• CycleNation™ Begins May 2: Month-long Digital Program Helps Get Vermonters Active
      The American Heart Association is pleased to announce that the Vermont CycleNation™ event will kick off during American Stroke Month in May. Starting on May 2nd, participants can track their activity by downloading the CycleNation app or using Strava when signing up. Activities could include stationary or outdoor biking, or activities participants […]
    • 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 […]
    • American Stroke Association honors 11 leading stroke scientists, including UVM’s Marilyn Cipolla, PhD
      Eleven scientists leading the way in stroke research will be recognized for their exceptional achievements during the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2021 (ISC). The illustrious group includes four groundbreaking scientists who have devoted their careers to stroke research, six authors of notable new research and one […]
    • Changes in health care, education needed to improve LGBT heart health
      LGBT adults report experiencing high rates of discrimination in health care settings, according to a 2020 statement released by the American Heart Association. As part of National LGBT Health Awareness Week held March 22-26, 2021, the Association is highlighting the unique factors affecting LGBT health and reiterates the call for policy change within […]
    • 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 […]
    • Brian Shankey Named American Heart Association’s Executive Director for Northern New England
      Brian Shankey recently joined the American Heart Association as Executive Director for Northern New England. He will be responsible for overseeing all fundraising activities and volunteer leadership across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Shankey brings two decades of non-profit leadership, volunteer and staff management, and fundraising experience, […]
    • Association and Vermont Public Health Leaders Urge Legislators to Prevent Sale of All Flavored Tobacco Products
      On February 17th, the Coalition for Tobacco Free Vermont, along with the American Heart Association, health experts, members of the House and Senate Social Equity Caucuses, the Center for Black Health and Equity, and Vermont youth urged the Vermont Legislature to pass S.24, legislation to eliminate the sale of all flavored tobacco products. “Vermont […]
    • Maine-Based Sea Bags Supports Heart and Brain Health through American Heart Association’s Life Is Why Campaign
      Sea Bags is joining the fight against heart disease and stroke by supporting the American Heart Association – the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all. Sea Bags will provide customers the opportunity to support the American Heart Association’s fundraising campaign, Life Is Why™, by donating 20% of […]
    • New England Patriots and NFL PLAY 60 keep kids active as COVID-19 cases continue to spike
      The American Heart Association and NFL, in collaboration with the New England Patriots, are excited to debut the first-ever NFL PLAY 60 library, which features kid-friendly exercises to help kids to get their recommended 60-minutes of daily physical activity. Amidst the rising number of COVID-19 cases, schools and organized sports have begun to […]
    • Vermont Physician Presents at Association’s Scientific Sessions on Intersection Between COVID-19 and Cardiovascular Disease
      Every year, the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions attracts thousands of doctors, scientists, researchers, investigators, and other healthcare professionals from around the globe who come together to discuss new science to reduce the impact of cardiovascular disease. At the 2020 Scientific Sessions, Dr. Mary Cushman, MD, University of […]
    • 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 […]
    • Vermont’s Native Americans at Higher Risk of Heart Disease, COVID-19 Complications
      On October 12, Vermont will celebrate its second Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Indigenous Peoples’ Day aims to celebrate and honor the past, present, and futures of Native peoples throughout the United States and acknowledges the legacy of colonialism, which has devastated Indigenous communities historically and continues to negatively impact them today. […]
    • A healthier “new normal”: Tips for an unusual back-to-school season
      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 can […]
    • Tips for Exercising in the Summer Heat
      With the summer in full swing, be sure to protect your heart in the heat. With temperatures frequently rising into the 80s and 90s, it’s important to know that 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 […]
    • The Vermont Go Red for Women Luncheon is Going Virtual!
