January 2012

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Welcome To The MAHPERD E-News

Happy New Year


I hope your year has started in a remarkable way!  The Executive Board Leadership Meeting is going to be held on January 21st at the Senator Inn in Augusta.  At this meeting the Executive Board will review our bylaws, strategic plan, and goals.   We will set our work for the New Year and begin planning for our 2012 Annual Conference.   We will keep you updated on our progress throughout the year.   If you have any ideas about topics or sessions for the conference, please let us know.


As you reflect on the upcoming year, it is my hope that each of you will decide to take a role in MAHPERD no matter how big or small. We are a huge organization (over 550 members) and it takes many hands and minds to make it strong!  We need help in providing current and updated news in our e-newsletter,  and assistance in preparing the annual conference and keeping the committees up and running.  


It is your organization and we need your help! Please consider being on a committee (advocacy, awards, fundraising, technology, website ),running a hoops or jump for heart event, being a presenter or presider at the conference, being on the Executive Board (meetings are every other month in Augusta), helping with the Silent Auction, or even sharing your best practice ideas in our e-newsletter.  The list goes on and we would appreciate your ideas and help.    


A reminder that the AAHPERD National Convention is in Boston and just around the corner, (March 13 - 17). Register today to take advantage of the early bird savings!


Mark your calendars today for the MAHPERD 2012 annual conference, November 4, 5 & 6.


Hope you have a great 2012.


MAHPERD President

The Impact of Athletics on Academics 

One issue that typically arises during the "let's increase physical education/PA time" discussion is what curricular content to minimize so this can happen. Proponents of the "core" subjects have used the scare tactic that students' academic test scores will decrease if classroom time is reduced to maintain or add physical education to the curriculum. While this misdirection was initially effective, empirical research has refuted that assertion, as shown in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's summary of 50 studies addressed in 43 research articles spanning nearly 20 years. The evidence supports the link between PA and academics as positive and one that benefits students in myriad ways beyond academics. Click here for more info.  


                                2012 MAHPERD EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETINGS


January 21, 2012         8:45 - 3:15 Senator Inn - Augusta - Leadership Workshop 


February 27, 2012        5 - 8     MEA BUILDING


April 12, 2012              5 - 8      MEA BUILDING


May 31, 2012              5 - 8      MEA BUILDING


September 2012          5 - 8      MEA BUILDING


October 2012              5 - 8      MEA BUILDING


October 28, 2012                        TBA


November 4, 5, 6, 2012             SAMOSET - MAHPERD CONFERENCE






1)  ING Applications are now available online. The 2012 ING Run For Something Better School Awards Program will provide a minimum of fifty (50) up to $2,500 grants to schools that desire to establish or expand upon an existing school-based running program. Programs must target K-8th grade students and be a minimum of eight (8) weeks.  Deadline is May 15, 2012.  Click here for more info.


 2) The President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition's annual awards recognize individuals and organizations that are committed to promoting fitness, sports, and nutrition across the country and in the community. They are honoring individuals and organizations through the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Community Leadership Award. Nominations must be received by February 1, 2012.


3) Hershey's Track & Field program will offer five (5) $500 scholarships to NASPE memberswho are college juniors, seniors or graduate students to attend the AAHPERD National Convention in Boston, March 13 - 17, 2012. Student members just need to partner up with a school or community organization to play a part in hosting a HERSHEY's Track & Field Games event in spring 2012.  NASPE hopes you will share this exciting opportunity to win a $500 scholarship with your student majors. The deadline for the application is February 1, 2011. Apply today! 


4) The NASPE E-Learning Series continues. Purchase the series and gain access to all four webinars this school year! The webinars will be archived so you can access them at anytime. The next E-Learning Webinar is Make "Cents" of Grants and Funding on January 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM EST with presenter Dr. Jayne Greenberg District Director of Physical Education and Health Literacy for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. In the past nine years, Dr. Greenberg has secured over $20 million in federal and foundation grants for educational programs.


Other E-Learning Webinars this school year:

* Embracing Differences in Diverse Settings - Recorded
* Adding Muscle to Your PE Program - Recorded
* Active Students = Successful Students - March 20

Each Webinar is $30 for members and $45 non-members. Purchase all 4 for $100 (members) or $150 (non-members) and you save more than 15%!


 For more information contact: 



AAHPERD National Conference


For more information go to: www.aahperd.org


AAHPERD National Conference and Expo will be held in Boston March 13th -17th "UNITED WE MOVE" is the theme of the convention.  Registration is now open.

Keynote Speakers and Presenters

We are pleased to announce our talented speakers and presenters for this year's convention. Set sail for Boston and learn from these amazing people!

  • Kenneth Cooper (R. Tait McKenzie Memorial Lecture
  • Mark Fenton (AAPAR Keynote)
  • Jim Loehr (AAHPERD Opening General Session)
  • Teena Murray (NAGWS Guiding Woman in Sport Luncheon Speaker)
  • Shellie Pfohl (NASPE General Session Keynote)
  • Diane Walker (NDA 2012 Heritage Award Honoree)
  • Mary Verdi Fletcher (NDA Dancing Wheels Master Class Session)

Future AAHPERD Convention Dates


Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte Convention Center
Partners: Southern District and North Carolina AAHPERD
April 23-27 (Tuesday-Saturday)


St. Louis, Missouri
America's Center
Partners: Central District and Missouri AHPERD
March 18-22 (Tuesday-Saturday)



Seattle, Washington
Washington State Convention & Trade Center
Partners: Northwest and Southwest Districts and Washington AHPERD
March 17-21 (Tuesday-Saturday)


Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis Convention Center
Partners: Central District and Minnesota AHPERD
April 5-9 (Tuesday - Saturday)




The American Heart Association's (AHA) mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of men and women and the leading birth defect in Maine. Here are ten ways we are working in your community! Ten ways we are working for you in Maine!



