FRIDAY FOCUS: American Heart Association

Did you know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and yet it is 80% American Heart Associationpreventable?The American Heart Association strives to build healthier lives to prevent cardiovascular diseases and strokes. To increase awareness of their organization they have created a campaign called Go Red For Women and Today is National Wear Red Day! To support the American Heart Association we put on our red shirts and caught up with Annette Fisher, Senior Communications Director, to learn how they help strengthen our hearts.

Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)

A: The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world, cardiovascular diseases #1 and stroke #5. We team up with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. Our company is based in Dallas and is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.

We serve the Maryland region in Baltimore and I’m the Senior Communications Director promoting 37 AHA initiatives.

Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?

A: My favorite moment is when someone called last week about CPR training. I was able to assist and they are now certified CPR trained. I love to provide customer service to the citizens of Maryland.

Q: What is your biggest challenge?

A: My biggest challenge is working with limited resources. I wish we could help everyone who calls with a request.

Q: Are there any upcoming events?

A: We are the midst of February’s American Heart Month! Kudos to our ambassador’s, we have a series of events happening around the Baltimore region. We are excited about Nutrition in March and National Start Walking month in April. To learn more about these events check out http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Affiliate/Baltimore.

Q: How can people get involved with your organization?

A: We are always recruiting volunteers to support the mission! Call 410-246-6726 or go to our website at heart.org.

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