Richmond American Heart Association

 

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 health, is on a mission to improve these statistics, and has teamed up with more than 70 companies around the country to do so through the Life Is Why We Give™ fundraising campaign. During American Heart Month this February, Kroger store [...]

Coach Frank Beamer and Teen Athlete from Virginia to be Honored at Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Awards Ceremony

High school baseball player, Johnny Oates, overcame a fatal heart condition. 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 the 2019 Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award.  Beamer coached the Virginia Tech Hokies for 29 years, retiring in 2015. “I am honored to share my story at the Paul Bear [...]

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 ringing noise, which she could not tune out.  As a young and committed worker, Sylvia took some medicine for the headache and went on with her day, knowing she also had a softball game to play later. Following the hard-played [...]

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 each year. Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists achieved Gold status, while VCU Health System and Central Virginia Health Services achieved Participant status recognition. “Blood pressure control has and will continue to be a health priority in our community, “ says Michelle Nostheide, Executive Director for the American Heart Association in Greater Richmond.  [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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