Massachusetts

    • American Heart Association CEO: Massachusetts law will protect kids from flavored tobacco products
      BOSTON, November 27, 2019 — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker today signed into law the nation’s most far-reaching policy to eliminate flavored tobacco products, which are proven to appeal to kids and increase their likelihood of nicotine addiction. The law makes Massachusetts the first state in the country to eliminate the sale of all flavored tobacco […]
    • American Heart Association statement on Massachusetts Senate’s support of flavored tobacco ban
      The American Heart Association praised the Massachusetts Senate on Wednesday night for voting to protect future generations of Massachusetts residents from a lifetime of deadly tobacco and nicotine addiction. The Association especially thanked Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Worcester) and Sens. John Keenan (D-Quincy), Harriette Chandler […]
    • Massachusetts experts share knowledge at Scientific Sessions
      One Nov. 16-18 the American Heart Association hosted Scientific Sessions, the largest cardiovascular meeting in the United State. The annual event attracted nearly 18,000 attendees from more than 100 countries to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, as well as an additional two million medical professionals who participated virtually. We […]
    • Boston Social Impact Fund recipient featured on CNN, Good Morning America
      Oswaldo Ortiz’s daughter was just a toddler when he had to leave her behind in 2017 to serve a year-long prison sentence for possession of marijuana. “I used to always tell her, ‘Daddy loves you. Daddy will never, ever abandon you,'” Ortiz, 57,  recently told Good Morning America. “I put those words in her head to make […]
    • Area researchers receive awards at Scientific Sessions
      Researchers from Boston, New York, Baltimore and New Haven, Conn., were among those recognized Sunday at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2019 in Philadelphia. The Association’s Scientific Sessions is an annual, premier global exchange of the latest advances in cardiovascular science for researchers and clinicians. American Heart […]
    • Massachusetts House passes flavored tobacco ban, vaping tax
      Massachusetts House lawmakers have approved a “first in the nation” bill that would ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products while also imposing a new 75 percent excise tax on nicotine vaping products. The ban would apply to menthol cigarettes. The American Heart Association praised the moved on Wednesday as an important step toward […]
    • American Heart Association praises Massachusetts lawmakers for supporting flavored tobacco ban
      The American Heart Association praised House Speaker Robert DeLeo, House Ways and Means Chairman Aaron Michlewitz and Rep. Danielle Gregoire on Tuesday for taking an important step in protecting future generations of Massachusetts residents from a lifetime of tobacco addiction. “The House Ways and Means Committee has sent a clear message that tobacco […]
    • Group tackles health disparities in northeastern states
      A consortium that coordinates the efforts of local and regional cardiovascular disease prevention programs helped states achieve major goals for eliminating health disparities, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2019 in Philadelphia. Researchers implemented the Northeast Health […]
    • Boston executive director honored for engaging top companies
      Jay Blackwell, executive director of the American Heart Association’s  Greater Boston region, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Association’s Corporate Catalyst Award for having had significant success engaging top companies. The American Heart Association Staff Awards recognize the behaviors, competencies and skills of exceptional […]
    • Boston’s Fresh Truck helps neighborhoods connect to healthy meals
      Three converted school buses rumble through 18 low-income Boston neighborhoods. They carry the cargo that for too long has been scarce: fresh, healthy food. These mobile grocery stores, called Fresh Truck, bring some 30 to 40 varieties of affordable vegetables and fruits to homes most in need. The aim is to improve health, said Josh Trautwein, who runs […]
    • Newton company pedals against stroke at CycleNation event
      Mike Cotoia says TechTarget’s employees have a “work hard, play hard” attitude. So, when the American Stroke Association approached him about hosting a CycleNation event at the company’s Newton headquarters, it seemed like a natural fit. “When you tell them, ‘Hey, you can have a little fun, a little competition, a little exercise and raise some money […]
    • Allyson Perron Drag talks Mass. vaping ban on Horse Race podcast
      On this week’s Horse Race podcast, co-host Steve Koczela, of The MassINC Polling Group, talks about Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s temporary ban on vaping product sales with Allyson Perron Drag, government relations director for the American Heart Association. Listen below or wherever you get your podcasts. Allyson’s interview starts at […]
    • Northeast Health Equity Consortium announces Community Leadership Fellows Program
