Welcome to the American Heart Association’s Mid-Atlantic Affiliate (MAA) blog!  We’re excited to share how we are working with our communities to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. 

Unfit North Carolina Military Recruits May Pose Threat to Military Readiness

We all know the importance of eating healthy food and living an active lifestyle. We also know those habits can be hard to keep - that's why it is critical for children to learn healthy habits from an early age. However, many North Carolina students don't get the chance to engage in physical education or activity during the school day. This affects long-term health, our economy, and even national security. In fact, a new study in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice identifies North Carolina as one of the ten southern states that raises male or female recruits significantly less [...]

March 19th, 2018|North Carolina, You're The Cure|

Local Chefs Compete at Heart Ball Preview Event

Richmond, VA – (March 15, 2018) – In preparation for Richmond’s 26th annual Heart Ball, the American Heart Association gave guests an opportunity last night to preview several auction items that will be available at the gala while sampling a variety of heart-healthy hors d'oeuvres and desserts crafted by some of Richmond's most talented local chefs.  The event was held at the Bon Secours Redskins Training Facility. Participating chefs were challenged to get creative as attendees cast their vote for the best dishes.  Chef Sunny Baweja of Lehja won this year’s challenge with overwhelming praise from all.  His prize included [...]

March 15th, 2018|Virginia|

Move More. Live More.

This April, Healthy For Good is encouraging Americans to Move More. Live More. by being physically active. The National Walking Day celebration has been expanded to a month-long activation. It’s all part of the Healthy For Good movement, which inspires lasting change through small, simple steps in four key areas: Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be well. Insufficient physical activity is a key risk factor for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes. However, most adults, children, and teens living in the UnitedStates do not get the recommended amount of weekly physical activity. The American Heart [...]

March 13th, 2018|Greater Washington Region, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia|

NC’s Tobacco Prevention: Failing Grades All Around

The Tar Heel State has seriously missed the mark over the last few years. Recently, American Lung Association (ALA) released North Carolina's Report Card in the 2018 State of Tobacco Control. The state received Fs in all five categories: Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding, Smokefree Air, Tobacco Taxes, Access to Cessation Services, and Minimum Age. This annual report shows the progress and failures to prevent and reduce tobacco use. Tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the nation, yet funding for North Carolina's state tobacco use prevention and cessation program is dangerously low. In 2011, tobacco use and [...]

March 13th, 2018|North Carolina, You're The Cure|

Little Hats, Big Hearts in South Carolina

  Little Hats, Big Hearts made a splash this February with babies in 29 hospitals across the state going red. The American Heart Association and the Children’s Heart Foundation teamed up to spread the message of congenital heart defects (CHD), the most common type of birth defect in the country.   With the help of 250 South Carolina knitters and crocheters, we were able to deliver over 3,000 handmade red hats.  We had so many boxes flooding in and we have counted almost 5,000 handmade hats donated to the campaign. We are thankful for all of our wonderful volunteers who knitted, [...]

March 12th, 2018|South Carolina, Volunteerism|

South Carolina Wear Red Day Highlights

On Friday, February 2, South Carolina went red in celebration of National Wear Red Day and the Go Red for Women Movement. Television anchors wore red, local businesses and landmarks went red, and social media sites exploded with posts supporting the fight against the No. 1 killer of women, heart disease. Here is a snapshot of support across the state: Over 50 television personalities wore red Over 300 SC landmarks and and businesses went red The State of South Carolina and cities of Charleston, Columbia, Mt. Pleasant and Union,  declared National Wear Red Day through local proclamations Over 30 social influencers across the [...]

March 12th, 2018|Go Red For Women, South Carolina|

Five Midlands, SC Women to Represent Local Go Red Campaign

On Wednesday, January 24, the Midlands AHA hosted their annual Go Red For Women Casting Call. Five ladies were selected to serve as faces for this year's campaign and will share their passion for the cause throughout the year.  Congratulations to, Amy Speaks, Iman Renai Davis, Go Red Chairwoman Punam Patel, Shaleita Minor, Latasha Hunter, and Lisa Lichtenberg.

March 12th, 2018|Go Red For Women, South Carolina|

South Carolina Lobby Day Highlights

On February 21, advocates from across the state gathered in Columbia for our annual South Carolina Lobby Day.  The day was an overwhelming success with 29 advocates in attendance, a total of 385 face to face meetings with lawmakers, and 106 informational drop-offs to legislators that did not have a constituent with us that day.  Our two main asks for the day included, support for our Stroke Systems of Care Regulations, and support of Quality out of School time programs. Thank you to all of our advocates who helped further our policy efforts in South Carolina.  And check out some [...]

March 12th, 2018|South Carolina|