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Heart N Hands

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Food, Health, Heart & Circulatory System Diseases & Disorders, Nutrition

Mission: Our MISSION is to EMPOWER, EDUCATE and RAISE AWARENESS of heart health, heart disease prevention, provide heart health education, and encourage healthy lifestyle choices for young girls aged 10-18 and their families. We promote physical activity, heart healthy eating and heart healthy lifestyle choices.

Results: In the past 6 years, Heart N Hands has educated over 3,000 girls and their families and trained over 300 girls in Hands ONLY CPR (American Heart Association New Orleans). In 2020, during COVID-19, Heart N Hands hosted approximately 15 fitness/ wellness sessions to promote heart healthy activities. We provided the following fitness sessions: morning stretch, yoga, Zumba, mindful meditation, HIIT, low impact for the HEART! Partnered with No Kid Hungry to create "Fruit Friday" - provided over 400 kids in need fresh fruit and heart health education along with their school lunch.

Target demographics: raise awareness and educate girls aged 10-18 about heart health and heart disease prevention

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 3,500 girls, CPR Training to over 100 girls, fresh fruit snack bags and educate to over 400 kids

Geographic areas served: New Orleans, LA and Nashville, TN Regional areas; Virtually

Programs: fitness/wellness session, heart healthy eating & nutrition and encouraging heart healthy lifestyles

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Heart n Hands is an incredible organization!! We are continuing to work with the Girl Scouts and Girls on the Run to educate them on heart health, fitness and more!! We have expanded as well to Nashville! We have regular fitness programs with Nina Balan at the Lafitte Greenway and continuing their fight against heart disease in girls and women! We are doing some great things in the city of New Orleans!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Heart N Hands is a phenomenal non-profit organization!! We work and strive to make young girls and women aware of the dangers of heart disease and how, now more than ever, it is important to take care of your body and most of all...your heart!!! Our organization has been host to many events like a virtual 5k, CPR classes, virtual yoga and more to help keep the community engaged and involved! I am super proud to be a part of this amazing organization and look forward to you joining us in continuing our cause!!!

1 Mandy L.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love that Heart N Hands have outdoor work outs for people to do! It keeps you fit while also helping your heart :)
A lot of people are trying to get back in shape and this is a perfect/fun way to give donations.

1 Kayla D.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heart N Hands is an organization that has truly helped impact the community of New Orleans. I've attended many fundraising events and always leave feeling inspired to enhance my overall health and help spread awareness for heart health. Essence and her team she surrounds herself with are all welcoming, warm and inspiring people to know. I am always amazed with how hard this organization works to touch as many lives as possible. Thank you, Heart n Hands! Looking forward to many more events with you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have watched this organization grow and so proud of the work they have accomplished in the past 6 years. WOW, can't wait to see what's next for them!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Great cause, great org, great efforts raising awareness about heart disease prevention in the community!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the work that Heart N Hands does in our community in the New Orleans area. I have supported their efforts and celebrate with them each year as they celebrate their anniversary and successes throughout the year. Keep up the great work. Visit their website to learn more about what they do and how you can also get involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering for Heart N Hands! I have provided blood pressure checks and heart healthy tips at several of their events and always leave feeling a big sense of accomplishment. The work they do is like none other - working to educate our young girls to prevent the #1 killer of women - heart disease. I am looking forward to the next event and another chance to educate more women and girls in the community. Follow them on social media to see all the great things they are doing. So proud to be a part of the organization and to see them grow. Even through COVID-19 they still managed to get our and work in the community and provide free virtual fitness sessions...WOW! Well done.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of Heart N Hands and volunteering since its inception and like the work they do in NOLA. I can see how so many have benefitted from the work they do. I have also learned so much about heart health since I have been a part. Keep up the great work.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Since I joined the Heart N Hands team, I became more aware of my own health and wellbeing. The events and accountability group behind the HNH team has been everything I needed mostly during the pandemic times when I felt like giving up on my fitness. Thanks to the 5K virtual race and other events organized in the last 7 months, I have finally accomplished my goal of running/jogging for 3.1 miles 3 times a week. I must say that without HNH, this would have not happened!

5

Board Member

Rating: 4

So happy to be a part of this great organization for the past 6 years. We have done so much in the community and excited about our recent expansion to Nashville, TN this year. This will be a good opportunity for the organization to expand services and reach more girls and women to increase information about heart health and heart disease prevention - our core mission. Looking forward to seeing the expansion to the next city/state!!!! So much more growth for Heart N Hands!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have heard so many great things about Heart N Hands and their impact in the New Orleans community. I love to see all the programs catered to girls and their families that encourage healthy lifestyles. I especially appreciated the work they did right after COVID-19 when they offered free virtual fitness sessions to anyone that wanted to get active and focus on their heart health. Looking forward to seeing all the amazing things this org will continue to do.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this nonprofit since the beginning and love the work they do in the community with girls and women. So happy to see their involvement in the community actively working to raise awareness of heart disease prevention while finding creative ways to get our community moving and active. Keep up the great work.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

We love the work of Heart N Hands and how they focus on educating girls about heart health and how to love their hearts! Making an impact in the community.