What We Do in Wisconsin

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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Nicky Leto Wisconsin

Nicky Leto, of Fall River, was 23 when she had two strokes caused by undetected congenital heart defects.

After months in rehabilitation, she had successful heart surgery.

You now see her at our events year-round, sharing her story to educate others on the warning signs of stroke.