ATLANTA — Kroger’s Georgia stores and the American Heart Association teamed up this month to help fight heart disease — the No. 1 cause of death of both men and women in the state, and the leading cause of death in the United States — during American Heart Month.
The initiative, which ran through Valentine’s Day, allowed customers at all Georgia Kroger locations to purchase a red paper heart for $1 at checkout to help raise $200,000 to benefit the AHA and its mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Richmond Hill’s Kroger at 53 Exchange St. participated in this campaign.
“More than 2,100 Americans die from cardiovascular diseases each day — or about one death every 40 seconds,” said Glynn Jenkins, the public relations director for Kroger’s Atlanta Division. “We are committed to raising awareness and driving financial support to the AHA’s important lifesaving research programs to help the nearly 84 million American adults suffering from cardiovascular diseases, including coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke and high blood pressure.”
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Donations to AHA help fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to help millions of people across the country.