      The Vermont Go Red for Women Luncheon is going virtual! Guests are invited to attend this empowering and educational Luncheon from the comfort and safety of their own homes. Cardiovascular diseases kill about one woman every 80 seconds, but the good news is about 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be prevented. The Luncheon will feature […]
    • 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 […]
    • The Aphasia Choir of Vermont honored with first-ever, national Stroke Hero Award
      The Aphasia Choir of Vermont is being honored by the American Stroke Association for their contributions to the stroke community by being named the winner of the first national Stroke Hero Awards in the Outstanding Group division. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a major cause of disability in the U.S. Yet millions of survivors, […]
    • Watch: Keep Your Heart and Brain Healthy During COVID-19
      COVID-19 is prompting widespread questions and concerns about the heightened risk for those with history of heart disease, stroke, blood clots (venous thrombosis), or those with the risk factors of these diseases. The American Heart Association presented a free webinar with guest speakers Mary Cushman, MD, MSc, Professor of Medicine at University of […]
    • Free Webinar: Keep Your Heart and Brain Healthy During COVID-19
      COVID-19 is prompting widespread questions and concerns about the heightened risk for those with history of heart disease, stroke, blood clots (venous thrombosis), or those with the risk factors of these diseases. The American Heart Association is presenting a free webinar with guest speakers Mary Cushman, MD, MSc, Professor of Medicine at University […]
    • VT Go Red for Women Luncheon to Feature Panel of Experts on Cardiac Emergencies
      Cardiovascular diseases kill about one woman every 80 seconds, but the good news is about 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be prevented. At the Vermont Go Red for Women Luncheon, the American Heart Association will be educating and empowering women to know their health risks. The Vermont Go Red for Women Luncheon will be held on March 19 at […]
    • Join us at the Vermont Go Red for Women Luncheon and help save lives
      Guest blog from Dr. Beth Bouchard, 2020 Vermont Go Red for Women Luncheon Chair Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women. It kills one woman every ~80 seconds including my mom in 2011. While at work, her symptoms began as what she described as “a little gas”. She died a few hours later in her car in her driveway. I have had a lot […]
    • Vermont Cardiac Kids Gather for Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week
      This week, February 7-14, is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week. A congenital heart defect (CHD) is a structural problem with the heart that’s present at birth. Such defects result when a mishap occurs during heart development soon after conception – often before the mother is aware that she is pregnant. About 40,000 infants are affected by […]
    • Students Call on VT Legislators to Eliminate the Sale of Flavored Tobacco and E-Cigarettes
      Public health advocates and students gathered at the State House to urge lawmakers to support legislation that would end the sale of all flavored tobacco and e-cigarette products, including menthol products. Calling it an urgent matter, the advocates and students stressed that it is not just a matter of public health, but also health equity since Big […]
    • Creating A Healthier Vermont in the New Year
      It’s that time of year again, the time for New Year’s resolutions. Goals are set to eat healthier and go to the gym, and January is spent passionately trying to achieve these goals. But as the year goes by and the excitement fades, the gym is suddenly less crowded and resolutions disappear. This year, don’t let your resolutions fade. Set positive […]
    • Vermont Needs to Make Menthol Cigarettes a Priority
      Noting exponential growth of e-cigarette use by youth, the American Heart Association today commended legislative leaders for making flavored e-cigarettes a priority, but menthol cigarettes must also be included in the effort. At a morning press conference, House Speaker Mitzi Johnson and Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe released their priorities for […]
    • Tips for Staying Safe During Vermont Winters
      Snow can be a nuisance. It can mean waking up early to dig out your car, a stressful commute to work, and can leave you with a chill all day. But snow can also be dangerous for your health. Many people aren’t conditioned to the physical stress of vigorous outdoor activities, like lifting a heavy shovel full of snow. Even walking through heavy, wet snow […]
    • Vermont Lawmakers Need to Take Action on Tobacco Flavors
      With more than 1 in 4 high schoolers now using e-cigarettes, Vermont lawmakers need to take action to address the youth e-cigarettes crisis. The tobacco industry’s biggest marketing weapon is flavors, including menthol. 80% of teens who have ever used tobacco started with a flavored product. It’s not just e-cigarettes, menthol cigarettes are also a big […]
    • Dr. Beth Bouchard to Chair Vermont Go Red for Women Luncheon
      Dr. Beth Bouchard has signed on to be the Chairwoman of the 2020 Vermont Go Red for Women Luncheon on March 19 at the Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain in Burlington, VT. Dr. Bouchard is an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. Cardiovascular disease kills one woman about every 80 seconds. […]
    • VT Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor Grateful for CPR Education
      Guest Blogger, Michelle Johnston. When the holidays near, we are reminded to be grateful during this giving season. It is the season of giving gifts, of giving time, of giving good will…and most importantly, of giving thanks. At age 38, I became a sudden cardiac death survivor. When my heart stopped my husband, Andy, began CPR on me. A skill he had […]
    • 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 […]
    • 5 Stroke Prevention Tips for Vermonters
