Rhode Island

    • Southern New England companies and volunteers honored by Eastern States region of the American Heart Association
      The American Heart Association is honored 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 Southern New […]
    • Southern New England American Heart Association Board Chair Shares Favorite Recipes this Eat Smart Month
      Nourish yourself, your family, and your community by learning how to shop, cook and eat smarter! Southern New England American Heart Association Board of Directors Chair, Renee Aloisio, shares her favorite AHA heart healthy recipes! Greetings to All! Did you know that November is Eat Smart Month? With the holiday season quickly approaching, it’s a […]
    • 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 […]
    • 25 Year Old Stroke Survivor Advocates the Importance of Awareness at Any Age
      At 23 years old, Portsmouth local, Kristin Walker, survived a stroke. This World Stroke Day, Kristin, now 25 years old bravely shares her story to help spread the importance of stroke awareness, at any age.  I typically have a big smile on my Face; but the night of September 8th, 2019 my left side was drooping. I woke up around 3 AM and tried to grab […]
    • American Heart Association and Delta Dental Ask Rhode Islanders to Rethink Your Drink
      We won’t sugarcoat it: sugary drinks like energy drinks, pop and fruit drinks have been linked to heart disease and other chronic illnesses. But with a few substitutions, Rhode Island families can dump the sugar and improve their health.  Sugary drinks are Americans’ primary source of added sugar. The next-largest sources of added sugars in […]
    • Luca + Danni supports life-saving mission in Southern New England through American Heart Association’s Life Is Why We Give™ campaign
      Every 40 seconds, someone in America experiences a stroke or a heart attack. The American Heart Association is teaming up with Luca + Danni to change these outcomes through the Life Is Why We Give campaign. Life Is Why We Give inspires consumers to honor their reasons to live healthier, longer lives – by giving. Through this campaign, Luca + Danni […]
    • Improving Health Starts with Building Better Environments throughout Southern New England
      Written by Guest Blog Author, Victoria Strang, Community Impact Director for the Southern New England American Heart Association We know that being active is one of the biggest drivers to leading a healthier life and diminishing your chances of developing heart disease. Unfortunately, many low-income communities in our region struggle to be active […]
    • American Heart Association and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI Announce Winners of 2020 Get Healthy RI Postcard Contest
      Six Young Rhode Islander’s Share the Importance of Healthy Living with American Heart Association and Blue Cross & Blue Shield 2020 Get Healthy RI Postcard Contest Providence, July 30th, 2020 — The American Heart Association and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI are excited to announce the winners of the 2020 Get Healthy RI Postcard Contest. […]
    • American Heart Association names new president of Southern New England Board of Directors
      The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, is pleased to announce that  Robert H. Schwengel, MD, FACC of Southcoast Health, has been appointed President of the Association’s Board of Directors in Southern New England. Serving for several […]
    • Southern New England American Heart Association Calls for 2021 Heart2Heart Storytellers
      The American Heart Association of Southern New England (AHA) is calling on women across Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts to share their stories of surviving heart disease or stroke for their annual Heart2Heart campaign. Several survivors will be selected to locally represent the Go Red for Women campaign, which aims to raise awareness of 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, […]
    • 2020 Southern New England & South Coast Virtual Heart Walk Shares How You Can Join this Sunday!
