In this year of uncertainty, our commitment to building healthy and safe communities has remained unchanged. With our more than a decade-long partnership with the American Heart Association (AHA) as the presenting sponsor of the Bear Bryant Awards, we strive to tackle heart disease and stroke. Among Americans, heart disease is the number one killer and stroke is the number five.
Each year, the Awards recognize outstanding leaders in college football, both off and on the field. But they also serve to remind us of the lessons taught by legendary Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant – like the importance of working as a team, which we will need to do to tackle fierce opponents, like heart disease and stroke.
Over the last 12 years, the event has raised millions of dollars for critical research and efforts such as training more than one million Houston-area adults and teenagers in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillator (AED) use and basic life-saving skills using AHA methods.
Our partnership continues to evolve over time, as we try out new initiatives and approaches. In addition to our sponsorship, we’ve partnered with the AHA both in Houston and across our operating areas to protect our communities, our employees and their families. This includes piloting AHA’s Check.Change.Control blood pressure management program, CPR awareness sessions and participating in local AHA walks.
We hope that our partnership with the AHA and the Bryant Awards inspires people across the nation to come together as a team to build a healthier community. For more information about the work of AHA, please visit https://www.heart.org/en/affiliates/texas/houston.