Iowa Has Heart

Iowa Has Heart is an awareness campaign developed by the Iowa Heart Foundation providing education on the prevention of heart disease - the leading cause of death in the United States.

We invite you (and your teams) to show that You Have Heart by getting involved in a variety of ways:

  • Promote heart health through education events and social media using the Iowa Has Heart Calendar.
  • Learn about Hands Only CPR and share the location of an AED.
  • Visit your healthcare team and know your heart health numbers.
  • Share personal heart health stories to increase awareness.
  • Sign the Iowa Has Heart Pledge to demonstrate your commitment to heart health. 
  • Donate to support programs and initiatives across Iowa through the Giving Campaign

Sign up to receive the Iowa Heart Foundation Newsletter! 

Iowa Has Heart Sample Social Media Posts

Share your work in promoting heart health by using the hashtag #IowaHasHeart and tagging the Iowa Heart Foundation on social media posts. Facebook - LinkedIn - Instagram - Twitter

  • World Heart Day (September): 
    @WorldHeart Day is an opportunity to unite for heart health. Beating cardiovascular disease is something that matters to every beating heart. #UseHeart #WorldHeartDay #IowaHasHeart #IowaHearts @iowaheartfoundation 
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month (October):
    October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Awareness Month. SCA happens when the heart suddenly stops beating. Survival rates greatly improve if more people take action and know what to do. Call 911 - Start CPR - Use an AED.  #IowaHasHeart #IowaAEDs @iowaheartfoundation 
  • Find an AED Challenge (October):
    During the month of October the Iowa Heart Foundation is holding a social media challenge to raise awareness about AEDs and their locations. When an AED is located participants are to take a picture and provide a brief description of its location. #IowaHasHeart #IowaAEDs @iowaheartfoundation 
  • Healthcare Team and Caregivers (November): 
    Caregivers are a very important part of the care team. Many feel grateful to be able to care for a loved one who has a health problem. However, caregiving is a complex responsibility, and the stress of being a caregiver can take a toll on your physical and emotional health. Take time to show gratitude for your healthcare team and caregivers. #OurHearts #GratefulNovember2022 #IowaHasHeart
  • Learn Your HealthCare History (December):
    There are many different risk factors for heart disease. If there is a history in your family, your personal risk of developing heart disease is higher. You can take steps to lower your risk. Knowing your family medical history and meeting with your healthcare team are good first steps. #OurHearts #IowaHearts #KnowYourNumbers
  • Heart Health Resolutions (January): 
    When you choose healthy behaviors, you can lower your heart disease risk while also preventing other serious chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes and some kinds of cancer. Small changes can make a big difference! #IowaHasHeart 

Iowa Has Heart Stories

The following individuals have shared their Iowa Has Heart stories to create awareness of AEDs (automated external defibrillators). Click on each of their names to read their story. 

Ottumwa Has Heart 5K

The Ottumwa Has Heart 5K Run/Walk was held in April 2022 and raised $10,000. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Iowa and Wapello is one of the most impacted counties. Proceeds for the event will support heart health initiatives in southeast Iowa. 

Fort Dodge Has Heart 5K 

The Fort Dodge Has Heart 5K Run/Walk was held in September 2022. Proceeds from the event will support heart health initiatives in southeast Iowa.