Hampton Roads

    • Working to end LGBTQ health disparities in the Commonwealth of Virginia
      Black Pride RVA was held the weekend of July 18th-21st. The goal for the weekend of events was to educate, embrace and celebrate the unique lived experiences of the black LGBTQ community of greater Richmond, Virginia and across the Commonwealth of Virginia. The AHA is increasing our outreach and engagement with the LGBTQ community to support improving […]
    • Make Kids’ Meals Healthier in Washington, DC
      Last month we introduced you to Lara, an 11 year-old Washington, DC girl who’s become an incredible advocate for healthy eating and drinking following her own health journey. Among the many ways to help kids like Lara make healthier choices is to support the DC Council’s legislation that would make healthier beverages like water, milk, and 100% juice […]
    • Greater Washington Region AHA teams up with Whitman-Walker Health to host Healthy Living Workshop
      Research suggests that LGBTQ individuals face many health disparities that ultimately lead to a higher incidence of cardiovascular diseases. The American Heart Association is excited to work with community organizations to target these populations in need and help all Americans live their healthiest lives. Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, DC shares […]
    • Thermometer Sun Sky 40 Degres. Hot summer day. High Summer temperatures in degrees Celsius and Farenheit.Protect your heart in the heat
      With a heat advisory in place over Central Virginia this week, the American Heart Association urges you to take precautions to protect your heart.  With temperatures forecast in the upper 90s, and heat index even higher, it’s important to know that extreme heat can be hard on the heart. As the temperature rises, so can your risk for suffering health […]
    • Helping Kids Make Healthy Choices: Young DC Resident Advocates for Healthy Diets
      Meet Lara. She is a healthy, outgoing and smart 11-year-old Washington, DC native who loves ballet, dancing and singing. She is also an American Heart Association ambassador and advocate for kids making healthy food and drink choices. A year ago, at a doctor’s appointment, her blood work showed that her triglyceride levels were unusually high for […]
    • Complete Streets Funding in City of Richmond Promotes Safety and Health
      The City of Richmond in Virginia allocated $15 million in their budget to make transportation in the city safer for pedestrians and bicyclists through implementing Complete Streets policies.  “Complete Streets” is a term describing a community that has safe and convenient travel for everyone and for all modes of transportation. Complete streets have […]
    • Roanoke Go Red for Women Luncheon helps local women and families build healthy lives
      The American Heart Association and F&S Building Innovations encouraged Roanoke Go Red for Women Luncheon guests to support the health and well-being of individuals served by the Bedford Pregnancy Center and Street Ransom by donating personal care items. The two local charities and the American Heart Association share a common goal of helping […]
    • Baltimore has PRIDE at Heart
      Baltimore Pride is one of the oldest pride celebrations in the country, celebrating 44 years this year. The American Heart Association of Greater Maryland was proud to participate in the festivities this year. Our mission at the AHA is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We strive to save and improve the lives of all […]
    • Inaugural CycleNation Event in Richmond, VA Raises Funds and Awareness
      The energy and spirits were high at the inaugural Richmond CycleNation event on May 30th.  CycleNation empowers participants to use bikes to get brain and heart-healthy – all while raising funds for community programs that will prevent stroke and heart disease. Co-workers, friends and family rang cow bells and cheered on teams at this relay style […]
    • Playground Refresh Creates Healthy Environment for At-Risk Youth in Richmond, VA
      The American Heart Association in Richmond recently teamed up with Bank of America and United Way to restore old and install new playground equipment in Mosby Court, one of four public housing communities in Richmond’s East End.  The project also includes the installation of an early learning path.  New playground equipment and the early learning path […]
    • Stroke Event Raises Awareness Among High Risk Community in Richmond, VA
      Over 600 Richmonders were informed and entertained at the 6th annual Power to End Stroke® Jazz Night held on May 23rd at the Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.  Guests attended a variety of workshops on topics like medication management, healthy cooking and managing risk factors. They even experienced what it felt like to have a stroke […]
