Central New York

    • New York State Regional Hypertension Summit works to control a silent killer
      More than 100 clinicians, primary care providers and population health representatives gathered virtually to help make New York State a healthier place at the Regional Hypertension Summit hosted by the American Heart Association. Hypertension is often called the silent killer, and it is the most important modifiable risk factor for heart disease. […]
    • American Heart Association brings Growing Healthy Hearts program back to Syracuse elementary schools
      The American Heart Association is bringing a successful program back to the Syracuse City School District. At an event at H.W. Smith Pre-K-8 School, the AHA announced the Growing Healthy Hearts program is returning after a hiatus during the COVID pandemic. Now that school is back in session with full-time in-person learning, moving more is even more […]
    • Addressing Hypertension in New York State
      The American Heart Association is working to improve hypertension across New York State with a brand new event. The virtual Regional Hypertension Summit will bring together health care organizations, medical practices, and health-focused organizations from across New York State to collectively address blood pressure control and recognize Target: BP™ […]
    • 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 […]
    • American Heart Association in Syracuse honored for webinar series on COVID-19 vaccine
      The COVID-19 vaccine can help us all get back to the life we miss so much, but we have to do this together. That’s why the American Heart Association teamed up with other local organizations to help address vaccine hesitancy in Black and Brown Central New Yorkers. The Association’s Syracuse Chapter was recently recognized by the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, […]
    • 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 […]
    • Central New York couple shares miraculous CPR story, encourages everyone to get trained
      It had been 18 years since Lisa Wiles took a CPR class, but she still knew enough to save her husband’s life. On April 9, 2020, Lisa and her husband Dan Wiles were about to have dinner. Lisa heard Dan exclaim and then start making strange noises. At first, she thought he was choking on dinner, but she realized those noises meant that could not be the […]
    • Central New York project asks kids “What does nutrition security mean to you?”
      Concerns over nutrition security in the Central New York community have been on the rise since the pandemic, but the problem isn’t new. The American Heart Association worked with Jack and Jill of America, Inc. on a new project, sponsored by National Grid, to help raise awareness about what nutrition security really is. The Nutrition Security Photo […]
    • Digital Health Expo kicks off on May 10
      America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk 2021 is different than ever before, including its Health Expo. Both events are digital this year. The Digital Health Expo Week of Wellness takes place May 10 – May 14, on the Facebook event page for America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk. People who have registered for America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk […]
    • Women face unique risks for high blood pressure and stroke
      Women have a lot on their plates, and sometimes important self-care can take a back seat to work, family and other obligations. In fact, nearly 50% of adult women have high blood pressure, and nearly three-quarters of those with high blood pressure don’t have it under control. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can significantly increase a woman’s risk […]
    • American Heart Association launches new STEM Has Heart program in Syracuse
      Our community’s health is about more than just our bodies. The American Heart Association is officially launching the STEM Has Heart program to work with students and local leaders to help increase diversity in STEM fields. “The American Heart Association is dedicated to removing the barriers to good health and wellbeing,” said Kristin Rubino, […]
    • 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 […]
    • American Heart Association and Buffalo Bills help kids get moving with video library
      The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, and the National Football League (NFL), in collaboration with the Buffalo Bills, debuted the first-ever NFL PLAY 60 library, which features kid-friendly exercises to help kids to get their recommended 60-minutes of daily physical […]
    • Goodbye 2020! Step into 2021 with a healthy New Year’s resolution
      We’re all ready to bid farewell to 2020, but are you ready for 2021? Start the year on a path to good health with a New Year’s resolution you can stick to. Vague, non-specific New Year’s resolutions are likely to fail. If you want to get healthy, choosing specific, realistic and attainable resolutions can lead to more success. Begin with small changes […]
    • Central New York and Southern Tier companies recognized for workplace health achievements
      In Central New York and the Southern Tier, eight organizations received recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health and invest in the health of their workforce as part of the 2020 results of the American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement Index. The American Heart Association, a global force for longer, healthier […]
    • 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 […]
    • Central New York volunteers honored by Eastern States region of the American Heart Association
