Live Fierce for a world of longer, healthier lives
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 save lives from heart disease and stroke
Heart disease and stroke are leading causes of death and disability in the U.S., and we need your help today. Please give now to support lifesaving research, medical breakthroughs and the critical programs heart and stroke patients count on.
Commit to a healthy future, and together let’s build the health of Chattanooga.
A Culture of Health & Wellness
Everyone deserves the best possible life, and it starts right here in our community.
“I am not the traditional face of heart disease, yet here I am. On December 10, 2011, I woke up and as my heart raced and my breathing became irregular, I knew something was truly wrong. After 45 minutes of a racing heart, multiple EKGs, and two rounds of blood work, the doctors had a diagnosis: I had experienced a heart attack….at age 26. One month later—the day I had planned to start cardiac rehab—I got that racing heart feeling again. Thankfully, my medication kept my heart rate under control, so while I did indeed experience a second heart attack, it was not as painful as the first one.
Nearly 10 years later, I proudly identify as a heart attack survivor and half marathoner (7 times over). I am also a proud advocate for the American Heart Association and spread awareness about the changing face of heart disease.”
Channing Muller, AHA Board Member & Heart Attack 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.
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!
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!
“For each of us, our heart health is our health. What we do each day - our activity level and the things we wish to do - are all controlled by one heart. There is no back-up system. Each beat determines our quality of life. How we treat our heart comes back to us, but some are not so lucky. This is why the American Heart Association is helping to develop the cures to make our hearts stronger. To give us one more moment, one more hour, one more day.”
Glenn Morris, AHA Board of Directors Chairman