Palm Beach County Florida
American Heart Association

Palm Beach

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Building a culture of health in Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County is living the high life. Wide stretches of tropical beaches. World-class golf courses. Beautiful state parks packed with quintessential Florida wildlife. We're lucky to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, and we take advantage of it. Our home is below the national average for high blood pressure, smoking rates, and obesity. These rankings paint a broad picture of health in our community, but there is more work to do. Food deserts exist in our county. There are schools where kids go hungry. Fast or unhealthy foods are still chosen over balanced nutrition. Despite these challenges, the heart of Palm Beach County beats with pride. Our cycle lanes, walking paths, and world-class beaches encourage people to move more and get active. Students graduate high school trained in Hands-Only CPR, adding over 10,000 new lifesavers to our streets each year. Join us in building a healthier community!

Health Measurements

Donate HeartPercent of adults with...
High Blood Pressure: 24.1%
High Cholesterol: 43.4%
Diabetes: 8.4%
Heart Disease: 6.8%

Lifestyle Risk Factors

Donate HeartPercent of adults who...
Don't exercise: 21.1%
Are overweight (BMI over 25): 57.4%
Smoke cigarettes: 16.3%
Don't eat enough fruits and veggies: 71.4%

Lifestyle Change Award

We are recognizing individuals who have made positive changes to improve their quality of life and health and have influenced those around them to do the same. No change is too small. Every accomplishment is significant and should be celebrated! You can nominate friends, co-workers, relatives, or yourself. Nominees will be reviewed by a selection committee and the winner will be announced at the 2019 Palm Beach County Heart Walk on Saturday, November 16, 2019. The Lifestyle Change Award is sponsored in Palm Beach County by UnitedHealthcare.

Our Community

Ilene Emanuel

“I support the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement because I’ve seen firsthand how the research and education it provides can help save lives. I was born with heart disease and I had to have open heart surgery at a young age. Since then, I’ve eaten healthy and exercised regularly to maintain an optimal level of heart health. When I turned 40, I went for my annual well woman visit and my cardiologist told me I had to have my second open heart surgery. If I hadn’t gone to my doctor, I probably wouldn’t be here today. My heart was in distress, but I did not show any obvious signs or symptoms. It is so important to be an advocate for your own health and to know and understand your numbers as well as your family history.”

–Ilene Emanuel, Palm Beach survivor

Healthy For Good

You don’t need a guilt trip. We know you know. You want to be Healthy For Good. And we’re here to help inspire you to create lasting change in your health and your life, one small step at a time. The approach is simple: Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be well. Get Healthy For Good.

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BetterU Challenge

Take the BetterU Challenge

The 3rd annual BetterU Challenge, made possible in Palm Beach through the generosity of Sally Ross Soter, empowers women to take charge of their heart health. Through this 12-week lifestyle change program, ten local women learn the importance of nutrition, physical activity, blood pressure, cholesterol, family history and other heart-health factors.

30 Days of Heart
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Begin your 30 Days of Heart

Living healthy is a struggle, but our loved ones depend on us. Our hearts depend on us. So giving up isn't an option. Need a jump-start? Take thirty healthy steps. One day at a time. Backed by science. 

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Why Cholesterol Matters

You can lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Take control of managing your cholesterol levels by making healthy lifestyle choices and following a sound medical treatment plan.

Kathryn Vecellio

Volunteering in Palm Beach

Kathryn has been supporting the efforts of the American Heart Association for over 30 years. She is a two- time Chairman of the Palm Beach Heart Ball and serves as a member of the local Board of Directors.

“It is so important to spread awareness that heart disease is our number one health threat. It is through this awareness that people become empowered to make positive changes that hopefully lead to a longer and healthier life."

–Kathryn C. Vecellio, Palm Beach volunteer

Blood Pressure Screening
Target BP
Blood Pressure Screening

Blood Pressure

Check. Change. Control.

Stress on your blood vessels from high blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and other serious health threats. Use our free Check. Change. Control.™ online tool to track your readings and maintain a healthy heart!

Target BP

For Professionals

Target: BP

The AHA and AMA joined forces with the launch of Target: BP™ to support physicians and care teams. We can track and maintain blood pressure goals for our patients by offering access to the latest research, tools, and resources.

Workplace Health

Improving the Health of Local Employees

On average, we spend more than half of our waking hours at work.  That is why we collaborated with local businesses to create a more physically active, health conscious culture in the office.

Focus on Quality

Patient outcomes improve when medical professionals apply the most up-to-date, evidence-based treatment guidelines. That’s the simple truth behind the obsession with continuous quality improvement. Our entire suite of programs can help advance your efforts farther and faster in the quest for ever-better care.

Get With the Guidelines
man performing CPR on CPR manikin

CPR Saves Lives

Emergencies leave us feeling helpless, but they don’t have to. Take two minutes to learn Hands-Only CPR now. 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes. When a person has a cardiac arrest, immediate CPR can double or triple their chance of survival. Prepare to save a life, find a CPR course near you today.

