• Ask What Matters?! supports ‘Life Is Why We Give’ campaign in Boston  
      BOSTON— Every 40 seconds, someone in America experiences a stroke or a heart attack. This year, the American Heart Association, a global force for longer, healthier lives, is teaming up with companies around the country to change these outcomes through the Life Is Why We Give campaign.    Through Life Is Why We Give, companies including Ask What […]
    • American Heart Association to hold webinar focused on racial equity in Boston
      Before the American Heart Association existed, people with heart disease were often doomed to complete bed rest — or worse. But a handful of pioneering physicians believed it didn’t have to be that way. They founded the American Heart Association in 1924 and conducted studies in Boston to learn more about heart disease. Since that time, the […]
    • Statement: American Heart Association on the end of menthol tobacco sales in Massachusetts
      BOSTON – Oct. 9, 2020 – The following statement is from Allyson Perron Drag, government relations director for the American Heart Association in Massachusetts. By becoming the first state in the nation to prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products, Massachusetts ensured we won’t lose a new generation of kids to nicotine. The data shows that […]
    • Boston Heart Walk bringing local companies together in friendly competition
      This year will be the biggest Boston Heart Walk yet. By moving the action online, the American Heart Association is going to bring the experience to participants wherever the are. This 2020 walk is going to touch more hearts, move more feet and raise more life-saving funds than ever before. Local companies are playing a big role in that. Companies from […]
    • Boston’s Go Red for Women chair shares stroke story to raise awareness
      Christina Crowley had been looking forward to the trip for months. New York City. Broadway. The theater. As she drove from her Shrewsbury, Mass., home through Connecticut with her daughter, they sang show tunes, laughed and chatted excitedly about the day ahead. The plan: Crowley’s sister and niece would meet them in New York. The group would catch a […]
    • Ampion supports ‘Life Is Why We Give’ campaign in Boston
      Ampion, a Boston-based solar energy company, is supporting the American Heart Association and their core work fighting heart disease and stroke while funding innovative research to better understand COVID-19 and its interaction with cardiovascular disease through their Life Is Why We Give campaign. Life Is Why We Give inspires consumers to honor their […]
    • Boston Heart and Stroke Ball in 3 minutes: New video recaps 2020 virtual event
      Please enjoy this look back at the 2020 Boston Heart and Stroke Ball, which was held virtually on May 29. Thank you to everyone who joined us to ensure the American Heart Association’s research and community efforts continue to save lives. […]
    • Transportation, nutrition programs big winners in Boston budget
      Boston’s recently passed budget includes several investments to address health equity in the city, including new bike lanes, reconstructed sidewalks and discounted fruits and vegetables for residents who receive government food assistance. These investments are just some of the initiatives the American Heart Association advocated for to improve the […]
    • Boston program helps new immigrants blend into their communities
      Geralde Gabeau has worked for over two decades advocating for and developing public health initiatives for immigrants, especially for women and children. But while working on her doctorate degree in strategic leadership several years ago, Gabeau learned something that moved her in a new direction and, in turn, is impacting the lives of thousands of […]
    • Are you a stroke survivor from Greater Boston? Share your story and become an AHA spokesperson
      Has anyone ever told you that your personal journey with stroke recovery is inspiring? Have you wanted to share your story to connect with others? If so, we need your help. The American Heart is Association is looking for Stroke Ambassadors from Greater Boston to share their stories of survival, inspire others and raise awareness about stroke warning […]
    • Boston ‘Go Red for Women’ to hold web series on South Asian health
      South Asians are underrepresented in studies of cardiovascular health, yet they face greater risks of cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign in Boston recently launched a nine-part webinar series — A Conversation From the Heart — to bring this community’s health to the […]
    • Boston Heart Ball chair honored as one of pharma’s top leaders
      Barry Greene, the president of Cambridge biotech company Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and chairman of this year’s Boston Heart and Stroke Ball, is one of 40 leaders to be recognized with the 2020 Red Jacket Award by PharmaVOICE magazine. Since 2014, PharmaVOICE has recognized inspiring, innovative, collaborative, and transformative individuals in the […]
    • Helping feed hard-hit transgender communities in Massachusetts
      Transgender residents living in Massachusetts, particularly people of color, have been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. They face an unemployment rate more than three times the general population, homelessness and a lack of food, said Chastity Bowick, CEO of the Transgender Emergency Fund of Massachusetts. When Lawrence Vinson learned […]
