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. 


Where you live in the Upstate can determine how long you live

According to a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, people living just a few blocks away can have vastly different life expectancies.  In one Upstate neighborhood, residents are expected to live 16 years less than another community just 5 miles away. “The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has an incredible online tool that allows us to compare life expectancies in specific zip-codes” said Kelly Wilkins, Executive Director of the American Heart Association.   “It’s quite alarming to learn that people living in City View have an average life-expectancy of 66-years.  When you compare that with the life-expectancy in Simpsonville, which is [...]

March 20th, 2019|Community Health, Heart Disease, Uncategorized|

Richmond’s Top Chefs Compete in Annual Chef’s Challenge

Richmond, VA – (March 19, 2019) – Spring is almost here which means the 27th Annual Richmond Heart Ball is right around the corner.  As we look forward to the big day, we are excited to celebrate healthy eating as a part of National Nutrition Month by challenging Richmond’s top chefs to create heart healthy hors d’oeuvres and desserts as a part of the Richmond Chef’s Challenge. Chef Russell Douglas of Pop’s Bar and Grill Participating chefs were challenged to get creative as attendees cast their vote for the best dishes.  Chef Russell Douglas of Pop’s Bar and [...]

March 19th, 2019|Events, Richmond, Virginia|

A Return to the Kitchen

On Monday, March 11, 2019, the Simple Cooking with Heart Baltimore Kitchen re-opened in their new space at the UA House at Fayette operated by Living Classrooms. Our mission at the Simple Cooking with Heart Kitchen is to teach our Baltimore neighbors how to prepare simple, delicious and inexpensive meals at home so they can enjoy the benefits of eating healthier and feel more confident cooking for their families, and we’re thrilled to be able to get back to this great and necessary work. The Grand Re-Opening was marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by volunteer leaders, corporate and community [...]

March 16th, 2019|Maryland|

Cor Vitae Society shines through the EmPOWERED To Serve Urban Health Accelerator-HBCU Leadership Summit

Leadership and students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the Mid-Atlantic region worked with campus and community partners to develop ideas for overcoming barriers to health on campus and in their community.  Of the nineteen schools that entered, five were selected to move forward to the EmPOWERED To Serve Urban Health Accelerator-HBCU Showcase event on April 29th in Greensboro, North Carolina where up to two schools will receive $100,000 each in grants and scholarship aid to implement their ideas! This funding opportunity was made possible by the Barbara Houston Historically Black Colleges and Universities Legacy Award and through the [...]

March 13th, 2019|charlotte, Cor Vitae, Multicultural Health, Uncategorized|

Hampton Road’s first American Heart Association blood pressure kiosk unveiled at the Hampton Roads Community Health Center in Portsmouth

The American Heart Association installed a new blood pressure monitoring kiosk at the Hampton Roads Community Health Center (HRCHC) in Portsmouth. American Heart Association, community leaders and HRCHC staff were on hand at the Hampton Roads Community Health Center for a ceremonial ribbon cutting. The newly installed public blood pressure kiosk will make monitoring blood pressure simple and accessible for Portsmouth area residents. Thursday’s ceremony included guidance to community members on how to use the kiosk and register for the American Heart Association’s online blood pressure control tracker called Check. Change. Control. Once a user enrolls, they are encouraged to [...]

March 12th, 2019|Community Health, Hampton Roads, Virginia|

American Heart Association to Celebrate First Hard Hats with Heart Event in Charleston

The American Heart Association is teaming up with Seamon Whiteside to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke in the construction industry. They will be hosting an event called “Hard Hats with Heart,” which is a brand-new construction industry event bringing together general contractors, subcontractors, health care and business executives to shine a light on the prevalence of heart disease in the construction industry and showcase how creating a culture of wellness within our companies can make a big difference. In fact, more than 15,000 individuals in the Lowcountry are employed in the construction sector, and the need is greater [...]

March 12th, 2019|charleston, Community Health, Events, South Carolina|

Improved Sidewalks and Active Infrastructure Coming to Charlotte!

According to the 2017 Charlotte Walks Pedestrian Plan, not everyone drives a car. In fact, over 250,000 Charlotteans don’t drive, that’s 30% of the population. It’s enough people to fill the Bank of America Stadium 3.5 times! Some don’t drive because they choose not to, others don’t drive because they don’t have access to a car, or their age or abilities prevent them from driving safely. For those people, and others, walkability is the key to mobility, independence, and quality of life. The passage of the General obligation bond this past November, will provide $30 million dollars for investments to [...]

March 8th, 2019|charlotte, Community Health|

ASRC Federal Leads the 2018 Greater Washington Heart Walk to a Record-Breaking Year

Washington DC- Mark Gray, President and CEO of ASRC Federal and 2018 Heart Walk Chair, helps raise $2.458 Million in support of the American Heart Association’s Mission. The American Heart Association announced that is has raised a record-breaking amount of $2.458M from the Heart Walk on November 3, 2018. The funds raised support the American Heart Association’s mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. The 2018 Heart Walk Chair was Mark Gray, President and CEO of ASRC Federal. ASRC Federal is dedicated to its communities and a heart-healthy culture. The company hit the ground [...]

March 7th, 2019|Events, Greater Washington Region, Heart Walk|