Greater Washington Region

    • Pittsburgh Pastor Receives Top Grant at the First EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ Faith-Based
      The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, announced the top awardees of its first-ever EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ Faith-Based hosted by the Eastern States region. The first-place grant of $50,000 was awarded to Pastor Cynthia Wallace of Bible Center Church in the […]
    • The DC Council passes historic legislation to protect the next generation from being hooked by Big Tobacco
      The DC Council voted 8-5 for the final passage of the Flavored Tobacco Product Prohibition Amendment Act of 2021 On Tuesday, June 29, the DC Council made history by passing the Flavored Tobacco Product Prohibition Amendment Act of 2021 (B24-0020) ending the sale of flavored tobacco products in the District of Columbia. This landmark legislation will […]
    • Quick Action Saved Brady’s Life
      Submitted by: Kerry Petrauskas, mother to Brady Lukas Our sweet boy, Brady Lukas, was born on February 26, 2016. As far as we knew he was a healthy 7 pound 8 ounce, 20 inch long, little pumpkin, who passed his “going home” tests with flying colors. I want to preface by saying that hindsight is always 20/20. So my description of the events […]
    • Five Faith-Based Organizations Named as Finalists in the American Heart Association’s First EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ Faith-Based
      Over $105,000 in Grants Will be Awarded to Local Community Leaders Faith-based organizations and places of worship have played an important role during the COVID-19 crisis in our country. These organizations and their volunteers and staff have been on the frontline, mitigating the impact of COVID-19 and providing communities with much needed guidance […]
    • 31st Lawyers Have Heart Participants Log Miles and Smiles from Around the World
      The American Heart Association (AHA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives is proud to celebrate the 3,700 runners and walkers who took part in the 31st annual Lawyers Have Heart 10K Race, 5K Run and Walk.  Due to lingering COVID restrictions the race was held as digital experience once again […]
    • On New Year’s Eve, Mary’s Heart Stopped
      By: Katelyn Shull and Mary Gordon The Saturday before Christmas 2019, Mary woke up feeling “off”. Throughout the morning she felt more tired than usual and found herself sitting down to rest several times while hanging Christmas decorations in her Falls Church, VA home. She mustered the energy to meet a friend for a planned shopping trip in the city.  […]
    • Steppers from Around the World Rally for #MoveMoreDC Day and Log Enough Steps to get from Washington, DC to London!
      The American Heart Association (AHA) is on a mission to be Healthy for Good every day. The approach is simple, eat smart, be well and of course MOVE MORE! In April our focus is to get everyone to move more and sit less with the help of workplaces, communities and people like you. The AHA and Live Fierce sponsor, Sheehy Auto Stores, challenged local […]
    • CPR Saved Cayla and Brought Her to the Greater Washington Region Heart Walk Team
      Written by: Sam Rudolph For Cayla DiGiovanni it was just another day as a college student. She was in her Sophomore year at James Madison University finding her way through her first few years. After her classes she decided to go to the gym for a quick run on the treadmill. It was nothing she had never done before. With two other people in the gym with […]
    • This Comeback Senior Sets His Goals High to Inspire Others
      Written by: Katlyn Shull Growing up in the 60’s Le Count Holmes had a passion for exercising. Holmes was born in Washington, DC but growing up he has lived in Indianapolis, Chicago, Atlanta, and Ann Arbor. At an early age he joined the Boy Scouts and fell in love with swimming and is an avid swimmer to this day. He also learned to ride a bike at […]
    • Time to Train: Lawyers Have Heart Digital Experience Increases the Pace with a Kick-Off, Rally Day and More!
      The 31st Annual Lawyers Have Heart 10K Race, 5K Run and Walk will be a groundbreaking year – together we will raise $1.5 million for the American Heart Association! With the health and safety of our participants remaining our top priority, this year’s race will again be a digital experience. With no geographic boundaries, we will recruit colleagues, […]
    • Find Your Fierce on April 14 and Move More with the American Heart Association and Sheehy Auto Stores!
      We are on a mission to be Healthy for Good™ every day. The approach is simple, eat smart, be well and of course MOVE MORE! Join us this April and beyond as we focus on getting everyone to move more and sit less with the help of workplaces, communities and people like you. The American Heart Association and local sponsor Sheehy Auto Stores challenges […]
    • New Bill Could Bolster Health While Curbing Sugary Drink Consumption in Washington, D.C.