      The Northeast Health Equity Consortium is pleased to announce the Raheem Baraka Community Leadership Fellows Program, in honor of the late Boston-based community activist and CEO of Baraka Community Wellness and past co-chair for NHEC. A labor of love, Raheem founded Baraka Community Wellness as a testament to his fierce commitment to health justice […]
    • DeLeo: Action on Massachusetts vaping bill could come soon
      A vote could come within the next month on legislation aimed at curbing youth tobacco and e-cigarette use, House Speaker Robert DeLeo told the State House News Service on Tuesday, as advocates met with lawmakers to make their case for quick action to ban flavored tobacco. A bill that would ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products is now pending […]
    • Boston 25 News examines Massachusetts vaping crisis
      There is a vaping epidemic in this country, especially among teens. Every day, over 3,500 youths start vaping. In 2018 alone, the number of high school students who vape nearly doubled. The number of Americans with vaping-related lung disease is climbing every week. The latest numbers from the CDC show 1,479 confirmed cases in the United States, 29 of […]
    • Central MA Heart and Stroke Ball set for Feb. 29 at Mechanics Hall
      The 2020 Central Massachusetts Heart and Stroke Ball is a celebration of the mission, passion, work, and life-changing and lifesaving achievements of the American Heart Association and its remarkable community of volunteer advocates, champions and leaders. This year, the Heart and Stroke Ball is scheduled for Saturday, February 29 at Mechanics Hall in […]
    • Empowering Entrepreneurs for healthier communities: EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator Finale Event
      We are thrilled to introduce the 2019 EmPOWERED to Serve National Business Accelerator grant recipients!  The October 17th event was hosted in Washington, D.C. at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The top nine candidates presented their innovative concepts and ideas in a shark-tank style program at the event for a chance to […]
    • American Heart Association launches ad campaign highlighting dangers of sugary drinks
      The American Heart Association launched an ad campaign in Massachusetts this week to raise awareness of the dangers of sugary drink consumption. Throughout October, the Association will be running ads on two outlets that cover Massachusetts politics — Politico’s Massachusetts Playbook and the MASSter List. The ads feature an image of a bathtub […]
    • Boston Globe columnist endorses sugary drink tax
      Sugary drinks have created a public health crisis, and it will only get worse unless we take action. That’s the position Boston Globe columnist Yvonne Abraham took in a piece published on Sunday, Sept. 29. In her column, Abraham backed a sugary drink tax as a way to reduce sugar consumption in Massachusetts. Abraham noted that “evidence has […]
    • Health professionals learn cutting-edge treatments at Springfield conference
      SPRINGFIELD — With the field of cardiology rapidly changing, health care providers need to make sure they are up-to-date on the the latest treatments available to patients. To do so, dozens of healthcare professionals gathered at the Basketball Hall of Fame Wednesday, Sept. 18, for the 6th annual Cardiovascular Conference. The event was jointly […]
    • WCVB NewsCenter 5: Wake Up Call from the Boston Heart Walk
      In case you missed it, here’s the ‘Wake Up Call’ that WCVB NewsCenter 5 aired from the Boston Heart Walk on September 7, 2019. Our Heart Walk emcee, WCVB anchor Emily Riemer, recorded the clip from the stage of the Hatch Shell. It features Tallie Abernathy, a heart survivor from North Andover who shared her story with our Heart Walk […]
    • Teen who saved classmate wants CPR training required for all Mass. students
      Massachusetts is one of just a handful of states that doesn’t require CPR training as a high school graduation requirement. This story from CBS Boston investigative producer Elsie Nolan is another reminder of why every student should be taught this lifesaving skill. https://youtu.be/JH7qQfMvpy8 Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death in […]
    • American Heart Association reacts to Mass. vaping products ban
      On Tuesday afternoon, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a public health emergency in response to confirmed and suspected cases of severe lung disease associated with the use of e-cigarettes and marijuana vaping products in Massachusetts. In doing so, the governor called for a temporary, four-month statewide ban on the sale of flavored and […]
    • WBZ Cares: Social determinants of health (part 4)
      Your zip code can go a long way toward determining your life expectancy. In some cases, where someone lives can cost them upwards of two decades of their life. While cardiovascular health research is the cornerstone of the American Heart Association’s work, more affordable housing, fair wages, strong school systems, safe streets and access to […]
    • Video: STEM Goes Red