Training New Citizen Lifesavers

We want there to be a lifesaver in every home. Our Sips & CPR series engages Circle of Red members and others to learn CPR in a fun and educational way. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue teach hands-only CPR. Cleveland Clinic physicians give heart-healthy educational presentations. Passionate and influential community leaders are changing the conversation, raising awareness, and saving more lives.

Sips & CPR
School Bus
CPR in Schools

Local Policy Win

To raise the number of CPR-trained bystanders, a growling list of Florida school districts are enacting formal CPR in Schools policy to train students in CPR prior to graduation, including Palm Beach County.

Advocate for a Healthier Palm Beach County

Scientific Research Is the Core of all Our Efforts

Breakthroughs. Innovation. Millions of lives saved. That is American Heart Association funded research. From the first successful pacemaker to new techniques saving newborns with congenital heart defects to drug-coated stents, we fund bold ideas that transform health care.

Researcher in lab

Closing Equity Gaps

EmPOWERED To Serve is a movement inspired by multicultural volunteers around the country who are passionate about driving change through health justice in their communities. These committed ambassadors are closing gaps in health equity through advocacy, policy, education, and social change.

Support Network™

You are not alone. Learn from people like you, or help others who are going through an emotional time. Explore the forums, read survivor stories, seek and receive support.

Support Network
Sheri Kovalsky

Cheryl "Sheri" Kovalsky, Palm Beach stroke survivor

Waking up with a migraine was nothing new for Sheri, but last November, she woke up and knew something was wrong. "This isn’t anything like I’ve felt before,” she told her husband and decided to go to the Emergency Room at Wellington Regional Medical Center.

Doctors quickly determined that she had suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. It took 15 days in the hospital to recover, and today she has no disabilities or setbacks. It’s rare to have a stroke with no side effects, but Sheri will monitor the situation regularly to avoid future complications.

Southwest Florida Walking Trail
Southwest Florida Walking Trail

Greater Together

Across the Sunshine State, communities are building a healthier infrastructure and tackling inequities for hearts of all ages. The challenges are great, but together our future is greater.

Local Events

Palm Beach Heart Walk

Palm Beach County Heart Walk

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Meyer Amphitheatre

Let's get Heartwalking, a movement to move more. Heart Walk is a festival of one million hearts in 300+ communities nationwide beating healthy for good. Join us in West Palm Beach! Walk in memory of someone you love, or create a team.

Palm Beach Heart Ball

Friday, February 14, 2020

The Breakers

Business, medical, and other community leaders unite to celebrate the lifesaving mission of the American Heart Association. Don't miss this unforgettable evening of inspiration, entertainment, and hope as we build a healthier Palm Beach County!

Palm Beach Heart Ball
Go Red For Women Luncheon Venue Ladies seated at tables

Palm Beach County Go Red For Women Luncheon

June 4, 2020

PGA National Resort & Spa

We "Go Red" for our mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends. Heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women - more than all cancers combined. Let's raise awareness that 80 percent of cardiac events are preventable!

Strokes For Stroke

Strokes for Stroke is an annual art event held in collaboration with our Palm Beach County Together To End Stroke Sponsor, Wellington Regional Medical Center. Annually, the event provides a forum for our community to learn about our fifth leading cause of death and number one cause of preventable disability, stroke. Medical experts and community leaders provide an interactive discussion and hands on experience for our guests. Various simulation and art stations are displayed so that our attendees gain an opportunity to become more aware of what the signs and symptoms of a stroke may look like.

Strokes For Stroke

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Mission Advancement

Why I Support the AHA…

“My family has supported the American Heart Association in Palm Beach for decades and it has been a privilege to see the great work of the Association evolve over the years. When I chose to relocate permanently to Palm Beach it was the first charity I had on my mind to support and I was so proud that my two children got involved too. I am incredibly honored to carry on the legacy of giving by my family to the American Heart Association and support the mission to build heathier lives for all people, not just here in Palm Beach, but throughout the state and the country.”

Lee Ann Alderton, a Palm Beach County donor


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Contact Us

Palm Trees
Palm Beach Walking Path

2300 Centrepark West Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33409

Phone: (561) 697-6600
Fax: (561) 688-0613

Local Leadership

Palm Beach County Board of Directors

Board of Directors


Melissa Mickle
Executive Vice President, Florida Market
PNC Financial Services Group


Darryl Miller, MD, FACC
Cleveland Clinic

President Elect

Dr. Anita Wilborn, MD
Good Samaritan Medical Center

Immediate Past President

Ali R. Malek, M.D., F.S.N.I.S.
Medical Director
Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute


Deborah H. Caplan
Executive VP
Human Resources and Corporate Services
NextEra Energy, Inc.

Tracy Christian, BPharm, FIACP
Premier Custom Pharmacy

John A. Domenico
Managing Director
Private Client Advisor II
U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

George Forman
Chief Operating Officer
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Michele Jacobs
Chief Strategy Officer
Economic Council of Palm Beach County

Grasford W. Smith
Firm Shareholder
Jones Foster P.A.

Kathryn C. Vecellio
Vice President
The Vecellio Group, Inc.

Erica Whitfield
District 4 Board Member
Palm Beach County School Board

Palm Beach County Leadership Committees

Palm Beach Founder’s Circle

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