      Article Submitted by: Terra Hall, Voices for Healthy Kids Type 2 diabetes. High blood pressure. Tooth decay.. While most physicians are accustomed to treating these chronic illnesses, Yolandra Hancock, MD, was surprised when she began diagnosing these conditions in the patients who came to her practice. “Imagine a bathtub filled with sugary drinks like […]
    • Webinar panelists four-paneEmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ Faith-Based Workshop Highlights Powerful Partnerships, Kicks-Off Grant Application Period
      The power of partnerships built on trust, dignity and respect was a key theme during March 17th’s EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ Faith-Based Workshop Zoom webinar, hosted by the American Heart Association (AHA), Eastern States region. “When you see value in people, it affirms that value that is in you,” said Dr. Abraham […]
    • Social impact entrepreneurs: Funding available for health equity solutions in the greater Washington D.C. region
      Funding will support community-led social and economic solutions intended to improve health equity through American Heart Association’s Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund WASHINGTON, D.C., March 8, 2021 — The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, today announced $1 million in […]
    • The American Heart Association Launches Funding Initiative Aimed at Supporting Communities through Local Faith Institutions
      Faith-based organizations and places of worship have played an important role during the COVID-19 crisis in our country. These organizations and their volunteers and staff have been on the frontline, mitigating the impact of COVID-19 and providing communities with much needed guidance and support. That is why the American Heart Association’s Eastern […]
    • Opinion: Insurance coverage for all forms of telehealth essential for equity, chronic-disease management in Maryland
      Volunteer Shuron Abdullah, a retired registered respiratory therapist with three-decades of experience shares her advocacy around protecting telehealth, as told to April Dawn Shinske. Shuron is an American Heart Association volunteer and has been a Basic Life Support/Heartsaver instructor.  “I’m cold. I’m cold.” The pleading words of my late […]
    • Breaking: Maryland General Assembly Overrides the Tobacco Tax Veto
      Advocates Say the Tobacco Tax Increase Will Save Lives and Increase Revenue Today, the Maryland Senate voted to override the governor’s veto of HB 732, the final step in enacting the state’s first cigarette tax increase in almost a decade. The policy includes a $1.75 per pack increase on cigarettes and, for the first time, a tax on electronic smoking […]
    • Stay Motivated with the Healthy For Good Lifestyle Change Award Honorees
      Staying motivated for fitness and well-being can sometimes be a struggle but keeping active and eating well is crucial to maintaining long-term health for your heart and body. With a new year brings new goals. To give you a boost, we’re sharing how seven members or our community made some changes and took steps to better health. Every year at the […]
    • The American Heart Association, Kaiser Permanente Team Up to Encourage the Greater Washington Region to Go Red and be Healthy for Good
      The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, is excited to announce that Kaiser Permanente, has teamed up with the Greater Washington Region division to advance a shared goal to help community members live longer, healthier lives free of heart disease and stroke. Kaiser Permanente […]
    • Five Greater Washington Region Volunteer Leaders Honored with American Heart Association Volunteer Awards
      The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives relies on a core of people who are willing to give their time and energy to help enhance the quality of their communities. Recently the Eastern States region of the American Heart Association announced the honorees of the 2020 […]
    • Kaiser Permanente’s Jill Feldon Named Chair of the 2021 Greater Washington Region Heart Walk
      The American Heart Association (AHA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, is excited to name Jill Feldon, vice president of Marketing, Communication and Community Relations for Kaiser Permanente in the Mid-Atlantic region, as chair of the AHA’s 2021 Greater Washington Region Heart Walk.  […]
    • Giving Thanks Through Advocacy: You’re The Cure
      Every day, Americans’ lives are touched by heart disease and stroke. Whether it is our own health that is impacted or the lives of family members, friends, or co-workers, there is a lot at stake when it comes to fighting our nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. But we all have the power to make a difference by speaking out for policies that […]
    • Organizations Collaborate to Help People Living with Type 2 Diabetes End Year on a High Note
      The American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association have launched a campaign to educate communities across the US about prevention, management and treatment of type 2 diabetes.  Recently in the Greater Washington Region, Dr. Kwame Akoto a volunteer expert for Know Diabetes by Heart and a doctor of family medicine at Kaiser Permanente […]
    • The Greater Washington Region Heart Walk Stepped to Success Through Dedication
      The American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health for all, embraced the new normal, taking its iconic Greater Washington Region Heart Walk, traditionally held on the National Mall, online for a digital experience. Held over the weekend of November 6-8 participants were able to complete all […]
    • Double Your Impact Through December 31 with Harrity & Harrity LLP
      Harrity & Harrity LLP to Match up to $100,000 for the American Heart Association The American Heart Association (AHA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives is excited to announce that through December 31 all donations and registration fees up to $100,000 will be doubled for its Lawyers Have […]
    • Breaking News: First-of-Its-Kind Kids’ Meal Bill Passes in Prince George’s Co.
