Ed Smith spoke with Kristy Smorol, the Communication Director for the American Heart Association of Western NY and Central New York.
-She talked about the mission of the organization to be a relentless force for longer healthier lives because they believe every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life.
-Kristy said they have expanded well beyond stroke and heart disease to include mental health, sleep disorders and more.
-She talked about how this year marks 100 anniversary of the American Heart Association and they are focused on creating awareness in the community.
-February 2nd is National Wear Red Day. A day to focus on women’s heart health and they encourage everyone to wear red, light up buildings in red and show their support.
-February is heart month and for the entire month they are going to have a mobile CPR training unit at a local University of Rochester location. This is a big focus for them in 2024, to train as many people as possible in CPR.
-Kristy talked about the importance of CPR and saving someone’s life.
-They are also planning a Heart Ball in March and they are hosting a Research Reception that will highlight heart research, they will recognize local medical professionals and researchers.
-She also said they will be doing their heart walk in June at Monroe Community College.
-Proceeds from these events and other fundraising efforts support research for treatment and cures.