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. 


Cor Vitae Society Celebrated at the Charlotte Heart Walk

Cor Vitae Society Members were celebrated at the recent Greater Charlotte Heart Walk on September 29, 2018. The AHA is honored to recognize the more than 115 local Cor Vitae Society members at AHA events and through exclusive society experiences. The Cor Vitae Society – Latin for heart of life – is the annual philanthropic giving society of the American Heart Association. The society celebrates individual donors making annual gifts of $5,000 or more to further the American Heart Association’s mission. Lifetime member recognition begins with $500,000 in cumulative commitments. An exceptional community of individuals, Cor Vitae Society members are united by a [...]

October 23rd, 2018|Heart Walk, North Carolina, Volunteerism|

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 ultrasound. Told it was probably a non-issue, Nykia returned two weeks later for another look. At the next visit, tests revealed the bright spot was actually a hole in Kaycee’s heart. The doctor felt confident that the hole would close on [...]

October 21st, 2018|Congenital Heart Defects, Survivor Stories, Virginia|

American Heart Association Team Member and Survivor Receives Award for Outstanding Fundraising

Midlands, SC - On Thursday, October 18, Lizzie Smith, Executive Assistant in the Midlands AHA office, was named 2018 Outstanding Rising Star by the Association of Fundraising Professionals SC, Central Carolina Chapter. Lizzie received this award because of her lifelong passion for promoting and supporting heart health.  As a survivor of a congenital heart defect and open-heart surgery at the age of four, she is living the mission of the American Heart Association every day. At just five years old, Lizzie was awarded “Outstanding Little Heart” in 2000 and “Top Fundraiser” in 2004.  Over the nine years post-surgery, Lizzie helped [...]

October 19th, 2018|South Carolina, Survivor Stories|

Omega Sports Joins Life Is Why We Give™ Campaign to Help Fight Heart Disease and Stroke

Greensboro, NC - Omega Sports is proudly joining other companies in our area such as Advanced Auto Parts, Belk, Walgreens and BB&T to help the American Heart Association fight heart disease and stroke – the number one and number five causes of death in America. Omega Sports’ customers with have the opportunity to round up their purchases or donate $1, $5 or $10 to the American Heart Association during checkout at all of their 14 store locations. From October 19 through November 14, Omega Sports locations across North Carolina are joining other national Life Is Why We Give companies, including: [...]

October 19th, 2018|North Carolina|

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 children in Richmond Public Schools. The American Heart Association recommends children ages 2-18 should have less than 25 grams of added sugar daily. Across Virginia, too many students are getting three times the daily recommenced amount of added sugar in breakfast alone! Discovering this, the American Heart [...]

October 18th, 2018|Community Health, Kids Health, Virginia|

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 Vice President of LifeBridge Health and the MAA’s own Executive Vice President, Jeremy Beauchamp. Through a rigorous six-to-eight-week EmPOWERED to Serve Urban Health Accelerator curriculum funded by the American Heart Association, hosted eight social entrepreneurs to gain real-life knowledge in market positioning, brand development, fundraising and other [...]

October 18th, 2018|Community Health, Events, Maryland|

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 disease and stroke. Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living, the Heart Walk creates an environment that's fun and rewarding for the entire family. The event features a non-competitive, three-mile walk or one-mile walk and is open to both teams and individuals. Festivities include [...]

October 18th, 2018|Community Health, Events, Greater Washington Region, Mission|

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|