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Live Fierce for a world of longer, healthier lives

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Imagine a Tennessee Valley where healthy choices are equitable and accessible, where your freeway exit does not determine your life-expectancy. From our surrounding rural areas to our urban core, we are fighting for longer, healthier lives by making the places where we live, learn, work, play, pray and heal as healthy as can be.

Life expectancy in Hamilton County can vary by 14 years depending on zip code.

Help prevent death from heart disease and stroke

Heather got a second chance at life because caring people like you help fund critical research and breakthroughs. Help save more lives and give more second chances with a monthly gift of $19 or more and receive a limited-edition "We Save Lives" T-shirt with our thanks.

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A Culture of Health & Wellness

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

Kim Lewis

“At the age of 32, I was told I had 5 years to live. I had an ejection-fraction of 12 and a 12-year-old son. As a single mom I was devastated. 21 years later, I am still here because of cardiovascular research, brave doctors and lots of prayer. I have been able to watch my son grow into a wonderful young man, I married Prince Charming and I have fallen in love with my new granddaughter. I am proud to be a Go Red for Women volunteer to help save more women like me.”

Kim Lewis, Survivor

Water refill stations for healthier students

Are your kids staying hydrated these days? The water fountain is one of the germiest places in schools, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the CDC is encouraging our little ones to bring their own water. That’s why we need your help to replace water fountains with no-touch water bottle filling stations. Drinking water can positively impact your children’s cognitive performance, and this change can nearly triple how much water students drink.

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Working healthier, happier wherever you are

Working from home doesn’t mean that your wellness plans have stopped. It's important to stay active and keep your mental health in mind. The Chattanooga Worksite Wellness Summit is a virtual series for you and your coworkers or employees to learn how to make sure physical and mental health stays top of mind for everyone.

Move more everyday

Whether it’s a structured exercise program or just part of your daily routine, all exercise adds up to a healthier heart. Take the first step by walking. It's free, easy to do and when you have a walking companion, you're more likely to stay motivated. Check out Coolidge Park, the Tennessee Riverwalk or Heritage Park for a scenic, socially distanced place to walk!

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Healthier Kids. Healthier Adults.

When you kids are active, they have a better chance of a healthy adulthood. This year’s Kids Heart Challenge(link opens in new window) and American Heart Challenge(link opens in new window) gets thousands of local children moving more. Through the program, educators focus on whole body wellness, helping your children improve their own health, better their character, and raise life-saving funds to help other kids facing heart-health issues. Make sure your school has signed up!

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Do you know a hero?

You've seen them in action - healthcare workers, teachers, parents. They've risen to the call over the last year and kept our community healthy. The Go Red for Women movement wants to honor those who have worked to keep our community safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our team will select stories to share at the 2021 Go Red for Women Virtual Experience "Heroes of the Heart" on May 14, 2021.

Christopher LeSar

“As a physician, I recognized several years ago how the American Heart Association and my patient population are intricately connected. I have had the privilege of being involved in the American Heart Association and its many events for over 5 years and see the difference they are making through the education initiatives, community awareness and advancements in medical research that they support. It takes the voices of many to evoke changes within a community. I encourage everyone to support the mission of the AHA, participate in the events and help to make a difference.”

Christopher LeSar, MD, Vascular-Endovascular Surgeon / Circle of Red Member

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