    • American Heart Association names new president of Southern New England Board of Directors
      The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, is pleased to announce that  Robert H. Schwengel, MD, FACC of Southcoast Health, has been appointed President of the Association’s Board of Directors in Southern New England. Serving for several […]
    • Map shows how drastically COVID-19 risk varies by Boston neighborhood
      TIME published a story this week looking at data that shows how drastically the risk of COVID-19 infection varies from neighborhood to neighborhood within Boston. Using data from the City Health Dashboard, a project run by New York University Langone Health, TIME mapped Boston and its neighbor across the Charles River, Cambridge, to illustrate how […]
    • Massachusetts Senate passes bill ensuring stroke patients are taken to best hospital, not closest
      BOSTON – The Massachusetts Senate voted on Thursday to support a bill that would ensure stroke patients get the best treatment as quickly as possible. The bill, which passed in a 40-0 vote, would allow first responders to transport stroke patients to the facilities best-equipped to treat them, rather than the closest, ensuring they immediately get the […]
    • American Heart Association holds successful food drive at Greater Boston Chase branches
      The American Heart Association teamed up with JPMorgan Chase this summer and fall to provide healthy food to people in Greater Boston that need it most. Nineteen Chase branches throughout the region collected nonperishable, healthy food items that the American Heart Association is donating to organizations serving under-resourced communities in Boston. […]
    • Boston Heart Walk to be reimagined as weeklong digital experience
      The Boston Heart Walk is getting a new look. The annual American Heart Association campaign is being transformed this year into a weeklong, digital celebration of the work being funded to improve the health of Greater Boston. The newly reimagined Boston Heart Walk will be held the week of October 19 and feature fun, daily activities promoting exercise, […]
    • At Boston nonprofit fitness center, women find strength in numbers
      After more than a decade of driving a Boston city bus, Lorene Thomas was exhausted, overweight and depressed. “Sitting in that seat all the time, I gained weight and had high blood pressure,” Thomas said. The 64-year-old also felt traumatized after several scary incidents, including being threatened by a man with a knife. A visit four years […]
    • Telegram & Gazette: Massachusetts dispatchers to receive CPR training under proposed state bill
      A single piece of legislation, if passed, could save as many as 500 lives a year in Massachusetts, according to a UMass Memorial Medical Center doctor, reports the Telegram & Gazette in a story published on Tuesday. The Worcester-based newspaper interviewed Dr. Joseph Sabato, an emergency medicine physician and American Heart Association volunteer, […]
    • NBC10 Boston: Massachusetts 911 law could save hundreds of lives
      Rebecca Scott is alive today because of CPR. The Wellesley resident collapsed and went into cardiac arrest while playing tennis last year. Luckily, someone nearby by knew CPR and was able to keep Scott alive. Not everyone who goes into cardiac arrest in Massachusetts is as fortunate. That’s why the American Heart Association supports a bill that […]
    • Boston Social Impact Fund recipient profiled on Channel 5
      A Boston-based organization – financially supported by the American Heart Association – that helps dads overcome obstacles like jail sentences, addiction issues and financial strains was featured on WCVB Channel 5 this week. Started by Charles Daniels in 2011, Fathers’ Uplift is Boston’s first outpatient mental health center for fathers and […]
    • American Heart Association launches EmPOWERED to Serve in Boston
      An American Heart Association program that seeks to improve health outcomes and reduce the gap in health disparities in multicultural communities kicked off in Boston on Thursday. As part of the EmPOWERED to Serve program, the American Heart Association recruited local health ambassadors to help spread awareness about heart disease, stroke and the […]
    • Boston Doctors: Mass. needs law ensuring stroke patients are taken to best hospital, not closest
      Two Boston stroke doctors are urging Massachusetts lawmakers to support a bill that would ensure stroke patients get the best treatment as quickly as possible. In Massachusetts, first responders are required by law to take stroke patients to the closest hospital, regardless of the stroke’s severity. Unfortunately, the closest hospital may not be […]
    • UMass doctor champions telephone CPR bill in Commonwealth Magazine op-ed
      Commonwealth Magazine published an op-ed by Dr. Joseph Sabato Jr. this week urging the Massachusetts Legislature to pass a bill requiring 911 operators to be trained in how to deliver CPR instructions over the phone. The legislation, which is supported by the American Heart Association, could improve the outcomes of people who experience cardiac arrest […]
    • Channel 5 spotlights Social Impact Fund investments in Boston
