What We Do in Kansas

OUR MISSION
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
  • Walking Clubs and Walking Paths to promote exercise and safe places to walk
  • Fit-Friendly Worksite Program to recognize employee wellness initiatives
  • 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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Breckyn Reynolds Kansas

Breckyn Reynolds, of Concordia, nearly died shortly after birth from an undetected heart defect that can usually be fixed if a "pulse oximetry" test is performed soon enough.

She now has a terminal diagnosis due to lack of early detection.

Her family is advocating for pulse oximetry requirements "so other children can have brighter futures."