      Kids in Prince George’s County, Maryland are about to get healthier meals and drinks when they order from kids’ meals menus in the county. On the afternoon of November 17, 2020, the Prince George’s County Council unanimously approved legislation that will make it easier for families and their children to choose healthier food and drink options when […]
    • AHA President: The best way forward requires bridging disciplines, people, places
      The challenges facing our world are many – from timely concerns such as the coronavirus pandemic and the renewed emphasis it has placed on the need to dismantle structural racism to the ongoing challenges of treating and beating the top two killers around the globe: heart disease and stroke. As president of the American Heart Association, Dr. Mitch […]
    • Listening to Our Community to Advance Equitable Health for All
      “It is critical” – said Kofi Essel, from Children’s National Hospital when talking about food access. “We need to reevaluate how we’re creating solutions” – said Kristy McCarron from the Metropolitan YMCA when talking about food security as well. “We need to collaborate with other community organizations to make a change” – said Domonique Panton, from […]
    • A New Collaboration with Prince George’s Community College brings Heart Health to the Classroom
      The American Heart Association recently joined Prince George’s Community College for Prince George’s Community College Foundation’s Food Distribution Day along with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington.  The AHA’s Greater Washington Region board chair, Barbara Humpton of Siemens USA and Dr. Falecia D. Williams, president of […]
    • Lawyers Have Heart 10K Race, 5K Run and Walk Announce Dream Team of Volunteer Leaders
      The American Heart Association (AHA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives is proud to announce its volunteer leadership for the 2021 Lawyers Have Heart 10K Race, 5K Run and Walk.  Since 1991, the event has raised over $15.6 million, in support of vital research and programming to improve […]
    • FEEL the RUSH of the RIDE with our brand new CycleNation experience!
      This year’s CycleNation experience will allow you to feel the rush of the ride from wherever you from September 21-28! Get more details, sign up, start fundraising and/or donate to your friends at www.CycleNation.org/DC! With your donations, YOU help fund lifesaving science. Science that can prevent a stroke. Put scientific advances into doctors’ […]
    • Intern with Heart: Carly Ohlrich
      Carly Ohlrich spent the summer interning for the Health Strategies team of the American Heart Association, Greater Washington Region. Due to the pandemic, Carly supported the team remotely from her home. She assisted on projects around Community Impact, Advocacy and Communications. The reason I wanted to join the American Heart Association this summer […]
    • The Sum of All Parts is Better Health: Partnership Provides 800 Virginia Families with Healthy Food
      EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator grant recipient 412 Food Rescue partners with food retailers, nonprofit organizations and volunteers ( affectionately called food rescue heroes) to bring healthy food directly to those experiencing food insecurity. Since receiving funding through the American Heart Association, the organization has been able to […]
    • American Heart Association and Neighborhood Health Team Up to Help Thousands of Northern Virginia Residents Control their Blood Pressure
      This past January, the American Heart Association began a partnership with Neighborhood Health around blood pressure awareness and control for its patients. The mission of Neighborhood Health is to improve health and advance health equity across Northern Virginia in Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax by providing high quality primary care regardless of […]
    • Greater Washington Region Heart Walk to be Transformed into a Weekend Celebration
      The Greater Washington Region Heart Walk is getting re-imagined for 2020 to be the biggest one yet! With the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic keeping more Americans at home, the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health for all, is embracing the new normal, creating an enhanced […]
    • Working on Wellness in Faith-Based Communities with the EmPOWERED & Well Healthier Church Challenge
      The EmPOWERED and Well Healthier Church Challenge was a 12-week pilot program designed to support and expand the ongoing health and wellness activities of black women and their faith-based communities. It was established by the American Heart Association, with the help of its sponsor, WW International, Inc. (Weight Watchers Reimagined). Together the […]
    • Victory for Active Transportation and a Healthier Community in Montgomery County
      In a victory for active transportation and a healthier community, on May 21 the Montgomery County Council approved approximately $30 million to support bicycle and pedestrian programs in their 2021 capital budget. The American Heart Association has supported equitable allocation of bike and walking infrastructure in the County since 2017 when revision […]