      WCVB Channel 5 aired a story on Tuesday night about the American Heart Association Social Impact Fund’s investments in Boston. In Boston, vulnerable communities like Roxbury, Mattapan and Dorchester, are at greater risk for financial hardship, hunger and poor health. In areas of Roxbury, residents live to just 59, on average. Just a few miles […]
    • Parents of Massachusetts child who survived cardiac arrest urge lawmakers to support telephone CPR bill
      Sudden cardiac death can happen at any place and at any time. During these moments, performing CPR is key to survival. One way to ensure that more people receive CPR is to teach 911 operators how to provide CPR instructions over the phone. This is proven to save lives, but only a handful of states require it. Massachusetts isn’t one of these states. […]
    • Lawyers Have Heart team interviewed on Boston podcast
      The team behind Boston’s Lawyers Have Heart 5K was interviewed by David Yas on the latest episode of The Boston Podcast. This year’s 5K is being held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. By registering, runners are committing to run or walk 3.1 miles on Friday, June 12 — wherever they may be — to help fight heart disease and stroke. The […]
    • Massachusetts author to lead mindfulness webinars focused on health and well-being
      Practicing mindfulness and meditation may help you manage stress and high blood pressure, sleep better, feel more balanced and connected, and even lower your risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association wants to help you let go of stress and feel more calm and peaceful by offering three, free webinars in June designed to teach methods for […]
    • The AHA Launches 2nd Webinar in a Series Discussing Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color
      Long before the pandemic, systemic challenges have contributed to disparities that impede some people from living long, healthy lives. Your ZIP code should not determine how long you live, but it does. Social factors, which are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources, as well as immigration status, occupation, and language preference, […]
    • Massachusetts to end sale of menthol cigarettes, tobacco products on June 1
      Law will prevent Big Tobacco from targeting kids and minorities in underserved communities BOSTON, May 30, 2020 – On June 1, Massachusetts will take a bold step in protecting future generations from a lifetime of deadly tobacco addiction, when it becomes the first state in the nation to remove harmful menthol, mint and wintergreen tobacco products from […]
    • ICYMI: Eastern States Launched a Webinar Series on the Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color
      On May 15, the Eastern States Community Impact team launched the first webinar of a series designed to discuss the impact of COVID-19 in communities of color. The webinar was offered to health equity leaders nationwide and was attended by approximately 1,035 participants. During the webinar, implications of COVID-19 from the perspective of economics, […]
    • Dr. Ami Bhatt: Massachusetts is saving lives with telemedicine
      The following is a guest commentary written by Dr. Ami Bhatt, director of outpatient cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bhatt is also the chairwoman of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign in Boston. Massachusetts is protecting its citizens by extending the timeline for […]
    • Ensure all Massachusetts families have access to healthy foods
      Across Massachusetts, families and individuals are struggling with food insecurity. We know the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help alleviate this issue by enabling participants to stretch their food dollars and purchase healthier foods. We want to thank the state Legislature and Gov. Charlie Baker for prioritizing funding for […]
    • Central MA Heart & Stroke Walk goes virtual, two local community members to receive awards
      With the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic keeping more Americans at home, the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health, is embracing the new normal and moving its iconic Heart Walk online.   On June 20th, Heart Walk participants and teams will not physically meet but are invited […]
    • The AHA Convenes Health Equity Leaders to Discuss Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color
      Long before the coronavirus impacted how we live, work, and play, systemic challenges contributed to disparities that impede some people from living long, healthy lives. Your ZIP code should not determine how long you live, but it does. Social factors, which are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources, have been mostly responsible for […]
    • Boston Medical Center mobilizes stroke care amid COVID-19
      From the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic in Boston, stroke experts Dr. Gioacchino Curiale and Dr. Thanh Nguyen have witnessed the power of partnership. “Whether it is a parent homeschooling their child, an EMT responding to a 911 call, a nurse caring for patients at the bedside, or someone observing the social distancing guidelines, everyone […]
    • Boston cardiologist talks to NBC News about rare syndrome impacting children with COVID-19
      Recent reports of children experiencing Kawasaki disease, possibly tied to the COVID-19 pandemic, are raising concerns among patients and pediatricians. Most children with COVID-19 are asymptomatic or exhibit only mild symptoms. However, in the past two months, first in Europe, and more recently in the U.S., a small number of children developed a more […]
