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 customers will have an opportunity to donate to Life Is Why We Give™ and fund research and education that supports stronger, healthier communities.
Kroger joins a number of national companies, including: Custom Ink, Aimbridge Hospitality, Amazing Cosmetics, American Family Care, Books A Million, Brahmin, Citi, Citizens of Humanity, Fifth Third Bancorp, Good Neighbor Pharmacy, Guy Harvey Enterprises, K&G Fashion Superstore, Lands’ End, LBX, My Gym, Orangetheory Fitness, Origami Owl, Pilot Flying J, PopSockets, Scentsy, Stein Mart, Stellar Partners, Torrid, Vermont Teddy Bear and White+Warren.
“We’d like to thank Kroger for being a Life is Why We Give supporter. Their efforts are helping us be a force for a world of longer, healthier lives,” said American Heart Association Senior Director of Development, Elizabeth Vail.
The Association has funded more than $4.1 billion in research since 1949, including 13 Nobel Prize winners. It has also supported legislation that ensures newborns in 47 states are screened for critical congenital heart defects, as well as legislation making CPR training a graduation requirement. This has resulted in more than 2.5 million high school students in CPR annually.
To learn more about the Life Is Why We Give™ campaign and other participating companies, please visit www.heart.org/lifeiswhywegive.
The American Heart Association, Richmond is working with local partners to improve access to and consumption of healthy foods, catalyze efforts to improve social determinants of health and improve access to and quality of primary care in Greater Richmond. We are grateful for our volunteers and supporters who are a relentless force for longer, healthier lives for everyone in the Richmond area. Keeping hearts beating is what keeps our hearts pumping.