      STEM Goes Red is a day-long event held by the American Heart Association to inspire 7th grade girls to explore science, technology, engineering and math outside of the classroom, while embracing being heart healthy. This year’s event, which will be held on Nov. 19 at UMass Boston, will feature interactive breakout sessions, an empowering keynote […]
    • Video: Massachusetts Lobby Day
      Each spring, American Heart Association volunteers visit the Massachusetts State House for our annual ‘Heart on the Hill’ lobby day. Throughout the day, these advocates visit the offices of their state senators and representatives and ask them to support bills being championed by the American Heart Association. This community of fathers and […]
    • Two Boston heart patients bond over shared struggle
      The Boston Herald published a beautiful story this week about how a friendship developed between two men over a shared struggle with heart disease. The story focuses on Julius Johnson, 17, and Bouba Dieme, 32, who both have a ventricular assist device (VAD) called the HeartMate 3. This golf ball-sized mechanical pump is implanted into their hearts and […]
    • WBZ Cares: Advocating for a healthier future (part 3)
      Jessica Diaz had just finished exercising when she suddenly felt a shooting pain down the left side of her body. A brain scan revealed she had suffered a stroke. She was only 36. Thankfully, Jessica has made a full recovery. Since then, she has used her experience to advocate for legislation to improve public health in Massachusetts. Listen to WBZ […]
    • Photos: 2019 Boston Heart Walk
      Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2019 Boston Heart Walk! We truly appreciate your support. Below are some of our favorite photos from this year’s event. To view the entire gallery, click here. […]
    • Thousands pack Hatch Shell for Boston Heart Walk
      BOSTON — Earl Chadwick had been to the Boston Heart Walk before. This year would be different. Last September, Chadwick was battling heart disease and could barely finish the 3-mile course along the Charles River Esplanade. During the last mile, he had to rest every 50 feet. Since then, “everything has changed,” said Chadwick, who lives in Nashua, New […]
    • ZOLL employees rally to support Boston Heart Walk
      Companies that support the Boston Heart Walk make a lasting impact in lives not only in our community, but also around the world. Together, we are educating families in greater Boston how easy and fun it is to live a healthy lifestyle, and we will find cures for heart disease and stroke. This week, reporter Alana Melanson, of the Lowell Sun, visited […]
    • Three Mass. schools awarded money for health equipment
      Three Massachusetts schools have been selected to receive money from the American Heart Association to provide physical and emotional health instruction to their students. The grants are part of the American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge program, which is  awarding more than $400,000 to more than 170 elementary schools across the country […]
    • WBZ Cares: CPR training is lifesaving (part 2)
      Joe Quigley’s daughter, Olivia, was just 6 years old when, with no prior warning signs, she suffered a cardiac arrest at school. CPR saved her life. Listen to WBZ NewsRadio‘s new report on our efforts to teach this lifesaving skill here. This is the second in a series of stories WBZ is airing throughout August highlighting the work of the […]
    • WBZ Cares: Research is critical (part 1)
      BOSTON — Throughout August, WBZ NewsRadio 1030 is running several stories highlighting the work of the American Heart Association in Boston. The series is part of WBZ Cares, a monthly feature written and reported by Shari Small focusing on non-profit organizations in our city. The first piece focuses on the millions of dollars the American Heart […]
    • Lynn Teen: Big Tobacco is targeting me, and I need your help
      My name is Gabriela Alvarez. I attend Lynn Classical High School in Lynn, Mass. I’m a peer leader at Girls Inc. of Lynn, and I recently went to the Massachusetts State House to tell our elected officials how I and other students are being targeted by Big Tobacco and their marketing of flavored products. Will you join me and share why flavored tobacco […]
    • Lawyers Have Heart 5K: Photos from 2019 race
      Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2019 Lawyers Have Heart 5K! We truly appreciate your time and support. This year, we raised more than $500,000 to improve the health of Greater Boston! Below are some of our favorite photos from this year’s event. To view the entire gallery, click here. […]
    • Lawmakers, students push for ban on flavored tobacco on Beacon Hill
      BOSTON — Students and lawmakers made a push at the State House on Tuesday for Massachusetts to ban the sale of almost all flavored tobacco and tobacco products, including mentholated cigarettes and some of the most popular vape products. Dozens of high school and college students who said the use of nicotine vapor products has become a widespread […]
    • Central Mass. schools implement lifesaving training
      WORCESTER – Would you know what to do if you witnessed a cardiac emergency?  Only about 46 percent of people who experience an out of hospital cardiac arrest receive the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives. Hands-Only CPR can change that and students in central Massachusetts have been implementing the training at their […]
