News Release: Emory Healthcare , Woodruff Health Sciences

Jul. 12,  2011

Emory Healthcare Partners with American Heart Association for "My Heart. My Life" Program

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ATLANTA – Emory Healthcare and the American Heart Association are teaming up to create greater awareness of heart disease and its risks, and to help men and women take better control of their health through the 'My Heart. My Life' program.    

'My Heart. My Life' is a comprehensive new health, wellness and fitness initiative that will encourage Atlanta residents to embrace an overall healthier lifestyle to improve cardiovascular health. It's an important component of the American Heart Association's sweeping national goal to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent and to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020.   

As a partner, Emory Healthcare will work with the Metro Atlanta American Heart Association to increase community awareness and improve Atlanta's cardiovascular health through a variety of healthy eating and physical activities, which will include:  

  • A public education campaign focused on encouraging Atlanta residents to better understand their current heart health status (www.mylifecheck.org) and make the small changes needed to establish the healthy habits that will move them toward ideal cardiovascular health.
  • Sponsorship of the annual Atlanta Heart Walk – The "Start! Heart Walk" is the American Heart Association's premier fundraising event. This year, more than 1 million people will participate in nearly 450 events across the country. The Metro Atlanta "Start! Heart Walk" is one of the American Heart Association's largest Heart Walk events with more than 15,000 participants. The Heart Walk provides the public with an interactive experience that will give them a strong sense of commitment to improve their health and reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Promoting the importance of corporate wellness programs through the use of the American Heart Association's Start! and Fit-Friendly company recognition programs. (www.startwalkingnow.org)

"Emory Healthcare has long supported the scope and mission of the American Heart Association, and we have stood as a community partner in helping to not only care for patients who have already developed heart-related conditions, but also in educating Atlantans on how to live a healthier lifestyle through diet, exercise and timely medical checkups to protect against heart disease," says Emory Healthcare President and CEO John T. Fox. "Heart disease is close to a universal challenge every person must either fight or guard against. The 'My Heart. My Life' program will provide us all with the very important additional resources to enhance awareness throughout our region, and to help people better help themselves and their loved ones to stay healthier – longer."

According to a recent American Heart Association survey, 54 percent of American adults have a heart health condition or need to make a lifestyle change to improve their heart health. To improve cardiovascular health better education and understanding must take place for adults to link their overall health with their risk of heart disease and stroke.

"Changing simple choices related to how we eat and how we operate in our day to day lives can affect our heart health in significant ways," Metro Atlanta American Heart Association Vice President  Michael Privette said. "With the health of the United States still rapidly decreasing, millions of Atlantans are at risk of developing heart disease at younger ages.  It's critical that we do everything we can to encourage our community to take at least one step toward improvement. Emory Healthcare is a great partner in the kind of collaborative effort we need to really move the needle in improving the hearts of all Atlanta residents."

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