    • Location, Location, Location! New blood pressure kiosks are strategically placed in Charlotte on World Hypertension Day
      In the real estate industry, they say it’s all about location. On World Hypertension Day, Charlotte placed two new self-monitoring blood pressure kiosks in key areas of the city to make the greatest impact. Goodwill Opportunity Campus located on the west side of Charlotte serves more than 500,000 clients, staff and visitors annually. Camino Community […]
    • American Heart Association Partners with New Grocery Store in Richmond Food Desert
      Filling a void for a full-service grocery in Richmond’s East End, the highly anticipated The Market @ 25th opened its doors to happy customers on April 29th. The Market @ 25th will increase access to fresh, healthy foods while also serving as a community hub for area residents.  The store also houses Hope Pharmacy, a locally owned and operated […]
    • Public blood pressure kiosk at Hampton Roads Community Health Center makes monitoring blood pressure simple and accessible for Portsmouth area residents
      The American Heart Association recently installed a new blood pressure monitoring kiosk at the Hampton Roads Community Health Center (HRCHC) in Portsmouth located at 664 Lincoln Street. The center is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8am – 5pm and Wednesday from 8am – 7pm.  New blood pressure guidelines were […]
    • American Heart Association Empowers HBCUs to Address Social Barriers to Health
      Winston-Salem State University & Johnson C. Smith University each awarded $100,000 as American Heart Association grant recipients for building healthier communities Winston-Salem State University & Johnson C. Smith University were selected by a panel of judges on Tuesday evening April 29, 2019 to each receive a $100,000 American Heart […]
    • American Heart Association, Planet Fitness roll out donation to Boys and Girls Club in Virginia Beach
      Participation in sports promotes physical activity, builds self-esteem, improves social skills and motivates children to excel academically. To encourage Virginia Beach youth to be active and play sports, the American Heart Association and local Heart and Stroke Ball sponsor, Planet Fitness, collected more than 70 athletic balls that will be donated to […]
    • Watch LIVE as Five Historically Black Colleges and Universities Present Solutions to Remove the Barriers of Health
      $100,000 for up to two HBCUs chosen as American Heart Association grant recipients for building healthier communities on April 29 in Greensboro The American Heart Association is excited to announce that the EmPOWERED To ServeTM Urban Health AcceleratorTM-HBCU Showcase The EmPOWERED To ServeTM Urban Health AcceleratorTM-HBCU Showcase will be held […]
    • DC families learn heart healthy habits from the new Healthy Lifestyles Network
      WASHINGTON DC – Educating community members on simple lifestyle changes to be heart healthy is an essential part of our mission to help others live their longest, healthiest lives. To do just this, the Greater Washington Region American Heart Association (AHA) has teamed up with the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington (YMCA) and Children’s National Medical […]
    • Making an impact on wheels: The Greater Washington Region AHA works with Lyft to combat food deserts
      WASHINGTON DC- The Greater Washington Region American Heart Association is excited to announce its new collaboration with Lyft and DC Greens to support the Lyft Grocery Access Program. A huge barrier to food access is being able to get to places with healthy food options. This program will help solve this issue. The program started on April 1st and […]
    • AHA & DC Primary Care Coalition Team Up for Blood Pressure Trainings
      Washington, DC- The Greater Washington Region American Heart Association teamed up with DC Primary Care Coalition, a non-profit health equity and advocacy organization, to conduct an inaugural training on the latest evidence of effective clinical care pathways for blood pressure control on March 6th. The training also went over how to successfully […]
    • Chef Partners in Richmond, VA Unite to Bring Healthy Cooking Classes to the Community
      On Friday, March 22, 2019 the American Heart Association (AHA) in Richmond, VA brought together several partners with a passion for cooking to achieve a common goal:  to empower others to live healthier by learning how to cook nutritious, yet budget-friendly, meals at home. Representatives from five local organizations were trained as “chef partners” […]
    • 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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • Postpartum Cardiomyopathy Survivor Reflects on her 22 year-long Journey