    • Focus Technology Solutions CEO to chair 2019 Boston Heart Walk
      The American Heart Association is pleased to announce that Doug Alexander, CEO of Focus Technology Solutions in Burlington, will chair the 2019 Boston Heart Walk. Alexander, who co-chaired the 2018 Boston Heart Walk, is returning to lead an annual event that has been instrumental in innovative breakthroughs for more than 30 years. Since the inception […]
    • American Heart Association and Aetna bring Teaching Gardens to Mission Hill
      The American Heart Association is taking a new approach in the fight against childhood obesity, with help from the Aetna Foundation, by planting community vegetables gardens in Boston. On Thursday, Aetna employees volunteered their morning to plant a garden at Roxbury Tenants of Harvard, a non-profit organization that operates about 1,000 affordable […]
    • Worcester survivor honored with Heart Hero Award
      WORCESTER – The American Heart Association recognized a local survivor and volunteer with the Heart Hero Award at the 2019 Central Massachusetts Heart and Stroke Walk. on Saturday, March 11 at Quinsigamond State Park in Worcester, MA. Chrissy Gaffney, of Worcester, MA, was awarded the Heart Hero Award for her constant efforts to raise awareness […]
    • Central MA Heart and Stroke Walk set for May 11
      WORCESTER – Thousands will be walking for heart and brain health at the American Heart Association Central Massachusetts Heart and Stroke Walk on Saturday, May 11, at the DCR’s Quinsigamond State Park, Lake Park in Worcester. About one in three adults participate in NO leisure physical activity at all. At the Central MA Heart and Stroke Walk, we […]
    • Boston Scientific, Newton-Wellesley Hospital leaders co-chairing Heart and Stroke Ball
      BOSTON – The American Heart Association is pleased to recognize Newton-Wellesley Hospital President Michael R. Jaff, DO, and Boston Scientific CEO Michael Mahoney, as the co-chairs of the 2019 Boston Heart and Stroke Ball. As co-chairs of this annual campaign, Jaff and Mahoney are making a lasting health impact not only in Greater Boston, but also […]
    • Central MA Heart Walk chaired by local cardiologist
      WORCESTER –  The 2019 Central Massachusetts Heart Walk raises funds to save lives from this country’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers – heart disease and stroke. By participating in the Heart Walk, you’re joining a million Heart Walk Heroes from across the nation who are raising funds for lifesaving science. Science that can teach us all how […]
    • Tufts cardiologist to be honored at Boston Heart and Stroke Ball
      BOSTON – Marvin A. Konstam, MD, one of the nation’s leading cardiovascular physicians, will be honored at the 2019 Boston Heart and Stroke Ball with one of the American Heart Association’s highest honors. Dr. Konstam will receive the Paul Dudley White Award during the annual gala held on May 4 at the Westin Boston Waterfront. Dr. Konstam, chief […]
    • Thousands walk for heart health in Boston
      BOSTON — Born with a heart defect, Bouba Dieme knows a heart transplant is a long shot. But thanks to recent medical advances, Dieme, 32, received an LVAD implant while waiting on the transplant list, and expects to live a longer, healthier life because of it. That’s why he walks. Dieme, who lives in Milton with his wife and three children, had the […]
    • Charity baseball game raises funds for heart health
      The 2018 Oldtime Baseball Game was played in Cambridge on Thursday, Aug. 16, at St. Peter’s Field in Cambridge. This year’s game was played in memory of Steve Harris, a longtime hockey writer for the Boston Herald, who died of a heart condition in February. Funds raised from the game benefitted the American Heart Association, and will be […]
    • American Heart Association Commends Massachusetts for Raising Tobacco Age
      Dr. George Philippides, an American Heart Association advocate and chief of cardiology at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, issued the following statement Friday on legislation signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker that will raise the age of sale for tobacco products in Massachusetts to 21. “Increasing the age of sale for tobacco products to 21 will […]
    • Look Up and Team Up to Build Health Equity Solutions in Your Communities
      The American Heart Association’s June 2018 Northeast Health Equity Consortium brought together medical professionals, public health experts and community leaders to examine health equity in our diverse communities. Nearly 150 people attended from the northeast and across the country. Their commitment to equity in health care was evident by their […]
    • American Heart Association, Saint Vincent Hospital roll out donation to Worcester County Schools
      Participation in sports promotes physical activity, builds self-esteem, improves social skills and motivates children to excel academically. To encourage Massachusetts students to be active and play sports, the American Heart Association and local sponsor, Saint Vincent Hospital, collected more than 180 athletic balls that have been donated to schools […]
    • Local volunteer honored at May 12th Heart Walk