      Almost a quarter of adults in Vermont have high blood pressure, meaning they are at risk for having a stroke. Stroke is often thought of as something that happens to older people, but more people under 50 are having strokes due to increased risky behaviors, such as smoking and untreated high blood pressure. October 29 is World Stroke Day and the […]
    • Two-Time Stroke Survivor Travels from VT to DC for Lobby Day
      Barre resident and stroke survivor Jamie Heath visited Washington DC this week to lobby on behalf of the American Heart Association. Jamie was joined by her mother, Joanne Leclerc, and Dr. Prospero Gogo of University of Vermont Medical Center. Together, they met with Vermont congressional members to advocate for important policy change. One policy was […]
    • Vermont Needs To Take Action Against Obesity
      The new State of Obesity report recently showed that more than 1 in 4 Vermont adults is obese. Health habits are learned at a young age and early prevention is key to ensuring our children grow up healthy. Research shows that what children drink from birth through age 5 can impact their long-term health. The average age of children who order kids meals […]
    • Health Crisis Remains In The Heart Of Hispanic Culture
      With about 56.6 million of our nation’s population being of Hispanic decent, it is important that the largest growing minority group know their risks for heart disease and stroke. National Hispanic Heritage Month spans from September 15 to October 15 and while it is a great time to celebrate the amazing music, art, language, food, and diversity that […]
    • Vermont’s First-Ever CycleNation Brings Hundreds To Waterfront
      Hundreds of people gathered at the Burlington Waterfront on August 15 to stop the cycle of heart disease and stroke by cycling! The American Heart Association’s CycleNation event raises awareness for the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers – heart disease and stroke. In its first year in Vermont, 50 bikes were stationed at the Waterfront and riders took […]
    • Voigt Pritchard to chair CycleNation
      Winooski resident Sarah Voigt Pritchard, QKA, is excited about chairing the American Heart Association’s first CycleNation event in Vermont.  “CycleNation is fitness-focused, it’s in a beautiful place at a beautiful time of year, and it will raise awareness about the American Heart Association and heart and brain health,” Voigt Pritchard, a senior […]
    • Heart Association names new director
      Nancy Luke is hard at work leading the American Heart Association’s efforts to improve the health of all Vermonters. The new development director joined the Heart Association in September, after working for eight-and-a-half years as the marketing and development director of the United Way in Addison County. She has also had her own company, a home […]
    • Nourishment for body and soul at Brattleboro housing complex
      Children at Moore Court, a low-income housing complex near Green Street School in Brattleboro, have been exploring food in art as part of their regular “Art in the Neighborhood” project. On Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.,  at Moore Court, the American Heart Association treated the children and residents of Moore Court to a healthy meal as part […]
    • Eat Smart During National Nutrition Month in March
      Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean dieting or giving up all the foods you love. During National Nutrition Month in March, the American Heart Association is encouraging Americans to eat smart by ditching the junk, and giving the body the nutrient-dense fuel it needs. A healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons in the fight against heart disease […]
    • Burlington Voters Tell Lawmakers to Act Now on Tobacco 21
      In an overwhelming vote of support Tuesday, Burlington voters passed ballot item 7 urging the Governor and state lawmakers to pass legislation increasing the sale age of tobacco to 21.  The ballot item passed 8,152 to 3,554. The vote follows a resolution passed previously by the city council calling tobacco use a ‘pediatric epidemic’. The state Senate […]
    • Deb Loughlin to be recognized with Crystal Heart Award at VT Go Red For Women Luncheon
      The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association will recognize Deb Loughlin with the Crystal Heart Award at the Vermont Go Red For Women Luncheon on Feb. 1, 2018 in South Burlington, VT. The Crystal Heart Award celebrates the success and commitment of a local woman who has served as an advocate, a volunteer and a role model in improving the […]
    • Go Red For Women Social Media
      You know heart disease is the No. 1 killer in women. You know it’s time to fight back. And now it’s time to share your knowledge with others. Together, we have the power to save lives.  Help us spread the word by sharing our suggested social media content and help educate the women in your life about the power of Go Red!  Please tag all messages […]
    • American Heart Association Warns of Snow Shoveling Health Hazards
      The American Heart 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 heart. People who are outdoors […]
    • Heart-Healthy Tips for the Holiday Season
      The holidays are a time for celebrating with family and friends, but often stress inhibits our abilities to enjoy the holiday season.  From shopping to cooking to events, we are often packing our schedules while forgetting about our health. A 2016 report in the Journal of the American Heart Association noted that heart-related deaths spike during […]
    • Morgan Stanley’s Carla Harris to Give Keynote at Burlington’s Go Red Luncheon
      The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is excited to welcome Carla Harris of Morgan Stanley as the keynote speaker of the 2018 Go Red For Women Luncheon on Feb. 1, 2018 in Burlington, VT. Harris is a vice chairman, managing director and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley, based in New York City. She is responsible for […]
    • American Heart Association Encourages Healthy Eating Even During the Holidays
