American Heart Association, Weis Markets expanding access to clean drinking water in Harrisburg schools

The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, is helping local students stay hydrated the healthy way with filtered water bottle filling stations. Ten new water stations were recently installed in schools across the Harrisburg School District. The installations were part of the American Heart Association’s Live Fierce Capital Region campaign, sponsored by Weis Markets.

“Water plays an important role in maintaining a child’s overall health, but more than half of school-aged children are inadequately hydrated,” said Ashley Schade, regional vice president of development for the American Heart Association, during the installation of the water station at Camp Curtain Academy. “We thank Weis Markets for helping us ensure the students at Camp Curtin Academy have access to clean drinking water and for the many other ways they have helped us make an impact on the health of our community.”

Weis Markets’ support of the Live Fierce Capital Region campaign helps to further the mission of the American Heart Association to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives while working toward the Association’s 2024 Health Equity Impact Goal, reducing barriers to health care access and quality. In addition to the water stations, the campaign included the distribution of CPR in Schools training kits to several school districts across Central Pennsylvania and supplying home blood pressure monitoring tools to local federally qualified health centers.

“As a locally focused company, we are pleased to be working with the American Heart Association on a project providing accessible drinking water to thousands of students in the Harrisburg School District,” said Ron Bonacci, Weis Markets’ vice president of advertising and marketing.