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 [...]

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 [...]

Join the Urban Health Accelerator – Historically Black College (HCBU) Legacy Kick Off Session!

The Empowered To Serve Summit and 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. Thanks to 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 HBCUs, 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, and [...]

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 holiday season. "Before you indulge in your favorite seasonal beverage, it’s important to think before you drink.  A cup of eggnog can be up to 340 calories while a cup of hot cider is only 59 calories," says Judy Mitnick, MS, RD, CDE – Bon Secours [...]

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 is proud to be continuing the program in 2019.  For more information about the program in your state see the contact below: Maryland - Faye Brooks, faye.brooks@heart.org Washington, D.C. - Shannon Klosterman, shannon.klosterman@heart.org Virginia - Audry Dubon, audry.dubon@heart.org North Carolina - Kacie Kennedy, kacie.kennedy@heart.org Upstate South [...]

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 get started!  Here are 5 steps to take to make the healthy choice the easy choice, as well as fun and festive choice during the holiday season. 1. Choose seasonal fruits and vegetables to give [...]

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