Central New York

    • Growing Healthy Hearts program expands in Syracuse City School District
      The American Heart Association is expanding the fight against childhood obesity in Syracuse schools. On Wednesday, the AHA announced the second year of the Growing Healthy Hearts program in the Syracuse City School District. This year, the program is expanding to seven elementary schools. About 30% of kids and teens in the U.S. are overweight or obese. […]
    • America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk kicks off in the Mohawk Valley
      America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk is off and running! The American Heart Association hosted a kickoff to the Heart Run & Walk season Wednesday night at Daniele’s at Valley View. The event featured walkers, team coaches, survivors, sponsors, volunteers, and more. During the event, the American Heart Association announced this year’s […]
    • Syracuse Go Red for Women Luncheon inspires women to fight heart disease
      Hundreds of people celebrated the strength of women in the fight against heart disease on Thursday. The Syracuse Go Red for Women Luncheon brought nearly 600 attendees to the Oncenter Convention Center to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. The Go Red for Women Luncheon is the culmination of the year-round Go Red movement. The […]
    • 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 […]
    • BetterU program helps North Country women on a journey to better health
      Eight local women are joining the American Heart Association for a life-changing journey. The Go Red for Women BetterU program is a heart healthy makeover from the inside out to help women protect their hearts. The 12-week program is designed to remind all women of the need to make healthy lifestyle choices. The North Country BetterU program is being […]
    • Supermodel Emme to support women’s heart health in CNY
      A world-renowned supermodel is coming to Syracuse! The American Heart Association is excited to announce supermodel Emme will be the Keynote Speaker at the upcoming Go Red for Women Luncheon. Emme is one of the world’s first plus-size supermodels and was named by Oprah Magazine as the Godmother of the full-figured industry. She was the first celebrity […]
    • As Central NY students head back-to-school, check out these healthy school lunch tips
      It’s time to head back to school! Packing the kids’ lunches for school means you have control over which foods they are eating. Parents can manage nutritious meals even when the kids are at school. According to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded with the American Heart Association, American kids consume 35-50 percent of their daily […]
    • CycleNation pedals into the Mohawk Valley!
      Something new is coming! Ride the revolution with the American Heart Association at the first CycleNation™ event in the Mohawk Valley. The new CycleNation Utica will be held on November 7th at Thrive Athletic Center in New Hartford and is chaired by Albert Pylinski of NYCM Insurance. “When I learned that CycleNation was coming to the Mohawk Valley, I […]
    • American Heart Association – Syracuse welcomes new advisory board members
      Three local leaders are joining the American Heart Association’s mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. These volunteers officially joined the American Heart Association’s Syracuse advisory board at the beginning of the month.   Diane Benedetto, CPA – Diane Benedetto has more than 30 years of accounting and […]
    • Gov. Cuomo’s signature on Tobacco 21 creates a law that means better health for all New Yorkers, especially youth
      Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature on the Tobacco 21 law today will help prevent a new generation from becoming hooked on tobacco products. The law makes 21 the legal sales age for all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. “By making 21 the legal sales age to purchase tobacco products, it will drive down youth use rates by eliminating kids’ source […]
    • Community Impact Challenge helps local students Move More
      The American Heart Association is making it easier for kids to be Healthy for Good. During the last few weeks of the school year, the American Heart Association donated recess equipment to 29 schools across Central and Northern New York and the Southern Tier. Kits included items like basketballs, jump ropes, frisbees, and more. Kit donations were made […]
    • Mohawk Valley fourth grader honored for fundraising efforts
      The American Heart Association honored the top student fundraiser in the Mohawk Valley on Tuesday. Jayden Zuccaro, a fourth grader at Glenfield Elementary School in Glenfield, raised $1,500 in the Kids Heart Challenge program. Since kindergarten, Jayden has raised more than $5,000 to help create a world of longer, healthier lives! Jayden was recognized […]
    • American Stroke Association shares seven habits to prevent stroke
      During May, the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, is celebrating American Stroke Month. To mark the occasion, the association is sharing seven habits to help prevent stroke. Up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented by not smoking, making healthy food choices, getting enough physical activity, maintaining a […]
    • AHA fills two key positions in the Mohawk Valley
      The American Heart Association (AHA) is pleased to announce two new members on its Mohawk Valley team. Christine Kisiel has been named Executive Director. Kisiel has more than 20 years of experience cultivating successful relationships and leading a team of professionals through a constantly changing environment. Kisiel comes to the AHA from Utica […]