      Healthy over the holidays? Yes, it’s possible and more important than ever during this indulgent season. Join the American Heart Association in celebrating Eat Smart Day on Nov. 1 and Eat Smart Month the rest of November as first steps in winning the winter months and being Healthy For Good™. Many people help themselves to an extra side here and there, […]
    • Join the Heart Walk & Help the American Heart Association Fight Heart Disease & Stroke
      The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premiere event for raising funds to save lives from this country’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers – heart disease and stroke. Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living, the Heart Walk creates an environment that’s fun and rewarding for the entire family. There are […]
    • Pack healthy back to school lunches
      It’s almost time for 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 […]
    • Summer Tips for a Healthy Heart
      Summer can bring many happy memories – family vacations, summer camp, days at the shore, staying up late and watching the sun set. No matter what your summer traditions include, be sure to keep in mind your heart and brain health throughout the longer daylight hours. According to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, heart […]
    • May is American Stroke Month
      During American Stroke Month in May, the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are encouraging everyone to join together to end one of the leading causes of death in New Hampshire and the leading cause of disability in the United States. Despite claiming more than 133,000 lives annually in the United States and being a leading […]
    • Children May Develop High Blood Pressure
      Despite popular belief, teens, children and even babies can have high blood pressure, also called HBP or hypertension. It’s not just a disease for the middle-aged and elderly. As with adults, early diagnosis and treatment can reduce or prevent the harmful consequences of this disease. High Blood Pressure in children can lead to heart and kidney […]
    • American Heart Association Encourages People to Move More in April
      This April, the American Heart Association (AHA) is encouraging Americans to get Healthy For Good™ by being more physically active. While the AHA’s National Walking Day takes place on Wednesday, April 5 this year, the celebration has been expanded to a monthlong initiative to inspire lasting change through small, simple steps in four key areas: Eat […]
    • VT Senate Health & Welfare Committee Votes Yes on Tobacco 21 Bill
      Leaders from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the March of Dimes and the American Academy of Pediatrics congratulated the Senate Health and Welfare committee last week for their unanimously voting “yes” on legislation aimed […]
    • March is National Nutrition Month
      The American Heart Association (AHA) encourages making heart-smart choices during Nutrition Month – and every month. A healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons in the fight against heart disease – the No. 1 killer of Americans. Cardiovascular disease is largely preventable. When it comes to diet, making smart choices will benefit heart […]
    • 10th annual Go Red For Women Luncheon set for Thursday
        UVM’s Jan Carney to be Honored at Vermont’s Go Red For Women Luncheon on Jan. 26  The American Heart Association’s (AHA) 10th annual Go Red For Women Luncheon will take place on Thursday, January 26 at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center. With a theme “Change Starts Today,” the luncheon will feature educational breakout sessions, […]
    • Vermont Celebrates National Walking Day
      The American Heart Association promotes walking as part of a month-long awareness campaign; asks America to “donate” minutes walked On April 6th,  countless numbers of Vermonters will lace up their sneakers and walk to commemorate the annual American Heart Association’s National Walking Day. And this year, there’s a fun way to participate nationally: […]
    • American Stroke Association urges public to learn song on World Stroke Day, Oct. 29
      Sing F-A-S-T FAST to end stroke As part of World Stroke Day on Oct. 29, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is urging the public to sing a tune that could save lives. The F.A.S.T. Song helps people learn the most common warning signs of stroke and what to do if one occurs: If someone has a stroke near you, the F.A.S.T. song tells […]
      More than 600 Heart Walk participants and volunteers gathered at Oakledge Park in Burlington on Saturday, September 26, 2015. Families, co-workers and survivors gathered under sunny skies to celebrate the Vermont Heart Walk and raised more than $60,000 to support vital research and education. The top fundraising team was Danform Shoes who raised […]
    • Business leader strides for heart healthier community
      The American Heart Association is pleased to have Jim Turnbaugh, Vice President of Turnbaugh Insurance Agency chair the 2015 Vermont Heart Walk. In this role, Turnbaugh has provided volunteer leadership for corporate involvement of Heart Walk teams and sponsorships. “The Heart Walk plays an important role in our region’s ongoing fight against […]
    • Coalition Celebrates 10-year Anniversary of Smoke-free Bars and Private Clubs
      Current and past legislators, health care providers, youth advocates and restaurant patrons gathered at the DoubleTree Hotel in South Burlington to celebrate 10 years of breathing clean indoor air in restaurants, bars and private clubs in Vermont and to urge supporters to continue the fight for clean indoor air, including prohibiting the use of […]
    • A Healthy Family Starts At Home And It Starts With You
      Join the American Heart Association’s Life is Why Family Health Challenge™ this September   Burlington– The American Heart Association wants families to feel they can, and are fully equipped to, make healthy choices in the home and within their everyday activities – without throwing schedules completely off or leaving wallets empty. Today, about […]