hidden Massachusetts youth urge lawmakers to pass ‘Tobacco 21’ bill

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

hidden Kids to give Beacon Hill 21 reasons to raise tobacco age

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

hidden AHA and Aetna plant healthy eating habits in Boston

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 students how

hidden Diagnosis spurs Westfield woman to make lifestyle changes

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

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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 Grants are: Baraka Community Wellness, Boston Medical Center, Fresh Truck,

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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 Vermont. Co-chairs

hidden Gov. Baker: Capital plan will include $1M in healthy food access funding

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 low and