American Heart Association announces partnership with Mountain States Health Alliance

4/7/2011


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The American Heart Association (AHA) announced this week that Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) has joined the organization in a partnership for My Heart My Life, the AHA’s groundbreaking movement to create healthier communities and improve the health of all Americans through a focus on nutrition, physical activity and children’s health. My Heart My Life aims to help people build healthier lifestyles by hosting awareness events and organizing proactive measures like workplace walking programs, public walking paths, “Fit-Friendly Company” recognition, National Start! Eating Healthy Day, and the Tri-Cities Heart Walk, scheduled for Oct. 30. 

“As the region’s top heart hospital, Johnson City Medical Center has long been supportive of the American Heart Association’s efforts to improve heart health in our region. MSHA and JCMC are proud to become partners with the AHA on My Heart My Life,” said Cindy Salyer, MSHA’s Vice President of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services. “We have worked with the AHA for years on their Get With the Guidelines program, which has helped us ensure that we are providing the highest standard of care for our heart patients at JCMC and other MSHA facilities.”

According to the AHA, each day nearly 2,400 Americans die from cardiovascular disease. A leading risk factor for heart attack and stroke is lack of physical activity. Research has shown that individuals may gain two hours of life expectancy for every one hour of regular, vigorous exercise they do. My Heart My Life encourages all Americans to move toward better health through daily physical activity and sensible eating choices. 

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. For more information, visit, www.heart.org. 
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