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Brookside Primary School Receives Grant for Bike Program

The American Heart Association’s school-based youth programs, Kids Heart Challenge™ and American Heart Challenge™, awarded $3,400 to Brookside Primary School in Waterbury, to purchase bikes to be used in the PE program. The annual grant program supports schools by funding resources to extend school wellness programs.   The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit

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Five Ways to Keep Your Heart Safe in Extreme Heat

With Northern New England experiencing high summer heat and humidity, we are urging people to take extra steps to protect their hearts. Precautions are especially important for older adults and individuals with high blood pressure, obesity or a history of heart disease and stroke. Temperatures over 100 or even temperatures in the 80s with high

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Help Us Make Maine a Leader in Tobacco Use Prevention

During this legislative session much attention was appropriately focused on the state’s response to the global pandemic, but it seems most legislators have forgotten about the youth tobacco epidemic raging in our own backyard. In March 2020, which seems a lifetime ago, we were optimis tic – lawmakers were actively considering policy solutions to address

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Opportunities missed to protect Maine youth from tobacco and nicotine addiction

American Heart Association disappointed by lack of action The American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health for all, issued the following statement from Allyson Perron Drag, government relations director, following the finalized Change Package which stripped tobacco flavors restrictions and did not include critical funding for tobacco prevention

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Maine Heart Walk Director Shares Her Son’s Heart Journey

By Lena Minervino, Maine Heart Walk Director and Henry’s mom Henry has always been different, in a way a parent can never explain. During his annual wellness check I asked his pediatrician to take another listen to his heart. At night, I would put my ear to Henry’s chest and listen – it sounded different

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Coalition Applauds FDA Announcement to Regulate Menthol Tobacco, Says Vermont State Leaders Need to Act Now

The Coalition for a Tobacco Free Vermont today welcomed the announcement from the Biden Administration regarding the proposal to prohibit the sale of menthol cigarettes and menthol-flavored mass-produced cigars, but urged Vermont lawmakers to act now because the federal action falls short in making immediate change – costing precious lives that could be saved NOW.   The tobacco industry

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Patients and Public Health Advocates from Across Maine Rally Legislature with Virtual Tobacco Action Day

Lawmakers have opportunity to combat public health impact of COVID-19 by enacting policies proven to reduce and prevent tobacco use, including a tobacco tax increase. On April 13, state legislators heard from cancer and cardiovascular patients, survivors, and public health advocates during Maine’s virtual Tobacco Action Day. Even though the advocates could not travel to