      The American Heart Association was joined by more than 1,000 walkers at the Annual Central Massachusetts Heart Walk on Saturday, May 12, at the DCR’s Quinsigamond State Park, Lake Park in Worcester. As part of the event, the organization honored Holden resident, Kathy Green, senior director, Radiology Services at UMass Memorial Healthcare, with a Heart […]
    • An update on Eva
      Eva Gambon was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Now 11-years-old, she is one of the strongest young ladies you will ever meet. The past year has been tumultuous for Eva and her family. In January, they had the conversation they have been dreading for a long time – heart transplant. Eva will likely need a transplant at some point in the next […]
    • Innovation Challenge seeks health solutions that address social determinants of health
      The American Heart Association is seeking applicants for the 2018 Northeast Health Equity Consortium Innovation Challenge, a grant-based initiative to identify innovative, clearly-defined solutions to improve the health and well-being in urban communities in New England, New York and New Jersey. Community environments play a crucial role in health […]
    • Boston earns gold medal in new city health report
      A recently released report that examined local policies affecting the quality of life and health of residents in the country’s 40 largest cities has awarded Boston a gold medal for the second consecutive year. The second annual report by CityHealth — an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente — evaluated the cities based on nine […]
    • Former Patriot and stroke survivor Bruschi to join advocates at State House lobby day
      BOSTON – Former New England Patriot and stroke survivor Tedy Bruschi will join dozens of American Heart Association volunteers from across Massachusetts at the State House on Thursday to ask their representatives to enact policies to fight heart disease and stroke. WHO: More than 75 American Heart Association volunteer advocates, including researchers, […]
    • AHA, Newton-Wellesley Hospital surprise students with athletic ball donation
      WALTHAM – Michael Jaff and George Philippides stood at center court of the elementary school gymnasium, as fifteen wide-eyed children looked up at them from their seats on the hardwood court. The two physicians were at the school to deliver an important message. Regular physical activity, they told the students, will help you live a strong and healthy […]
    • Boston Children’s Hospital cardiologist to receive Paul Dudley White Award
      At next month’s Boston Heart & Stroke Ball, the American Heart Association is presenting the Paul Dudley White Award to Jane W. Newburger, MD, MPH, a cardiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital. The award is named in honor of one of Boston’s most revered cardiologists, Dr. Paul Dudley White, founding father of the American Heart Association. It […]
    • Boston cardiologist chairing 2018 Heart & Stroke Ball
      The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are pleased to recognize Joseph Loscalzo, MD, PhD, as the chairman of the 2018 Boston Heart & Stroke Ball. Loscalzo is chairman of the Department of Medicine, and physician-in-chief at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. A cardiovascular medicine specialist, he is also Soma Weiss, MD, […]
    • Marlborough students ‘Jump Rope For Heart’
      MARLBOROUGH – About 100 students at the Charles W. Whitcomb School joined together on Tuesday, Feb. 27, for some heart-healthy exercise at a Jump Rope For Heart event. Jump Rope For Heart is a national education and fundraising event sponsored by the American Heart Association and the Society of Health and Physical Educators. The Marlborough Public […]
    • Easton resident to run Boston Marathon in memory of her father and stroke hero
      Meg Edmonston will be among thousands this April to run the 122nd Boston Marathon. While her eye will be set on the finish line of the grueling 26.2-mile race, the real finish line for the Easton resident is an end to stroke. Meg is running the marathon in memory of her father and stroke hero, Donald, who suffered a stroke in 2001 at age 64. She is […]
    • Focus Technology Solutions and TechTarget to co-chair 2018 Boston Heart Walk
      BOSTON — Focus Technology Solutions and TechTarget are teaming up with the American Heart Association to fight heart disease and stroke by co-chairing the 2018 Boston Heart Walk. Led by Doug Alexander, CEO of Focus Technology Solutions, and Michael Cotoia, CEO of TechTarget, both local companies will be fundraising throughout the year with on-going […]
    • Lawmakers ‘Go Red’ to draw attention to heart disease and stroke in women
      BOSTON – Lawmakers gathered at the State House on Tuesday morning to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke as the number one killer of women. The event was part of Go Red For Women, a campaign led by the American Heart Association that advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. About 75 lawmakers wore red to show […]
    • A special message for Wear Red Day
