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Lycoming County United Way
Description of Agency
Assists individuals with <ul><li>Education about healthy
living through nutrition and physical activity, weight management, stress management, smoking cessation</li><li>Information about heart-related physical conditions such as arrhythmia, cholesterol, congenital heart defects, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke</li><li>Information about research in the field</li><li>Information for caregivers</li><li>CPR and ECC training</li></ul>
The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke. Providing credible heart disease and stroke information for effective prevention and treatment.
To build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and strokes.
A pioneering group of physicians and social workers formed the first Association for the Prevention and Relief of Heart Disease in New York City in 1915. They were concerned about the lack of heart disease information. At that time, heart disease patients were considered doomed, limited to complete bed rest. So these physicians conducted studies in NYC and Boston to find out whether heart disease patients could safely return to work. Similar groups in Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago evolved into heart associations in the 1920's. Interest spread widely in other cities across the US and Canada. Recognizing the need for a national organization to share research findings and promote further study, 6 cardiologists representing several groups founded the American Heart Association in 1924. The founding members were Drs. Lewis A. Conner and Robert H. Halsey of New York; Paul D. White of Boston; Joseph Sailer of Philadelphia; Robert B. Preble of Chicago; and Hugh D. McCulloch of St. Louis. The American Heart Association made its public debt in late 1948 during a network radio contest, "The Walking Man," on the "Truth or Consequences" program hosted by Ralph Edwards. Millions of Americans sent contributions to the AHA along with guesses on the walking man's identity. The effort netted $1.75 million before Jack Benny was identified as the "Walking Man."
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