    • American Heart Association Advocates Affect Sustainable Change for the Health of All Virginians
      Because of the dedication of AHA supporters and volunteers statewide, it was a landmark year of public policy achievements for cardiovascular health in the Commonwealth of Virginia. These successes demonstrate that constituents have the power to make significant change when they join in the fight against heart disease and stroke. “As a stroke survivor […]
    • Investments in areas hit hard by COVID-19 are Critical to Improved Health Outcomes
      The American Heart Association’s Social Impact Fund Seeks Donors to Expand to the Greater Washington Region The American Heart Association,  the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, seeks to explore new investment opportunities in the Greater Washington Region around organizations committed to breaking down […]
    • GWR Staffer Shares Her Inspiration: A Tribute to Tia
      Erica McIntyre is the American Heart Association Greater Washington Region’s Community Impact Director. Below she shares a heartfelt tribute to her friend, Tia.  Queen of Hearts: Shine on and Go RED forEVER There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains. ~ Author Unknown On May 18, 2020, my […]
    • The AHA Launches 2nd Webinar in a Series Discussing Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color
      Long before the pandemic, systemic challenges have contributed to disparities that impede some people from living long, healthy lives. Your ZIP code should not determine how long you live, but it does. Social factors, which are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources, as well as immigration status, occupation, and language preference, […]
    • ICYMI: Eastern States Launched a Webinar Series on the Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color
      On May 15, the Eastern States Community Impact team launched the first webinar of a series designed to discuss the impact of COVID-19 in communities of color. The webinar was offered to health equity leaders nationwide and was attended by approximately 1,035 participants. During the webinar, implications of COVID-19 from the perspective of economics, […]
    • 30 Day Challenge in Support of the Lawyers Have Heart 10K Race, 5K Run and Walk has Kicked off!
      Will you share your #RUNLHH? Run and walk with us from wherever you are! Thousands of people across America are participating in a month of physical activity, culminating in a virtual running and walking event on June 12-14.  The 30-day challenge is encouraging people to stay active and raising crucial funds for the American Heart Association. Keeping […]
    • Virtual Hole In One event celebrates the American Heart Associations’ Golf Tournament
      The Hole In One event on May 11 brought together the American Heart Association’s golfing supporters for a fun evening of golf tips and trivia, in a celebration of AHA’s work in the Greater Washington Region. The event was hosted by Rich Sawchak, Chief Financial Officer of Novetta Solutions and the Chair of the American Heart Association’s Greater […]
    • The AHA Convenes Health Equity Leaders to Discuss Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color
      Long before the coronavirus impacted how we live, work, and play, systemic challenges contributed to disparities that impede some people from living long, healthy lives. Your ZIP code should not determine how long you live, but it does. Social factors, which are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources, have been mostly responsible for […]
    • Stay Healthy and Happy During School Closures with our Virtual Challenge
      The American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge launches virtual program to prioritize mental and physical health.   Calling all Schools in the Greater Washington Region: With the stress of schools across the country shifting to remote learning or ending early, it’s more important than ever to maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle. That’s why the […]
    • American Heart Association Announces 2020 Greater Washington Region Heart Walk Chair
      The American Heart Association is pleased to announce that Tim Gillis, managing partner of the Washington Metro Area offices of U.S. audit, tax, and advisory firm KPMG LLP, has been named Chair of the 2020 Greater Washington Region Heart Walk. The Greater Washington Region Heart Walk is a fun and meaningful way to celebrate heart and stroke survivors, […]
    • American Heart Association and Primary Care Coalition partner to provide emergency relief for hypertension patients in Montgomery County
      The American Heart Association is deeply concerned about the public health crisis facing our country. Our top priority regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) is the health and well-being of all individuals and their families today and in the future, in every community, everywhere. Millions of people are counting on us for science-based information, health […]
    • Local organizations step it up on National Walking Day for the Virtual Step Challenge!