      GUEST COMMENTARY By Christopher Sadler Hingham, Mass. As Wear Red Day approaches, I’ll be honoring all of the women in life who have been affected by heart disease. Whether they have been directly or indirectly affected by heart disease, I must acknowledge several important women that I’ve gotten to know through my journey as a heart failure survivor. […]
    • Following her husband’s stroke, Westwood woman is lacing ’em up for Boston
      Laura Hall will be among thousands this April to run the 122nd Boston Marathon. While her eye will be set on the finish line of the grueling 26.2-mile race, the real finish line for the Westwood resident is an end to stroke. Laura is running the marathon in honor of her husband and stroke hero, Ned, who suffered a non-fatal stroke in 2013, when he was […]
    • Local girl celebrates birthday by giving back to community
      In celebration of her upcoming 10th birthday in February, Abigail of Tewksbury, decided to volunteer for the national Little Hats, Big Hearts initiative for the American Heart Association. The nationwide campaign raises awareness about family heart health and congenital heart defects with the support of the Children’s Heart Foundation by providing […]
    • A gift for Christopher
      GUEST COMMENTARY By Christopher Sadler Hingham, Mass. On October 5, 2007, I carpooled to school with friends. They parked in the lot farthest away from our high school, which meant walking across a large field to reach the entrance. When we got to the end of the field, I suddenly felt a sensation that I had never felt before. I was fading in and out of […]
    • A gift for Eva
      GUEST COMMENTARY By Jill Gambon Rockland, Mass. School lockers are a lot different from when I was a kid. You should see my daughter Eva’s. It’s absolutely packed with decorations. There’s even a tiny chandelier hanging inside it. It’s like this mini world. When you open it, you feel like angels are going to start singing. Eva started middle school […]
    • Tedy’s Team announces 2018 Boston Marathon team
      We are thrilled to announce our team and look forward to the months ahead that will lead them to the finish line on Boylston Street. Over the next six months, the team will not only be training for the 2018 Boston Marathon, but they will also be helping the American Stroke Association in the fight against stroke by raising money and awareness, while […]
    • How healthy is your neighborhood? New online tool to show U.S. health disparities
      The Northeast Healthy Equity Consortium unveiled a prototype of its Health Disparities Dashboard at a meeting in Old Saybrook, Conn., on Oct. 18. Developed in a partnership with Velir, a web technology firm based in Somerville, Mass., the dashboard features an online map of the United States that provides a snapshot of health disparities in the […]
    • NORTHEAST HEALTH EQUITY CONSORTIUM ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP
      Three champions of health equity to co-chair.  New York November 2017 …The Northeast Health Equity Consortium (NHEC), which addresses health inequities and disparities in eight states – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont –has announced the appointment of three new co-chairs for […]
    • Tedy’s Team travels to nation’s capital to run with the Marines
      Tedy’s Team members took their running shoes to Arlington, Virginia, and the nation’s capital last month to participate in the historic Marine Corps Marathon. Each year, Tedy’s Team offers a different destination marathon opportunity for runners. This year’s race was the 42nd Annual Marine Corps Marathon, also known as, “The People’s Marathon” and the […]
    • How healthy is your neighborhood? New online tool to show U.S. health disparities
      The Northeast Healthy Equity Consortium unveiled a prototype of its Health Disparities Dashboard at a meeting in Old Saybrook, Conn., on Oct. 18. Developed in a partnership with Velir, a web technology firm based in Somerville, Mass., the dashboard features an online map of the United States that provides a snapshot of health disparities in the […]
    • First-Ever NECC Stroke Tank: ‘Pitch it to the Judges!’ yields winners from Boston
      The 12th Annual Summit of the NorthEast Cerebrovascular Consortium (NECC) took place last week, on October 26 and 27 at the Newport Marriott in Newport, Rhode Island. This year at the two-day cerebrovascular educational event hosted by the NECC in conjunction with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA), summit leaders […]
    • Massachusetts youth urge lawmakers to pass ‘Tobacco 21’ bill
      Young people from across the state met with lawmakers Wednesday about the need to pass legislation to raise the sale age of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 21 in Massachusetts. The students told lawmakers why the legislation is important to them and about the need to stem the tide of teenagers taking up smoking. Some spoke of  loved ones […]
    • Kids to give Beacon Hill 21 reasons to raise tobacco age
      BOSTON — On Wednesday, Oct. 25, youth from across the state will gather at the State House and hold a news conference to tell lawmakers why it’s important to them that legislation is passed this year to raise the sale age of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 21 in Massachusetts.  The event will happen at 11 a.m. Kids of all ages will gather […]
    • AHA and Aetna plant healthy eating habits in Boston
