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Greater Knoxville

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

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Imagine a community where healthy choices are equitable and accessible and where your highway exit does not determine your health. Across Knoxville and surrounding communities, 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.


In Knox County, your life expectancy can differ up to 10 years depending on what neighborhood you live in.

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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Commit to a healthy future, and together let’s build the health of Knoxville.

A Culture of Health & Wellness

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

Meghan Cole and family

“I'm a mom of triplets, wife, and marathon runner. At the age of 32, I had a heart attack. The day started just like any other: I woke up at 5am to go for a run. Shortly after, I ended up at the ER and was experiencing a heart attack. After 2 unsuccessful surgeries, my doctors informed me that I was going to undergo open heart surgery. Because of the advancements of the American Heart Association, the surgeon was able to do minimally invasive surgery. My recovery was much easier and I was able to come home to my kids sooner. I'm back to doing all the things I love. I now serve as an AHA Ambassador and want to share my story to inspire others to listen to their body.”

Meghan Cole, Survivor, 34 years old

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Yes, hospitals are safe!

Heart attacks and strokes don’t stop for COVID-19, but reports show ER visits are down 40-50% nationwide. Around half of Hispanics and Blacks say they fear going to the hospital for heart attack or stroke during the pandemic. This could be devastating for those who need quality care fast. So know this: Hospitals are still the safest place for treatment when experiencing a heart attack or stroke.

Do you know how to spot a stroke F.A.S.T?

#DYK that Stroke is the No. 3 leading cause of death in Knox County? With stroke, every second counts. Knowing the warning signs may be the difference between recovery and disability. Learn to think and act F.A.S.T., because you never know when you need to save the life of someone you love.

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Fight for our mothers, sisters + friends

The No. 1 killer of women is heart disease. And 1 of every 3 women you know will be impacted. Join our Go Red for Women® movement and make a commitment to women’s heart health. We invite all women and your families to lead healthier lives and drive collective action for community transformation! Join the conversation with #KnoxGoRed

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4708 Papermill Drive
Knoxville, TN 37909

(865) 293-5100

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