What We Do in Illinois

What we do in Illinois


Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
The American Heart Association is working to improve the cardiovascular health of ALL Americans by 20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20% by the year 2020.

Fewer people are dying from heart disease and stroke, but improving the cardiovascular health of ALL Americans has had mixed results - obesity among adults, and physical activity and cholesterol for kids.

Our My Heart. My Life.TM prevention platform includes:

  • Teaching Gardens to encourage school children to eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Cooking Classes to help parents prepare healthy meals for their families
  • Heart Walks to celebrate healthy lifestyles and fund research and health initiatives
  • Reducing sodium and sugar-sweetened beverages as personal choices and default options in the community.

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Dustin Palmer Illinois

Dustin Palmer, who has had two open-heart surgeries for an aneurysm and a malfunctioning aortic valve, received a heart transplant in September 2014.

As a South Central Illinois Heart Walk volunteer, this active, 30-yeart-old dad from Salem tries to inspire others to adopt heart-healthy lifestyles.