      We’re looking forward to seeing your healthy at-home experience to celebrate the work of the American Heart Association and your commitment to better health. While we won’t physically see you on Sunday, May 31st, we want to see and hear your passion socially through your healthy at-home experience. Don’t forget to head over to the Facebook Event […]
    • Bryant University Physician Assistant Program, Class of 2022 Shares How They Are Staying Healthy At Home Preparing for the 2020 VIRTUAL #SNEHeartWalk
      With the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic keeping more Americans at home,  the Bryant University Physician Assistant Program Class of 2022 has taken their pledge to keep their hearts and minds healthy during these stressful times.  As part of their fundraising efforts for the 2020 Southern New England & South Coast Heart Walk the students […]
    • 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 […]
    • The Southern New England American Heart Association Invites the Community to Help Show Gratitude to the Front-Line Workers Battling COVID-19
      Join the Southern New England American Heart Association in showing our gratitude to medical personnel, first responders and essential workers as they work towards keeping our communities healthy and safe.  During this challenging time, the Southern New England American Heart Association invites the public to express their gratitude for the front-line […]
    • RI Advocates Bring Fight Against Tobacco and Nicotine Addiction to State House
      On February 26, nearly 100 advocates from across Rhode Island descended on the State House to participate in our Tobacco-Free Generation Advocacy Day – an event that the American Heart Association co-hosted with the American Lung Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. As part of the day’s […]
    • Southern New England American Heart Association Pleased to Announce 2020 SNE Heart Walk Chair
      CEO and Chairman, Landmark Medical Center and The Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island, to serve as 2020 Southern New England Heart Walk Chair PROVIDENCE, RI, March 3rd, 2020 – The American Heart Association (AHA), the largest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases, announces Michael R. Souza, […]
    • 2020 Southern New England Go Red for Women Luncheon Highlights
      More than 700 guests attended the Southern New England Go Red for Women Luncheon at the Rhode Island Convention Center. The event was chaired by Lisa Abbott, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Community Affairs, for a consecutive year. Emceed by award-winning journalist from WJAR NBC, Alison Bologna, guests were welcomed to the celebration […]
    • Meet the Incredible Women of the Southern New England American Heart Association Heart2Heart Storytellers Class of 2020
      The American Heart Association of Southern New England (AHA) is pleased to introduce the Heart2Heart Storytellers Class of 2020. The Heart2Heart Storytellers feature the stories of several local women across Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, who have experienced heart disease and stroke, and are courageously sharing their journey to help […]
    • Sammi Skates Rhode Island Red
      9-year-old Survivor Spreads Heart Awareness on Ice Born with a congenital heart defect, Sammi Fagan spent most of her formative years in and out of the hospital. Fortunately, as she grew bigger, her heart got stronger. Now, she’s paying it forward and raising dollars and awareness so other families don’t face the same struggles her family endured. A […]
    • UPDATE: The American Heart Association and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Announce Updates to the 2020 Get Healthy Rhode Island Postcard Contest
      2020 Get Healthy RI Contest The American Heart Association, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Foundation and Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition are excited to announce a few updates to the 2020 Get Healthy Rhode Island Postcard Contest! March 31st, 2020 UPDATE:  The American Heart Association and Blue Cross & Blue […]
    • Group tackles health disparities in northeastern states
      A consortium that coordinates the efforts of local and regional cardiovascular disease prevention programs helped states achieve major goals for eliminating health disparities, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2019 in Philadelphia. Researchers implemented the Northeast Health […]
    • Make the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice
      Celebrate Eat Smart Month this November with the Southern New England American Heart Association Healthy choices don’t have to be tough! The Southern New England American Heart Association is helping you celebrate this holiday season, by making it easy for you to make small, simple changes that will help you live a longer and healthier life. The AHA’s […]
