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. 


Leadership Announced for the 2019 Lawyers Have Heart 10K Run & 5K Run & Fun Walk

Affie Ambrose Lori Sher Washington, D.C.- Lawyers Have Heart brings runners and walkers -- of all ages, levels of experience -- to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke. In 2018, the event raised more than $1 million, and we hope to exceed that goal in 2019. Since its creation, Lawyers Have Heart has raised over $13 million to benefit the American Heart Association to further its mission of being a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. While largely supported by the D.C. legal and corporate community, Lawyers Have Heart 10K Run & [...]

September 21st, 2018|Events, Greater Washington Region|

Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer Will Receive The 2019 Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award

Virginia Tech legend Frank Beamer, the winningest collegiate coach in his NCAA division when he retired in 2015, will receive the 2019 Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. Beamer will receive the award presented by Marathon Oil Corporation at the 33rd annual awards dinner Jan. 9, 2019 in Houston. Marathon Oil’s President and CEO Lee Tillman said Beamer’s contributions across three decades are profound. “Frank Beamer has always gone beyond winning, teaching players leadership skills for life,” said Tillman. “He won the Paul 'Bear' Bryant Coach of the Year Award in 1999, and his contributions [...]

September 20th, 2018|Virginia|

Richmond Hard Hats With Heart Builds Blueprint for Better Health in Central Virginia

Richmond, VA - On Wednesday, September 19, the American Heart Association hosted the inaugural Hard Hats With Heart event at Atlas 42 in Innsbrook.   Hard Hats With Heart is an initiative that brings science-based, workplace wellness resources to the construction industry. With higher than national averages for smoking and obesity, workers in the construction industry are at an increased risk for heart disease and stroke. The AHA Heart Walk team presented information on the importance of physical activity. “Some of the factors that impact our coworkers’ health include diet, consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, tobacco usage, high stress and [...]

September 20th, 2018|Community Health, Events, Heart Disease, Virginia|

Healthy Kids’ Meals Legislation Proposed in D.C. Council

Washington, D.C. - Washington, D.C. Councilmembers Brianne Nadeau and David Grosso introduced legislation this week that would promote healthier beverage choices for Kids’ Meals at restaurants in D.C. The Healthy Beverages for Kids’ Meal Act of 2018 would make healthy choices like water, milk and 100% fruit juice the default beverage option for all restaurants kids’ meals in D.C. Sugary drinks contribute more sugar to children’s diets than any other source. The American Heart Association recommends that children over the age of two drink no more than one eight-ounce sugary drink a week, yet research indicates kids consume up to [...]

September 19th, 2018|Community Health, Greater Washington Region, Kids Health, You're The Cure|

American Heart Association Supports Car Free Day to Create Heart Healthy Habits in DC

Washington, DC - The American Heart Association has teamed up with Commuter Connections and the American Lung Association to pledge to go car free or car-lite on Friday, September 21, and/or Saturday, September 22, 2018 to celebrate Car Free Day. Car Free Day is an annual event that encourages drivers to leave their cars at home and find more environmentally and health-friendly ways to commute. Through participation in Car Free Day by bicycling, walking, taking public transportation, or a combination of the above, commuters can get in their daily exercise while helping to improve the air quality in their community. [...]

September 18th, 2018|Community Health, Greater Washington Region|

Are You Fit Enough For Heart Walk?

Whether it’s prepping for the Upstate Heart Walk on April 13 or getting ready to tackle your first 5k race, there are many ways you can train your body to take on that next challenge.  The good news?  The Upstate offers a variety of free programs and resources to get you ready, like these from our Upstate Life is Why Sponsor, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System. Scheduled Events: Bon Secours Well Walkers Events - No matter the weather, you can enjoy a temperature-controlled workout on the 1/4 mile concourse at Bon Secours Wellness Arena from 9AM - 1PM most Tuesdays [...]

September 14th, 2018|Heart Walk, South Carolina|

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Lowcountry Heart Walk

Charleston, SC - The Charleston team is gearing up for the 25th anniversary of the Lowcountry Heart Walk on September 29th at Riverfront Park. This event is a celebration of funds raised throughout the year to fight heart disease and stroke, fund critical lifesaving research, continue CPR trainings and education initiatives, and build a healthier community. AHA ambassadors Pauline and Meyer Hayley recently shared their incredible story with Skirt Magazine in a two-page spread. Pauline suffered cardiac arrest in her sleep and was saved by her husband and daughter Hayley after they performed hands-only CPR for 10 minutes until EMS [...]

September 13th, 2018|Heart Walk, South Carolina|

Limiting Screen Time to Keep Kids Healthy

Greenville, SC - The Upstate Team in Greenville, South Carolina made the front page of The Greenville News!  The paper featured a recent AHA study on screen time limits for children that highlighted two local families to share this vital study.  Read the full article here.

September 11th, 2018|South Carolina|