Welcome to the American Heart Association’s Mid-Atlantic Affiliate (MAA) blog where Jeremy Beauchamp, MAA Executive Vice President will share stories of impact from across Maryland, DC, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina!

West Broad Village Goes Red: A Kick-Off to American Heart Month

Richmond, VA – (February 15, 2018) – On Thursday, February 1 businesses in Shortpump’s West Broad Village came together to support the American Heart Association at the American Heart Month Kick-Off event at Gather, a local co-working space that has recently opened up in the West Broad Village shopping center.

Renee Lacy, local survivor and volunteer for the American Heart Association participated in the fashion show wearing the Calvin Klein Go Red for Women dress. 10% of the proceeds made from this dress will benefit AHA.

The event’s main attraction was a fashion show featuring 10 local survivors of heart disease and stroke in an effort to raise awareness about heart disease as the number one killer of women.  The survivors were dressed by Jemet Jackson, Personal Stylist at Macy’s, in a series of red dresses.

Two of the dresses featured in the show are being sold at select Macy’s locations with 10% of the proceeds going back to the Go Red for Women movement.  This includes a Thalia Sodi and Calvin Klein dress as well as a t-shirt.  Macy’s was the founding sponsor of Go Red for Women having donated over $65 million since 2004.

Dr. Phoebe Ashley of VCU Health attended the event to encourage and inspire the event’s attendees to focus on their health to prevent heart disease and stroke.  She also made herself available at an “Ask the Doctor” booth, offering advice to those with questions.

Local volunteer for the Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign attended the event and presented knitting and crocheting demos.  Volunteers in the Richmond area alone have donated thousands of hats this year to be given to babies born in the month of February encouraging families to stay focused on their health.

Be sure to stop by the West Broad Village selfie station. For every picture posted to social media using the hashtag #WBVGoesRed, $2 will be donated to AHA.

Other activities at this included Blood Pressure Checks by South University, a Diamond’s Direct necklace giveaway, Mended Little Hearts support network handouts, free professional head shots by Heart Strong Photography.  Food was donated by local restaurants within the shopping center.

You can still support the American Heart Association at West Broad Village by taking a photo at the selfie station located within the shopping center.  For every photo posted to social media in front of the window cling with the hashtag #WBVGoesRed, West Broad Village will donate $2 to the American Heart Association through the end of February.

It’s not too late to engage with us during American Heart Month.  Snap a photo of yourself, your friends, your coworkers or even your pets wearing red and tag us on social media using the hashtag #GoRedRVA!

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By |February 15th, 2018|Events, Go Red For Women, Virginia|0 Comments

American Heart Association Announces 2018 Greater Washington Region Heart Walk Chair

The American Heart Association is pleased to announce that Mark Gray, President and Chief Executive Officer at ASRC Federal, has been named Chair of the 2018 Greater Washington Region Heart Walk.

Gray leads a family of companies under ASRC Federal with employees dispersed across 40 states. Since joining the company in 2014, Gray has directed a corporate strategy that has led to significant organic growth as well as the successful integration of acquisitions –  expanding the company’s capabilities and customer base.

Gray has previously served on the Executive Leadership Committee for the Greater Washington Region Heart Walk. “It is an honor and a privilege to chair the 2018 Greater Washington Region Heart Walk,” said Gray. “AHA and the broad government contracting community work tirelessly together to raise funds for, and awareness of, cardiovascular-related illnesses. In November of each year, the Heart Walk – a family event on the National Mall – is the culmination of many months of heightening awareness and fundraising for cardiovascular research. The walk inspires us all to participate, contribute and make a real difference in many, many current and future lives.”

The Greater Washington Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s mission in action. This annual celebration of life promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living for the whole family. The Walk is a non-competitive, three-mile walk or one-mile walk and is open to both corporate and community teams as well as individuals. Event festivities include Zumba by Bling it on Fitness, a Kids Zone, a Doggy Parade, activity stations, and fun for the entire family.