    • Female Trail blazers Set to Take American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women to Record Breaking Heights
      2020 Chairperson and Go Red for Luncheon Keynote Speaker Announced October 9th, 2019- Providence, RI– American Heart Association announced today that two female trail blazers are seeking to break records in Southern New England for the Go Red for Women Campaign. Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Community Affairs for Lifespan […]
    • The Southern New England Heart and Stroke Ball Dazzles Downtown Providence
      The Southern New England Heart and Stroke Ball was a night to remember, while raising funds to support the American Heart Association’s mission! The black-tie gala held on September 27th, 2019 and raised $250,000. More than 300 distinguished guests bid, dined and danced to celebrate life at the Graduate (formerly Biltmore) Hotel downtown in Providence. […]
    • The American Heart Association Applauds Rhode Island Governor Raimondo’s Effort to Remove Flavored E-Cigarettes as First Step to Protect Youth
      Statement from Megan Tucker, Director of Government Relations, American Heart Association “We applaud Governor Raimondo for her thoughtful and deliberate approach in response to the current epidemic of youth e-cigarette use that is threatening the health of Rhode Island children.  We urge the State Department of Health to prepare evidence-based […]
    • American Heart Association Announces 2019 Southern New England Heart & Stroke Ball Chairman Dr. Ryan McTaggart to lead campaign
      The American Heart Association (AHA), the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives announced today that Ryan McTaggart, M.D., a neurointerventional radiologist at Rhode Island Medical Imaging (RIMI), director of interventional neuroradiology at Rhode Island Hospital and an associate professor of diagnostic […]
    • Walkers with Heart Unite for the American Heart Association’s Greater Westerly Heart Walk
      The American Heart Association is calling on the community to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. The Greater Westerly Heart Walk will take place on Saturday, September 21st, 2019 at Watch Hill Gazebo in Westerly, RI. The Greater Westerly Heart Walk brings hundreds of walkers together to be Healthy For Good, a movement […]
    • Heart2Heart Campaign Calls on Women to Share Stories of Surviving Heart Disease and Stroke
      The American Heart Association of Southern New England (AHA) is calling on women across Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts to share their stories of surviving heart disease or stroke for the Heart2Heart campaign. Several survivors will be selected to locally represent the Go Red for Women campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the leading […]
    • Ride the Revolution for Inaugural CycleNation Event in Providence
      Get ready to ride the revolution! The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) is hosting the first-ever CycleNation event in Providence on Tuesday, October 29th from 5 to 7 p.m. at Skyline at Waterplace  located at 1 Finance Way in Providence. This high-energy, endorphin pumping, indoor stationary cycling event, chaired by […]
    • 5 Road Trip Exercises to Stay Active on Vacation
      Summer is a great time for taking a road trip.  But road trips can also mean unhealthy snacks, fast food stops and long periods of sitting still. So, is it possible to stay healthy on the go?  With a few tweaks to your packing and planning, any road trip can be more active! Check out these 5 road trip exercises to stay active on the go: Park and walk. […]
    • EMPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator
      Blog written by Monique Wilson, Vice President for Community Impact, Diversity & Inclusion for the American Heart Association. Got a business idea for improving your community’s health? Imagine using an app to help you recover after a hospital stay. Or one that shows you how to save food destined for a landfill. Every day, clever people are […]
    • CPR Awareness Week Highlighted All Year with Diocese of Providence
      On a Monday night in December, just three weeks before Christmas, hundreds of people filled McVinney Auditorium in downtown Providence. The famed Vienna Boys Choir was performing. With their angelic voices, seasonal holiday songs and Christmas hymns, the musical ensemble drew a large crowd on December 3rd, 2018. Concert-goers entered the auditorium, […]
    • 2019 Rhode Island PE & Me Contest Winners Announced
                The American Heart Association, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (@BCBSRI) and the Rhode Island Foundation were happy to sponsor the 2019 Rhode Island PE & Me Contest! The contest invites all students from across Rhode Island in grades K-5 to design a postcard that shows what they love about physical […]
    • Exciting Launch of F.A.S.T. Stroke Awareness with Rhode Island Medical Imaging