      The American Heart Association continues to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives during these unprecedented times.  With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have been promoting new ways to adopt healthy lifestyles and moving more whilst abiding by social distancing and stay at home orders.   To mark National Walking Day on […]
    • Get those Steps in with the National Walking Day Virtual Step Challenge!
      While the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to change our schedules and routines, we are undeterred in our mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. The health and well-being of our community, our families, friends and loved ones near and far are paramount – today, tomorrow and always. With many workers practicing social […]
    • Volunteer Spotlight: Joy Jumps for the Heart
      As a playwright and author, the fantasy worlds that Joy Jones creates have always intersected with her real one. When she first wrote a play where the main character organizes team of adult double- dutch jumpers, the response was clear- people wanted to see Joy bring her idea to life. In 2004, DC Retro Jumpers was founded. Since then, the team has […]
    • Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose: #DCHeartBall is the Main Event of Heart Month
      Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose: #DCHeartBall is the Main Event of Heart Month Sports greats featured as part of the American Heart Association’s relentless pursuit of health and well-being The Greater Washington Heart Ball (#DCHeartBall) is back at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. As American Heart Month comes to an end, the American Heart Association […]
    • Lawyers Have Heart Participants are Encouraged to #KeepTheBeat
      Lawyers Have Heart is the premier athletic philanthropic event led by the greater Washington DC legal community The American Heart Association, Greater Washington Region.  Now in its 30th year, the race will bring together over 6,000 runners and walkers on June on June 13th. The event Co-Chairs  are heart attack survivor John Harrity and Sandra Maxey […]
    • Patients, consumers, and health policy experts advocate at Virginia State Capitol for access to high-quality health insurance coverage, pre-existing conditions protections for all Virginians
       Healthy Market VA, a coalition of organizations representing thousands of Virginians with chronic diseases, small business owners, and older adults spoke out on Tuesday, January 28 at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond to ensure that preserving life-saving patient protections and strengthening Virginia’s health insurance marketplace are top […]
    • Greater Washington Region Youth Mobilize to End Vaping
      The American Heart Association, Greater Washington Region is proud to partner with The Teen Age Group (TAG) of Greater Suburban Maryland’s Jack & Jill of America Inc.  to raise awareness on the dangers of vaping through the #QuitLying campaign and the launch of their own PSA campaign, “No Smoke.” The “No Smoke” Vaping PSA Release Party […]
    • The American Heart Association and Health Organizations Respond to Governor Northam’s 2021 Budget Tobacco Tax Increase
      “The American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Medical Society of Virginia, and Tobacco21.org appreciate the Governor including an increase in funding for tobacco cessation and prevention programs, seeking funding for reinsurance, and including a tobacco tax in his proposed 2021 budget. However, the proposed […]
    • American Heart Association talks about Women and Heart Disease at the National Diversity Women’s Business Leadership Conference
      The American Heart Association hosted a panel at the Diversity Women’s Business Leadership Conference on Thursday, November 14th discussing women and heart disease. The event was held at the Gaylord Resort in National Harbor, Maryland. Panel Moderator: Pamela Garmon Johnson, the Vice President of Health Equity & National Partnerships from the […]
    • American Heart Association Greater Washington Region Hosts Culinary and Food Immersion Experience
      Washington, D.C.- The American Heart Association Greater Washington Region hosted a culinary and food immersion experience on October 17th at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Training Academy in Washington, D.C. This unique experience enabled community members and donors to see a sample of the Family Lifestyle Program. This program strives to […]
    • New American Heart Association Blood Pressure Kiosk placed in Brentwood area of Washington, D.C.