Complete information can be found at www.GreaterWashingtonHeartWalk.org or 703-248-1715.



Roxana Hoveyda, Sr. Director of Marketing & Communications

American Heart Association, Greater Washington Region

703-248-1712 – Roxana.hoveyda@heart.org

By |February 13th, 2018|Greater Washington Region|0 Comments

Let’s Go Red, Charlotte!

The countdown is on to National Wear Red Day, February 2, 2018 and we could really use your help to spread awareness. It’s true that cardiovascular diseases claim the life of a woman about every 80 seconds. But about 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be prevented. The time is NOW for all women to be aware of their risk and take steps to maintain a long healthy life.

Are you in? Awesome!  We’ve loaded this page with easy, yet impactful, ways that you can help on social media!

Action items: 

  • Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Post a photo with your reason for “going red” using #CLTGoRed and #WearRedDay and be sure to tag us!
  • Add a frame to your Facebook profile photo now through February! Easy steps: on the Facebook mobile app, click your profile photo, then click “add frame”, search “wear red day” to find it or find it under the section named “frames by pages you follow”.

Want to go the extra mile by creating your own FUNraising page to support educational programs and critical research? Get started at wearredday.org 

Ready to Tweet: click the icon to instantly tweet these messages

Every 80 seconds, heart diseases and stroke claims the life of a woman. The time is NOW to make a change goredforwomen.org  #wearredday #goredclt
Knowing your numbers and family history is major key to knowing your risk of heart diseases and stroke www.goredforwomen.org!  #wearredday
Women, the best self-love you can show yourself is to schedule your
Well Woman Visit to learn your risk for heart diseases and stroke.  #wearredday

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By |January 30th, 2018|North Carolina|0 Comments

Richmond Employers Recognized for Outstanding Workplace Health Practices

Richmond, VA – (December 13, 2017) – On Wednesday, December 6, the American Heart Association (AHA) hosted the 2017 Richmond Workplace Wellness Symposium along with the University of Richmond.   Through this event the AHA provided local employers with tools and resources to help them create healthier workplaces for all.

Laura Linnan, ScD, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health

Laura Linnan, ScD, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, was the event’s keynote speaker.  She spoke about trends in the workplace and the affects they have on every-day employees’ health along with suggested opportunities for improvement.

The symposium featured a panel of local employers who excel at workplace health.  Panelists included Denise Heer, Health and Wellness Coordinator for the City of Richmond, Heather Sadowski, Assistant Director of Wellness at the University of Richmond as well as Meghan D. Melvin, Wellness Manager for Bon Secours Richmond Health System.  Each panelist spoke about the different ways they’ve incorporated wellness into their company’s day-to-day.  The panelists agree that if employers encourage staff to make health a priority, their work will be reflective of their lifestyle improvements.

Attendees broke out into focus groups on the seven evidence-based pillars of successful wellness campaigns.

After the panel, the audience was asked to break out into groups focused on seven evidence-based pillars of successful wellness campaigns including communications, engagement, leadership, policies and environment, programs and partnerships and reporting outcomes.  Each table was challenged to think outside the box on these topics regarding their place of employment.

Following a heart healthy lunch, The City of Richmond, University of Richmond, Bon Secours and Collegiate School were recognized as local workplace health champions for exemplary scores on the AHA’s Workplace Health Achievement Index. The Index scores organizations on 55 individual best practices, organized into seven categories of organizational best practices and the objective, unbiased sciences-based assessment of overall workplace heart health.

Moving forward, the AHA is asking employers to stay connected and start the Workplace Health Achievement Index.  In order to be recognized, the index must be completed by March 31, 2018.  For more information on the Workplace Health Index or to see how your organization can move toward a healthier workplace culture, contact Lauren Mauter at lauren.mauter@heart.org.


By |December 13th, 2017|Community Health, Events, Virginia|0 Comments