      ((L) Dr. Mahesh Jayaraman, Neurointerventional Radiologist, Rhode Island Medical Imaging and (R) Siobhain Sullivan, co-executive director, Rhode Island Medical Imaging forming the letter “A” to spell out the F.A.S.T stroke awareness acronym.)   Standing five feet tall, three feet wide and bright red, our new stroke awareness F.A.S.T. campaign […]
    • After 4 strokes, rare disease and brain surgery, local woman helps others
      By American Heart Association News Lisa Deck survived four strokes and brain surgery to become an advocate for others. When Lisa Deck was chosen as a Go Red for Women national spokeswoman in 2014, she was thrilled to have a larger platform to help raise awareness about heart disease and stroke. She had plenty of personal experience to draw from. […]
    • Sipping smarter by cutting back on sugary beverages is the message in Providence
      Most Americans consume nearly 20 teaspoons of added sugar every day. That’s more than triple the recommended daily limit for women and double for men.   The best thing you can drink is water!   The Rhode Island Multi Cultural Leadership Committee held a healthy beverage lesson plan on Tuesday, April 30th at the Saint Vincent Church Food Pantry in […]
    • Lawyers Have Heart Chair Michael Goldberg shares why he’s walking on June 2nd
          Michael Goldberg couldn’t have known the day a 17-year-old decided to walk into his neighborhood convenience store and pull a gun on the cashier. The Providence-based attorney also couldn’t have done anything about the security cameras that caught his client on videotape committing the crime. Or the clients friends’ who ratted him out to […]
    • Heartfelt devotion sparks Heart Walk Team Abby’s Adventures
      When Carissa Bram laces up her sneakers for the American Heart Association’s Providence Heart Walk on June 2nd, every step she takes will be to support her baby girl.   17-month-old Abigail was born with hypoplastic left-heart syndrome, a rare congenital heart defect (CHD) in which the left side of the heart is underdeveloped. The aorta and left […]
    • New pediatric blood pressure guidelines identify more kids at higher risk of premature heart disease
              Hypertension Journal Report  Children who were reclassified as having elevated blood pressure under new American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines are more likely to develop high blood pressure, thickening of the heart muscle and other conditions that increase heart disease risk when they reach adulthood, compared with […]
    • Female mentors make first STEM Goes Red Event memorable
      (Clinical Cardiologist and American Heart Association Southern New England Board President Dr. Jennifer Jarbeau and her daughter Madeleine attended the first STEM Goes Red Event in Providence. Below is what Dr. Jarbeau thought of the event, in her own words.)   “My daughter and I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural STEM Goes Red event for young […]
    • Dedicated volunteer takes Heart Walk role to heart
      For a decade, Sue Trinque has been slipping into a ruby-red costume in the shape of a giant heart. The outfit is to raise awareness about heart health at events like the Southern New England Heart Walk. The former fourth-grade teacher has been volunteering with the American Heart Association and is a top walker and team captain of The Mended Hearts. […]
    • Rhode Island runner overcomes heart challenges to finish second Boston Marathon
      (Austin Prario, wearing bib number 23506, completed his second Boston Marathon on April 15, 2019). Twenty-one years ago, Austin Prario’s parents were told when their son was born, he would face limitations.   That’s because Austin’s heart was formed with only three chambers, rather than four.   The doctor at Boston Children’s Hospital told Austin’s […]
    • Adding heart to the mysteries of the universes to explore
      Kim Arcand, a renowned local scientist who works for NASA, recently spoke at the Southern New England American Heart Association’s first STEM Goes Red Event in Providence, Rhode Island. Here is what she had to say about the experience, in her own words.    Recently, I was invited to speak at the Southern New England American Heart […]
    • Renowned Radiologist to Chair 2019 SNE Heart and Stroke Ball
      Clad in sky-blue scrubs with one eye on the clock inside Rhode Island Hospital’s operating room, Dr. Ryan McTaggart knows time is the enemy when it comes to stroke care. Research shows that for every 30-minute delay in stroke treatment, the likelihood of a good outcome drops by 10 to 15 percent. Stroke is the number one cause of disability and the […]
    • Up to $400k in funding from the AHA available for Kids Heart Challenge schools
      DALLAS, April 4, 2019 — 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 funding for physical activity equipment, water filling stations and improvements for recreation spaces. Through […]
    • Move More and Make It Count