      In March of 1997, Beth Williamson Ayers gave birth to her son, Owen. Healthy and happy after a smooth pregnancy and delivery, Beth returned home with her son and visiting family members. Five days later, however, while spending time with her sister, Beth began experiencing shortness of breath. Immediately, her sister called Beth’s OB-GYN to explain the […]
    • Keeping Maryland Smoke Free: National Harbor Cigar Lounge Proposal Defeated
      Prince George’s County, MD- Following pressure by the American Heart Association and our national and state partners, on January 24, 2019 MGM Resorts withdrew their application to the Prince George’s County, Maryland Planning Department for a “special exception” to open a cigar lounge at their National Harbor venue. MGM previously had submitted a […]
    • Five HBCUs Advance in the American Heart Association Urban Health Accelerator-HBCU Healthy Communities Challenge
      Community environments play an important role in health outcomes. People living just 5 miles apart can in some cases have a difference in life expectancy of more than 20 years due to factors such as economic stability, education, societal influences and health care.  Through the American Heart Association’s 2019 EmPOWERED to Serve Urban Health […]
    • Virginia Beach City Schools Superintendent and young son promote healthy lifestyle through Kid’s Heart Challenge
      As superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS), Dr. Aaron Spence oversees the operation of 86 schools (serving almost 69,000 students) as well as all administrative support functions for the school division. As a Hampton Roads, Virginia American Heart Association Board Member, he jumped at the chance to help promote Kid’s Heart […]
    • VA Beach City Schools Superintendent and Young Son Promote Healthy Lifestyle Through Kid’s Heart Challenge 
      As superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS), Dr. Aaron Spence oversees the operation of 86 schools (serving almost 69,000 students) as well as all administrative support functions for the school division. As a Hampton Roads, Virginia American Heart Association Board Member, he jumped at the chance to help promote Kid’s Heart […]
    • Kroger Supports American Heart Association Life is Why We Give Campaign
      Every 40 seconds, someone in America has a stroke or a heart attack. Less than one third of high school students get the recommended amount of daily physical activity and 30 million people in the United States have no easy access to healthy food . The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization focused on heart and brain […]
    • Custom Ink Supports the American Heart Association in Life is Why We Give Campaign
      Every 40 seconds, someone in America has a stroke or a heart attack. Less than one third of high school students get the recommended amount of daily physical activity and 30 million people in the United States have no easy access to healthy food . The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization focused on heart and brain […]
    • Local Hampton Roads Businesses “Go Red” to Bring Awareness to Women’s Heart Health
      Stores, restaurants and businesses across Hampton Roads are joining organizations and companies across the nation in the effort to “Go Red” to highlight heart disease symptoms and prevention methods for women this February during American Heart Month. Sherwin-Williams generously donated red paint and brushes to the American Heart Association in Hampton […]
    • Hampton Roads Employers Learn Strategies to Create Culture of Health in the Workplace
      Hampton Roads, VA – Sentara Healthcare and World Financial Group sponsored the first Hampton Roads Wellness Symposium on January 30th at Hilton Norfolk, The Main. Close to 100 human resource professionals from companies across the region listened to informative breakout sessions, an inspiring keynote speaker and received valuable resources about […]
    • Upstate AHA Showcases Local Impact
      Throughout 2019, the American Heart Association will be launching a series of videos highlighting key community events and efforts. Through programs at the community level, the American Heart Association is carrying out their mission of being a relentless force for longer, healthier lives. From blood pressure initiatives to local research studies, the […]
    • Greensboro’s Leadership Breakfast Brings Health Equity to the Table
      The Guilford Heart and Stroke Walk team had a record-breaking Executive Leadership Breakfast in Greensboro! Jennifer Lawson, Garet Beane and Candy Carter talked to the huge crowd and a Health Equity Panel with CEOs and Presidents from Cone Health, United Healthcare, Novant Health, Wake Forest Baptist Health High Point and Bethany Medical tackled the […]
