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Harrity & Harrity LLP to Match up to $100,000 for the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association (AHA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization

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devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives is excited to announce that through December 31 all donations and registration fees up to $100,000 will be doubled for its Lawyers Have Heart 10K Race, 5K Run and Walk. Made possible through the generosity of race sponsor Harrity & Harrity LLP to promote increased around Giving Tuesday, a global movement to support charities. Donations to Lawyers Have Heart benefit the Association to further its work for a world of longer, healthier lives and can help fast track research and train front-line workers.

“As a person who had his life saved by the AHA’s science, this cause is beyond important to me and my family,” said John Harrity, Harrity & Harrity LLP’s Managing Partner. “Our firm wanted to give in a big way and we hope this inspires others to do the same.  Millions of people are counting on the American Heart Association for science-based information, health resources, community programs and patient support. They need us to be generous now more than ever.”

There are many ways to take part in the matching opportunity:

  • Visit LawyersHaveHeartDC.org and make a donation in support of a world of longer, healthier lives.
  • Consider an opportunity for your  company to sponsor the event by contacting maher@heart.org.
  • Register for the 2021 race through December 31 and the fee will count as a donation that will be matched by Harrity & Harrity LLP.
  • Give through your mobile phone. Text RUNLHH to 41444.

“Planning is moving forward for a huge 2021 event and we hope to once again attract participants from around the world,” said Harrity. “There was an incredible response when we took the 2020 event to a digital experience where 3,000 participants ran and walked their courses all over the United States, England, Croatia, Spain, South Africa, Japan and more. We will definitely plan to keep a virtual component moving forward so anyone can take part from anywhere in the world.”

Harrity serves as a co-chair for the 2021 event along with his firm’s Controller Sandra Maxey and American University Washington College of Law’s Associate Dean of Student Affairs, David Jaffe. Since 1991, the event has raised over $15.6 million, in support of vital research and programming to improve health and well-being across the Greater Washington Region.

“We are so thankful to Harrity & Harrity for their tremendous support that will build excitement,” said Soula Antoniou, Executive Director, American Heart Association. “This gift helps ensure the Association’s continued work with researchers, medical experts, hospitals, community leaders, businesses, families and more to improve health and well-being for all and to reduce the impact of the coronavirus.”

To learn more about the race and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LawyersHaveHeartDC.org or email stephanie.maher@heart.org. Read more about John Harrity’s story of survival here. Follow the American Heart Association on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.   Engage online through the Lawyers Have Heart Facebook listing and use #RUNLHH.

 

Breaking News: First-of-Its-Kind Kids’ Meal Bill Passes in Prince George’s Co.

Kids in Prince George’s County, Maryland are about to get healthier meals and drinks when they order from kids’ meals menus in the county.kids menu

On the afternoon of November 17, 2020, the Prince George’s County Council unanimously approved legislation that will make it easier for families and their children to choose healthier food and drink options when ordering from kids’ menus at county restaurants. The Prince George’s County Healthy Kids’ Meals Bill (CB-071) now awaits a signature from County Executive Angela Alsobrooks to be enacted into law.

“Policies like this can help improve outcomes and increase the opportunity to live a longer, healthier life,” said Dr. Federico Asch, president of the board of directors for the American Heart Association, Greater Washington Region and a cardiologist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. “By passing this comprehensive bill, Prince George’s County is a national leader in promoting equitable health policy.”

The legislation is the first of its kind in the country to include healthier comprehensive options for both food and drinks on children’s menu items. It will make water, milk and 100% fruit or vegetable juice the default beverage options for all kids’ meals served at Prince George’s County restaurants. It will also ensure the food options in kids’ meals promote health by designating limits on calories, sugar, salt and fat for items on their kids’ menus. Families would still be able to order other beverage and food items upon request.

“The majority of kids’ menu items are purchased for children under the age of 12, a critical time in a child’s development of taste preferences,” said Shawn McIntosh, the executive director of Sugar Free Kids Maryland. “This bill passage helps make the healthy option the easy choice. Our goal at Sugar Free Kids Maryland is simple – we want all kids to live long, healthy, productive lives.”

Councilmember Sydney J. Harrison sponsored the legislation, which was supported by a diverse coalition led by Sugar Free Kids Maryland, the Prince George’s Food Equity Council, the American Heart Association and Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). Voices for Healthy Kids provided some of the much-needed funding and technical assistance to make this a policy success.

“Together, we’ve scored a win for the community, created a model for other cities and states, and signaled to the restaurant industry that it’s time to stop pushing soda and unhealthy meals on little kids,” said CSPI policy associate Sara Ribakove.

Follow this developing story online by using the hashtag #HealthyKidsPGC.

