Greater Washington Region

    • 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 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,, 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 […]
      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 […]
    • Save the Date! 2018 Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Quality Summit
      Registration for the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Quality Summit will open in early January. The conference is being held in Raleigh, NC during the week of April 23-27, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn Crabtree Valley Hotel. The Summit is a week-long event that will include educational opportunities in the areas of Heart Failure, Acute Coronary […]
    • The American Heart Association hosts inaugural summit on social determinants of health; addresses barriers and solutions to healthy living and wellbeing in urban communities
      EmPOWERED To Serve™ Urban Business Storytelling Competition identifies viable solutions and names three winners to implement concepts in local communities DALLAS, October 19, 2017 — The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, hosted its […]
    • Creating Change starts with you: An intern’s perspective on the EmPOWERED To Serve Summit By: Demetrius Colombero
      In the shadow of the Capitol Building, The American Heart Association (AHA) hosted the first of its kind, EmPOWERED To Serve Summit at the Gallaudet University in the Kellogg Conference Center in Washington, DC.  The two-day summit brought together a variety of people from the corporate, community and health-care fields to talk about how AHA and other […]
    • Greater Washington Region companies achieve recognition for workplace health from American Heart Association
      Scientific, evidenced-based instrument rates, recognizes workplace health programs and workforce heart health (October 23, 2017) – The 2017 results of the American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement Index were announced today. In the Greater Washington Region, 9 companies were recognized for taking significant steps tobuild a culture of […]
    • American Heart Association Announces 2017 Greater Washington Region Heart Walk Chair
      (Arlington, VA) – The American Heart Association is happy to announce that Erich Sanchack, senior vice president and general manager at CenturyLink. has been named chair of the 2017 Greater Washington Region Heart Walk. Sanchack joined CenturyLink in October with more than 20 years of industry experience and after more than 12 years with Lockheed […]
    • AHA Highlights Impact2020 Sponsors in Forbes’ Centennial Issue
      The Centennial Issue of Forbes Magazine, which hits stands 9.28.17, features a full-page list of sponsors that have committed to the mission of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Mid-Atlantic Affiliate through the year 2020.  Highlighting these sponsors in this unique way is a small token of appreciation for their generous […]
    • Leadership Announced for the 28th Annual Lawyers Have Heart
      Leadership Announced for the 28th Annual Lawyers Have Heart 10K Run & 5K Run & Fun Walk Event goal set to raise over $1M in support of the American Heart Association’s Mission (Washington, DC, 09, 13, 2017) — The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease, is […]
    • Save the Date: 2018 Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Summit
      Save the Date! The Mid-Atlantic Quality Team will be hosting the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Quality Summit in Raleigh, NC and are now accepting oral presenter submissions. The conference will be held during the week of April 23-27, 2018 and will include educational opportunities in the areas of Heart Failure, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Cardiac […]
    • Hospitals Recognized in US News & World Report
      The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association is honored to recognize a record number of hospitals in the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Hospitals. The awarded hospitals have exhibited unfaltering commitment to following guidelines shown to improve patient outcomes. See the nationwide […]
    • Federal Lobby Day
      On June 26-27, more than 330 American Heart Association volunteers and staff from 46 states trekked to Washington, D.C. as part of the biennial You’re the Cure on the Hill to advocate for the protection of health care coverage, federal research support, and key legislation that will benefit Americans with cardiovascular disease (CVD). Heart disease and […]
    • Patient Support Network is Here to Help
      Facing recovery after a stroke or heart disease diagnosis can be scary, but connecting with others going through similar journeys can help. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association offers a wide range of resources, materials and interactive tools to help you manage your condition and improve your cardiovascular health. The Support […]
    • Mid-Atlantic Heart and Stroke Quality Summit
      The Mid-Atlantic Quality Team hosted the Inaugural Heart & Stroke Quality Summit in Raleigh, NC during the week of April 24-28, 2017. Over 450 healthcare professionals participated in the week-long event that included educational opportunities in the areas of Heart Failure, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Atrial Fibrillation, Resuscitation and Stroke. In […]
    • Get With The Guidelines®-AFIB, Available at No Cost for 2017
      The American Heart Association is extending the offer to participate in Get With The Guidelines®-AFIB, the newest addition to the American Heart Association’s quality improvement programs, at no cost for 2017. AHA will cover the hospital’s participation fee for the Get With The Guidelines®-AFIB Patient Management Tool (including the […]
    • MAA becomes first AHA Affiliate to pass CPR legislation in all states!
      We are thrilled to announce that Washington, D.C., joins 34 states in requiring CPR training to graduate high school, making the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate the first in the country to be covered by this life-saving legislation! Nearly 3,000 students graduating each year from Washington, D.C., public and charter schools will now be trained in Hands-Only […]
    • Worksite Wellness Act of 2014 – DC
      Last month the Worksite Wellness Act of 2014 went in to effect, which means residents and commuters who work on local government property across the District of Columbia will soon have heart-healthy foods and beverages available at all worksites. The DC Council has taken a bold step to ensure a healthier workforce and is providing the entire nation […]