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Member Spotlight: American Heart Association

The American Heart Association’s mission: to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

While the language is short, the mission is complex.  From humble beginnings – six cardiologists founded the organization in 1924 – the AHA has grown into the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.  A shared focus on cardiovascular health unites their more than 33 million volunteers and supporters as well as their more than 3,400 employees.

The AHA’s Vermont Chapter works hard to achieve their goals at the local level – from teaming up with city leaders to support more walking and biking routes, to driving initiatives that make healthier food options available in all neighborhoods, to providing our kids with more opportunities to be active in school.  Whether you’re an ordinary citizen, a business executive, a faith leader or a policy maker, you can help join AHA on their journey to build a healthier Vermont!

Support the American Heart Association at these upcoming local events:

Go Red for Women Luncheon
Friday, April 12
The DoubleTree by Hilton, Burlington, VT
10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Your mother. Your sister. Your friend. Those are the lives that the American Heart Association is working to save through its Go Red for Women movement. Cardiovascular diseases kill one woman every 80 seconds. The good news? Heart disease and stroke are 80 percent preventable.

At the Go Red for Women Luncheon, you can join more than 400 women to learn how to prevent these diseases. Cynthia Turner of Vermont Federal Credit Union and Kathryn Towle of Resonance Global are co-chairing this impactful event. Jamie Heath, who is just 17 and has already survived two strokes, will share her story. Ellen Albertson, whose accreditations include a Ph.D., RDN, MS, and WEllcoaches ® Certified Professional Trainer, will deliver the keynote address about making the next chapter your best chapter.

Before lunch and the program, network with other women, attend an educational session, have your blood pressure checked, or bid on an auction item. The “Purse-Onalities” are back – donated purses that reflect the personality of their donor!

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photo of group of women wearing red dresses surrounded by glitter

Thursday, Aug. 15
Burlington Waterfront, Burlington
4 – 8 p.m.

Get ready to ride the revolution! The American Heart Association’s newest event will be front and center on Burlington’s waterfront this August. This relay-style, stationary cycling event is a high-energy, two-hour event followed by a celebration. Pull together your team and claim your bike while they are still available! The minimum $1,000 per bike that you fundraise will help the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, fight stroke, the No. 5 killer of all Americans.

Survivors will share their stories at this great event, and you will learn how to prevent stroke. Rev Indoor Cycling will provide the bikes!

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woman riding bike for previous cyclenation event

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