    • Healing Stroke Patients and Caregivers Through Art
      This year, the American Heart Association and MUSC Health are teaming up in a community art therapy project: Strokes for Strokes. Open your Heart honoree Katie Hinson is dedicated to helping stroke survivors and caretakers heal through art therapy. The therapeutic art will be displayed at the Charleston Heart Ball on April 12, 2019. Last year, our […]
    • Coach Frank Beamer and Teen Athlete from Virginia to be Honored at Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Awards Ceremony
      The American Heart Association (AHA) is hosting the 2019 Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards tonight at the Post Oak Hotel in Houston, Texas.  Two special Virginians will be honored during the ceremony and dinner:  Coach Frank Beamer and standout teen athlete and heart survivor, Johnny Oates, from Chester, Virginia. Frank Beamer will be in attendance and receive […]
    • Inaugural Jazz Brunch & Health Equity Symposium Brings in 200 Attendees
      The inaugural Jazz Brunch & Health Equity Symposium with Winston-Salem State University was a huge success! The Triad, NC office of the American Heart Association was so proud to partner with the WSSU Physical Education Program where 200 people attended a panel focused on health equity and Yolanda Rabun got everyone moving and their hearts pumping […]
    • Stroke Survivor’s Mom Saves Her Life By Knowing F.A.S.T.
      Sylvia May recalls the day clearly. At 21-years-old, she woke up on a typical Friday morning and headed to her job with the Air Force working on fighter planes. Her day began with an inconvenient headache; however, this was the first sign of an impending stroke. Throughout the work day, Sylvia’s headache persisted. Along with this, she began hearing a […]
    • Charlotte Billboard Campaign Addresses Social Determinants of Health
      Trying to explain our new community transformation model and how it applies to Charlotte and the surrounding region has created a unique opportunity for the American Heart Association. We have always been known for science and research. The kind that has afforded us medical advancements and guidelines that save lives. Our community also knows us for […]
    • Heart Healthy 2018 Policy Accomplishments in the Greater Washington Region
      Washington, DC- Thanks to the dedication, passion, and hard work of You’re the Cure volunteers, 2018 was another successful year of public policy accomplishments for heart health in Greater Washington. You’re the Cure advocates were active in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia to support, defend, and help pass legislation that will […]
    • Baltimore Celebrates the Passage of Complete Streets
      The City of Baltimore’s Complete Streets Bill became a law on December 6. This legislation is the most progressive, equity-focused Complete Streets ordinance in the country. Councilman Ryan Dorsey and the Baltimore Complete Streets Coalition introduced the Complete Streets Ordinance in July 2017 to increase safety and mobility and help curb reckless […]
    • Local Health Systems in Richmond, VA Earn National Recognition for Commitment to Improve High Blood Pressure
      The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Medical Association (AMA) recognized Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists, VCU Health System and Central Virginia Health Services as leaders in their national initiative, called Target: BP,  to get people’s blood pressure under control and reduce the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes […]
    • Dennis Popp’s Story
      I never imagined the toll heart disease would have on my life.  I had a stroke in 2000, a heart attack in 2004 and was in complete heart failure in 2013.  Medical advances have helped to keep me alive for years, but it was a heart transplant in 2017 that has given me new life.  At age 45, I never thought that I would live to see my grandchildren […]
    • Why learning Hands-Only CPR is the best gift you can give your loved ones
      If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend. About 70% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home and as one study reports, the holiday season is prime time for them to occur as cardiac arrest deaths are 33% higher in December and […]
    • Four key steps to reduce holiday stress
      Hampton Roads, VA – If the thought of the holiday season makes you feel stressed and overwhelmed, you are not alone!  Taking care of yourself so that you will live longer for the people you’re spending the holidays with is so very important. That is why we’ve teamed up with local Eat Smart Month sponsor, Bon Secours, to inspire you to […]
    • How to celebrate the holidays with no regrets!