    • Local school awarded one of the first Kids Heart Challenge grants
      Sauquoit Valley Middle School is one of nine schools across the country receiving new grants from the American Heart Association. To help kick off the American Heart Association’s Move More Month, nine schools are receiving the first round of grants as part of the inaugural Kids Heart Challenge grant program. Recipients plan to use their share of […]
    • Your support is saving lives! A heartfelt thanks from the America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk team
      Thank you for joining us to celebrate 45 years of making a difference in countless lives throughout the Mohawk Valley at Friday’s Healthy for Good Expo and America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk on Saturday! What a wonderful weekend of events filled with educational experiences, heart-health screenings, physical activity and so much more! And thank […]
    • Hard Hats with Heart pairs American Heart Association with construction industry leaders
      The American Heart Association is working with the construction industry to help build a world of longer, healthier lives. The American Heart Association hosted the second annual Hard Hats with Heart event at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Syracuse Destiny USA on Wednesday night. The event brought construction industry leaders and workers together with […]
    • Community Impact Grant recipients announced at America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk Kickoff
      To celebrate the 45th America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk, the American Heart Association announced five local organizations receiving Community Impact Grants during the Heart Run & Walk Kickoff Tuesday night. The Community Impact Grant program allows the American Heart Association to help fund local groups that are working, or would like to […]
    • Nominate someone for the Lifestyle Change Award
      As you work on your New Year’s resolution, do you know someone that has already made a big change? The American Heart Association is working to celebrate individuals who have made a positive impact on their health with the Lifestyle Change Award. The Lifestyle Change Award, sponsored by Olivari Olive Oil, honors someone who has made significant, […]
    • Don’t fall victim to “heart attack snow”
      For most people, shoveling snow may not lead to any health problems. However, the American Heart Association warns that the risk of a heart attack during snow shoveling may increase for some, stating that the combination of colder temperatures and physical exertion increases the workload on the heart. People who are outdoors in cold weather should […]
    • Fun with fruits and vegetables for Eat Smart Day
      Fruits and vegetables can be fun! To celebrate Eat Smart Day on November 7th, the American Heart Association worked with Broome-Tioga BOCES and Johnson City Elementary School to teach kids about healthy options. Kameron, a Cornell Dietetic Intern with Broome-Tioga BOCES designed a lesson for 5th grade students in Mr. Luce’s class. She taught them […]
    • Hundreds unite to fight heart disease and stroke in women at the Go Red for Women Luncheon
      Nearly 650 people celebrated the fight against heart disease in women in a new way on Thursday. The Syracuse Go Red for Women Luncheon marked its 15th anniversary with a live talk show format that put attendees in the audience at “Go Red LIVE.” The Go Red for Women Luncheon, held at the Oncenter Convention Center, is the culmination of the year-round […]
    • Growing Healthy Hearts program to help fight childhood obesity
      The American Heart Association is taking the fight against childhood obesity to Syracuse schools. On Tuesday, the AHA announced a new program in five Syracuse City School District elementary schools called Growing Healthy Hearts. About 30% of kids and teens in the U.S. are overweight or obese. In the Syracuse City School District, that number is a […]
    • Community leaders join award winning CNY volunteer boards
      As new members join, local volunteers in Utica and Syracuse are being honored by the American Heart Association for “transforming” the heart health of Central New York. Both boards were recently recognized in the “Gold Standard Board” recognition program for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Syracuse earned a gold-level distinction and Utica earned bronze. […]
    • Healthy tips for back to school time
      It’s time to head back to school! Packing the kids’ lunches for school means you have control over which foods they are eating. Parents can manage nutritious meals even when the kids are at school. According to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded with the American Heart Association, American kids consume 35-50 percent of their daily […]
    • Heartsaver Heroes honored for saving a life with CPR, AED
      Immediate CPR can mean the difference between life and death. It did for William Wood, whose life was saved by four Heartsaver Heroes. The American Heart Association honored the group during a special presentation on Monday.  William Wood, 57, collapsed in July while shopping at the Wegmans on Clemens Center Parkway in Elmira. When his heart stopped, […]
    • New chairperson named for Rome Run & Indoor Walk
      The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is honored to announce the new chairperson for the Rome Run & Indoor Walk. After serving on the event’s volunteer committee for nine years, Brenda McMonagle is officially stepping into the role as chairperson. McMonagle has participated in Heart Run & Walk events in both Rome and Utica […]
    • Southern Tier Heart Walk celebrates its best year ever!
