Western New York

    • 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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • A Valentine to myself by Kelly Naab, two time stroke survivor & mother of two from Buffalo, NY
      This year I have decided to include myself on the list-yes, a Valentine to me from me. To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure how to begin “gifting” myself. But I have learned and am continuing to learn how important self-care and self-love is and I felt this would be fitting. I am a busy wife, mom and Nurse Practitioner. An avid runner and exerciser. Day […]
    • 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 […]
    • On World Stroke Day, Erie, PA local survivor Dr. Rebecca Wise shares her survivor story while Dr. Trevor Phinney of UPMC Hamot offers wellness tips
      ERIE PA, October 29, 2019 — October 29 is World Stroke Day and the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, which is the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, provides five tips to help Erie residents to feel healthier and avoid one of the most common […]
    • In Buffalo NY, approximately 3,300 of Erie County residents will be hospitalized for cerebrovascular disease this year, including strokes
      BUFFALO NY — October 29 is World Stroke Day and the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, which is the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, provides five tips to help Erie County residents to feel healthier and avoid one of the most common causes of […]
    • New York’s Governor Cuomo’s executive action doesn’t go far enough
      NEW YORK – The American Heart Association is very disappointed with the limited scope of the emergency executive action Gov. Cuomo took today, Sept. 15,  which would ban the sale of certain flavored e-cigarettes, and hopes that there is an opportunity to include all flavored tobacco products, including menthol combustible cigarettes. “This […]
    • Be Your Best with Mindful Eating, by Cindy Chan Phillips, MS, MBA, RD
      March is National Nutrition Month®. Let’s take this beautiful occasion to talk about you, yes, YOU! Not superfoods, not calories, not carbs. I often begin my nutrition talks by asking the audience how many of them know about heart-healthy eating, as recommended by the American Heart Association. Almost half the room raise their hands. Then I ask how […]
    • 2019 ERIE COUNTY LEGISLATOR LYNNE DIXON ISSUES PROCLAMATION FOR WEAR RED DAY & GO RED FOR WOMEN® CAMPAIGN
      Erie County Legislator, Lynne Dixon, presented a proclamation Monday, January 28th at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo in support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® campaign and National Wear Red Day. The proclamation was issued to the Executive Director of the Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association, Marc Natale and Shari McDonald, RN, […]
    • American Heart Association Warns of Snow Shoveling Health Hazards
      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 […]
    • American Heart Association announces Shari McDonald as the 2019 Go Red for Women® Campaign Chair
      (Williamsville, NY – December 14, 2018) —The Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association is pleased to announce Shari McDonald RN, MSN, at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo as chair of the 2019 Go Red for Women® campaign and Go Red for Women® Luncheon being held on February 8, 2019 at the Lexus Club, 1 Seymour H. Knox III Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14203. While nearly […]
    • 3 Tips to Finish Strong & Heart Healthy this year
      Why wait for the New Year? Finish this year strong! There are a few weeks left to go in the year. Did you know, Americans gain, on average, one to two pounds during the holiday season1, far less than the five-pound gain commonly asserted. That may not sound like much but it can add up over the long run. Here are 3 simple wellness tips to help you enjoy […]
    • Inaugural CycleNation Event Comes to Buffalo today, September 22nd to benefit the American Heart Association
      (Buffalo,NY, September 22, 2018) – Get ready to ride the revolution! The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) is hosting the first-ever CycleNation event in Buffalo on Saturday, September 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the ADPRO Sports Training Center located at 1 Bills Drive in Orchard Park. Video: This high-energy, endorphin […]
    • The Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association, Wegmans Food Markets announced the first Teaching Garden at Cataract Elementary School
      Williamsville, NY (May 30, 2018)— The Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association and Wegmans kicked-off the sponsorship of the first American Heart Association Teaching Garden in Niagara Falls at Cataract Elementary School, 6431 Girard Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY 14304, Tuesday, May 29th. The Pre-K assembly began at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Grades 3-6 […]
