New Jersey

    • 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 […]
    • Penn Medicine-Led Research Team Awarded $2.9 Million to Study Heart Disease and Cancer in Black and Hispanic Communities
      Grant will fund projects aimed at reducing racial disparities in breast and prostate cancer patients with a higher risk for cardiovascular disease July 19, 2021 Bonnie Ky, MD, MSCE PHILADELPHIA— The Cardio-Oncology Translational Center of Excellence at Penn Medicine has been awarded $2.9 million by the American Heart Association as part of a larger […]
    • Southern NJ – Nicholas Scardino has been named the 2021 Southern NJ Heart Walk Chairman
      Southern NJ – Nicholas Scardino has been named the 2021 Southern NJ Heart Walk Chairman The American Heart Association program supports employee overall health and wellbeing.   Southern NJ, Wednesday July 7, 2021 — The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on ensuring longer, healthier lives for all, has named […]
    • American Heart Association of Philadelphia Celebrates Five Year Anniversary of the Beverage Tax
      June 16th marks the fifth anniversary of the 13-4 vote to tax sweetened beverages in Philadelphia. This victory did not come easy, but it has paved the roadway for other cities to adopt a similar tax. Today we say thank you to the volunteers and community partners who helped make Philadelphia the first major American city to pass a sweetened beverage […]
    • 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 […]
    • Walking with Purpose – SNJ Spring Heart Walk 2021
      On May 22, 2021, the American Heart Association Southern NJ held its Spring Heart Walk Digital Experience. The walk raises money to save lives from both heart disease and stroke, which are the number one and number five causes of death in America. The American Heart Association gives back by engaging the community through various outreach activities. […]
    • New Jersey leaders unite for a common passion, pedaling their way towards better brain health for all.
      Stroke is the nation’s No. 5 killer, and leading cause of disability. The American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, is hosting CycleNation to raise awareness about that fact – and raise the funds to change the statistic. President and CEO of Titanium Industries and chair of Northern NJ CycleNation, Brett Paddock, will […]
    • 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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • Young Stroke Survivor Runs Half Marathon for American Heart Association; Encourages Peers to Know the Symptoms F.A.S.T.
      Jesse Shea is a former college athlete who at age 26 lived an active and healthy lifestyle. One morning in November 2019 while the Cape May, NJ resident was preparing for work on his boat, he began feeling strange. The last thing he suspected was stroke. Soon after, he had very little movement on the right side of his body and could not control the […]
    • 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 […]
    • American Heart Association In New York City Honors World Mental Health Day By Investing In Local Health Tech Entrepreneur
      Startup makes mental health care accessible, inclusive for communities of color and low-income youth World Mental Health Day is this Saturday, October 10, and the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization, recognizes the importance of mental health. Mental health affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine […]
    • Celebrate World Heart Day by Saying YES To Your Heart Health
      By Jill Hollander, Guest Blogger Four Ways to Say YES! To Heart Health. Today is World Heart Day, the annual recognition to increase awareness of heart disease and stroke worldwide. I learned from personal experience how important and necessary it is to take care of your heart. I was born with a congenital heart defect, have had two open heart […]
    • The American Heart Association and Capital Health respond to alarming drop in 9-1-1 calls fueled by COVID-19 fears
      As COVID-19 cases continue to increase and strain emergency departments nationwide, a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) suggests ER visits in April were down 42 percent compared to the same period last year.[1] Yet, heart attacks and strokes haven’t stopped for COVID-19. To combat this […]
    • Local hospital executive to lead virtual walk to support heart and brain health in Monmouth & Ocean counties
      The American Heart Association recently announced Bill Arnold, MHA, President, Southern Region, for RWJBarnabas Health, will serve as chairperson of the 2020 Shoreline Heart Walk scheduled as a virtual event for Sunday, October 25. With the pandemic keeping people at home, the Association is embracing a new approach to keep the Shoreline Heart Walk […]
    • Jill Hollander headshotHeart survivor to share her journey at Greater Northern NJ Heart Walk
      We are excited to announce that Jill Hollander, a survivor ambassador for the American Heart Association, will be sharing her story of how she “Found Her YES!” at the Greater Northern NJ Heart Walk. FROM BIRTH, JILL HAS BEEN SPENDING HER LIFE IN SEARCH OF YES! IN A SEA OF NOS. Jill was born with a congenital heart defect, transposition of the great […]
    • Quick action saves teen
      It was Friday the 13th, and a full moon. That had Arlington High School nurses Maryellen Siegel and Jacqueline Moreira “quaking in our boots,” Siegel said. “We’re not normally superstitious, but we do see differences when there’s a full moon,” she said. Still, it had been a relatively normal September day until some students ran in to tell the nurses […]
    • 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, […]
    • 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 […]
    • Joanne & Ross Reed afterWellness journey leads South Jersey couple to Heart Walk
      Guest blog by Joanne Reed, Survivor Ambassador For many years, I knew all the ways to stay healthy – eat right, exercise often and be mindful of your numbers. But just because I knew all these things, didn’t mean I paid much attention to them. As a busy mom, grandma, wife, sister and friend, I found it very easy to make excuses to forget all those […]
    • Blood pressure cuffBe a stroke champion during May, American Stroke Month
      Guest blog by Gina Petrone Mumolie, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President, Hospital Administration, Capital Health and board member for South/Central NJ American Heart Association Capital Health and the American Heart Association are thinking about you during this challenging time.  We hope you are taking all precautions to keep yourself, loved […]
    • Take steps to prevent secondary stroke for May, American Stroke Month
      As hospitals, health professionals and healthcare systems, governments and leaders work to reduce community spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. and protect the most vulnerable individuals, the American Heart Association encourages heart attack and stroke survivors to takes steps for secondary prevention. Reducing risk of another event and staying as […]
    • How to Move More as Companies Adapt to Working Remote