      With the recent news that even small bouts of exercise lead to significant health benefits, the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, is urging adults to move more and make it count where they spend most of their time – at work. “It doesn’t matter whether you get […]
    • Stellar Scientist to speak at STEM Goes Red Event
      Stars glittering in the night sky have lengthy careers. Even very large stars have a lifespan of a few million years, while small stars can exist for trillions of years. For scientist Kimberly Kowal Arcand, her love of stars began early and has fueled an extraordinary career. “I’ve loved the stars since I was a little kid. And though I wanted to be an […]
    • Sugary drinks may be associated with an increased risk of death from cardiovascular diseases
      DALLAS, March 18, 2019 — Frequently drinking sugar-sweetened drinks, such as sodas and sports drinks, was associated with an increased risk of death from cardiovascular diseases and, to a lesser extent, cancers, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. Among study participants the risk of death rose as people […]
    • Volunteering with the Southern New England American Heart Association
      Volunteer Opportunities with the Southern New England American Heart Association To help build awareness and educate the public, as well as raise funds for heart disease and stroke research, the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association host many events in your community throughout the year. Contact us at 401-228-2320 or […]
    • 2019 Calendar of Events for Southern New England American Heart Association
      To help build awareness and educate the public, as well as raise funds for heart disease and stroke research, the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association host many events in your community throughout the year. Contact us at 401-228-2320 or sneheart@heart.org at to learn more and get involved! National Wear Red Day® • February 1, 2019 […]
    • Award-winning short film director shares her Survivor Story at GRFW Luncheon
      (Carol Conley, pictured second from right, at the 2019 Southern New England Go Red for Women Luncheon, with some of the Class of 2019 Heart2Heart Storytellers)   In 2017, Carol Conley was at lunch with her boss when she lost vision in one of her eyes. She was rushed to the hospital where she was diagnosed with a heart attack and a stroke.   This […]
    • Check to Change to provide free blood pressure screenings in Southern New England
          More than 32% of Rhode Island adults said they had been diagnosed with high blood pressure in 2015 If left untreated, high blood pressure can increase a person’s risk of heart disease and stroke Check to Change is launching this year and is a new one-day event in which the Southern New England American Heart Association and community […]
    • Dan Jaehnig shares why he’s involved with the AHA in his own words
          (NBC 10 Anchor Dan Jaehnig emceeing with NBC 10’s Alison Bologna at the SNE Go Red Luncheon) “It was inspiring to be among a sea of red which symbolized strong healthy women. The luncheon is a chance to put women’s heart health on center stage where we heard how so many lives were saved through awareness and guidance from the […]
    • Alison Bologna shares the importance of “Showing Up” in her own words
      (2019 SNE Go Red for Women Emcee Alison Bologna shares her experience in her own words in this article) I’ve been involved with the Go Red for Women Luncheon for many years, and 2019 didn’t disappoint!   Fittingly on Valentine’s Day, more than 700 women (and men, including NBC 10’s Dan Jaehnig!) joined me, with the American Heart Association of […]
    • Young sisters battle different types of heart disease
      Amanda Tinney (left) and sister, Kelli Tinney, at the 2018 Go Red for Women luncheon in New Orleans. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Strout Photography) By American Heart Association News Having spent the day at a cousin’s cookout, 25-year-old Kelli Tinney and her 27-year-old sister Amanda went back to their house, turned on the television and flopped […]
    • On-screen CPR: Heart-stopping drama doesn’t always reflect reality
      By American Heart Association News  When we watch movies and TV, we know that people can’t actually fly, zombies aren’t real and animals can’t talk, among other scenarios presented for our entertainment. So when CPR and other heroic measures to revive an unconscious victim pop up on the screen, should we react the same way? […]
    • Stories from the heart from the 2019 Heart2Heart Storytellers
        At just 12 years old, Jamie Coyle suffered a stroke after scoring a goal during a hockey game.   In 2017, Carol Conley was at lunch with her boss when she lost vision in one of her eyes. She was rushed to the hospital where she was diagnosed with a heart attack and a stroke.    And in 2009, just three and a half weeks before her wedding, Lynette […]
    • Are there health benefits from chocolate?
