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. 


Healthy Holiday Travel Tips

Whether you’re traveling to see family or spending a week in the Caribbean, maintaining healthy habits can be difficult when you’re away from home. The American Heart Association and Bon Secours St. Francis Health System have worked together to bring you quick tips to keep you on track this holiday season. Move More Staying active while traveling can be difficult but, here are some simple ways to get moving. Start the trip off right at the airport -- get in extra steps by avoiding the conveyor belt people-movers. If you’re a member of a gym back at home, see if [...]

December 4th, 2018|South Carolina, upstate|

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 graduate from elementary school, but now I look forward to seeing them graduate from college.  And being able to do that with the love of my life, Patty, makes it even [...]

November 29th, 2018|Heart Disease, Richmond, Stroke, Survivor Stories, Virginia|

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 January starting around Thanksgiving.  The stats are staggering but there is something we can all do to help. Immediate CPR can double or even triple a person's chance of survival!  It only takes [...]

November 28th, 2018|CPR, Greater Washington Region, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia|

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 stay mindful of your well-being as you balance your holiday-to-do-list. It’s easy for all the added activities during the holidays to lead to stress eating.  It’s important to take time some for yourself, continue to eat regularly and to [...]

November 28th, 2018|Hampton Roads, Virginia|

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 with Local Eat Smart Sponsor, Bon Secours, to help you remain healthy while fully enjoying your celebrations with loved ones. "Buffets are a common way to celebrate.  It’s important to plan ahead to keep the endless food options derailing your healthy eating plan. Survey [...]

November 21st, 2018|Hampton Roads, Virginia|

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 program, now in its 40th year and renamed Kids Heart Challenge to emphasize fitness challenge possibilities beyond jumping rope. "We've been doing it all these years never thinking anything like this would happen," Kelly Blumenthal said. "We're just so surprised and excited."  @PrayersForFinn Watch to learn more [...]

November 19th, 2018|Congenital Heart Defects, Richmond, Virginia|

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, the American Heart Association, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate will pilot a new accelerator designed to engage Historically Black Colleges and Universities offering: Access to web-based training, coaching, and mentoring from AHA staff and volunteers. Invitation to attend the February 28, 2019 Leadership Summit for enhanced coaching, more resources, [...]

Triangle Construction Industry Makes P.E. More Fun for Students

RALEIGH, NC – Students at Barwell Elementary School have new physical education equipment to use thanks to Triangle Hard Hats with Heart attendees. At the September event Draper Aden Associates, the Tools for Schools sponsor, and the American Heart Association asked attendees to bring P.E. equipment to be donated to a local school. Attendees exceeded expectations and filled an entire truck bed with balls, cones and other tools. Representatives from both Draper Aden Associates and the AHA went to the school this week to drop it all off. This equipment was needed for Barwell Elementary School’s P.E. program, where there [...]

November 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|