    • Massachusetts researchers awarded funding to study effects of COVID-19
      Researchers from three Massachusetts hospitals are among those to have been awarded $1.2 million in grants by the American Heart Association to study the effects of COVID-19. The American Heart Association awarded grants to teams at 12 institutions across the United States. The announcement comes less than a month after the Association issued a rapid […]
    • Mass. biotech leader sets sights on a healthier Boston
      Barry Greene has a knack for seeing the big picture. When he agreed to chair the 2020 Boston Heart and Stroke Ball, he saw it not just as one night of fundraising for the American Heart Association, but as part of a broader mission. “We wanted [the ball] to be one component of our efforts, but not the only component,” said Greene, who is president of […]
    • After heart failure sidelined his basketball career, Boston man makes off-court comeback
      On the basketball court George Boakye-Yiadom was a force. Standing 6 feet, 7 inches and weighing 250 pounds, he was an imposing presence to the teams he faced on a nightly basis. He was big, yet quick; strong, yet agile. The quintessential power forward. Then, in 2015, Boakye-Yiadom met an opponent that was too much – even for him. It started as a pain […]
    • Massachusetts: List of events going virtual
      Boston Silent Auction Bid on dozens of fabulous items to support the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association. Date: Tuesday, April 28, at 10 a.m., to Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. Website: Boston Heart and Stroke Ball Heart and Stroke Ball guests will be encouraged to dress in evening attire, toast milestones in […]
    • American Heart Association outlines response to COVID-19 in Boston
      To minimize COVID-19’s impact on the public health of Greater Boston, the American Heart Association has activated its full organizational strength to combat the spread of the virus and address the vulnerability of heart and stroke patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals and underserved populations. Here are some areas we’re focusing on. […]
    • Boston University scientist to lead team investigating effects of vaping
      Researchers at Boston University will study the health effects of e-cigarettes and nicotine on youth and help develop vaping cessation programs after receiving funding from the American Heart Association. The American Heart Association announced nearly $17 million in grants on April 21 as part of its ENACT: End Nicotine Addiction in Children and Teens […]
    • Kendra Scott supports lifesaving mission in Boston through Life Is Why We Give campaign
      Every 40 seconds, someone in America experiences a stroke or a heart attack. The American Heart Association is teaming up with Kendra Scott to change these outcomes through the Life Is Why We Give campaign. Life Is Why We Give inspires consumers to honor their reasons to live healthier, longer lives – by giving. Through this campaign, Kendra Scott […]
    • Massachusetts residents: Ask your lawmakers to prevent death and disability from stroke
      The cornavirus crisis has exposed gaps in the treatment of stroke patients in Massachusetts. The health care system is straining right now. Unfortunately, strokes continue to happen. Stroke kills 2,370 people in Massachusetts per year and leaves many more with long-term disabilities. Stroke victims need the best care possible. In Massachusetts, first […]
    • Boston Globe: Coronavirus cuts devastating swath through black America
      The coronavirus should have everyone’s attention by now, health experts say. And people with heart disease have extra reasons to be alert. For those with underlying heart issues, the concerns are serious. It appears people over 65 with coronary heart disease or hypertension are more likely to be infected and to develop more severe symptoms. As a […]
    • Boston ‘steps up’ virtual engagement with Amazon
      When the Boston Heart Walk team received word Amazon would soon require employees to work from home, they quickly mobilized and created a new activity to engage this new group of remote workers in the American Heart Association’s mission. Under the leadership of Carleen Tucker, development director, the team pivoted from a traditional Heart Walk […]
    • Boston Heart Walk launches bingo game to keep walkers healthy at home
      During this time of social distancing, the Boston Heart Walk wants to stay connected with you. Help us kick off the 2020 Boston Heart Walk campaign with Heart at Home Bingo. The first person to complete the entire board will win a Heart Walk swag bag. The first ten people to complete two bingo rows, columns or diagonals will win a healthy living prize. […]
    • Boston’s silent auction going virtual
      The American Heart Association’s 4th annual Boston Silent Auction is going virtual this year! We are committed to continuing the work to achieve our mission during this time, as heart disease and stroke continue to be our No. 1 and No. 2 global killers. The funds we raise at this year’s silent auction are critical to our urgent mission: to be a […]
    • Best way to end Boston homelessness and its health impact? Prevent evictions