(Article reprinted from Voices for Healthy Kids and Sugar Free Kids MD)

Listening to Our Community to Advance Equitable Health for All

“It is critical” – said Kofi Essel, from Children’s National Hospital when talking about food

The American Heart Association convened a virtual listening session with critical community partners.

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“We need to reevaluate how we’re creating solutions” – said Kristy McCarron from the Metropolitan YMCA when talking about food security as well.

“We need to collaborate with other community organizations to make a change” – said Domonique Panton, from the Children’s National Health System when also talking about this topic.

These were some of the comments that we heard during the first of several focus group with key stakeholders to evaluate and receive feedback in order to create a 2020 Community health assessment. This assessment will serve to provide information about the community and what different stakeholders feel like are areas the organization should focus on. By providing that information, the American Heart Association will be able to focus their activities and efforts based on what the community thinks is important.

The American Heart Association cares about the community and wants to shape programming designed to improve the health and wellbeing of all members of the Greater Washington Region community. In September, the Association convened a community partners via Zoom to listen to input about different health priorities like tobacco cessation, food access, chronic disease prevention, women’s health and more. The first meeting was comprised of members from the FLiP initiative, which stands for Family Lifestyle Program, a DC-focused, clinical-community initiative that connects families to nutrition, physical activity, and community resources to support and maintain their health and wellbeing.  FLiP members represent a variety of organizations including Children’s National Health System, the Metropolitan YMCA, the Nationals Baseball Academy, and the American Heart Association. The foundation of all the member organizations core mission is the critical need to sustainable health for our community.

Valuable insight was shared that will help to shape priorities and create the action plan around programming for the American Heart Association in the Greater Washington Region. The group created a productive environment where participants felt able to share their opinions and observations about the health equity work, and how the American Heart Association can continue to serve the community.

This focus group was one of several online meetings to be held to gather information from a variety of stakeholders. We look forward to our future listening sessions to gain a greater understanding of the real barriers people across the DC metro region face that prevents them from achieving better health and wellbeing.

If you are interested, in learning more about joining a virtual stakeholder feedback session to learn about our overall priorities and share your insights on where we should focus our efforts, locally, to have the greatest impact please contact Erica McIntyre at erica.mcintyre@heart.org.  We see these discussions as a first step towards a new period of collaboration and an opportunity.

Contributed by: Jeffrey Fraatz, Health Strategies Intern, American Heart Association

Lawyers Have Heart 10K Race, 5K Run and Walk Announce Dream Team of Volunteer Leaders

The American Heart Association (AHA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives is proud to announce its volunteer leadership for the 2021 Lawyers Have Heart 10K Race, 5K Run and Walk.  Since 1991, the event has raised over $15.6 million, in support of vital research and programming to improve health and well-being across the Greater Washington Region.

Sandy Maxey, Controller, Harrity & Harrity LLP

Stepping up again are last year’s Co-Chairs Harrity & Harrity LLP’s Managing Partner John Harrity and Controller Sandra Maxey. They will be joined by American University Washington College of Law’s Associate Dean of Student Affairs, David Jaffe.

“I am thrilled to help lead this year’s event. As a runner and
supporter of the work of the American Heart Association, this race is of tremendous significance to me,” said Jaffe. “The funds raised by this event are needed, now, more than ever.  Millions of people are counting on the AHA for science-based information, health resources, community programs and patient support. So it is up to Sandy, John, the Executive Leadership Team, the AHA team and me to host the biggest Lawyers Have Heart yet in 2021!”

David Jaffe, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, American University Washington College of Law

Lawyers Have Heart began in 1991 as a running and walking event for the legal community and has evolved into a staple on DC’s running calendar attracting runners and walkers of all levels of experience and from all walks of life. This event annually attracts over 6500 runners and walkers to participate on a challenging course through the District.

2020 marked the 30th Anniversary of Lawyers Have Heart and presented unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19. With health and safety of participants, volunteers, donors, and staff as the top priority, the decision was made to mark the 30th Anniversary as a reimagined virtual run and walk with 30 days of challenges leading up to race weekend.

Through the dedication of the event’s Executive Leadership Team, Team Captains and the running community at large, this past year knew no boundaries and encouraged runners and walkers from all over the world to join the fun. Over 3,000 participants ran and walked their courses all over the United States, England, Croatia, Spain, South Africa, Japan, Turkey, Chile and more. Hosted on the event’s Facebook page and event listing, the race experienced high engagement and had an extensive reach of 1.3 million people with participants sharing their #RUNLHH experience through videos, comments and pictures on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

John Harrity, Managing Partner, Harrity & Harrity LLP

“I was humbled by the incredible response we received when we took the event to a digital experience last year. Even my 90-year-old aunt was able to participate,” said Harrity. “We are excited and hopeful that we can take what we learned from last year and continue to transform the race. Hopefully we can see people in person on the starting line but we will continue to encourage everyone to participate from wherever they are.”