      Hampton Roads, VA  – For those striving to live healthy, indulging in the yummy food and beverages at end-of-year parties can bring on a sense of regret. Enjoying a healthy lifestyle includes spending time with your friends and family without feeling guilty about your food intake.  Finding that balance can be a struggle, so we’ve teamed up […]
    • Local toddler selected as national ambassador for Kids Heart Challenge
      Richmond, VA – Three year old, Finn Blumenthal, will serve as a national ambassador for American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge! Since 2016, Finn and his mom, Kelly, have helped local schools raise funds for the American Heart Association. This year, the American Heart Association chose Finn to be a national ambassador for the […]
    • Urban Health Accelerator – Historically Black Colleges (HCBU) Legacy Grant Opportunity
      The Empowered To Serve Urban Health Accelerator expands the work of American Heart Association in local communities as we seek to address social issues impacting the ability of individuals to attain the healthiest life possible. The Barbara Houston Urban Health Accelerator HBCU Legacy Grants: Made possible through the support of Mr. John Houston, III, […]
    • 6 healthier options to sip on this season
      Hampton Roads, VA  – Fall and winter bring special seasonal beverages, both hot and cold. (Pumpkin spice latte, anyone?)  But these tasty liquid treats can come with extra calories, saturated fat and added sugars that you don’t need. We’ve teamed up with local Eat Smart Month sponsor, Bon Secours, to help you stay healthy and hydrated this […]
    • Triangle’s First AHA Blood Pressure Kiosk Placed at Food Bank
      Representatives from the Triangle community gathered this week at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina for a ceremonial ribbon cutting of the first American Heart Association blood pressure kiosk in the Triangle area. Once the ribbon was cut, everyone took a step back while a volunteer leaped forward to be the first one to use the kiosk. […]
    • Mid-Atlantic’s Little Hats, Big Hearts
      Volunteers around the country are helping raise awareness of of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country by knitting and crocheting little red hats to be given out through the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts. The Mid-Atlantic Affiliate […]
    • Five Ways to Enjoy a Healthy and Happy Holiday Season
      Hampton Roads, VA – November is Eat Smart Month and while we promote eating healthy all year, we know the holidays can take a toll on your health if you don’t have a plan in place. We believe you can be the best YOU by eating smart, moving more and making your well-being a priority. And you don’t have to wait until the holidays are over to […]
    • target blood pressure program logoTarget: BP Highlighted Resources
      We are excited to begin highlighting resources for improving clinical care around blood pressure and cholesterol from around our networks each month.  Continue to check back for more updates and the latest news.   Action Needed: Submit Comments by 11/7 We must show the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that the medical community […]
    • Primary Care Coalition Sites in Greater Washington Recognized for Target BP
      Greater Washington Region- On Friday October 26th the Greater Washington Region American Heart Association recognized the Primary Care Coalition (PCC) and their 11 Montgomery County Maryland clinical sites for Target BP recognition. PCC represents 50,000 diverse patients from clinics such as Mary’s Center, Chinese Culture and Community Service […]
    • Infant Born with Multiple Heart Defects Now Thriving at Age Three
      Four months pregnant with her second child, Nykia Ward walked into her doctor’s office eager to learn the sex of her baby during her appointment that day. After the joy of discovering she was carrying a girl that she would name Kaycee, the doctor presented her with some concerning information. A bright spot appeared on Kaycee’s heart during the […]
    • Healthier Breakfast Items Introduced to Richmond City Public Schools
      Richmond, VA – Food is fuel, and kids are sweet enough without added sugar. Knowing good nutrition is key to learning, the American Heart Association teamed up with Richmond City Health District, Richmond Public School Nutrition Services, Fit4Kids, the Richmond Food Justice Alliance, and other community partners to improve the school menus for […]
    • Celebrating social entrepreneurs: EmPOWERED to Serve Urban Health Accelerator awards funding for community focused solutions to problems that are barriers to health and wellbeing
