March of Dimes Applauds Health Care Bill for Women and Newborns

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March of Dimes

Even while working as the regional manager of Showplace Design Center in Nashville, Tennessee, Allison Haley Luffman finds time to support several good causes, including the March of Dimes, a charity foundation dedicated to helping improve the health of babies. Allison Haley Luffman supports the foundation and its mission to help prevent birth defects, infant mortality, and premature birth.

On March 3, 2016, the March of Dimes, together with the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) celebrated the introduction of a bill called the Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act. The bill aims to improve the value of maternity care, quality of care, and health outcomes of women and newborn children.

According to March of Dimes President, Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, the legislation, which was authored by Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH), will address neglected areas of perinatal health care. Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance program track the care that is delivered to adults and children. However, a dedicated set of measures does not exist to track the services that pregnant women and infants are provided.

The new legislation would require development and review of “mother and infant care” guidelines to ensure that Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program offer high-quality services to this population. Additionally, the legislation will provide funding and maternity care to reduce hospital readmission rates, increase breastfeeding rates, and advance the appropriate use of cesarean section.


Jump Rope for Heart – Healthy Habits for Kids

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American Heart Association

Since 2011, Allison Haley Luffman has served as regional manager for the Showplace Design Center in Nashville, Tennessee, where she maintains responsibility for quality control. Allison Haley Luffman is also active in her community as a supporter of numerous philanthropic efforts, including Jump Rope For Heart.

Jump Rope for Heart is an American Heart Association program that encourages children to become active and healthier through fun exercise. The program also reaches out to parents to teach them how to incorporate healthy habits at home. Here are some Jump Rope For Heart Tips on how to help children develop healthy habits:

1) Be Positive: Parents should strive to focus on the things that their kids can do rather than the things they can’t—by celebrating successes and praising accomplishments, parents can help their children develop good self-images.

2) Limit Screen Time: Children who watch a lot of television, play a lot of video games, or sit on the computer or their phones tend to be more sedentary and snack more often, which increases the risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease.

3) Encourage Fun Physical Activities: Parents should find out what sports or physical ventures their children are most excited about by allowing them to try out different activities.

Corporate Support Opportunities at the AHA Jump Rope for Heart Event

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American Heart Association

Sales professional Allison Haley Luffman serves as a regional manager with Nashville’s Showplace Design Center, where she oversees quality control for a number of prominent brands and interior design projects. Outside of her work with Showplace Design Center, Allison Haley Luffman supports an event known as Jump Rope for Heart.

A joint project of the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE), Jump Rope for Heart seeks to engage elementary and middle school students in physical activity and teach them about the importance of cardiovascular health. The event welcomes corporate support from companies of all sizes, which often contribute by sponsoring or hosting fundraising events. In addition to directly sponsoring Jump Rope for Heart, many businesses participate in the Workplace Giving Campaign, which enables employees to choose the nonprofits they support via employer donation matching.

To learn more about Jump Rope for Heart, visit the official American Heart Association website at