      (Washington, D.C.)- The Greater Washington Region American Heart Association and Unity Health Care hosted a ribbon cutting event and opening of a blood pressure kiosk on October 28, 2019. The new blood pressure kiosk is located at Unity Health Care-Brentwood Health Center in Washington, D.C.  Over half a million patients are seen through the Unity […]
    • Empowering Entrepreneurs for healthier communities: EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator Finale Event
      We are thrilled to introduce the 2019 EmPOWERED to Serve National Business Accelerator grant recipients!  The October 17th event was hosted in Washington, D.C. at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The top nine candidates presented their innovative concepts and ideas in a shark-tank style program at the event for a chance to […]
    • American Heart Association Endorses Washington, D.C. Sugary Drink Tax Legislation to Promote Health Equity
      Washington, D.C., October 8, 2019 –The American Heart Association (AHA) strongly supports legislation introduced today by D.C. Councilmembers Brianne Nadeau, Mary Cheh, Trayon White, David Grosso, Brandon Todd, Charles Allen, Elissa Silverman, Chairman Phil Mendelson and Anita Bonds that would levy a 1.5 cents per ounce tax on sugary drinks. The […]
    • Public Health Organizations Respond to Virginia Governor’s Comments on E-Cigarettes
      The American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Tobacco21.org, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, and Tobacco Free Alliance of Virginia urge the Governor to take immediate action to restrict the sale of all flavored tobacco products including menthol cigarettes; and levy a $1.80 comparable tax on […]
    • Make Kids’ Meals Healthier in Washington, DC
      Last month we introduced you to Lara, an 11 year-old Washington, DC girl who’s become an incredible advocate for healthy eating and drinking following her own health journey. Among the many ways to help kids like Lara make healthier choices is to support the DC Council’s legislation that would make healthier beverages like water, milk, and 100% juice […]
    • Greater Washington Region AHA teams up with Whitman-Walker Health to host Healthy Living Workshop
      Research suggests that LGBTQ individuals face many health disparities that ultimately lead to a higher incidence of cardiovascular diseases. The American Heart Association is excited to work with community organizations to target these populations in need and help all Americans live their healthiest lives. Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, DC shares […]
    • Helping Kids Make Healthy Choices: Young DC Resident Advocates for Healthy Diets
      Meet Lara. She is a healthy, outgoing and smart 11-year-old Washington, DC native who loves ballet, dancing and singing. She is also an American Heart Association ambassador and advocate for kids making healthy food and drink choices. A year ago, at a doctor’s appointment, her blood work showed that her triglyceride levels were unusually high for […]
    • DC families learn heart healthy habits from the new Healthy Lifestyles Network
      WASHINGTON DC – Educating community members on simple lifestyle changes to be heart healthy is an essential part of our mission to help others live their longest, healthiest lives. To do just this, the Greater Washington Region American Heart Association (AHA) has teamed up with the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington (YMCA) and Children’s National Medical […]
    • Making an impact on wheels: The Greater Washington Region AHA works with Lyft to combat food deserts
      WASHINGTON DC- The Greater Washington Region American Heart Association is excited to announce its new collaboration with Lyft and DC Greens to support the Lyft Grocery Access Program. A huge barrier to food access is being able to get to places with healthy food options. This program will help solve this issue. The program started on April 1st and […]
    • AHA & DC Primary Care Coalition Team Up for Blood Pressure Trainings
      Washington, DC- The Greater Washington Region American Heart Association teamed up with DC Primary Care Coalition, a non-profit health equity and advocacy organization, to conduct an inaugural training on the latest evidence of effective clinical care pathways for blood pressure control on March 6th. The training also went over how to successfully […]
    • ASRC Federal Leads the 2018 Greater Washington Heart Walk to a Record-Breaking Year
      Washington DC- Mark Gray, President and CEO of ASRC Federal and 2018 Heart Walk Chair, helps raise $2.458 Million in support of the American Heart Association’s Mission. The American Heart Association announced that is has raised a record-breaking amount of $2.458M from the Heart Walk on November 3, 2018. The funds raised support the American Heart […]
    • Keeping Maryland Smoke Free: National Harbor Cigar Lounge Proposal Defeated
      Prince George’s County, MD- Following pressure by the American Heart Association and our national and state partners, on January 24, 2019 MGM Resorts withdrew their application to the Prince George’s County, Maryland Planning Department for a “special exception” to open a cigar lounge at their National Harbor venue. MGM previously had submitted a […]
    • Five HBCUs Advance in the American Heart Association Urban Health Accelerator-HBCU Healthy Communities Challenge
      Community environments play an important role in health outcomes. People living just 5 miles apart can in some cases have a difference in life expectancy of more than 20 years due to factors such as economic stability, education, societal influences and health care.  Through the American Heart Association’s 2019 EmPOWERED to Serve Urban Health […]
    • Custom Ink Supports the American Heart Association in 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 […]
    • Baseball Mascots Knock it Out of the Park and Go Red Too!