      BOSTON – The American Heart Association and the Aetna Foundation teamed up Friday to foster healthier minds and bodies by building Teaching Gardens at an elementary school in East Boston and an affordable housing development in Roxbury. The gardens at the Patrick J. Kennedy Elementary School will teach the school’s kindergarten through fifth-grade […]
    • Diagnosis spurs Westfield woman to make lifestyle changes
      “When I got my diagnosis, it woke everyone up.” Jazz singer Theresa “TC” Eckstein was devastated when she was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure. Then 40, she was forced to go on disability and adjust to her new reality. In 2016, Eckstein, who lives in Westfield, Massachusetts, also found out that she had developed […]
    • Tedy’s Team runner celebrates 10-year anniversary of heart surgery
      Two weeks ago, Jeremy Woodward visited Tufts Medical Center in Boston with his wife and their three daughters. Ten years earlier, on August 4, 2007, Woodward was at that same hospital not knowing if he was ever going to leave. “The last time my wife, Brook, and I walked into this hospital, it was under very different circumstances. It was basically […]
    • American Heart Association Announces 2017 Grant Recipients
      The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association have awarded five Community Impact Grants, totaling $125,000, to local non-profit organizations that are implementing heart-healthy, community-based programs aimed at reducing cardiovascular diseases and stroke, and their risk factors. The recipients for this year’s Community Impact […]
    • American Heart Association and Aetna Foundation team up to build a healthier Boston
      BOSTON – The American Heart Association and the Aetna Foundation have teamed up to build healthier minds and bodies by building Teaching Gardens, together. The American Heart Association is pleased to announce that the Aetna Foundation will sponsor a two-year, multi-phase Teaching Gardens program in Boston and Hartford, Conn. The program will […]
    • NORTHEAST HEALTH EQUITY CONSORTIUM CELEBRATES INAUGURAL YEAR AT SUMMIT
      Members of the Northeast Health Equity Consortium (NHEC) gathered in New York City in April to celebrate their successful inaugural year and develop a framework for the coming year with a focus on addressing health inequities and disparities in eight states –Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and […]
    • Gov. Baker: Capital plan will include $1M in healthy food access funding
      Gov. Charlie Baker has included $1 million in funding for the Massachusetts Food Trust Program in the fiscal 2018 capital plan, expanding low income families’ access to healthy groceries. The Massachusetts Food Trust would provide loans, grants, and technical assistance to support new and expanded healthy food retailers and local food enterprises in […]
    • Legislative Briefing: Reducing sugary drink consumption
      MEDIA ADVISORY: Contact: Christopher Camire Senior Director of Communications American Heart Association 781.373.4521 chris.camire@heart.org WHAT: Too many kids and families in Massachusetts are suffering from preventable chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and tooth decay. Sugary drinks are the single largest […]
    • AHA board president releases statement on Santa Fe sugary drink tax vote
      Tuesday’s vote in Santa Fe, N.M., represents a desperate last gasp by Big Soda to protect its coffers at the expense of kids. In large part due to Big Soda’s false claims, nearly 1,000 additional 3- and 4-year olds in Santa Fe, the majority of whom are from families with low-income, will not benefit from attending high-quality preschool programs. Here […]
    • American Heart Association, Newton-Wellesley Hospital roll out donation to Waltham school
      WALTHAM – Participation in sports promotes physical activity, builds self-esteem, improves social skills and motivates children to excel academically. To encourage Massachusetts students to be active and play sports, the American Heart Association and Newton-Wellesley Hospital are collecting hundreds of athletics balls that will be donated to schools […]
    • Dracut Resident & Stroke Survivor to Run Boston Marathon
      Kim Chadwell, a stroke survivor and resident of Dracut, will be amongst thousands this April to run the 121st Boston Marathon. While her eye will be set on the finish line for the grueling 26.2 miles, the real finish line for Chadwell, who is running as part of Tedy’s Team, led by former New England Patriots linebacker and stroke survivor, Tedy […]
    • B.U. neurologist to be honored with Paul Dudley White Award
      BOSTON – On April 29, the area’s most prominent physicians, community and business leaders will come together at the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Annual Boston Heart & Stroke Ball to honor Philip A. Wolf, MD, with the Paul Dudley White Award. This esteemed award is named in honor of one of Boston’s most revered […]
    • Weymouth resident running to fight stroke
      Weymouth resident and stroke survivor, Christopher Butts, will be amongst thousands this April to run the 121st Boston Marathon. While his eye will be set on the finish line for the grueling 26.2 miles, the real finish line for Butts, who is running as part of Tedy’s Team, led by former New England Patriots linebacker and stroke survivor, Tedy Bruschi, […]
