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  • Blog Post: What's for Lunch?

    You've probably seen our action alerts and Facebook posts over the last month about the all-out food fight in Congress over school meals. What’s at stake are the new nutrition standards established by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which have added more whole grains, fruits and vegetables...
  • Blog Post: Pressing Congress to Keep Special Interests off School Menus

    American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the House Appropriations Committee’s approval of a proposed waiver that would allow school districts to withdraw from federal school nutrition standards: “By giving special interests a seat at the school...
  • Blog Post: AHA Questions Sodium Delay in School Foods

    American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill that would delay the sodium requirement for school foods under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act: “Unlike the House version, the Senate appropriations bill does an admirable...
  • Blog Post: 200+ Groups Tell Congress to Keep School Nutrition Standards Strong

    More than 200 national, state and local organizations (including the American Heart Association) signed a statement urging Congress to oppose efforts to weaken or delay nutrition standards that were set by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and went into effect during the current school year. 90% of schools...
  • Blog Post: Long Overdue: Nutrition Label Updates

    In late February, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its plans to update the ‘Nutrition Facts’ label we all have come to know on the food products we buy. And now it’s time for you to weigh in! As consumers, we need to tell the FDA that we support changes that will...
  • Blog Post: Help Cut Junk Food Ads Out of Schools!

    It's pop quiz time! One of these things are not like the others. Can you pick out the one that doesn’t belong? A) Students B) Physical education C) Teachers D) Books E) Junk food ads Did you pick E? Me too, because all of these things belong in our nation’s schools except junk food...
  • Blog Post: Spring Has Sprung and So Has Budget Season!

    It’s that time of year again. While we wait for the cherry blossoms to bloom in Washington, D.C., budget discussions are heating up between the White House and Capitol Hill. On March 4 th , the President released his budget proposal for 2015 and now Members of Congress are working to establish...
  • Blog Post: Big Changes in Store for Food Labels

    After more than two decades, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing sweeping changes to the nutrition labels on packaged foods. The proposals would require food manufacturers to list added sugars , nutrition counts for more-realistic portion sizes and total nutrition information for multiple...
  • Blog Post: Farm Bill Full of Both Wins and Losses, says AHA

    Washington, D.C., Feb. 4, 2014 —American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on the Agricultural Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, passed by Congress today: The passage of the Farm Bill today has been long-anticipated and the American Heart Association is pleased...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Lobby for FIT Kids

    Nine remarkable You’re the Cure advocates met Jan. 28th with Members of Congress in Washington, D.C. to request support for the Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) Kids Act. FIT Kids is a bipartisan bill that would help ensure children receive quality physical education at school. The advocates...
  • Blog Post: Are You One of the 9 Out of 10?

    Did you know that 9 out of 10 Americans consume too much sodium? The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is educating consumers and providing tips to decrease the sodium in your diet. You may be surprised to learn that the greatest amount of sodium in our food comes from food purchased...
  • Blog Post: The 2013 State Legislative Wrap-Up is Here!

    Today’s blog post is by Mark Schoeberl, the American Heart Association’s Executive Vice President of Advocacy and Health Quality I am pleased to again this year present you with our annual report of state and local public policy progress . We take pride in the diligent efforts of our advocates...
  • Blog Post: Praise for the FDA's Action on Trans Fat

    American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) tentative determination that partially hydrogenated oils are not “generally recognized as safe,” which begins the process to eliminate trans fats from the food supply...
  • Blog Post: Get Ready for National Eating Healthy Day!

    Take the first step to making healthier food choices by taking part in the American Heart Association's National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, Nov. 6. On this day, Americans are encouraged to make small, healthy changes and raise the awareness of the importance of good nutrition. Give your family...
  • Blog Post: Healthy Habits: One of the Most Precious Gifts We Can Give Our Children

    The following excerpt is from a blog post by American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown published on The Huffington Post's The Blog on August 27th. It is first in a series produced by The Huffington Post and the American Heart Association addressing important, timely topics in heart health and wellness...
  • Blog Post: Pants Too Tight? Cut the Salt!

    Nine out of ten Americans consume too much salt- and more and more we are hearing about the serious health consequences it leads to. Excess sodium in your diet can cause high blood pressure and lead to heart failure, stroke, kidney disease, headaches, and more. But did you know that extra sodium may...
  • Blog Post: An Education Bill Without Physical Education? No Way!

    You’re not going to believe this! The U.S. House of Representatives passed its big education bill this month… but do you know what’s missing from it? Physical education! With one in three children overweight or obese in the U.S. and only 3.8% of elementary, 7.9% of middle, and 2...
  • Blog Post: Introducing...Voices for Healthy Kids

    We’re proud to share news of a recent collaboration between the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation aimed at engaging, organizing and mobilizing people to improve the health of their communities and reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. Voices for Healthy Kids is...
  • Blog Post: USDA Releases Strong Standards for Snacks in Our Schools

    Washington, D.C., June 27, 2013 — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the interim final rule on “competitive foods” in the nation’s schools, released today by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA): “The new USDA...
  • Blog Post: VT Advocate Makes the Case for Taxing Unhealthy Products

    Dr. Mary Cushman (right), President of the American Heart Association's Vermont board, recently had an opinion piece published in the Burlington Free Press regarding prevention, health care costs, and taxing unhealthy products. Check out what she had to say... "If we want to get serious about...
  • Blog Post: Roaring Thunder for Healthy School Snacks

    Nearly 250,000 people across the country — including you and 2,500 of your fellow You’re the Cure advocates — spoke-up to support the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposal to set strong nutrition standards for foods and drinks sold in school vending machines, a la carte lines...
  • Blog Post: Senators to Nickelodeon: Prohibit Unhealthy Food Ads

    This week, four U.S. Senators, Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Richard Durbin (D-IL), sent a joint letter to Nickelodeon and its parent company Viacom requesting that the children’s entertainment network prohibit advertisements that market unhealthy food...
  • Blog Post: Exercise Your Voice for FIT Kids & Active Americans!

    Do you get the recommended amount of physical activity each day? How about the kids in your life? If you said no, you are not alone. Unfortunately, more than 25% of adults do not devote any time to getting their body moving during the day and 62% of kids do not get the daily vigorous activity they...
  • Blog Post: Praise for New Report on Physical Education

    American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown released the following statement today on the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) report, Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School, and the re-introduction of the FIT Kids Act in Congress: “This new IOM report...
  • Blog Post: Shaping-Up Food in Schools- Part 2

    Thanks to updated nutrition standards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that went into effect last fall, school meals now have more whole grains, fruits and vegetables- and less sodium, fats, and sugars. Check out this delicious and nutritious offering from the Saint Paul Public Schools...