together to End Stroke

    On May 7th we had over 40 stroke survivors, caregivers and advocates come together at the State House to advocate for a stroke system of care. Someone struck by stroke should be sent to a hospital that can ensure that properly trained staff, equipment and neurological services are there to treat them...
  • Blog Post: Support for Critical Heart and Stroke Funding

    The Senate finished up their budget at the end of May and we were able to be very successful thanks to our advocates! We secured $500,000 in funding for stroke prevention and awareness We secured language around creating a stroke system of care We increased the excise tax on flavored cigars...
  • Blog Post: Healthy Food, Local Jobs, Strong Communities

    The American Heart and American Stroke Association was excited to partner with MA Public Health Association as part of the Voices for Healthy Kids Healthy Food Financing Campaign for the “Healthy Food, Local Jobs, Strong Communities” which took place on Tuesday March 31 st . The briefing...
  • Blog Post: Kick Butts Day

    The 84 Movement took to the State House on March 18 th as a part of the 20 th annual Kick Butts Day. This national day of youth activism mobilized the highest number of Massachusetts youth groups in The 84 Movement’s history. The day began with an opening session in the Gardner Auditorium at...
  • Blog Post: New Legislative Leadership in Massachusetts

    We have new Committee Chairs named and now hundreds of bills can be assigned to their committees. We will have a lot of our issues in Public Health, Education, Health Care Finance and Judiciary Committee. If you have any personal relationships with these newly named chairs, please let us know. Your voice...
  • Blog Post: Be a CPR SMART champion! Be Heroic in the Commonwealth!

    Help build the next generation of lifesavers through working with your local high school to include CPR training into a currently required course that reaches all students. You can help by signing up with AHA as a champion for working with an area school(s). allyson.perron@heart.org . Others champions...
  • Blog Post: Rhonda Hall, Massachusetts

    Eight years ago, Rhonda Hall was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and soon after that, she was diagnosed with diabetes. In just one day, she became a four shot-a-day diabetic and had high cholesterol and hypertension as well. Rhonda explained that it was an extremely tough time, but despite the challenges...
  • Blog Post: Jessica Diaz, Massachusetts

    Jessica Diaz is a slim 5’5” fitness instructor who appears to be the poster child of healthy. She is a young, active mom of two who teaches multiple Barre classes at yoga and sports clubs throughout Boston. She devotes hours every day to taking care of her health while helping others take...
  • Blog Post: Massachusetts Legislators Go Red

    The Caucus of Women Legislators supported the 12 th Annual Go Red for Women on February 4 th at the Massachusetts State House. The event featured remarks by Senator and Representative, co-chairs of the Caucus of Women Legislators, Senator Gobi (D-Spencer) and Representative Fox (D-Boston), Speaker DeLeo...
  • Blog Post: Making the Commonwealth Heart Healthy and Stroke Free in 2015!

    We have a number of legislative priorities this year that will help us work towards building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. We are excited about the number of opportunities we have and we appreciate your ongoing support to outreach to your elected officials. Here are what...
  • Blog Post: A Healthier Commonwealth for 2015!

    Happy 2015, we are already hitting the ground running to help build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke in 2015. We are working to support a policy that would require specific minutes per week of physical education in elementary and middle school; to require that we serve healthy...
  • Blog Post: Chrissy Gaffney, Massachusetts

    Chrissy had open heart surgery at the age of 12 for an atrial septal defect and again at the age of 45. In 2011, while walking at the school track Chrissy began to feel pressure in her chest that was so intense, she describes that it felt like somebody was sitting on it. She didn’t think it had...
  • Blog Post: First CPR SMART School Named in MA

    The Swansea School Committee voted unanimously to make CPR training a graduate requirement at Joseph Case High School. They are the first school in Massachusetts to be recognized for their efforts and named a CPR SMART School and the requirement will likely go into effect for the class of 2016. This...
  • 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...