The American Heart Association continues to work with researchers, medical experts, hospitals, community leaders, businesses, families and more to improve health and well-being for all and to reduce the impact of the coronavirus. “We were made for this moment and that is a reflection of the relentless support and dedication of our volunteers, donors and sponsors,” said Soula Antoniou, Executive Director, American Heart Association. “With Sandy, John and David leading the charge, this will be a big year for 31st Lawyers Have Heart campaign.”

To learn more about the race and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LawyersHaveHeartDC.org.

American Heart Association and Neighborhood Health Team Up to Help Thousands of Northern Virginia Residents Control their Blood Pressure

This past January, the American Heart Association began a partnership with Neighborhood

Blood Pressure being monitoredHealth around blood pressure awareness and control for its patients. The mission of Neighborhood Health is to improve health and advance health equity across Northern Virginia in Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax by providing high quality primary care regardless of ability to pay. Within the system there are 12 clinics that service residents in need with services ranging from family practice, internal medicine, dental care and behavioral health.

American Heart Association staff and volunteers provided Target BP and blood pressure management training to all Neighborhood Health medical providers and medical assistants. The trainings were led by Past Board President, cardiologist Dr. Roquell Wyche.  Twenty blood pressure monitors were provided and the Association established a BP Loaner program for each clinic. Neighborhood Health clinics across Northern Virginia also integrated the Target BP algorithm into their practice and used posters and resources in their exam rooms to educate patients. The system reaches around 28,500 patients annually.

Seeing an increased need during the pandemic crisis, the Association also provided Neighborhood Health with 50 additional BP monitors, 100 thermometers and 8 contactless thermometers to serve their prenatal and hypertensive patients during the pandemic.

“Healthcare costs and access are especially difficult during this unprecedented time, making our ability to work with Neighborhood Health on blood pressure control critical,” said Erica McIntyre, Community Impact Director for the American Heart Association. “The need is great for under-resourced residents of Northern Virginia where 21% of all residents  – 1 in 5 – suffer from hypertension.”

When healthcare providers apply the most up-to-date evidence-based treatment guidelines, patient outcomes improve, and lives can be saved. Programs like the Association’s Target BP help facilitate continuous quality improvement and support for outpatient organizations’ efforts. Learn more about blood pressure control and find resources here.

Greater Washington Region Heart Walk to be Transformed into a Weekend Celebration

The Greater Washington Region Heart Walk is getting re-imagined for 2020 to be the biggest one yet!

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With the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic keeping more Americans at home, the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health for all, is embracing the new normal, creating an enhanced experience and moving its iconic Greater Washington Region Heart Walk online.

The Greater Washington Heart Walk will be held over the weekend of November 6-8 and will feature fun, daily activities promoting exercise, healthy eating, and other heart-healthy habits. Participants will be able to complete all activities from anywhere they are – their homes and neighborhoods and can share their experience on the Heart Walk Facebook event page.

“We’re all looking for ways to connect with others, stay active and stay encouraged,” said Tim

Tim Gillis, 2020 Heart Walk Chair and Managing Partner, KPMG LLP.

Gillis, Managing Partner, Washington Metro Area, KPMG LLP and chair of the 2020 Heart Walk. “This new format allows everyone to continue to have fun and support our lifesaving mission, while adapting to spending more time at home. We are grateful for the support from our participants and sponsors and can’t wait to see how everyone makes the Greater Washington Region Heart Walk their own.”

The American Heart Association will engage participants by hosting fun fitness challenges, sharing stories that showcases how they are improving the health in local communities and much more.  Participating companies and individuals  will be challenged to boost the physical and emotional health of their employees through a friendly, activity – and fundraising- competition.

Continued Gillis, “As a community who supports the American Heart Association, we can still come together by walking, running, jumping, biking, or any way one can imagine being active, at any time. We want this to be the celebration of life!”

Funds raised by the campaign lead to medical breakthroughs, transform healthcare systems, support stronger public health policy, and much more.

The Heart Walk is part of the American Heart Association’s Heart Challenge, a suite of events that aim to improve the health and well-being of individuals and the community. Besides the Heart Walk, the Heart Challenge includes CycleNation, a team-based, stationary bike event, and Field Day, a day for companies to come together to participate in fun physical and mental challenges.

To register and start fundraising today, visit GreaterWashingtonHeartWalk.org.  From there, participants can stay up to date by downloading the Heart Walk mobile app and encourage friends and family to join in via email or social media.

The Greater Washington Heart Walk local sponsors include KPMG and Sheehy Auto Stores.