Heart disease remains one of the biggest health challenges facing Americans. In this episode we learn about the American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives free from cardiovascular disease and stroke. We also explore how this happens on national and local levels and how you can manage your own heart risks and contribute to the heart health of our community.
In this Episode
- CJ Anderson
- Lynette Trickey, Executive Director, American Heart Association
- Justin Zellinger, Development Director, American Heart Association
The American Heart Association was founded by six cardiologists in 1924. Since then the organization has pursued large goals of improving individual and community health in the areas of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Currently the AHA is pursing a focused on their 20/20 impact goal, to improve the overall cardiovascular health of Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020.
Locally the AHA is bringing those national goals to Oregon and Southwest Washington.
- Advocating for smoke-free environments
- Ensuring students have regular physical education in schools
- Promoting access to health food options in schools and workplaces
- Working closely with healthcare organizations to make sure patients receive the best possible heart and stroke care
- Helping to pass new legislation requiring all high school students to learn hands-only CPR prior to graduation
Heart Health Resources
While the AHA provides great tools and resources they want you to remember that one of the very best resources you have is a strong relationship with a primary care provider (a doctor or nurse practitioner). By seeing someone regularly you can understand where your health is now, where its headed and how to achieve your personal wellness goals.
The American Heart Association’s website, Heart.org is full of information and resources. Check out information about hands-only CPR, education about heart conditions you or someone you love may have, news and healthy living tips. Perhaps (hopefully) you’ve seen the heart checkmark on food you buy at the grocery store. Heart.org can help you understand what that means and give you a list of every item that receives the checkmark.
They’ve just launched a new website specifically for survivors at Supportnetwork.heart.org. This new tools allows survivors and caregivers to connect with each other for information and support after a cardiac event or stroke.
Saturday, May 21
This great event is full of education and entertainment events with a non-timed 5k walk. For 2016 the theme is Heartlandia, an ideal community for heart health. It’s a place where they healthy choice the easy choice.
If you have a heart health story you’d like to share the American Heart Association would love to hear it. Also, if your voice can play a critical role in telling local community leaders that the priorities of the AHA matter to our families. To find out how to take in active role in those local health issues visit Heart.org (link below)
- Greater Portland Heart and Stroke Walk
- Nominate someone you know for the Lifestyle Change Award
- Heart Age Assessment
- Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular
- My Life Check
- Heart Check Mark
- Learn About CPR
- Healthy Living (Includes nutrition, stress management, weight loss, parenting tips, stop smoking resources and tools for workplace health)
Author: LivingWell PDX Blog
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