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The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke."
The mission statement was updated by the American Heart Association during its Annual Meeting in April 2007. The mission statement undergoes a formal review process every third year.
The association's impact goal is to reduce coronary heart disease, stroke and risk by 25 percent by 2010. Progress toward the goal will be measured according to these indicators:
- Reduce the death rate from coronary heart disease and stroke by 25 percent.
- Reduce the prevalence of smoking, high blood cholesterol and physical inactivity by 25 percent.
- Reduce the rate of uncontrolled high blood pressure by 25 percent.
- Eliminate the growth of obesity and diabetes.
Long Island Start! Heart Walk
Long Island's 2008 Start! Heart Walk will take place place on Sunday, September 28, 2008 at Nassau Community College in Garden City. Contact Heidi Hand - 516-450-9120, for more details about participating and corporate sponsorships.
The Start! Heart Walk 2007 was a huge success. Participants from all over walked for Long Island friends and neighbors, for family members and loved ones, and in honor and in memory of the close to 8,600 people on Long Island who die each year from cardiovascular disease - Long Island's No. 1 cause of death. They walked to "Start!" a healthier journey and a healthier life. Led by American Heart Association Start! Heart Walk teams from Kaitlyn's Angels, Astoria Federal Savings, J.H. Cohn, LLP, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Washington Mutual and others, more than 3,000 walkers stepped out on Sunday, September 30 to help save Long Island lives from heart disease and stroke, raising more than $425,000...and counting.