      We are pleased to introduce the 2018 EmPOWERED to Serve Urban Health Accelerator grant recipients! Hosted in Baltimore, MD at the Reginal Lewis Museum the Urban Health Accelerator brought together entrepreneurs from around the country to present their business models to a panel of judges including, Sidra Smith, Film Producer, Brian White, Executive […]
    • Mission in Action: The Annual Greater Washington Heart Walk will take place on November 3, 2018
      Washington, D.C. – Join 12,000 walkers for the Greater Washington Region Heart Walk on November 3, 2018 to raise funds and support the American Heart Association’s mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premiere event for raising funds to save lives from heart […]
    • 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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • Construction industry profesionals learning Hands-Only CPR at the event,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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • Mobile Kitchen Cooking Classes to Continue in Portsmouth, VA
      Hampton Roads, Virginia – The American Heart Association Hampton Roads, VA team secured a grant to continue the success of mobile kitchen classes in Portsmouth, VA. Through partnerships with the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia and Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), the program will provide a 5-week mobile kitchen class series at four […]
    • Survivor Story – Malissa Bradshaw
      While working out at the gym six years ago, I felt a pop in my head and developed a sudden and severe headache.  I had what would be the first of three strokes within a couple of weeks caused by a ruptured aneurysm.  I was only 25 years old. The second stroke caused the left side of my body to be paralyzed, and the odds of surviving without permanent […]
    • VCU Health’s Melinda Hancock to Chair Richmond Heart Walk® on October 6, 2018
      Richmond, VA –  Melinda Hancock, the Chief Financial Officer of VCU Health, will chair the American Heart Association’s 2018 Richmond Heart Walk held Saturday, October 6th at Innsbrook Pavilion.  Members of Hancock’s Executive Leadership team include: Anthony Conte, Pat Robertson, Brett Butler, Jim Litsinger, Jim Daniel, Ann Vaughters, Leigh Sewell, […]
    • Teacher Copes with Newly Diagnosed Heart-Stopping Condition
      On November 7, 2017, Elisheva Marks was in line to board a plane back to her hometown of Boston. The teacher was excited to return home after beginning a new job the week earlier. Unfortunately, Elisheva never made it home that day. Without warning, her heart stopped beating, and she went into cardiac arrest. Fortunately, she received bystander CPR at […]
    • J.B. Watkins Elementary Recognized by American Heart Association as #1 School in Virginia
      During the 2017-18 school year, J.B. Watkins Elementary School students in Chesterfield, Virginia took over 400 heart healthy challenges and raised over $42,000 for the American Heart Association, making them the No. 1 school in Virginia and the No. 19 school in the country for their participation with the association. Students pledged to either drink […]
    • Walking Toward a Healthy Heart
      The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week.  That breaks down to at least 30 minutes per day, five times a week. So what’s the payoff?  You’ll feel healthier, stronger and live longer. Research shows that regular exercise, like walking, helps lower a person’s risk of heart disease, […]
    • Volunteer Spotlight:  Husband and Wife Team Teach Others How to Cook with Heart
      For Chef Gordon Russell, food is much more than nourishment. It’s a unifier of people, an expression of culture, and a healer of the body, mind and soul. “I have a deep and serious passion for food and people — they are as one,” Gordan said. “We eat to live because food is a medicine that powers our bodies and structures our days, binding communities, […]
    • LGBT Male CoupleCelebrating Pride Month in the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate
      The American Heart Association is celebrating LGBTQ Pride month this June by sharing resources and participating in different events across the country. Teri Arnold, Marketing and Communications Director for the Hampton Roads, Virginia region and Communications Officer for AHA’s Hearts With Pride Employee Resource Group, recently told her heart attack […]
    • Target:BP Data Submission Closes
      About 103 million adults (nearly half) in the United States have high blood pressure. Research shows that high blood pressure is a contributing factor to major health conditions including heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other health concerns. Research also shows that 45.9% of those with high blood pressure are not controlled, […]