      By ADP, Guest Blogger. While working from home may be new to many, it can have added benefits, such as adding more time to our day that we would normally spend commuting to and from the office. Instead of using this extra time to watch TV or sleep in, take the time you would spend commuting to find more ways to incorporate physical activity into your […]
    • 5 tips for you, your family and coworkers to move more and sit less
      If you’re sitting down reading this, please stand up. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 15% of adults are physically inactive and the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health for all, is urging adults to reduce their sedentary time — in short, to […]
    • Women of DistinctionAmerican Heart Association seeks women of distinction
      Women throughout New Jersey are making a difference in their communities by making extraordinary contributions to health, society and other women. These women aren’t sitting on the sidelines – they are saying, “Watch me make history” by building businesses, empowering others, leading civic organizations, helping neighbors or advocating for healthier, […]
    • Life is Why We Give New JerseyNew Jersey retailers, online businesses, support life-saving mission through annual Life Is Why We Give campaign
      Every 40 seconds, someone in America experiences a stroke or a heart attack.[1] This February, the American Heart Association, a global force for longer, healthier lives, is teaming up with companies around the country to change these outcomes through the Life Is Why We Give™ campaign. Life Is Why We Give inspires consumers to honor their reasons to […]
    • Regina Foley, PhD, MBA, RNHospital executive leads Go Red for Women luncheon in Central New Jersey
      The American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, recently announced that Regina Foley, PhD, MBA, RN, senior vice president integration/transformation for Hackensack Meridian Health will serve as chairwoman for the American Heart Association 2020 Garden State Go Red for Women […]
    • New Jersey advocatesNew Jersey advocates make strides for heart health policies
      With the start of American Heart Month, the American Heart Association New Jersey is proud to announce several legislative victories that Association volunteers played a role in securing. The 2018-19 legislative session ended in mid-January. Throughout the 2-year session, local volunteer advocates supported priorities that included improving stroke […]
    • Southern NJ Spring Heart WalkLocal Cardiologist Leads Walk Focused on Heart & Brain Health in Ocean City
      Haitham Dib, MD, MBA, FACC, FACP, FHSA, associate director of Cardiology, AtlantiCare Physician Group, will serve as chair of our 2020 Southern New Jersey Spring Heart Walk scheduled for Saturday, May 16 in Ocean City, NJ. As well as holding numerous national medical board certifications and being a member of several distinguished medical societies, […]
    • Margaret Belfield headshotHospital executive leads charge for women’s heart health in South Jersey
      The American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, recently announced that Margaret Belfield, MSN, RN, executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) Clinical Services, AtlantiCare, will serve as chairwoman for the American Heart Association 2020 Virtual Southern New […]
    • Wear Red DayNew Jersey Goes Red for Women’s Heart Health
      One day a year, what you wear could help save life. For more than 16 years, New Jersey businesses, schools, media, organizations, clubs and individuals have banded together to end heart disease and stroke in women. Each year, the first Friday in February, National Wear Red Day, has helped raise awareness and funds for women’s No. 1 health threat – […]
    • QuitLying Day student assemblyNew Jersey students demand that Big Vape #QuitLying
      The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, teamed up with several schools throughout New Jersey and across the country for the first-ever #QuitLying Day, which took place on Thursday, January 16, 2020. The initiative was a student-led event to demand accountability by […]
    • New Jersey High School Dances Their Way to Being Heart Healthy Champions
      The American Heart Challenge, Dance is an opportunity for students to show the world that they are the generation with heart. It is a nationwide movement of students raising vital funds and awareness for the American Heart Association through a fun dance party. The program is designed to challenge students with leadership roles that raises funds to […]
    • Vineland Healthy Vending PresentationVineland makes healthier food more accessible with new vending policy
      The American Heart Association congratulates the City of Vineland for adopting a healthy vending policy. Vineland is one of the first municipalities in the state to enact a healthy vending policy. The policy, which took effect on October 1, 2019, will bring healthier options to vending machines on city property, making healthy food consumption more […]
    • New Jersey School Takes Eating Smart to a New Level
      Do you remember home economics class? You know, where you learned basic cooking skills and other home-related tasks? It may be an antiquated class for today’s high schools, but the idea of learning healthy cooking skills is far from outdated. One New Jersey high school is taking its culinary class to a whole new level. Ramsey High School’s Culinary […]
    • Group tackles health disparities in northeastern states
      A consortium that coordinates the efforts of local and regional cardiovascular disease prevention programs helped states achieve major goals for eliminating health disparities, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2019 in Philadelphia. Researchers implemented the Northeast Health […]
    • Creating a Generation of Stroke Heroes in South Jersey
      When Josh St. Jean asked his after school students how many of them thought strokes only happened to older people, nearly every hand in the room shot up. Unfortunately, stroke can happen to anyone at any time. The good news is stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable. That’s why the American Heart Association teamed up with the Cumberland […]
    • My Pawesome Stroke Hero
      How a furry friend helped me heal By Stacy Quinn, Guest Blogger Having a strong support system is important when you’re coping with the aftermath of a health crisis, especially the emotional ramifications. After my stroke, my appearance suggested I was just fine. But below the surface, I had stabbing eye and neck pain, blurry vision, a throbbing […]
    • 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 […]
    • Shoreline Heart WalkShoreline Heart Walk raised funds and heart rates
      Businesses, organizations, families and community groups took steps to live Healthy for Good at the American Heart Association’s 2019 Shoreline Heart Walk. The fundraising and wellness event was held on Sunday, October 6 at the Asbury Park Boardwalk. The event raised funds and awareness for the American Heart Association’s mission of being a relentless […]
    • School is Back in Session!
