• Laura Brzyski

This Month, Help End the Cycle of Heart and Brain Disease, Thanks to the American Heart Association

Graphic courtesy of Brownstein Group.
Graphic courtesy of Brownstein Group.

The AHA’s annual fundraiser, CycleNation, is virtual this year in Philly, meaning you can get out, move, and support wherever you are.


Since 2016, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association have been encouraging folks across the country to get heart and brain healthy through their annual fundraiser, CycleNation. The four-week challenge, which originally began in Denver, now takes place in over 40 cities. (Fun fact: Last year, Grad Hospital spin studio Revel Ride hosted its first CycleNation event at Citizens Bank Park!)

Due to the pandemic, the Philadelphia chapter of the AHA is taking CycleNation virtual this year. For the entire month of October, you’ll be able to choose your own socially distanced movement, like clipping in on your at-home bike or taking a brisk jog on your local trail. The goal: log a collective 10,000 minutes of physical activity by October 29th, World Stroke Day. Don’t worry, you still have two weeks to achieve your mileage any way and any time you want!

CycleNation was founded as an educational and physical activity opportunity to bring awareness to the pervasiveness of heart and brain disease in America. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, and three out of five Americans will develop a brain disease in their lifetime. And yet, according to the AHA, 80% of cardiovascular disease is preventable, mainly by taking active steps to live a healthy lifestyle.

To join the CycleNation movement, head here to either register as a virtual participant (and start logging your minutes ASAP!) or donate directly to the cause. The funds raised will go toward stroke-, heart-, and brain-centric research, prevention, and advocacy.