    • AHA CPR Week Facebook Shareable GraphicCelebrate National CPR and AED Awareness Week
      National CPR and AED Awareness Week – June 1– 7, 2018 – aims to raise awareness and increase the number of people who perform CPR in cardiac arrest emergencies. Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. About 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. When a person has a cardiac […]
    • Advance Auto Parts joins area companies to raise life-saving funds
      The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, has enlisted the support of corporations in raising funds for the cause. When consumers visit Advance Auto Parts from May 16 – June 16, they will have the opportunity to give to the American Heart Association via the […]
    • Mid-Atlantic Heart and Stroke Summit – Call For 2019 Presenters
      The Mid-Atlantic Heart and Stroke Quality Summit is a week-long event that includes educational opportunities in the areas of Heart Failure, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Cardiac Arrest, Atrial Fibrillation, and Stroke. In addition, the Summit provides day and evening events to network and celebrate achievements with peers from across the region, featuring […]
    • Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Hosts Quality Heart and Stroke Summit
      The American Heart Association – Mid-Atlantic Affiliate hosted the 2nd Annual Heart & Stroke Quality Summit in Raleigh, NC, April 23 – 27, bringing together healthcare professionals from across the region to learn from top-quality care heart and stroke experts. Online presentation slides and photos are available for viewing. […]
    • RVA Heart Sisters Spread Awareness About High Blood Pressure
      Eight years ago, Tina Johnson learned she had high blood pressure and was pre-diabetic during a routine physical.  “I was eating fast food and drinking sodas several times a week,” said the former VCU track athlete. The doctor said, “I could put you on medication, but I’m not going to.  I’m giving you three months to get your health in order.” Johnson […]
    • Michaeline Fedder receives the Joan Stine Leadership Award
      Michaeline Fedder, Government Relations Director in Maryland, was presented with the Joan Stine Leadership Award at the Maryland statewide annual tobacco conference on May 8, 2018. The award, named for the former Director of the Center for Health Promotion, Education, and Tobacco Use Prevention and the Maryland Department of Health, Joan Stine, honors […]
    • Kroger Raises $93,311 for the American Heart Association
      The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, thanks Kroger Stores for their support of Life is Why We Give. After a successful campaign in its 122 stores across the Mid-Atlantic, Kroger raised $93,311 for the American Heart Association. “The American Heart […]
    • Stroke Survivor and Mom Raises Awareness this Mother’s Day
      My name is Ashley Slate McGuire, and I am 33 years old. I was born in Fairfax, Va. and grew up in Richmond. I never dreamed I would be dealing with a stroke at the age of 19. I had no idea what caused a stroke or what signs to even look for. However, I knew my grandfather (who was an Army General) had a stroke at the young age of 49. When I was 10, he […]
    • VCU Child Care Worker Recieves Heartsaver Hero Award
      On Feb. 22, 2018, Earlena Foskey, a childcare provider at VCU Health Child Care Center, administered CPR to Evie Louka, a 13-month old who became unconscious and unresponsive while in her classroom. Thanks to this heroic act, Evie is alive and doing very well. During a surprise award ceremony at the child care center, Michelle McLees from the American […]
    • Richmond Luncheon Speaker Receives New Heart!
      At the Richmond Go Red for Women luncheon on February 23, 2018, Amber Eck moved the audience with her incredible story of how a case of pneumonia at age 20 attacked her heart, ultimately developing into advance heart failure.  For nearly 3 years, an LVAD (left ventricular assistance device) has been helping Amber’s failing heart pump properly.  […]
    • Richmond, VA 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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • SC Board Members Educate Communities Across the Mid-Atlantic Region
      This February,  Dr. Yallapragada, incoming board president of the Midlands, and Dr. Brent Eagan, incoming board president of the Upstate, shared their knowledge of stroke and blood pressure by presenting to local communities in the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate. Dr. Eagan traveled to Baltimore, MD to present to area Federally Qualified Health Centers about […]
    • You and You’re the Cure. The Power Couple.