      Now that the books have officially closed on the Southern Tier Heart Walk, we have some exciting news to share. The 2018 Southern Tier Heart Walk was our best year ever! Because of you, we raised a record $288,174 at the Heart Walk, exceeding our goal of $280,000. That incredible amount will help us save lives and fight heart disease and stroke in the […]
    • With a heat wave looming, learn how to protect your heart in the heat.
      With a heat wave expected this weekend, be sure to protect your heart in the heat. With temperatures forecasted in the 90s, and real feel temperatures even higher, it’s important to know that extreme heat can be hard on the heart. As the temperature rises, so can your risk for suffering health issues like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Doctors […]
    • Children’s Health Challenge helps local students Move More
      The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is making it easier for kids to be Healthy For Good. During the last few weeks of the school year, the American Heart Association donated recess equipment to more than twenty schools across the region. Kits included items like basketballs, jump ropes, frisbees, and more. Kit donations were made […]
    • Greater Utica division names new executive director
      The Greater Utica division of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is pleased to announce a new executive director. Tony Ceresoli will be returning home to the Mohawk Valley to serve as executive director next month. Ceresoli is a native of Rome, but has spent the past 28 years serving the YMCA in progressive roles that took him […]
    • Southern Tier Heart Walk raises more than $265,000 to fight heart disease and stroke
      Thousands of people from across the Southern Tier came together today at the 2018 Southern Tier Heart Walk to fight our nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers: heart disease and stroke. The event drew a crowd of more than 2,000 walkers that lined the campus at SUNY Broome.  Pre-event activities were held inside and around the Ice Center, including blood […]
    • Greene 5th grader honored as top fundraiser…again!
      The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is proud to honor a Greene Intermediate School fifth-grader for her fundraising work with Jump Rope For Heart. Savannah Nowalk raised more than $1,500 this year, smashing her own record from previous years. This is Savannah’s third year being honored as the school’s top fundraiser. Over three […]
    • Albany update: State budget finalized
      With New York State finalizing the State budget this past weekend, the Heart Association scored some great public health wins. With the Governor threatening to cut millions of dollars in funding to crucial public health programs, AHA staff and advocates worked hard to make sure this didn’t come to fruition. After months of email, calls, and meetings […]
    • Thank you from a Red Cap Ambassador family
      Grateful. This one word says it all. My son, Sammy, was asked to be one of the 2018 Red Cap Ambassadors for America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk. At first, I was overwhelmed by the thought of taking on yet another commitment in our already busy life. However, that thought quickly left when I started thinking about Sammy’s survivor story and the […]
    • APW second grader breaks a record and throws a pie in his teacher’s face
      The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is proud to honor an Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School second-grader for a record-breaking effort for Jump Rope For Heart. David Holst raised more than $5,000 to help fight heart disease and stroke this year. David was the top fundraiser in his school and the top Jump Rope For Heart […]
    • Albany Update: The New York State Budget – The Good, The Bad and How You Can Help
      Caitlin O’Brien, the government relations director for New York, brings us an update on the New York state budget, and how it affects the policies and programs we need to help all New Yorkers fight heart disease and stroke. The Assembly and Senate have proposed their one-house budget bills which lay out the policies and legislation they hope to see […]
    • America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk fights heart disease and stroke
      The Greater Utica Region drew a crowd of more than 4,000 walkers and runners that lined the streets on Saturday, March 3rd. Participants helped raise $931,243 at America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk.  Heartfelt thanks and congratulations goes to all of the teams and fundraisers who helped the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association work […]
    • What’s new at America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk
      Runners, walkers, and Expo visitors will see a few changes at this year’s America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk. Heart Weekend is coming up on Friday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 3rd at Utica College. Here is a look at what’s new and different this year: Parking for the Healthy For Good Expo on Friday, March 2nd will be available at one location. […]
    • A survivor’s story: my cardiac identity crisis