      On the first Friday of every February, which is designated as American Heart Month, the nation comes together,igniting a wave of red from coast to coast. From landmarks to news anchors and neighborhoods to online communities; this annual groundswell unites millions of people for a common goal: the eradication of heart disease and stroke. Baseball teams […]
    • DABO NAMED 2018 PAUL “BEAR” BRYANT COACH OF THE YEAR
      Coach Dabo Swinney took home the title of the college football Coach of the Year at the American Heart Association’s 33rd annual Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards presented by Marathon Oil Corporation Wednesday. Swinney is the first coach in the Bryant Awards history to win the award three times. The first to also win the award in consecutive years—2015 and […]
    • Heart Healthy 2018 Policy Accomplishments in the Greater Washington Region
      Washington, DC- Thanks to the dedication, passion, and hard work of You’re the Cure volunteers, 2018 was another successful year of public policy accomplishments for heart health in Greater Washington. You’re the Cure advocates were active in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia to support, defend, and help pass legislation that will […]
    • 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 […]
    • 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, […]
    • Target: BP Highlighted Resources
      We are excited to begin highlighting resources for improving clinical care around blood pressure and cholesterol from around our networks each month.  Continue to check back for more updates and the latest news.   Action Needed: Submit Comments by 11/7 We must show the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that the medical community […]
    • Primary Care Coalition Sites in Greater Washington Recognized for Target BP
      Greater Washington Region- On Friday October 26th the Greater Washington Region American Heart Association recognized the Primary Care Coalition (PCC) and their 11 Montgomery County Maryland clinical sites for Target BP recognition. PCC represents 50,000 diverse patients from clinics such as Mary’s Center, Chinese Culture and Community Service […]
    • 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 […]
    • AHA Recognizes Companies in Forbes Magazine
      Imagine a healthier community for all, where heart diseases and stroke are no longer our leading killers, and every member of every community is able to achieve well-being supported by the places they live, learn, work, play, pray and heal. At the American Heart Association, we are dedicated to promoting health and well-being for all and have made it […]
    • Leadership Announced for the 2019 Lawyers Have Heart 10K Run & 5K Run & Fun Walk
      Washington, D.C. – Lawyers Have Heart brings runners and walkers — of all ages, levels of experience — to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke. In 2018, the event raised more than $1 million, and we hope to exceed that goal in 2019. Since its creation, Lawyers Have Heart has raised over $13 million to benefit the American Heart […]
    • Healthy Kids’ Meals Legislation Proposed in D.C. Council
        Washington, D.C. – Washington, D.C. Councilmembers Brianne Nadeau and David Grosso introduced legislation this week that would promote healthier beverage choices for Kids’ Meals at restaurants in D.C. The Healthy Beverages for Kids’ Meal Act of 2018 would make healthy choices like water, milk and 100% fruit juice the default beverage […]
    • American Heart Association Supports Car Free Day to Create Heart Healthy Habits in DC
      Washington, DC – The American Heart Association has teamed up with Commuter Connections and the American Lung Association to pledge to go car free or car-lite on Friday, September 21, and/or Saturday, September 22, 2018 to celebrate Car Free Day. Car Free Day is an annual event that encourages drivers to leave their cars at home and find more […]
    • D.C. Passes Highest State Cigarette Tax
      Washington, D.C. – Anti-smoking advocates are celebrating in Washington, D.C., following Mayor Muriel Bowser’s sign-off on a $2 tax hike on cigarettes and passage of the District of Columbia’s 2019 budget. Effective October 1, the D.C. cigarette tax will increase from $2.50 to $4.50 per pack — the highest state tax in the country. The bill also […]
    • DC Council Approves $2 Cigarette Tax Increase
      On May 29, the DC Council unanimously approved its 2019 budget, including $1 million new dollars for tobacco cessation programs at the DC Department of Health and funding to implement Washington, DC’s Tobacco 21 law. This was made possible by a 10-2 Council vote on May 15, which raised the District’s cigarette tax by $2, to $4.50/pack. This legislation […]
    • Celebrating Pride Month in the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate
      The American Heart Association is celebrating LGBTQ Pride month this June by sharing resources and participating in different events across the country. Teri Arnold, Marketing and Communications Director for the Hampton Roads, Virginia region and Communications Officer for AHA’s Hearts With Pride Employee Resource Group, recently told her heart attack […]
