Neighbor Campaign Wrap Up

heartOver a month ago, the American Heart Association’s Dear Neighbor campaign kicked off their fund-raising effort in which individuals send notes to their neighbors asking for contributions to support their projects. As I wrap up this fund raising effort, I thought I’d share the Get Healthy with Life’s Simple 7 included in the Dear Neighbor fund raising letter provided by the American Heart Association.



Get Healthy with Life’s Simple 7

1. Get Active. Get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five times per week.

2. Control Cholesterol. The American Heart Association recommends the following: Eat healthy foods that are low in cholesterol, trans fats, and saturated fats. A diet high in fiber also helps keep cholesterol levels controlled.

3. Eat Better. A healthy diet is one of your best weapons for fighting cardiovascular disease.

4. Manage Blood Pressure. High blood pressure is the single most significant risk factor for heart disease.

5. Lose Weight. If you have too much fat – especially if a lot of it is at your waist – you’re at higher risk for such health problems as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and diabetes.

6. Reduce Blood Sugar. When you reduce excessive sugars, you are giving yourself the best chance for a healthy life.

7. Stop Smoking. Smoking damages your entire circulatory system, and increases your risk for coronary heart disease, hardened arteries, aneurysm, and blood clots.

If you were not contacted by the Dear Neighbor campaign and wish to make a contribution, visit their website and look for the giving tab.

Dear Neighbor

heartThe February after we moved in our house, our neighbor, Mac stopped by one Sunday afternoon with an envelope for us to make a donation to the American Heart Association. He volunteered in their Dear Neighbor campaign by contacting those on our street requesting donations. Mac’s plan was quite successful. How could I turn him down when he stopped my to chat and then said it was time to collect donations for the Heart Association?

I know he left our house with a check every year and my guess is that he collected checks from most of the neighbors. Then about five years ago I was contacted by the American Heart Association and asked to take over the task of contacting neighbors for contributions. Mac was no longer in good health and hadn’t participated for a couple of years so they were looking for a new volunteer.

I felt that taking over Mac’s responsibility with this project was one small way I could help him since I knew this was an organization he felt strongly about. Of course, my own grandmother suffered multiple heart attacks and benefitted from research supported by the American Heart Association and my mom has a pacemaker so this this is an organization I would have supported anyway.

It’s February! It’s time for the Dear Neighbor campaign! I’ve addressed the envelopes, mailed them to my neighbors, and now I’m waiting for their donations to roll in. I’m sure Mac would have collected more money with his door-to-door efforts, but that’s not my style. Thanks for your support!