      Royce Robertson is a heart disease survivor. His guest blog will share his story and advice for others in four installments. Read part one here, part two here, and part three here.   Have you ever worked so hard to prepare for a major event, battle, or conflict, only to have it all change in a matter of minutes? Did you ever believe something to […]
    • Group honored for saving a life with CPR and AED
      Immediate CPR can mean the difference between life and death. It did for Bruce Dailey, whose life was saved by four people, including a ninth grader, honored by the American Heart Association on Wednesday. “You have no idea how good it feels to be here today,” Dailey said during the Heartsaver Hero Award presentation at Afton Central School. Heartsaver […]
    • A survivor’s story: the storm after the storm
      Royce Robertson is a heart disease survivor. His guest blog will share his story and advice for others in four installments. Read part one here and part two here. In the days that passed after the day Sparky shocked me I began to feel different. Anytime I was experiencing something for “the first time since…” I would start to tighten in my chest, […]
    • A survivor’s story: meet Sparky
      Royce Robertson is a heart disease survivor. His guest blog will share his story and advice for others in four installments. Read part one here. Meet Sparky [imagine me pointing to my left chest, leaning in to show the moderate protrusion – my defibrillator]. These days Sparky and I are inseparable. We understand each other. Simpatico. However, […]
    • Celebrate Eat Smart Month with winning recipes
      The American Heart Association is kicking off Eat Smart Month by announcing the winners of its National Eating Healthy Day recipe contest. The American Heart Association held its third annual National Eating Healthy Day soup, salad, and sandwich contest. Participants submitted recipes for one or more of the three categories. A panel of National Eating […]
    • A survivor’s story: stroke survivor Patti DePaulis
      When it comes to stroke, time lost is brain lost. CNY stroke survivor Patti DePaulis knows this, and knows her story is an unusual one. Doctors say her healthy lifestyle before her stroke helped her make an incredible recovery despite not making it to the hospital for 12 hours after her symptoms started. Patti was a nationally ranked Masters runner who […]
    • Executive Director pursues continuing education
      The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association will soon have a new executive director in Utica. Current executive director Jennifer Balog announced Friday she is stepping down. Balog is leaving the Association to pursue a continuing education. “Over the past four years, I have worked with such dedicated volunteers with a true passion for […]
    • Hundreds of CNY women unite to fight heart disease and stroke
      More than 600 local women and men showed that “Life is Why” we unite to fight heart disease at Thursday’s Go Red For Women Luncheon, held at the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse. The year-round Go Red movement raised $370,000. Those funds will be used to fight disability and death caused by cardiovascular diseases and stroke through research, […]
    • A survivor’s story: journey to diagnosis
      Royce Robertson is a heart disease survivor. His guest blog will share his story and advice for others in four installments. The beginning of my journey is one of relative insignificance. Truth be told: I’m a creature of habit. Until my diagnosis, my ritual nightcap was decompressing on the couch with an IPA and the TV remote. One evening last […]
    • Survivor Class members revealed at Utica Go Red For Women Kick-Off
      Volunteers, survivors and community leaders gathered Tuesday night at Sadaquada Golf Club to kick off the 2018 Go Red For Women movement and meet the third annual Go Red Survivor Class spokeswomen. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement educates and connects Greater Utica area women with knowledge and tools to help them make […]
    • America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk sets new dates
      Utica, NY, June 20, 2017  – In 2018, America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk will take place on Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3. As in past years, Friday, March 2, will be a day for community members to register for the Heart Run and Walk, and enjoy the Healthy for Good Expo that will provide health screenings as well as health and community […]
    • Heart Run and Walk Chair Says Thank You
      Utica, June 19, 2017 – As we finished out another season of America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk with our Volunteer Awards Breakfast early this month,  I wanted to look back at my time as chairman of this incredible event. It has been an honor to lead the charge fighting heart disease and stroke in our community. Before I signed on as the […]
    •  State Assembly Health Committee’s Passage of Tobacco 21 Could Save Lives, Money
            Public health groups call on full Assembly and Senate to pass ‘T21’ before the session ends Today’s passage of Tobacco 21 (A273) in the state Assembly’s Health Committee was a positive step forward in preventing New York’s youth from becoming addicted to tobacco, the No. 1 preventable cause of death in New York and a leading risk […]
    • Heart Association, Public Health Groups Demand that State Legislators Pick a Side
