I am a proud supporter of AHA and with good reason. When I graduated from high school in 2000, I was almost 300 lbs. I was unhealthy, unhappy, and antisocial. I blamed myself for my condition; every diet I tried failed and I took it personally.
I started college in August 2000 and that first year of college changed my life. I took a health class that was graphic to say the least. We were taught about heart disease, some of its causes, and shown nasty pictures of what a poor diet can do to your heart. The second part of that class taught us nutrition. I learned I could eat good stuff and still lose weight. After this, my life was never the same. I started an exercise class, renovated my diet, and the pounds just went from there.
I am happy to say that I was down to 150 lbs in 2005 and am now 175 lbs. after some weight training. I attribute this weight loss to education. AHA provides education and resources to people; that is absolutely vital. I have happily participated in the local Heartwalk and donated money to AHA for almost 11 years now. Education helped add years to my life and that is what AHA is doing for people everyday.