      The American Heart Association is honoring five local volunteers and organizations for their work to help create a world of longer, healthier lives. The Eastern States Volunteer Awards recognize companies and volunteers across the 13 states of the Eastern Region of the American Heart Association in several categories. Winners from the Central New York […]
    • Healthy tips for an unusual return to school
       It’s time to head back to school, but this year it won’t be the return of a normal routine. With classes happening virtually, in-person, or both, families are dealing with a lot of uncertainties. The American Heart Association has some tips to make this school year’s “new normal” a little healthier. Get back on a sleep schedule Healthy sleep habits […]
    • North Country school awarded national Kids Heart Challenge grant
      A North Country school is among the recipients of a nationwide grant from the American Heart Association. The American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge has awarded $3,200 to Copenhagen Central School in Copenhagen for a refocus obstacle course. Awarded to schools across the country, the grants continue the American Heart Association’s […]
    • I am why: congenital heart defect survivor turns diagnosis into career passion
      This guest blog is written by Rochester-area survivor Miranda Williamson, who is now studying at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. There was once a time 30 years ago when a child born with heart disease had little chance of living a normal life or possibly a life at all. Luckily, advancements are being made every day to help these children. […]
    • Protect your heart in the heat
      With the summer heat upon us, be sure to protect your heart in the heat. 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 recommend using good judgment when it comes to activities outside in the heat, and that you stay […]
    • Blood pressure cuffCommunity-wide Check It! Challenge programs in Central New York and Southern Tier see success in first year
      Despite a global pandemic, the American Heart Association’s Check It! Challenge is making a difference in the fight to control a silent killer. The association’s first community-wide Check It! Challenge in Central New York and the Southern Tier encouraged participants to regularly check their blood pressure and take steps to lower their numbers. The […]
    • 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 […]
    • Southern Tier Stroke Support Group needs your votes for national award
      A Southern Tier group is a finalist for the American Stroke Association’s Stroke Hero Voters’ Choice Award and needs votes from the community to win. The Southern Tier Support Group is one of 8 finalists. This year, the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted […]
    • What you need to know at America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk
      America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk is celebrating 46 years of saving lives. The 2020 America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk will be March 6th and 7th. America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk Weekend events include: The Healthy for Good Expo will be held on Friday, March 6th at Utica College. The Expo will be held from 9a.m. – 7p.m. Runners and […]
    • Nascentia Health CEO working to improve women’s heart health as the Syracuse Go Red for Women Chairwoman
       The American Heart Association has a new volunteer leader for the Syracuse Go Red for Women campaign. Local healthcare leader Kate Rolf has taken over as the next volunteer chairwoman for the 2020 Go Red for Women movement, including the Go Red for Women Luncheon coming up on Thursday, October 22nd. Rolf will lead the organization’s efforts to change […]
    • American Heart Association helps provide healthy food for Syracuse students and families over winter break
      The American Heart Association, along with several other organizations, provided hundreds of meals for Syracuse students and their families during the school district’s winter break. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the American Heart Association and the Growing Healthy Hearts coalition served students and parents a free, light lunch at one […]
    • Governor’s budget needs to include ALL flavored tobacco products
      Gov. Cuomo’s call for ending the sale of flavored e-cigarettes doesn’t go far enough, according to the American Heart Association. “We need to protect the health of all New Yorkers by prohibiting the sale of all flavors in all tobacco products,” said Caitlin O’Brien, J.D., New York State Director of Government Affairs for the American Heart […]
    • Nominate someone for the Mohawk Valley’s 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 Sovena, honors someone who has made significant, positive changes […]
    • Applications now open for Community Impact Grants
      The American Heart Association wants to help local organizations create a healthier Mohawk Valley. Applications are now open for the American Heart Association’s Community Impact Grants. The grants help local groups start or continue projects aimed at improving the health of our community.  The American Heart Association is looking for innovative […]
    • Check It! Challenge could lead to lower risk of heart disease and stroke in Central New York and the Southern Tier
      A new program is giving people in Central New York and the Southern Tier a chance to help control a silent killer. The American Heart Association is now recruiting participants for the Check It! Challenge. The challenge is a community-wide program encouraging people to check, change, and control their blood pressure. The Check It! Challenge is based on […]
    • 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 […]