      Will Legislators pick the side of Public Health or Tobacco and E-cigarette Interests? With the clock ticking on the New York State legislative session, groups representing children, public health organizations and medical professionals have joined forces to kick off a campaign calling on both houses of the state legislature to “Pick a Side” on the […]
    • Learn Hands-Only CPR for National CPR & AED Awareness Week
      What would you do if someone next to you collapsed because their heart stopped beating from sudden cardiac arrest? Cardiac arrest is an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs – is a leading cause of death. Each year, more than 350,000 […]
    • Regional Executive Wellness Summit helps Southern Tier businesses improve health and bottom line
      We spend much of our day at work, so the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) wants that time to be as healthy as possible. On Thursday, the AHA/ASA hosted dozens of Southern Tier businesses focused on keeping people healthy in the workplace. The third annual Regional Executive Wellness Summit at the Holiday Inn Binghamton […]
    • Celebrating volunteers in the Southern Tier
      Volunteers are truly what make the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association successful in funding lifesaving research, education, training, and advocacy programs in the Southern Tier. Monday night, the association honored and celebrated the local “Heroes of Heart” at an awards recognition and celebration at the Holiday Inn in Binghamton. […]
    • AHA funds $58,000 in local projects with Community Impact Grant awards
        Fifteen Greater Utica area organizations will receive funding for community projects to improve the health of the Greater Utica area from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). The AHA/ASA is proud to announce the recipients of the Greater Utica Community Impact Grant Awards. The local chapter of the American Heart […]
    • The Biggest Loser contestant to speak at Wellness Summit
      Even small changes can make a big impact on your health, but sometimes you need help to get started. On June 1st, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association will host the 3rd Annual Regional Executive Wellness Summit in Binghamton. The day-long event helps local businesses invest in their wellness programs to improve their bottom lines […]
    • Hundreds join the fight against heart disease in women
      More than 440 local women and men packed the room at Daniele’s Banquet Specialists in New Hartford on Wednesday, May 3rd to help fight heart disease and stroke in women. The event raised more than $130,000 for the Go Red For Women campaign. The chairwoman of the 2017 Go Red For Women campaign was Kristen Martin, Chief Operating Officer for presenting […]
    • North Country Heart Walk raises $228,000 to fight heart disease and stroke
      Hundreds of people from across the North Country came together today to fight our nation’s number one and number five killers: heart disease and stroke. The 23rd annual North Country Heart Walk drew a crowd of more than one thousand fundraising walkers at Jefferson Community College on Saturday, April 29th. Activities inside the arena included healthy […]
    • Community support brings America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk fundraising total past $1 million
      The tradition of being America’s Greatest is alive and well. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) is proud to announce a new fundraising total for the 2017 America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk. The event has now raised $1,068,372. The new total is a $92,000 increase over the total announced during Heart Weekend on […]
    • CNY’s top Jump Rope For Heart fundraiser throws pie in teacher’s face
      The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is proud to honor an Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School first-grader for his fundraising work with Jump Rope For Heart. David Holst raised more than $3,000 this year to help fight heart disease and stroke this year. David was the top fundraiser in his school and the top fundraiser in […]
    • Greene student honored for helping to save lives with Jump Rope For Heart
      The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is proud to honor a Greene Intermediate School fourth-grader for her fundraising work with Jump Rope For Heart. Savannah Nowalk raised $1,170 this year. Savannah raises money in honor of her Great Aunt Doris and her Grandma Nowalk. This is Savannah’s second year being honored as the school’s […]
    • American Heart Association’s state budget wish list would make the easy choice the healthy choice
      As the April 1 deadline looms for this year’s state budget, the American Heart Association calls on the state Legislature to keep the health of New Yorkers in the forefront. Two-thirds of New Yorkers are overweight or obese, costing the state $11.8 billion in medical costs. Two initiatives that the American Heart Association has advocated to have in […]
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      The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association says that for most people, shoveling snow may not lead to any health problems. However, the association warns that the risk of a heart attack during snow shoveling may increase for some, stating that the combination of colder temperatures and physical exertion increases the workload on the […]