      The cycle of homelessness can have devastating long-term repercussions on health. A nonprofit program in Boston is tackling the problem by trying to avoid evictions. HomeStart focuses on ending homelessness, in part by preventing it from happening in the first place. Living in an unstable housing environment can have a devastating impact on health. […]
    • Outstanding volunteers recognized at Central MA Heart and Stroke Ball
      The 2020 Central Massachusetts Heart and Stroke Ball was held on Saturday, February 29 at Mechanics Hall as a celebration of the mission, passion, work, and life-saving achievements of the American Heart Association. The Association recognized its remarkable community of volunteer advocates, champions and leaders at this event which was attended by […]
    • Boston cardiologist to be honored by American Heart Association
      BOSTON – Dr. Peter Libby will receive the Paul Dudley White Award at the 2020 Boston Heart and Stroke Ball, the American Heart Association announced Thursday. Since 1974, the Paul Dudley White Award has been given annually to a Boston physician who has made extraordinary contributions to cardiovascular or stroke care. Dr. Libby, a cardiovascular […]
    • Boston social entrepreneurs receive funding to break down health barriers
      The American Heart Association is making six new investments in Boston organizations committed to breaking down social and economic barriers that prevent people from living healthy lives. Currently operating in Chicago, Boston and Flint, Michigan, the Association’s Social Impact Fund empowers communities with localized resources to change their own […]
    • Massachusetts Lobby Day canceled amid coronavirus concerns
      The American Heart Association’s Massachusetts Lobby Day, planned for Wednesday, March 18, at the State House, has been canceled. As a science-based organization which cares deeply about the health of our communities, the American Heart Association has been closely following the guidance from the CDC and state and local health officials on the […]
    • When Massachusetts woman collapsed in her office, co-workers kept her alive. Now, she advocates for CPR training and AED access
      Ashley Lucchese usually worked at home on Fridays, but on March 10, 2017, she went to the office. She’d only sat down at her desk for a moment when she told a co-worker she felt dizzy. Then she collapsed to the floor. When Lucchese’s co-worker screamed for help, a manager ran in and started CPR. Lucchese was in cardiac arrest. Luckily, her co-workers […]
    • Passionate about the health of Greater Boston? Here’s a chance to get involved
      Make a difference in the health of Greater Boston! The American Heart Association needs ambassadors with creative, generous mindsets and leadership skills to help spread awareness about heart disease, stroke and the importance of a healthy lifestyle in Greater Boston. We’re making progress but still have much to do. Millions of people live without […]
    • Massachusetts AG files suit against Juul over youth ‘vaping epidemic’
      BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts sued electronic cigarette giant Juul Labs Inc. on Wednesday, accusing the company of deliberating targeting young people through its marketing campaigns. Attorney General Maura Healey’s office said the nation’s biggest e-cigarette maker is responsible for “creating a youth vaping epidemic” with deceptive […]
    • Massachusetts ‘wears red’ for heart health
      On the first Friday of every February, which is designated as American Heart Month, the nation comes together, igniting a wave of red from coast to coast. We call it National Wear Red Day. Here are some highlights from Massachusetts, featuring local news anchors, businesses, and volunteers who joined millions of people on Feb. 7 for a common goal: the […]
    • STEM Goes Red inspires Boston students
      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. Our most recent Boston event, which was held on Nov. 19 at UMass Boston, featured interactive breakout sessions, an empowering keynote and […]
    • These Boston doctors want to write ‘farmacy’ prescriptions
      Doctors are used to writing prescriptions for medicine. But three Boston-area cardiologists are working on a federal program that would focus on writing prescriptions for food. Varanda, which stands for Veterans Administration Repurposing Agriculture for Nutrition and Diet Awareness, would create a network of sustainable food gardens at veterans […]
    • Channel 5 anchors urge Boston to ‘wear red’ on National Wear Red Day
      WCVB NewsCenter 5 is urging viewers to ‘wear red’ on National Wear Red Day to raise awareness and funds in the fight against heart disease and stroke in women. The Boston news station is airing a promo featuring its female anchors promoting the campaign, which is part of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement. It […]
    • Three community members to be recognized at Central Massachusetts Heart and Stroke Ball
      Three local community members will receive the American Heart Association’s “Heart of Gold” Award at the Central Massachusetts Heart and Stroke Ball scheduled for February 29, 2020 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. The Ball is the “must attend” social event of the season, where people come to network with peers and socialize with some of the region’s […]
    • 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. 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 […]