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. 


Mid-Atlantic, AHA Boards Honored for Excellence

Recently, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association announced recipients of the 2017-18 Gold Standard Board Awards — the highest board honor bestowed by the AHA/ASA. Of 108 local boards nationwide, 24 received gold recognition, 20 earned silver status, and 53 garnered bronze designation. All awardees are celebrated for executing best practices that generate revenue, sustain and strengthen volunteer leadership, and drive the AHA/ASA mission at the market level. Congratulations to the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate local boards who were honored for their excellence: Gold Award Winners: Triangle, NC and Washington, D.C., Silver Award Winners: Charlotte, NC, and Bronze Award Winners: Baltimore, MD, Central [...]

October 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|

AHA Recognizes Companies in Forbes Magazine

Imagine a healthier community for all, where heart diseases and stroke are no longer our leading killers, and every member of every community is able to achieve well-being supported by the places they live, learn, work, play, pray and heal. At the American Heart Association, we are dedicated to promoting health and well-being for all and have made it our mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We wouldn't be able to achieve this mission without the generous investments from sponsors in the Mid-Atlantic region. We honored those companies in the September issue of Forbes Magazine.  Highlighting these sponsors [...]

Survivor Story – Jay Lambert

Richmond, VA - On January 30, 2015, Jay Lambert was enjoying his Friday evening before planning on going into work the following morning. What Jay expected to be an ordinary night, however, resulted in Jay waking up three days later at a hospital. “My life was changed forever when I felt this excruciating pain in my head and within a matter of minutes my girlfriend was calling 911,” Lambert reflected. When Jay awoke at the hospital, he was informed he had survived a stroke. “When I arrived at the hospital I was given an angiogram and that is when they [...]

September 28th, 2018|Stroke, Survivor Stories, Virginia|

A Teachable Moment Film to be Shown at Utopia Film Festival

We have exiting news to share! A Teachable Moment has been accepted into its first film festival, the Utopia Film Festival in Greenbelt, MD. The documentary will be shown on October 14th from 12-2p.m. LAI Video’s film follows the stories of recovery of four survivors, including American Heart Association volunteers, Anne Dailey, Lee Stroy, Mark French and the late Roderick Dunston to bring awareness of stroke symptoms and recovery. The film also features physicians including former American Heart Association Greater Washington Region Board President, Dr. Richard Benson from MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Every 40 seconds a stroke can radically change [...]

September 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|

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 [...]

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