    • What’s new at America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk
      America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk is truly a great event, for many reasons. You – the walkers, runners, and community members – are the biggest. You have made this an incredible community event, and we hope you’ll join us again this year on Friday, March 3rd and Saturday, March 4th at Utica College. When you do, you’ll see a few changes this time […]
    • Rome Run & Indoor Walk raises more than $19,000 to fight heart disease and stroke
      Hundreds of people joined the American Heart Association to fight against America’s No. 1 killer at the Rome Run & Indoor Walk and Pre-Registration for America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk. A total of more than 230 people took part in the event, raising more than $19,000 to fight heart disease and stroke. The event was held at Rome Free Academy […]
    • Public health groups call on governor and legislature to raise tobacco age of sale to 21
        Lung Association’s “State of Tobacco Control” Report 2017 Reveals New York’s Tobacco Policy Leaves Youth Lives at Risk Albany, NY (January 31, 2017) –  In response to the American Lung Association’s recent “State of Tobacco Control” Report 2017, the American Lung Association, American Heart Association, and the American Cancer Society Cancer […]
    • A volunteer’s experience at Scientific Sessions
      Guest blogger Albert Pylinski is a member of the Greater Utica area advisory board and the Founders Affiliate advisory board for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association In November, I had the pleasure of attending the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions. The event is the largest annual gathering of cardiovascular […]
    • Looking back on Syracuse’s Go Red For Women campaign
      Guest blogger Kim Townsend served as the chairwoman of the 2016 Syracuse Go Red For Women Luncheon The last year as Chair of the Syracuse Go Red For Women Campaign has been one of personal growth for me. Following closely on the heels of Evelyn Carter’s record-setting campaign left me with very large shoes to fill. I was both excited and apprehensive […]
    • A lesson in nutrition for National Eating Healthy Day
      Second graders at Apalachin Elementary School celebrated National Eating Healthy Day by learning to “eat the rainbow.” On National Eating Healthy Day, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association wants to remind everyone that by adding more color to meals through fruits and vegetables, people can take simple yet significant steps to a […]
    • BE COLORFUL with National Eating Healthy Day
      National Eating Healthy Day is Wednesday, Nov. 2 and as the American Heart Association’s new +color campaign emphasizes, it’s important to BE COLORFUL. Because as the old saying goes, “you are what you eat.” On this iconic day, and throughout the entire month of November, the association wants to remind everyone that by adding more color to meals […]
    • Go Red Utica kick off celebration
      Volunteers and community leaders gathered Tuesday night at Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse to kick off the 2017 Go Red For Women campaign and meet the second annual Go Red Survivor Class spokeswomen. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement educates and connects Greater Utica area women with knowledge and tools to help them make […]
    • Red Hot. Red Heart. helps fight heart disease in women
      A fun night out for an important cause brought more than 100 people together at the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s first-ever Red Hot. Red Heart. reception Thursday night at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. Attendees enjoyed an evening out and bid on packages donated by local businesses while helping to fight the number one […]
    • We can do a Heart Walk! Shining Stars group donates to American Heart Association
      People support the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for many different reasons and in many different ways. For the Shining Stars in Herkimer, the decision to be part of America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk was an easy one. The Shining Stars group is part of the Self-Advocacy Association of NYS and is based out of Herkimer […]
    • The story behind the shirt – America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk t-shirt conest
      We want to hear the story behind the shirt. Our community has some fantastic t-shirt designs! This year we are asking America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk team captains to turn in their past or current year’s physical t-shirt along with their team’s story for a chance to win a prize. All entries will be displayed at our campaign […]
    • Chairman announced for 2017 Southern Tier Heart Walk
      The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) is pleased to announce a new chairman and the largest sponsorship ever for the 2017 Southern Tier Heart Walk. Tim Strong, Business Development Manager at Visions Federal Credit Union, will serve as the chairman of the 2017 Southern Tier Heart Walk. Strong will lead the fundraising […]
    • Send kids back to school with healthy meals and snacks
