A relentless force for longer, healthier lives in our community.
Imagine an Upstate where healthy choices are equitable and accessible, where your zip code does not determine your health. Across our community, we are fighting for longer lives by making the places we live, learn, work, play, pray and heal as healthy as they can be.
We’re committed to equitably increasing healthy life expectancy in our community by addressing both physical and mental well-being. Our greatest priority across the Upstate is to help everyone in the community have better access to things like healthy foods and physical activity, as well as, mental health and primary care resources.
Residents in one Upstate neighborhood are expected to live 15 years less than another neighborhood just 5 miles down the road.
This year, we WILL recommit to our hearts. And we'll be loud, proud, and relentless. How?
Record a 10-second video doing something for your health while saying "Watch Me __________!"
Blast it with hashtag #WatchMe and inspire others to make 2021 the year of health.
We’re calling all changemakers, community champions, and heart warriors to be the solution. Raise your voice to something bigger than yourself. Demand change. Fight for a healthy lifestyle. Grow your community. Live without limitations. Swap challenge for opportunity and claim what is possible. Live Fierce, starting now.
Commit to a healthy future, and together let's build the health of the Upstate.
A Culture of Health & Wellness
Everyone deserves the best possible life, and it starts right here in our community.
“Serving on the board of the Upstate American Heart Association is not a role that I take lightly. As an African American woman, I know that heart disease adversely affects my community, family members and close friends. It’s imperative that we continue to promote health and wellness throughout the Upstate and continue to be the catalyst for change. I'm truly thankful for the opportunity to serve an incomparable organization that improves the lives of others.”
Chandra Mansell, Upstate American Heart Association Board Member
Fighting the silent killer in the Upstate
Are you managing your blood pressure? High blood pressure is known as the “silent killer,” and is a leading cause of cardiovascular death, especially for low-income adults. To help some of the most vulnerable residents in Greenville County, we’re working with Greenville Free Medical Clinic to implement an at-home blood pressure management program. Find out more!
Bringing basic cooking skills to Spartanburg families
Want to learn how to prepare healthy foods? In collaboration with the Spartanburg Food Systems Coalition, we're launching a series of virtual cooking classes for Spartanburg families. Participants in the pilot program will receive meal kits, along with additional in-person instruction through local physicians’ offices. Start learning how to eat healthy today!
Food desert to farmers’ market
Did you know the Pleasant Valley community is in a “food desert?” To help, Pleasant Valley Connection and Maranatha Farms launched a new farmers’ market to get Pleasant Valley residents better access to healthy foods. Along with community businesses, we support these efforts by providing matching SNAP vouchers, produce bags and other resources. You can help!
“We are honored to serve as co-chairs for the Heart of the Upstate campaign. Our top priority is to focus on health inequities in our community and find ways to improve and extend the lives of our friends, families and neighbors. Our Executive Leadership Team is working diligently to exceed historic goals as we join sponsors, volunteers and community partners to expand the mission of the American Heart Association. Our goal is simple and profound: a world of longer, healthier lives.”
Flavia and Lynn Harton, Co-Chairs for Upstate Heart Ball