End of Summer Highlights in the MAA

We’ve had a busy month in the MAA gearing up for Heart Walk season, with our first Walk in Charlotte raising $1,450,000 on Saturday. We need everyone’s help to start strong this year in order to reach our best year ever as an affiliate, so please do what you can to support a Heart Walk near you.

Yesterday’s commitment to decrease empty calories consumed through sugar-sweetened beverages by 20 percent by 2025 by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and The American Beverage Association, The Coca-Cola Company, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Inc., and PepsiCo at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York City is another important step forward in creating healthier options for families as we seek to build a culture of health. Please read Nancy Brown’s statement to learn more.

With the support of the WellPoint Foundation, the American Heart Association launched an interactive Hands-Only CPR mobile tour in June 2012 which will visit at least 24 cities across the country through Fall 2014 and teach thousands of people the easy steps to save a life. During the last stop at Newport News Shipbuilding, an employee went on stage to tell his story of how he saved his daughter’s life performing CPR after she suffered a stroke. The four day stop in Hampton Roads, VA broke the tour record for most people trained in a week, with 1,140 people now ready to save a life using Hands-Only CPR.

Our annual U.S. News & World Report recognition ad from August’s “America’s Best Hospitals” issue is accessible online. This year there were 126 hospitals and 255 awards from the Mid-Atlantic featured. You can find the AHA/ASA recognized hospitals in your area on our Quality Map and learn why quality programs matter so much to achieving our 2020 impact goals and ensuring quality care across the Mid-Atlantic.

Finally, we have heard some inspiring stories this month that help draw that emotional connection to why we do what we do at AHA. The national 2014-15 Go Red For Women spokeswomen were announced, and our own Julia Allen, a heart attack survivor from Charlotte who found her symptoms on our Go Red For Women Web page and got help, was among them. Last week heart disease and stroke survivor Gail Alexander-Wright from Chesapeake, Virginia appeared on The Dr. Oz Show. She tells her inspiring story on a national stage here: Oz Alert: Deadly Heart Attacks In Women Under 55 On The Rise. NBC’s Weekend Today show has been shining a light on Baltimore to help improve health and fitness. We shared a story they did on our Baltimore Simple Cooking with Heart Kitchen this summer. This past Saturday, they took part in an interactive health expo that featured the American Heart Association’s EmpowerMEnt Challenge to get kids moving, plus Simple Cooking with Heart demonstrations, a FAST stroke mural, CPR practice and so much more! Watch the segment here. We also learned that a ten-year-old from S.C., who is a top Jump Rope For Heart fundraiser and awareness raiser in his school and community, is at the top of MUSC’s heart transplant list. You can see his story here.

Thank you for helping to make these success stories possible!

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