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Greater New Orleans

A relentless force for longer, healthier lives in our community.

Imagine a community where healthy choices are equitable and accessible, where your zip code does not determine your health. Across Greater New Orleans, we are fighting for longer lives by making the places where we live, learn, work, play, pray and heal as healthy as they can be.

Healthy food access and affordability, complete streets, including safe places to be active, and nutrition security are some of our greatest needs here in and around New Orleans. Together, with our Board of Directors and community partners, we are addressing social determinants of health to improve lives in our community.

In Orleans Parish, almost 50% of residents live in food deserts with little to no access to affordable, fresh produce and healthy foods.

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Healthy at Home

No need to feel alone while you’re isolated. Let’s connect as a community and learn new ways to eat healthy, get active, and manage stress while staying safe at home.

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Help Us Save Lives

Your support is critical to our work fighting heart disease and stroke, especially as we address the challenges of COVID-19. Please make your lifesaving gift today.

A Culture of Health & Wellness

Everyone deserves the best possible life, and it starts right here in our community.

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“The American Heart Association has invested over $4 billion invested in heart and stroke research worldwide. While we continue to support innovative science and ensure quality care, we also recognize that community environments play a critical role in our health outcomes. There has been a shift in focus to address health disparities rooted in social determinants, access to care, healthier environments, and many of the factors leading to chronic disease that disproportionately impact our community. But we can’t do that alone. We invite YOU to help us identify local health needs and challenges and join forces to find solutions that create longer, healthier lives right here in Greater New Orleans and the Northshore.”

–Brittany Gay, Executive Director (left)

Release The Pressure, New Orleans!

About 80% of Black adults live with uncontrolled high blood pressure. So a number of diverse organizations including the American Medical Association created Release The Pressure(link opens in new window) to help you know your numbers, improve your rates, monitor and manage your blood pressure. What are you waiting for? Improve your heart and mental health by joining local community conversations, take the pledge, and find a number of educational resources. C'mon NOLA, let’s release the pressure!

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Increasing access for local food insecure communities

More than 25% of our residents live below the Federal Poverty Level, and area food banks have seen a 40% increase in demand since the COVID-19 struck. We pivoted to aid an emergency feeding site, ensuring the most vulnerable had access to healthy food. Through partnerships with community organizations and collaboratives like Top Box Foods, Eat Fit, and Second Harvest Food Bank, we’re working to bring healthy, fresh, affordable foods to those disproportionately impacted.

Healthier Kids. Healthier Adults.

Active kids have a better chance of a healthy adulthood. This year’s Kids Heart Challenge and American Heart Challenge got 35,500 local children moving more with 60 schools participating. Kids learned the importance of healthy habits while raising over $95,000 to build a healthier Greater New Orleans. We are so proud to share their commitment to family-focused health by offering virtual programs to all area schools.

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Empowering local young women to excel with STEM

A troubling gender gap exists in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). From the lack of women pursuing STEM degrees to the number of women in STEM careers, opportunities are lacking for bright young women of diverse backgrounds. We’re working to close these gaps through our New Orleans STEM Goes Red initiative that brings together an extraordinary group of 100 high school girls with the goal of reaching for the stars and beyond. Join us to keep the momentum going for our community!

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Contact Us

110 Veterans Boulevard, Suite 160
Metairie, LA 70005

(504) 872-3500

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