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  • Blog Post: Springfield to Train Students in Life Saving CPR

    All sophomores in Springfield High Schools will be trained with the lifesaving skills of CPR after a policy was passed successfully by the School Committee on Thursday February 4, 2016. More than 326,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year, and about 90 percent of those victims...
  • Blog Post: When it Comes to Tobacco, Age is More than a Number

    On December 17 th , Boston raised the minimum sales age to purchase tobacco and nicotine products (including e-cigarettes) in the city to 21, joining 86+ other local communities who have also raised the age to 21. In 2005 Needham was the first local community to take on this policy, the data collected...
  • Blog Post: A New Year in Massachusetts

    As we start 2016, we have a busy legislative session ahead of us. We are making progress on many of our issues, quality physical education, stroke systems of care, healthy food financing, healthy vending, shared use, tobacco, and our local CPR in schools efforts. I look forward to working together with...
  • Blog Post: Its Time for Our Kids to Get Physically Active!

    We have an opportunity to increase accountability of schools to provide quality physical education. The Senate took action on a quality physical education bill which is a huge first step in ensuring that we are providing opportunities for our kids to be active, your advocacy helped them prioritize the...
  • Blog Post: Thank you

    Now that we are officially in the throes of the Holidays, I wanted to stop and take a moment to thank you. Many lives throughout Massachusetts and across the country have been saved thanks to your passion, commitment and action on important health issues. Because of advocates like YOU, countless families...
  • Blog Post: Kicking the Habit, Reducing the Burden of Tobacco

    Despite all of our efforts, tobacco use is still the number one cause of premature death and preventable chronic disease across the state and country. More than 9,000 Massachusetts residents die annually from tobacco-related disease. If we do not continue to push prevention policies, 103,000 Massachusetts...
  • Blog Post: Stroke Does Not Discriminate, Stroke Can Affect Us All

    Behind the stroke numbers are real lives. Stroke is the nation's No. 5 killer and a leading cause of long-term disability. Someone in the U.S. has a stroke about once every 40 seconds. October 29th marked World Stroke Day, which was established by the World Stroke Organization in 2006 to help spread...
  • Blog Post: Active Children Will Thrive in the Commonwealth

    You and I both know that childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions, and that overweight/obese children have a much greater risk than their healthy weight peers of developing and dying from chronic diseases as they grow older. We also know that one important way to stop the rise in obesity and...
  • Blog Post: Increasing Healthier Choices in the Commonwealth

    What I sometimes find ironic is that on one hand, states and localities fund obesity and chronic disease prevention, while on the other, they serve and sell soda, chips, candy, and other foods that promote obesity and disease. Thankfully, state and local governments across the country are now realizing...
  • Blog Post: Unlocking the Doors to Healthier Kids in the Commonwealth

    Do you remember recess? Was it your favorite part of the day? I know it was mine! It was a time to laugh, jump, run and simply be a kid. Did you know that today, many children do not get the recommended amount of physical activity? This happens for multiple reasons including not having access to safe...
  • Blog Post: Massachusetts What’s in Stores for Us?

    Going to the grocery store is something a lot of people take for granted, but for 29.7 million Americans who live in areas where it is difficult to buy fresh food that trip to the grocery store is more of a dream. Low-income zip codes have 25 percent fewer chain supermarkets than middle-income zip codes...
  • 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...