DES MOINES, Iowa, April 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Heart Association encourages Iowans to embrace a unique opportunity to support its lifesaving mission on Inspired Giving Day: April 29. Many of the more than 800 Iowa businesses that support the American Heart Association and a number of Iowa-based celebrities, including Chris Soules from "The Bachelor", are lending support for this first-of-its-kind statewide movement. Iowans are encouraged to make a donation in support of "building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke" at www.heart.org/iowagives.
"It is our hope that Inspired Giving Day on April 29 will allow us to harness the collective power of a unique blend of individuals, communities and organizations to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the American Heart Association's lifesaving work," said Carmen Schick, Senior Vice President of Development for the American Heart Association. "Inspired Giving Day will encourage people to take collaborative action to improve the health of their local communities by giving back."
On April 29, Iowa's Inspired Giving Day will harness the power of both traditional and social media to create a statewide movement dedicated to giving. Well-known Iowans are lending their voices to help spread the word, including Chris Soules from "The Bachelor", who will be featured in statewide television and radio public service announcements.
"I am honored to lend my support to this important campaign," said Chris Soules. "It is a privilege to help fight heart disease and stroke, the number one killers, and I ask my fellow Iowans to join me."
Other well-known Iowans joining the campaign include University of Iowa Men's Football coach Kirk Ferentz and Assistant Iowa State University Women's Basketball Coach Billy Fennelly.
"We know that heart disease impacts Iowans of all ages and walks of life," said Ferentz. "Anything we can do to help change that is vitally important."
To contribute to the success of the Inspired Giving Day movement, visit www.heart.org/iowagives. To follow up-to-date progress on the campaign, Iowans are invited to "like" the American Heart Association's Iowa Facebook page(https://www.facebook.com/AmericanHeartAssociationIowa) or follow the #LifeisWhyIA hashtag on Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/AHAIowa).
The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. The organizations team 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. The American Heart Association is currently providing more than $10.5 million to fund 41 research studies in Iowa. Additionally, the association trains more than 140,000 Iowans in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and works on lifesaving public policy. This includes making walking routes to school safer for Iowa children and improving outcomes for heart attack patients in rural Iowa through its Mission: Lifeline program.
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SOURCE American Heart Association