    • Rockland ballerina has heart of gold
      She is the embodiment of grace, agility and strength, both on and off the dance floor. Eva Gambon may have only just turned 10, but her life story has made her wise beyond her years. It’s a story that has taken her from hospital operating rooms to a role in a Boston ballet. Eva, who lives in Rockland, was diagnosed in utero with a birth defect that […]
    • Boston physicians to co-chair Boston Heart & Stroke Ball
      BOSTON – The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are pleased to announce the co-chairs for the 2017 Boston Heart & Stroke Ball are Elliott M. Antman, MD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Natalia S. Rost, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital. The Heart & Stroke Ball is the American Heart Association’s premier social […]
    • West Boylston Resident to Chair Central Massachusetts Heart Ball
      On Saturday, March 25th, over 250 people are expected to gather at the American Heart Association’s Central Massachusetts Heart Ball, the organization’s premier social event. The event, which will be held at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, will celebrate the achievements of local physicians, philanthropists and volunteers all with a common goal of raising […]
    • INAUGURAL NORTHEAST HEALTH EQUITY CONSORTIUM FORMULATES PLAN TO ADDRESS HEALTH INEQUITY
      ROLES OUT DASHBOARD TRACKING HEALTH DISPARITY IN EIGHT STATES  New York, October 10, 2016 … Members of the Northeast Health Equity Consortium (NHEC) agreed to a strategic plan to address health inequities and disparities in eight states –Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont — at […]
    • Heart transplant recipient, 26, to speak at Go Red For Women Luncheon
      When Taylor MacLean was a sophomore in college, she was diagnosed with heart disease. The news came as a shock, but with drugs and regular doctor’s appointments, she was expected to live the typical life of a young woman in her early 20s. Unfortunately, Taylor’s health deteriorated. In 2014, she was diagnosed with heart failure. She would need a heart […]
    • New healthy vending machine unveiled at Boston City Hall
      Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and leading health advocacy organizations Thursday announced the launch of a pilot healthy vending initiative at City Hall.  As part of a campaign to increase access to healthy food and beverages, the American Heart Association is working with state and local governments to bring healthy vending machines to public properties. […]
    • GUEST BLOG: My stroke recovery – nothing short of a roller coaster ride
      By Meaghan O’Brien from Massachusetts On World Stroke Day, October 29th, I have a question for you. Do you know the signs of stroke? When I was 22 years old, I never thought anything bad would happen to me. I had just started my first full time job out of college and I was always doing something fun with my friends or family. That all changed one night […]
    • Tedy’s Team announces 2017 Boston Marathon team
      In less than six months, our 2017 Boston Marathon team will be crossing the finish line on Boylston Street after months of training, fundraising and raising awareness for a cause that has personally touched each and every one of them. Each Fall, we are eager to announce our team and look forward to the months ahead that will lead up to them achieving […]
    • ‘Clean out’ your closet, help save lives
      Modern day philanthropy can be as simple as cleaning out your closet and putting your gently loved clothing into a bag. That’s why the American Heart Association is excited to announce our partnership with Union & Fifth, a non-profit that raises money for amazing charities by selling donated, gently worn designer clothing on their website; and we […]
    • Stroke Survivor Running to Fight Stroke with Tedy’s Team
      Ned Hall, a stroke survivor and resident of Westwood, will be running the 2016 Falmouth Road Race on Tedy’s Team, led by former New England Patriots linebacker and stroke survivor, Tedy Bruschi. Next month’s race will be the first of three different races that Hall will be running with the team over the next nine months. It started off like any other […]
    • Baseball great, heart failure patient Rod Carew taking ‘Heart of 29’ campaign to Fenway Park
      As soon as Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew began recovering from life-threatening heart problems last year, he became driven by one thought: How can I help? Carew knew his story could inspire more people to take control of their heart health and encourage more donations toward research to beat, treat and prevent cardiovascular disease. His first step […]
    • Boston Herald: Parents urge support for defibrillators in schools
      Parents who lost children to sudden cardiac arrest are pushing for a statewide mandate that would put life-saving heart devices in all Bay State schools — a measure that has remained in legislative limbo for years, they say, reports the Boston Herald.   “For us, we know that there are kids, way more than people can even imagine, walking around […]