AHA-funded research has led to the development of pacemakers, bypass surgery, angioplasty, clot-busting drugs and to the creation of guidelines for CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) use. Our investment in heart and stroke research is second only to the federal government. Research - supported by 9 grants in Maine totaling $1,655,372 - is happening now at Maine Medical Center, the University of New England, and the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory.



The AHA's legislative advocacy efforts focus on obesity prevention, heart disease and stroke research and prevention funding, tobacco control, and healthcare reform initiatives.Maine advocacy successes include some of the most progressive tobacco control laws in the country and the creation of the Fund for a Healthy Maine which supports 8 new Public Health Districts and 28 Healthy Maine Partnerships. Trained AHA volunteers are taking action, influencing elected officials and helping to change public policy. Go to www.yourethecure.org  to become an advocate today! 



Prevention efforts are coordinated throughout the state with public health officials during American Heart Month in February and American Stroke Month in May. Physicians, nurses, nutritionists, fitness experts as well as heart and stroke survivors and their families all serve as the AHA's voice in our community. By collaborating with the Maine CDC, area hospitals and EMS systems, the AHA ensures that patients are treated in a timely fashion from symptom recognition, to the importance of calling 9-1-1 at the onset of symptoms, to the care they receive through the EMS systems and hospitals - particularly in rural areas.



Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart are school-based fundraising programs that teach lifelong physical fitness and heart health education. In Maine, these programs are active in over 200 schools that together generated over $400,000 in donations during the last school year. The AHA offers guidelines and tools for schools to improve their nutrition and physical education offerings in order to meet AHA national evidence-based standards. The AHA and statewide partners are working to increase physical education in Maine schools and to improve school lunch/snack nutrition.



The AHA aims to educate women and their families about heart disease and stroke through a year-round awareness campaign called "Maine Goes Red". This educational, statewide initiative helps women learn how to reduce their risk and live longer, stronger lives. Our statewide champions for this cause campaign are Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Martin's Point Health Care. Media partners include WGME 13, WPOR FM, The Forecaster, and The All New Bear radio station. The Go Red For Women Luncheon, held each winter in Portland, is our largest annual event devoted to this cause. 



The AHA offers several courses that teach CPR and how to use an AED, training approximately 35,000 Maine residents in CPR, First Aid, and Advanced and Pediatric Life Support each year. CPR Anytime is an at-home learning tool that teaches the basic skills of CPR in 22 minutes. In partnership with Maine CDC's Cardiovascular Health Program and Maine EMS, the AHA recognizes local efforts to provide strong emergency care for residents and visitors through the HeartSafe Communities program. Today, more than 789,000 Maine residents - 62 percent of the state's population - live in HeartSafe communities!



Get With The GuidelinesSM is the AHA's hospital-based quality improvement program, empowering healthcare provider teams to consistently treat heart and stroke patients according to the most up-to-date guidelines. In Maine, five hospitals have all achieved award status for their success in using this program, with many more in progress. The AHA also manages the Northeast Cerebrovascular Consortium, an 8-state group that addresses disparities in stroke care in our region. This group further strengthens the Northeast region's already proactive role in stroke care and has made great strides in improving patient outcomes. These include sharing treatment protocols among states, developing Tele-Stroke programs in rural areas, and designating stroke centers.



Start has four components: the Start! Heart Walk, the Start! Fit Friendly Companies Recognition Program, the Start! Walking Program and MyStart! Online - a free, Web-based fitness and nutrition tracker. The following companies are recognized nationally for creating a culture of wellness: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield; Barber Foods; Cardiovascular Consultants of Maine; City of Auburn; City of Lewiston; Hannaford Supermarkets; Holden Agency Insurance/Employee Benefits Solutions; L.L. Bean; McCain Foods; MEMIC; and Mercy Hospital. Applications are available at: startwalkingnow.org. Area companies - as well as individuals who have made significant lifestyle changes - are recognized at the Start! Heart Walk events held in Portland, Lewiston/Auburn, Rumford, Brunswick, Bridgton, and Bangor. 



Educational workshops and screenings are held at our Go Red For Women Luncheon and Start! Heart Walks. The AHA's website provides free downloadable patient information sheets on many cardiovascular-related topics such as cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. On-line programs such as the Go Red BetterU 12-week fitness program, the Cholesterol Low Down, and the HeartHub provide helpful tips, recipes, and information to help people lead a healthier lifestyle. Mended Hearts, a national network for heart patients and their families, has two local chapters based in Portland and Lewiston. Support groups meet regularly to discuss cardiovascular-related topics and to coordinate members to visit heart patients about to undergo heart surgery.



The AHA's educational offerings provide continuing education credit for physicians, nurses, pharmacists and emergency medical technicians. National Scientific Session, which is attended by Maine physicians, draws 35,000 clinicians to learn about the latest in cardiovascular research. AHA medical journals, such as Circulation, and treatment guidelines are widely used by healthcare professionals throughout Maine.



For more information contact Gary Urey, Youth Market Director, Maine:

American Heart Association

51 US Route 1, Suite M

Scarborough, ME 04074

207-420-7616 (Cell)



207-879-5918 FAX