      The American Heart Association’s You’re the Cure advocacy network is a valuable tool that you can use to make a real difference in your community and state. How does it work? We connect you with opportunities to engage with your lawmakers on issues that are important to you and your health – and we are here to inform you about the […]
    • Healthcare for Virginians: It’s Personal
      How important is health insurance to you and your family? Unfortunately, nearly 400,000 Virginians live without access to affordable healthcare coverage. Many are caught in the health insurance coverage gap – they don’t qualify for Medicaid and they don’t earn enough money for subsidies in the insurance exchange established by the […]
    • 2018 Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Quality Summit
      Registration is now open for the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Quality Summit.  The MAA Quality and Systems Improvement team will host this week-long event April 23-27, 2018 in Raleigh, NC.  The Summit will include educational opportunities in the areas of Heart Failure, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Atrial Fibrillation, Resuscitation and Stroke. The […]
    • Eat Smart & Add Color in March!
      We all know it is important to eat healthy and exercise. But, it’s keeping these habits that you might find challenging. This is why we celebrate and raise awareness about nutrition in the month of March, National Nutrition Month. Recent CDC data show adults continue to consume too few fruits and vegetables. Overall, 12.2 percent met fruit intake […]
    • West Broad Village Goes Red: A Kick-Off to American Heart Month
      Richmond, VA – (February 15, 2018) – On Thursday, February 1 businesses in Shortpump’s West Broad Village came together to support the American Heart Association at the American Heart Month Kick-Off event at Gather, a local co-working space that has recently opened up in the West Broad Village shopping center. The event’s main attraction was a […]
    • Richmond Employers Recognized for Outstanding Workplace Health Practices
      Richmond, VA – (December 13, 2017) – On Wednesday, December 6, the American Heart Association (AHA) hosted the 2017 Richmond Workplace Wellness Symposium along with the University of Richmond.   Through this event the AHA provided local employers with tools and resources to help them create healthier workplaces for all. Laura Linnan, ScD, Associate […]
    • South Carolina Celebrates Eat Smart Month
      Seasonal sweet treats and multi-course meals tempt even the most dedicated healthy eaters during the holidays. That’s why the American Heart Association designated November as Eat Smart Month. Kicking off with Eat Smart Day on Nov. 1, the month-long campaign is part of the Association’s new Healthy For Good movement and communities across South […]
    • Scientific Sessions
      The American Heart Association 2017 Scientific Sessions were held on November 11–15 in Anaheim, California. This incredible, five-day event attracted thousands of doctors, scientists, researchers, investigators, and other healthcare professionals from around the globe who came together to discuss new science to reduce the impact of cardiovascular […]
    • Save the Date! 2018 Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Quality Summit
      Registration for the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Quality Summit will open in early January. The conference is being held in Raleigh, NC during the week of April 23-27, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn Crabtree Valley Hotel. The Summit is a week-long event that will include educational opportunities in the areas of Heart Failure, Acute Coronary […]
    • Celebrating 45 Years of Cardiovascular Research at Virginia Commonwealth University
      Richmond, VA – (December 4, 2017) – On November 30, 2017, American Heart Association (AHA) donors had a unique opportunity to talk one-on-one with cardiovascular researchers at VCU’s Pauley Heart Center about their projects and how their discoveries are providing better insights into the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases. The VCU […]
    • Little Hats, Big Hearts Goes Viral!
      Last month, the American Heart Association’s #LittleHatsBigHearts program was trending on social media. All that buzz has led to a flurry of knitters and crocheters from across the affiliate looking to donate hats to help raise awareness of congenital heart disease and to empower moms to live heart healthy lives while encouraging their children to do […]