    • THIS WEEK, Tobacco 21 was a priority for American Heart Association, American Lung Association and New York State Public Health advocates as they gathered at the Capitol
        THIS WEEK, Tobacco 21 was a priority for American Heart Association, American Lung Association and New York State Public Health advocates as they gathered at the Capitol Cardiologist, former smoker, teen among the 50 volunteers, who asked their legislators to protect the state’s youth by raising the minimum legal sales age for tobacco to […]
    • Don’t miss the 2018 Rochester Heart Walk & Run tomorrow
      MEDIA ALERT! MEDIA ALERT! MEDIA ALERT! 2018 ROCHESTER HEART WALK & RUN WHO:                   8,000 walkers and runners; Marty Mucci, President and CEO of Paychex & 2018                                          Chair Heart Walk & Run; Lifestyle Change Award Winner Drew Marshall, Jr.; WHAT:                 2018 Rochester Heart Walk & Run […]
    • April is Move More month by Cindy Chan Phillips
        April is Move More Month. American Heart Association encourages all Americans to commit to being more active on a daily basis. A recent study from UK’s University of Birmingham found that a group of elderly cyclists have immune systems of much younger people. Staying active does keep the body young and healthy. Every Day Habits I was recently a […]
    • The Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association recognizes two local companies for workplace health achievement
      The Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association recognizes two local companies for workplace health achievement Scientific, evidenced-based instrument rates, recognizes workplace health programs and workforce heart health (BUFFALO – September 19, 2017) – The 2017 results of the American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement Index were […]
    • “It’s like nana used to say” by Jeffrey Holt, Chief Operating Officer, Kaleida Health Systems & Chair 2017 Buffalo Niagara Heart Ball
      It’s like nana used to say by Jeffrey Holt, Chief Operating Officer, Kaleida Health Systems & Chair 2017 Buffalo Niagara Heart Ball I am a proud Buffaloian. Born and raised in the Village of Kenmore, I am also proud to be a leader and Chief Operating Officer at Kaleida Health Systems. My name is Jeffrey Holt and I am the 2017 Buffalo Niagara Heart […]
    • Little Steps, Big Gains – Move More!
      Today, countless Erie and Niagara County residents and others throughout the country will take a step towards being Healthy For Good and walk to commemorate the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day. The Healthy For Good movement is designed to inspire all Americans to live healthier lives and create lasting change. It focuses on the simple […]
    • Put Your Best Fork Forward! By Cindy Chan Phillips, MS, MBA, RD
      Put Your Best Fork Forward! By Cindy Chan Phillips As we say good-bye to National Nutrition Month®, we move into the American Heart Association ‘Little Steps, Big Gains’ month long initiative to make little changes for big gains! As part of that theme, we introduce “Put Your Best Fork Forward”, which resonates with many of us any time of the […]
    • PLEASE TAKE ACTION TODAY, MARCH 30th
      The state Legislature is talking about cutting state funding for public health programs by 20% as part of a state budget deal. We can’t jeopardize important hypertension, obesity prevention and other chronic and infectious disease prevention efforts for underserved New Yorkers.   Please call the leaders of the Legislature today. Here are their numbers […]
    • American Stroke Association Thanks Sen. Murphy and New York Senate for Passing Life-Saving Stroke Designation Legislation #NYTimeIsBrain
      American Stroke Association Thanks Sen. Murphy and New York Senate for Passing Life-Saving Stroke Designation Legislation #NYTimeIsBrain Association Urges Assembly To Pass Legislation Before Session Ends   Albany, New York – The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association thanks Sen. Terry Murphy (R-Yorktown) and the entire state Senate for […]
    • Celebrate National Nutrition Month® – Savor the Flavor of Eating Right
      March is National Nutrition Month® You have to love this year’s theme: Savor the Flavor of Eating Right. Savoring the flavor brings to mind family food traditions, lingering over a simple dinner with friends. It is quite the opposite of fast foods and salty snacks. This weekend, I slow-cooked a lean chuck shoulder roast in the oven, the wonderful aroma […]
    • 5 ways the new 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines support Heart Health
      February is National Heart Health Month. What a perfect time to celebrate with the brand new 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA)! The federal government updates the DGA every 5 years to help us eat healthfully based on latest research. Here are 5 highlights on how the new DGA supports heart health. Focus on the big picture. The key theme […]
    • Did you know you vote every day when you pick up that fork…and choose what you eat?
