The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.
- Sponsors and volunteers for upcoming events
- Financial contributions to support research
- Gift cards
- Auction items
- Survivor stories
- Chairs for events
- Heart Walk teams
- Red yarn for the Little Hats, Big Hearts project
- Go Red for Women Expo
Sept. 25, 2018
- Omaha Heart Ball
Feb. 9, 2019
- Workplace Health Symposium
Feb. 20, 2019
- Omaha-Council Bluffs Heart Walk
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, the organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters. They fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide critical tools and information to save and improve lives.
In Nebraska in the last five years alone, the AHA has funded over $4 million in new research. Nationwide, AHA invests almost $128.5 million a year ($3.5 billion since 1949) in heart research that has led to recent breakthroughs such as clot-busting drugs and drug-eluting stents. Health care providers learn about medical advances and new treatment guidelines though journals, conferences, and online courses.
In the 11-state Midwest affiliate, AHA is currently supporting 402 multi-year studies at a cost of $70,327,574.
Pay it Forward
The American Heart Association wants everyone to know that cardiovascular diseases are largely preventable. Risks can be lowered by adhering to what they call Life’s Simple 7: not smoking, being physically active, maintaining a healthy body weight, eating a healthy diet, controlling blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, and controlling blood sugar. People can assess their cardiovascular health by visiting MyLifeCheck.org and answering a few questions.
American Heart Association
9900 Nicholas St.
Omaha, NE 68114
The Big Give was published in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.