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  • Blog Post: AEDs in Schools is on the Move

    Thanks to a small but mighty group of advocates, a bill requiring all public schools to have AEDs has passed the Senate. We are working with the House to quickly take it up by this fall. A group of dedicated volunteers have shared their heartbreaking stories of losing a child to sudden cardiac arrest...
  • Blog Post: MA Legislature Ends Session with Some Success

    The Massachusetts Legislature finished their formal session at midnight on July 31st before taking a break. We were happy that $6 million was allocated for the MA Food Trust Program, providing necessary funding for our healthy food financing initiatives in the Economic Development Bond Bill. We will...
  • Blog Post: Mock Vending is Causing a Buzz!

    We have been working on a healthy vending bill to requiring State Buildings to have healthier options in their vending machines. We put on display “mock vending machines” and it created a buzz. I have included the State House News Article below Examining the contents of a mock vending...
  • Blog Post: AED Advocates Stormed the State House

    A group of dedicated advocates came to the State House to lobby for a bill that would require automated external defibrillators in Schools. The advocates are so passionate because they unfortunately lost a child because when they suffered sudden cardiac arrest a defibrillator was not available. You could...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy Victories in the Commonwealth

    We are excited that with the end of our fiscal year that we have a lot of advocacy wins to celebrate. This was a true team effort that could not be achieved without your support of our work, taking action on alerts, being part of lobby day, and you, our dedicated volunteers being tireless advocates throughout...
  • Blog Post: LeanBox: Making Heart-Healthy Food Available in the Workplace

    The following blog post was submitted by LeanBox, a company providing a collection of services that improve workplaces through food and beverage culture. LeanBox has been a partner in our advocacy efforts to pass the “healthy vending” bill, which would require healthy options to be added...
  • Blog Post: MA Budget Success

    Last week when the Senate took up their budget we had some success and some losses. We did not get any additional funding for MA Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program. We also did not secure funding for CPR in Schools Grants or the AED Trust Fund which is disappointing but we will continue to work...
  • Blog Post: MA Heart on the Hill

    We had a successful Heart on the Hill Event on May 23rd with other 30 advocates having over 40 legislative meetings! Our volunteers advocated for healthy eating and active living policies and were given positive feedback and support of the issues. We are very pleased to report that the Senate adopted...
  • Blog Post: One Step Closer to Protecting Our Youth from Big Tobacco!

    We’re almost half way there! Last week the Senate passed legislation to protect kids from the dangers of tobacco! This critical legislation would strengthen our tobacco laws and once again make Massachusetts a nationwide leader in tobacco prevention and control. The bill, if passed, will: -...
  • Blog Post: Will You Raise Your Voice to Help Prevent Obesity in Massachusetts?

    Join us for our Heart on the Hill on May 23 rd from 11-2 and use your voice to advocate for our key priorities because we believe our residents deserve healthy food and safe places to play. Advocate for healthy food and beverage options in vending machines in all State Buildings. Advocate for...
  • Blog Post: Good for Jobs, Good for Communities, Good for Health in the Commonwealth

    Going to the grocery store is something most of us take for granted, but for millions of Americans who live in areas where it is difficult to buy fresh food, that trip is anything but easy. Access to fresh produce, dairy and other staples is very tough at best, and simply not an option for far too many...
  • Blog Post: Together We Can End Stroke in Massachusetts

    When someone has a stroke, time and type of care are the two most important factors to their survival and quality of life. A person experiencing a stroke needs to be sent to a hospital that is properly equipped to handle their particular type and severity of stroke. And the sooner, the better, as time...
  • Blog Post: Healthier Vending in the Commonwealth

    On the one hand, states fund obesity and chronic disease prevention. On the other, they serve and sell soda, chips, candy, and other foods that promote obesity and disease. Food service guidelines help to address this contradiction. States across the country are realizing that serving and selling unhealthy...
  • Blog Post: Meaghan O'Brien, Massachusetts

    Meaghan O’Brien is 25 years old young working professional with a full-time job, she is a daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend, She is a world traveler, a thrill-seeker and A STROKE SURVIVOR. She grew up in a small town on the South Shore with her parents and two younger...
  • Blog Post: Massachusetts State House Goes Red For Women

    Over 100 legislators supported the American Heart Association Go Red for Women State House event on February 24 th . Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association's national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. The event featured remarks by Senator Gobi (D-Spencer) and Representative...
  • 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...