      You’ve got the kids’ backpacks ready with notebooks, pencils and paper, but what’s your plan for packing healthy back-to-school lunches?   The American Heart Association recommends packing a healthy lunch at home to ensure that kids get the nutrition they need without all the fat, calories and salt found in convenience foods and many school lunch […]
    • Share your story with the Go Red Survivor Class
      Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women, but it doesn’t have to be. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is looking for women to share their stories to help raise awareness of heart disease and stroke. The 2017 Go Red For Women Survivor Class, sponsored in the Greater Utica area by First Source Federal Credit […]
    • Kinney Drugs recognized as top National Wear Red Day fundraising company in the nation
      A Gouverneur-based, employee-owned company has been recognized as the No.1 fundraiser nationally for the American Heart Association’s Wear Red Day.   Kinney Drugs, the drug store division of KPH Healthcare Services, Inc., received this top honor after raising $30,000 during their 2016 Heart Health campaign.  This donation edged out more than […]
    • Tips for a healthy 4th of July weekend
      The long 4th of July weekend is sure to be filled with picnics and barbecues. Choosing healthier foods and staying active can make for a healthier holiday weekend, according to the American Heart Association. Eating a healthy diet can help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, the #1 and #5 leading causes of death in the nation. Studies show that […]
    • American Heart Association pays tribute to dedicated volunteers
      The Greater Utica Division of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) honored 22 individuals and organizations at its annual Leadership Volunteer Awards Ceremony Friday morning. All of the award recipients have played a crucial role in helping the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association improve the health of […]
    • New York’s Class of 2016 first to graduate with lifesaving CPR skills
      High school seniors all across New York State will don their caps and gowns, adjust their tassels to the fore, and snap smiling selfies with family and friends. After marching down the aisle to receive their diplomas, they’ll march off into the world well-prepared, a new generation of college students, workers, leaders—and lifesavers.   This […]
    • Top 10 reasons men avoid doctor visits – and why they shouldn’t
      What better gift on Father’s Day than to support the men in your life so they can be healthy? Something as simple as visiting your physician for an annual checkup is a simple, and essential, step to keeping your heart healthy and yourself healthy.   Why, then, do some men refuse to go to the doctor regularly? The American Heart Association shares […]
    • American Stroke Association Thanks Sen. Murphy and New York Senate for Passing Life-Saving Stroke Designation Legislation
      Albany, New York – The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association thanks Sen. Terry Murphy (R-Yorktown) and the entire state Senate for passing stroke designation legislation – S.5771-A.  The bill passed unanimously on June 9.   “The American Stroke Association is deeply grateful for Senator Murphy’s leadership in our unified goal to […]
    • American Heart Association honors team for saving a life with CPR
      People who take action and perform CPR in an emergency are heroes. That’s why the American Heart Association is proud to recognize a team of people who performed CPR to save a coworker’s life. Nine people, including employees of the Clinton Central School District, were presented with the Heartsaver Hero Award during the school’s June awards assembly. […]
    • American Heart Association recognizes Heartsaver Heroes and Southern Tier volunteers
      Volunteers are the cornerstone of what makes the American Heart Association successful in funding lifesaving research, education, training, and advocacy programs in the Southern Tier. Monday night, the association honored and celebrated the local “Heroes of Heart” at an awards recognition and celebration at Terra Cotta in Binghamton.   Over the […]
    • An Ironman and a heart disease survivor – Richard Gardner
      Richard Gardner is a heart disease survivor from CNY. He is a guest blogger sharing his story.   I am an Ironman Triathlete. That means I’ve completed a race where you swim 2.4 miles, bicycle 112 miles, and then run (or run and walk, a lot, in my case) a 26.2 mile marathon. I’m also an open heart surgery survivor. That means doctors cut open my […]
    • American Heart Association announces recipients of Community Impact Grants
      Twelve local organizations will receive funding for community projects to improve the health of the Greater Utica area from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). The AHA/ASA is proud to announce the recipients of the “Greater Utica Community Impact Grant Awards.”   The local chapter of the American Heart […]
    • Syracuse Heart Walk raises more than $500,000 to fight heart disease and stroke
        Thousands of people from across Central New York came together Saturday at the 2016 Syracuse Heart Walk to fight our nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers: heart disease and stroke. The Greater Syracuse Region drew a crowd of more than 3,000 fundraising walkers and runners that lined the Onondaga Community College campus on Saturday, April 2nd.  […]
    • How healthy is your workplace?
