Since we started Boxxy Gifts, our ultimate goal has always been to give back to national causes through charitable donations. Last month we launched our Make an Impact initiative and we are proud to announce that we were able to make a tidy donation to our very first recipient, the American Heart Association (AHA).
For nearly 100 years, the AHA has been fighting to learn more about heart conditions, educate people about heart health and bring awareness to this very serious medical issue that impacts nearly half of Americans.
You may not realize it, but heart conditions cover a wide range of topics, including:
- Congenital heart defects
- Have valve issues
- Atrial fibrillation
- High blood pressure
- Peripheral artery disease
This doesn’t even cover everything! While many conditions can be controlled or avoided altogether with healthy lifestyle habits, other heart issues people are born with or pre-genetically disposed to.
Here is a stunning statistic that made our jaws drop: Nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented. A few other quick facts:
- Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives each year than all forms of cancer and Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease combined
- Heart Disease remains the #1 cause of death in the U.S.
- There are seven key health factors and behaviors that should be monitored to assess risks for heart disease and stroke:
- Not smoking
- Physical activity
- Healthy diet
- Body weight
- Controlling cholesterol
- Managing blood pressure
- Controlling blood sugar
While the AHA funds research, one of its most important functions is to raise awareness for heart-related issues. One highly successful campaign has been Go Red for Women, which brings awareness to the issue of women and heart disease. Believe it or not, heart disease was once thought to only impact men and it wasn’t even until the past 20 years or so that researchers learned that men and women display very different symptoms of a heart attack.
The Go Red for Women campaign was able to effectively spread the message that women are equally affected by heart disease. At first, women were encouraged to wear red to bring awareness to the issue and share heart healthy facts. Over the years, the goal has evolved to be more action-oriented, with women asked to take charge of their heart health by making meaningful lifestyle changes.
While our campaign has ended for the AHA, we strongly encourage you to extend your support of this noteworthy organization. If you would like to continue making financial contributions, we invite you to donate directly to the American Heart Association. You can link to their donation page here or learn more about the warning signs and causes heart disease as well as resources to boost your heart health by clicking here.
Thank you from the bottom of our healthy hearts.