      The GoRedForWomen.org and National Wear Red campaigns help raise awareness for the leading cause of death in women – heart disease. By raising awareness, we can help fight this disease. But awareness needs to be more than awareness alone. It is important for everyone to educate ourselves about how to PREVENT heart disease and keep it from […]
    • Dharshan Jayasinghe is determined to champion heart health in WNY while leading the Go Red For Women® movement
      Heart disease has severely impacted my family for decades. In fact, heart disease has been the leading cause of death in my family.  My father was only 45-years -old when he died on the way to the hospital suffering from a heart attack.  Not long after my father’s death, my grandfather passed away due to a heart attack, as well.  He was in his early […]
    • New Year, New You! Here are some new ideas and ways to boost your heart health in 2016
      I am Jessica Meyers Altman, Founder of the food blog www.GardenFreshFoodie.com. I’m a certified plant-based chef, and have a certification in plant-based nutrition. I am a passionate educator, and have taught science, community gardening, and food education for the last 17 years.  “Life is why” I have chosen to switch to a plant-based diet, as […]
    • National health associations issue call to prioritize blood pressure control
      Evidence shows uncontrolled high blood pressure contributes to major health issues; latest research supports lower blood pressure targets to improve heart health Two of the country’s preeminent health organizations, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Medical Association (AMA), today announced a new nationwide initiative aimed at […]
    • ‘Family is Why’ One Member Joins the Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association
      This past year has been one of many changes. After 25 years with ComDoc, a Xerox Company, I retired in January. Today, I am very proud and excited to start the next chapter of my career as Board Chair of The Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association (AHA). My transition and transformation has been profound. For the majority of my life, I was morbidly […]
    • JJ Pesany talks about his second chance at life, his heart hero and paying it forward
      On July 1, 2013 I suffered a tragic near death experience.  This was the day a Hero saved me and gave me a second chance at life.  If it were not for his quick actions in performing CPR and using an AED I would not be here today telling you my story. My name is JJ Pesany, I just turned 17 years old, and I am a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Survivor.  I […]
    • Small changes can mean big results in your health by Cindy Chan Phillips
      We often hear about the BHAG in the corporate world of setting business goals – Big Hairy Awesome Goals. When it comes to our health, however, small changes can mean big results for health. Let’s look at a few simple tips: Physical activities American Heart Association and the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend 150 minutes a week of […]
    • Know the numbers- Know your heart by Shannon Traphagen
      795,000, 40, 5, 60 and 73 billion. Curious what these numbers mean? 795,000 is the number of people in America who suffer from a stroke every year; 40 is the number of seconds a stroke happens in this country; 5 is the rank stroke sits among causes for death in the U.S.; 60 is the percentage of women who suffer from stroke verses men, and 73 billion is […]
    • American Heart Association volunteers urge swift passage of lifesaving CPR bill
      American Heart Association volunteers are optimistic that the state Senate will pass the CPR In Schools bill today, Thursday, June 12, since it moved out of the Rules committee last night. “Eight days ago, I was one of nearly 100 American Heart Association volunteers at the CPR Rally at the Capitol,” said Karen Acompora of Northport. “My son Louis lost […]
    • Dr. Elad Levy and Dr. Vernice Bates Named ‘Hero of the Heart’ Recipients
      The American Heart Association’s Executive Leadership Committee for the 34th annual Heart Ball is thrilled to announce Dr. Elad Levy and Dr. Vernice Bates as the 2014 recipients of the prestigious Hero of the Heart Award. Chaired by Anthony Baynes and Jim Cornell, this lively event raises critical funds for the education, training, advocacy and […]
    • Clarence High School Students Learn a Lifesaving Beat
      Students learn the American Heart Association’s Hands-Only™ CPR this week The entire student body at Clarence High School is being trained in bystander CPR April 28 – May 1st. Using the American Heart Association’s Hands-Only™ CPR, the Emily Rose Memorial Fund has coordinated the efforts that will result in nearly 1,600 students in the Clarence […]
    • Lifestyle Change Challenge – my view
      This has been a great experience for me.  I work out every day.  Pay more attention to what I eat, and have improved my overall health.  My 12 week goal was to take better care of my health, learn to put myself first, by working out, improving my eating habits, blood glucose levels and sleeping. Weekly I work on drinking more water, weight training at […]
    • Thank you to our volunteers!
      Every day, our volunteers work to helps us breathe life into healthier communities in Western New York and across the country. Thanks to their commitment, talent and passion as a volunteer, Americans are living healthier and lowering their chances of heart disease and stroke. In honor of National Volunteer Week, we’d like to take a moment say thank you […]
    • Local Participants Selected for Lifestyle Change Health Challenge
      For the first time in the Buffalo region, the American Heart Association will conduct the Lifestyle Change Challenge, an innovative initiative that will chronicle the journey toward meaningful lifestyle changes that improves heart health for nine local participants. The 12-week Challenge, sponsored by Leading Edge Performance and Independent Nursing […]
    • American Heart Association announces 34th annual Heart Ball
      The Buffalo Niagara Division of the American Heart Association (AHA) is pleased to announce Anthony J. Baynes, Chairman of A.J. Baynes Group, and James W. Cornell, CEO of Praxiis Advisors, as the volunteer co-chairmen for the 2014 Heart Ball. The annual black-tie event will take place on Saturday, May 31st at the Hyatt Regency Downtown. Baynes and […]