      March is National Nutrition Month and the American Heart Association is asking employers, “How healthy is your workplace?” More than two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese, putting them at risk for heart disease and stroke as well as many other chronic illnesses and conditions, according to the AHA, and less than one percent of Americans […]
    • You saved my life – a message from a volunteer
      America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk Co-Director Jim Stasaitis has a new outlook on this year’s event. I have an important message for everyone who has been part of America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk: you saved my life. Thank you from the bottom of my mended heart. I have been volunteering with the Heart Run & Walk for the past […]
    • Road closures for America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk
      On Saturday morning, March 5, 2016, nearly 9,000 runners and walkers will participate in one of the country’s largest Heart Run & Walks.  The course extends from Barneveld to Utica College.  Area drivers will encounter delays and altered traffic patterns between 7:30 am and noon.   SPECIFIC ROAD CLOSINGS AND DETOURS:   LOCATION       […]
    • Changes coming for the 30th Expo at America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk
      For the 30th year of the Expo at America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is offering a new experience.   “I have been volunteering with the Expo for all 30 years of its existence,” says Expo Chairman Dr. Mark Schug. “I have seen the Expo evolve and grow. It truly is a community […]
    • New report shows healthy food access helps New York’s health and bottom line
      In too many parts of New York State, it’s easier to find fruit-flavored soda than actual fruit. Nearly 3 million New Yorkers are living in lower-income communities with limited access to healthy food. A new report sheds light on the efforts to improve access to healthy food and how far New York State still needs to go.   The report, Healthy Food = […]
    • Heartsaver Hero Awards presented at Syracuse Heart Walk Kick-Off
      During the 2016 Syracuse Heart Walk Kick Off Thursday evening, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association honored three people who helped save a life. Last summer, Gordon Coville’s heart stopped while his wife Cathy was in the shower. Luckily, their normally quiet dog, Yahtzee, started barking, alerting Cathy that something was wrong. […]
    • Protect your heart in the cold and snow
      With cold temperatures and lots of snow falling in Central New York, the American Heart Association is warning people to protect their hearts in the cold weather. People who may be at high risk include those with existing heart disease or stroke, people with a strong family history, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smokers, those who are […]
    • Early registration deadline looming for first Have a Heart Half Marathon
      Runners will have to move quickly to take advantage of early registration for the first-ever Have a Heart Half Marathon. Early registration ends January 31st. As of February 1st, the registration fee will be $65.   America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk on March 5th will include the inaugural Have a Heart Half Marathon. The event will be a timed […]
    • This holiday season, eat mindfully, not mindlessly
      It’s the holidays and for most Americans, that means eating – lots of eating – followed by weight gain and a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. But why not take a healthier approach to eating during this holiday season and beyond?   The American Heart Association recommends incorporating healthier food options into your routine and avoiding […]
    • Help celebrate American Heart Month with local newborns
      Calling all knitters! The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) needs your help to celebrate American Heart Month in a special way.   The AHA/ASA is collecting red hats knitted and crocheted by volunteers to distribute to local hospitals this February through the Little Hats, Big Hearts program. The red hats will be […]