    • Target:BP Data Submission Closes
      About 103 million adults (nearly half) in the United States have high blood pressure. Research shows that high blood pressure is a contributing factor to major health conditions including heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other health concerns. Research also shows that 45.9% of those with high blood pressure are not controlled, […]
    • Celebrate National CPR and AED Awareness Week
      National CPR and AED Awareness Week – June 1– 7, 2018 – aims to raise awareness and increase the number of people who perform CPR in cardiac arrest emergencies. Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. About 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. When a person has a cardiac […]
    • Advance Auto Parts joins area companies to raise life-saving funds
      The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, has enlisted the support of corporations in raising funds for the cause. When consumers visit Advance Auto Parts from May 16 – June 16, they will have the opportunity to give to the American Heart Association via the […]
    • Mid-Atlantic Heart and Stroke Summit – Call For 2019 Presenters
      The Mid-Atlantic Heart and Stroke Quality Summit is a week-long event that includes educational opportunities in the areas of Heart Failure, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Cardiac Arrest, Atrial Fibrillation, and Stroke. In addition, the Summit provides day and evening events to network and celebrate achievements with peers from across the region, featuring […]
    • Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Hosts Quality Heart and Stroke Summit
      The American Heart Association – Mid-Atlantic Affiliate hosted the 2nd Annual Heart & Stroke Quality Summit in Raleigh, NC, April 23 – 27, bringing together healthcare professionals from across the region to learn from top-quality care heart and stroke experts. Online presentation slides and photos are available for viewing. […]
    • Kroger Raises $93,311 for the American Heart Association
      The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, thanks Kroger Stores for their support of Life is Why We Give. After a successful campaign in its 122 stores across the Mid-Atlantic, Kroger raised $93,311 for the American Heart Association. “The American Heart […]
    • Let’s Move More in DC on April 4
      American Heart Association and Sheehy Auto Stores Spread Message of Fitness and Fun  National Walking Day is Wednesday, April 4, and to help encourage people to lace up and walk, the American Heart Association and Sheehy Auto Stores are hosting a prize-filled walking course at the Springfield Town Center from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event will begin at […]
    • Move More. Live More.
      This April, Healthy For Good is encouraging Americans to Move More. Live More. by being physically active. The National Walking Day celebration has been expanded to a month-long activation. It’s all part of the Healthy For Good movement, which inspires lasting change through small, simple steps in four key areas: Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be […]
    • You and You’re the Cure. The Power Couple.
      The American Heart Association’s You’re the Cure advocacy network is a valuable tool that you can use to make a real difference in your community and state. How does it work? We connect you with opportunities to engage with your lawmakers on issues that are important to you and your health – and we are here to inform you about the […]
    • 2018 Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Quality Summit
      Registration is now open for the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Quality Summit.  The MAA Quality and Systems Improvement team will host this week-long event April 23-27, 2018 in Raleigh, NC.  The Summit will include educational opportunities in the areas of Heart Failure, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Atrial Fibrillation, Resuscitation and Stroke. The […]
    • Eat Smart & Add Color in March!
      We all know it is important to eat healthy and exercise. But, it’s keeping these habits that you might find challenging. This is why we celebrate and raise awareness about nutrition in the month of March, National Nutrition Month. Recent CDC data show adults continue to consume too few fruits and vegetables. Overall, 12.2 percent met fruit intake […]
    • American Heart Association Announces 2018 Greater Washington Region Heart Walk Chair
      The American Heart Association is pleased to announce that Mark Gray, President and Chief Executive Officer at ASRC Federal, has been named Chair of the 2018 Greater Washington Region Heart Walk. Gray leads a family of companies under ASRC Federal with employees dispersed across 40 states. Since joining the company in 2014, Gray has directed a […]
    • Scientific Sessions
      The American Heart Association 2017 Scientific Sessions were held on November 11–15 in Anaheim, California. This incredible, five-day event attracted thousands of doctors, scientists, researchers, investigators, and other healthcare professionals from around the globe who came together to discuss new science to reduce the impact of cardiovascular […]