      By American Heart Association News Every year, Americans spend $22 billion on chocolate, and it’s a safe bet that Valentine’s Day accounts for a decent percentage of that total. While a heart-shaped box of chocolates may seem like the opposite of healthy, experts say it’s less about the occasional small indulgence and more about […]
    • Pregnancy may increase risk of deadliest type of stroke
      By American Heart Association News The risk of a type of stroke that causes bleeding in the brain is higher among women during pregnancy and in the weeks following delivery, new research finds. While studies have shown that women have an increased risk for stroke-causing blood clots during pregnancy and the postpartum period, researchers wanted to know […]
    • Passport to Heart Health debuts with Lifespan and American Heart Association
        Sometimes sticking to resolutions can be an exercise in frustration. Those January vows to lose weight, exercise more and sleep better seem to fade come February. But Lifespan and the American Heart Association are trying to make staying healthy fun with the launch of the “Passport to Heart Health” challenge. The six-month program is available […]
    • Stroke Survivor shares moving connection after meeting other Storytellers
        On February 14th, 2019, hundreds of women at the Rhode Island Convention Center will be inspired when they hear from a new group of heart and stroke survivors.  They will be attending the Go Red for Women Luncheon, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.  The American Heart Association’s signature women’s initiative, Go Red for Women, is […]
    • Passion and purpose inspire SNE American Heart Association Board Chair
      (Renee’s story was written by the Southern New England American Heart Association and published in the January 2019 Lincoln Issue of Neighborhood Living Magazine) With her funky purple glasses and red leather jacket, Renee Aloisio stands fashionably forward. She’s a Principal in Citrin Cooperman’s Rhode Island Office, and Practice Leader of the […]
    • Alison Bologna to serve as Emcee for 2019 SNE Go Red for Women Luncheon
           Alison Bologna has been involved with the Southern New England American Heart Association for five years. This year she will once again be serving as the Emcee for the upcoming 2019 Southern New England Go Red for Women Luncheon being held on February 14th at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Alison Bologna is a news anchor for NBC 10 News and […]
    • Another day at the office – thanks to an AED
        Cardiac arrest survivor John Lewis (far right) honors his rescuers. (Photo courtesy of John Lewis) By American Heart Association News On National Wear Red Day in 2018, few people at the Nashville law firm Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop took notice of the occasion, which calls attention to heart disease being the No. 1 killer of […]
    • Taking medicine for a cold? Be mindful of your heart
      (duckycards, Getty Images) By American Heart Association News Flu has so far infected more than 6 million Americans this season, and winter colds are making their rounds. If you’ve been hit by either, you may be thinking about heading to your local pharmacy to relieve your aches, pains and congestion. But before you do, you need to consider how […]
    • Heart warrior embracing change and hope in the New Year
        2019 is barely underway and Cathleen Newman has committed to a series of powerful changes even before ringing in the New Year.  She’s joined a mentoring program at work, signed up to get her MBA, purchased an exercise bike and is on a plant-based diet. Yoga and meditation are also daily staples of Cathleen’s life.  Last June Cathleen found herself […]
    • Are some breads getting a bad rap?
      By The American Heart Association    This story is part of Eat It or Leave It?, a series that provides a closer look at how certain foods and drinks affect health. There may be no dietary staple more in need of a public relations makeover than bread. Concerns over carbs, sodium and gluten sometime overshadow what can be a simple, tasty way to add […]
    • Vaping is an increasing epidemic among teens
      Vaping is becoming an increasing epidemic among teens. In 2018, e-cigarette use nearly doubled in high school students. Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. The term is used because e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, but rather an aerosol, […]
    • Kick off American Heart Month by celebrating National Wear Red Day® with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® Movement
      The American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, together with its Go Red for Women movement, are asking you to ‘wear red and give’ to support Go Red for Women on National Wear Red Day: Friday, February 1, 2019. Why wear red and give? Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, […]
    • Co-President & CEO of Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. to serve as Keynote Speaker at upcoming American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon
      The American Heart Association announced that Sara S. Johnson, Ph.D.,  Co-President and CEO of Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. will serve as the Keynote Speak at the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon, scheduled for Thursday, February 14, 2019 at the Rhode Island Convention Center. “I am honored to join the American Heart […]
    • Senior VP of Human Resources and Community Affairs of Lifespan Corporation Chairs American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon
      PROVIDENCE, RI,  – The American Heart Association announced that Lisa Abbott, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Community Affairs of Lifespan Corporation, will serve as the Chairwoman of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon, scheduled for Thursday, February 14, 2019 at the Rhode Island Convention Center. “I am a real […]
    • 2018 Heart2Heart Storytellers Look Forward To Meeting Class Of 2019
      Flying through the air on a trapeze is on the top of Anne Gardner’s to-do list for 2019.   The 52-year-old North Smithfield native runs the pharmacy programs for CVS, manages an animal rescue and lives with a congenital heart defect.   This year marks the 15th anniversary of the American Heart Association’s launch of the Go Red for Women […]
    • Nominations for the Cheryl W. Snead Servant Leadership Award
      The Cheryl W. Snead Servant Leadership Award  About Cheryl Watkins Snead Cheryl Watkins Snead was a beloved and successful businesswoman, community leader, mentor, and a compassionate and passionate servant leader. Her dynamic, trailblazing spirit and infectious smile had the innate ability to lift-up those around her while maintaining the ambitious […]
    • The pros and cons of weighing yourself every day
      By American Heart Association News This is the year you’ve vowed to lose weight. You step on the scale to mark the starting point toward your goal. Now how often should you hop back on to check your progress? The answer isn’t always so simple. Perhaps every day, perhaps every week, with the qualifier that the scale isn’t the only way […]
    • Guard your health during busy, pressure-filled December
        By The American Heart Association News  December is a time for hosting relatives, going to holiday parties and possibly overindulging in food and drink. Mix in year-end work deadlines and other pressures, and it can be a recipe for stress and health problems. But it doesn’t have to be. Making healthy choices may lower your risk for […]
    • Safety of statins emphasized in new report
      By American Heart Association News The benefits of the cholesterol-lowering medicine called statins far outweigh any risk of side effects, according to a new analysis of decades of scientific research. In fact, side effects of statins are rare, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement published Monday in Arteriosclerosis, […]
    • Research shows that women are less likely to receive bystander CPR in public
      A new American Heart Association video spotlights the crucial role of bystander CPR among women in light of research findings that show gender disparities in bystander CPR response in public. The powerful video, produced by the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, in […]
    • Regular flu shots may save heart failure patients’ lives
        Getting an annual flu shot can save heart failure patients’ lives, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.  Flu season usually begins in the fall and runs through the spring, with cases often peaking during the winter months. Annual flu vaccination is regarded as a safe, low-cost way to reduce […]
    • Neighborhoods with more green space may mean less heart disease
      People who live in leafy, green neighborhoods may have a lower risk of developing heart disease and strokes, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. In this study, the first of its kind, researchers from the University of […]
    • Our New Go Red Director Finds Inspiration From Paris to Providence
      Perched 1,063 feet tall, the Eiffel Tower offers some of the most breathtaking views that Paris has to offer. For Michelle Clark, the new Go Red for Women Director for the Southern New England American Heart Association, the views were literally a gift. “I spent my 40th birthday at the top of the Eiffel Tower,” Clark said. “Seeing how awesome the views […]
    • RI 2019 PE & Me Contest
      The American Heart Association, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) and the Rhode Island Foundation are happy to announce the Rhode Island PE & Me Contest. The contest invites all students from across Rhode Island in grades K-5 to design a postcard that shows what they love about physical education (PE) in school. Postcard […]
    • Junior Jabbie is an Executive with Heart
        Thirteen years ago, Junior Jabbie started his professional career as an intern at Banneker Industries, then headquartered in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Today he is the President and CEO of the multi-million-dollar business now headquartered in North Smithfield, Rhode Island. They have locations that span across Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Alabama, […]
    • New Heart Walk Director walks the walk
        Before Deb Honor steps foot into the American Heart Association’s office in Providence, she’s already walked at least six miles.  Our new Heart Walk Director is also a heart survivor. She was born with a heart murmur, suffered from Pulmonic Stenosis (a fixed obstruction of flow from the right ventricle of the heart to the pulmonary artery) during the […]
    • Cold-weather drinks can carry a lot of calories
      Comfort-inducing seasonal drinks abound during the fall and winter. From the sweet, spicy goodness of pumpkin spice latte – PSL to its fans on Instagram – to peppermint-flavored, well, everything. But the calories are everywhere, too. And, experts say, those liquid calories can be more problematic than the ones we get from solid food. Some studies have […]
    • Bad tooth-brushing habits tied to higher heart risk
      Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes may lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases, a recent study suggests. Previous studies have found a link between heart disease and periodontal disease – a condition marked by gum infection, gum inflammation and tooth damage. The study, was presented Nov. 10th at the American Heart […]
    • Bubbles and Bags Handbag Auction raises more than $11,000
      More than one hundred women came out on a dank and drizzly Monday night to support Go Red for Women. The event raised more than $11,000 in support of women’s heart and brain health. The sold-out “Bubbles and Bags” handbag auction was held at Mare Rooftop Restaurant on November 5th perched high to give sparkly views of Providence, even in the […]
    • More than three billion beats and counting
      Three billion is a big number. By the time December 23rd rolls around this year, Tom Abbott’s heart will have beaten more than three billion times. That’s when he turns 100 years old. His granddaughter, Lisa Abbott, will be flying out from Providence to California to celebrate his birthday.    Lisa Abbott is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources […]
    • Leading stroke expert honored at health summit in Rhode Island
        The 13th annual Northeast Cerebrovascular Consortium (NECC) summit honored Dr. Olajide Williams recently for his unique research based on stroke disparities in communities.  “I am humbled, overwhelmed, deeply honored and grateful,” said Dr. Williams during the summit. The NECC Summit was held on October 25th and October 26th at the Newport […]
    • Role model for women in science receives award at NECC Summit in Newport
      The 13th annual Northeast Cerebrovascular Consortium (NECC) summit recently honored Dr. Judith Lichtman for her pioneering research on disparities in stroke care. “I am very honored and humbled to be receiving this award,” said Dr. Judy Lichtman. “There are so many important clinical and research topics being discussed at the NECC Summit,” she said. […]
    • Stroke Tank winner at NECC Summit honored
      The 13th Annual Summit of the NorthEast Cerebrovascular Consortium (NECC) was held Thursday, October 25th and Friday, October 26th at the Newport Marriott in Rhode Island.  On Friday, a popular feature at last year’s summit was back –  Stroke Tank: Pitch it to the Judges! ™, a play off the hit ABC television show “Shark Tank.” Four […]
    • World Stroke Day is local for one survivor
      October 29th marks World Stroke Day. The American Stroke Association will join others across the world to encourage people to save lives by responding promptly to stroke. Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide and is the leading cause of long-term disability. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, the world’s leading […]
    • National EAT SMART Month kicks off in November
      Change a little.  Change a lot.  The American Heart Association believes that everyone has a reason to live a longer and healthier life. We are looking ahead to Eat smart during the month of November and get Healthy For Good™ with the American Heart Association.  The Healthy For Good movement is designed to inspire all Americans to live healthier lives […]
    • 13th Annual Summit of the NorthEast Cerebrovascular Consortium kicks off
      The 13th Annual Summit of the NorthEast Cerebrovascular Consortium (NECC) will take place on Thursday, October 25th and Friday, October 26th at the Newport Marriott. To improve stroke care in eight states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont) the NECC was established as an independent […]
    • Rhode Islanders Vote YES on 3
      On November 6th, Rhode Island voters overwhelmingly (79% in favor) approved Question 3 – the Green Economy and Clean Water Bond – which will invest millions of dollars in bikeways, local recreation and open space. The American Heart Association was excited to support the Green Economy and Clean Water Bond because it will lead to healthier and more […]
    • Take Advantage of Health Screenings in Your Neighborhood
                From now until December 16, 2018, CVS Health is offering free biometric screenings for you and your family to help identify chronic conditions before they become life-threatening illnesses. Biometric screenings offer an important snapshot into your overall wellbeing. “We all carry a lot of numbers around with […]
    • Her antidote for a sedentary lifestyle? Climbing mountains and rappelling skyscrapers.
      Lisa rappelling video  PROVIDENCE, RI, OCTOBER 8, 2018 –  North Conway is perched on the eastern side of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. For rock climbers on the East Coast, the towering granite outcrops beckon like a siren’s song. The vast swath of jutting rocks travels from the Kancamagus Highway down through the Mount Washington Valley. It offers […]
    • Countdown to Heart Ball with survivor Jason Pieroni
      A big thank you to Cristina Marcello with iHeart Radio for the interview she did with our Survivor Ambassador Jason Pieroni! You can hear the full interview by clicking on the player below. He’s going to be speaking and performing at the 2018 HEARTTALKS Southern New England Heart Ball taking place on Friday, October 12th. Tickets are available at […]
    • Bubbles & Bags Handbag Auction sold out!
      2018 Go Red for Women Handbag Auction Tickets for the Bubbles & Bags Handbag Auction have sold out! We want to thank everyone for their generous support and look forward to seeing you there! The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Handbag Auction will take place on Monday, November 5th, 2018 at Mare Rooftop Restaurant in Providence. […]