      Here are Healthy Tips From a Busy Mom to Keep you on Track by Kimberly Egipciaco, Guest Blogger Being a parent is hard. There are school and daycare drop off and pick-ups, play dates, doctor appointments, and don’t even get me started about meal prep, swim lessons, and keeping a tidy house.  I find myself on Monday with a laundry list (literally) of […]
    • Local Campers Learn How to be Stroke Heroes
      Most children grow up seeing superheroes on television and in the movies. But what if we could train kids to be heroes in real life? That’s exactly what happened when the American Heart Association teamed up with the Atlantic Cape Cumberland YMCA this summer to teach local campers how to recognize a stroke and get help FAST. “Stroke is often a scary […]
    • Stroke Survivor Shares Symptoms and Leads Greater Northern NJ on Taking Steps to a Healthier Community
      My name is Judy Zayas, I’m 44 and live in New Jersey. I love my family, helping others and my work families. I dislike TIA’s and strokes. My first stroke was caused by a procedure I had done on my neck. Two years and many TIA’s later, I had my second stroke. At the time, they found a PFO, and went ahead with a procedure to close it immediately. I […]
    • 8 Ways to Get Active at Work
      By Mandy Enright, MS, RDN, RYT, Guest Blogger Have you heard that sitting in the new smoking? Sedentary behavior leads to slower metabolism, reduced muscle mass, and increased weight gain. Not to mention lack of cardiovascular activity leading to increased risk of heart disease. If you feel like your work days run too long and can negatively impact […]
    • Heart Survivor Takes Steps to Be Healthy for Good
      October 19, 2014, started out just like any other day for me.  I headed to the gym as I did every Sunday at 8am. While working out, all seemed well until I started to feel dizziness, blurry vision, nausea, rapid heartbeat and was sweating profusely. Thankfully, a gym employee noticed I was in distress and called 911. Unaware of any previous heart […]
    • How Can Gratitude Help Your Heart?
      Do you ever feel that stress is taking over your life? That you’re constantly overwhelmed or anxious about work, home, school, family and your social life? In today’s world, stress and anxiety can come to us from a variety of sources. Traffic during your morning commute, running late for a meeting or getting negative feedback from your boss can all […]
    • How To Find a Healthy Balance When Managing Stress
      Stress – A constant struggle in my life, as well as many people in our world, especially in terms of trying to lessen it or release it completely from one’s life. Stress is about one of the hardest things for me to conquer, as I find that my mind is the most difficult part of me to controI.  My food journey has already taught me so much, now I am […]
    • Move More and Make it Count!
      The American Heart Association’s Healthy for Good movement is based on the simple premise that small steps add up to big results. The little things you do today could make a big difference for your health in the future. Healthy for Good is based on four main pillars: move more, eat smart, add color and be well. When you combine all four pillars, you […]
    • Former athlete shares heart journey, inspiring him to create awareness for young atheletes.
      My survivor story is something more unconventional compared to patients who have experienced what I have been going through these last 3 years of my life. My name is Michael Mosconi, and I am a 23-year-old Digital Marketer who resides in New Jersey, making the commute to New York City daily.  Every person I encounter mentions my athletic looking […]
    • How to Have a Heart-Healthy Vacation
      It’s the season for family travel! Whether you’re staying at the Jersey Shore or going somewhere exotic, keep in mind healthy habits when you go. Vacations are a time to relax, unwind and enjoy time with family. But sometimes, that can also mean ditching all your healthy habits. In fact, according to one study, weight gained on vacation stuck around up […]
    • Calling All New Jersey Heart & Stroke Heroes
      Have you or someone you know ever witnessed a cardiac or stroke emergency and taken action? The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association is currently seeking nominations for the 2019 New Jersey American Heart and Stroke Hero Awards, locally supported by RWJBarnabas Health. These awards recognize individuals of any age, as well as […]