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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Facts: January 2013 AHA Policy Report

    Find all of AHA's Policy Position statements on various issues with this "at-a-glance" report entitled the Policy Report.
  • Blog Post: Competitive Foods Rule Puts Kids’ Health First

    American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the USDA’s preliminary rule on “competitive foods” in the nation’s schools: “The new competitive foods rule has the right ingredients to keep American kids healthy. Less salt, sugar and...
  • Blog Post: Praise for the HeLP America Act

    American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement today on “The Healthier Lifestyles and Prevention America (HeLP America) Act,” introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA): “Sen. Tom Harkin’s tireless efforts on behalf of prevention are greatly appreciated...
  • Blog Post: “Hello! My name is ____”

    It’s time to welcome the 113 th Congress! We all know the best welcomes are personal, so we’re asking You’re the Cure advocates to introduce themselves to their members of Congress by recording a video and uploading it to Facebook. We’re calling it the “Hello, my name...
  • Blog Post: Mixed News in Food Marketing to Youth Report

    Whether it’s the flashiest toy, latest animated movie, or newest fashion craze, every parent or guardian can attest to the fact that their children are constantly bombarded with media advertising on television and the Internet. Another popular item to market to youth is food, such as cereals, sodas...
  • Blog Post: Study Finds Support for Menu Labeling

    Many chains, including Starbucks, Panera and McDonald's, have already begun posting nutritional information on their menus, well ahead of the Affordable Care Act's mandate to do so next year. Technomic conducted a survey of restaurant consumer attitudes and found that 65 percent favor such...
  • Blog Post: In the News: 50+ Health Groups Tell Nickelodeon to Cut Junk Food Advertising

    Today, the AHA’s work to urge Nickelodeon to set strong nutrition standards for the foods marketed on its media outlets and by its shows' characters was featured in the Capitol Hill publication, The Hill . Check out the full article- Health groups tell Nickelodeon to stop hawking junk food...
  • Blog Post: 2012 You're the Cure Federal Recap

    As we get ready to welcome the 113 th Congress to Capitol Hill in January, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on all of the activity that took place on key heart and stroke issues this year. In a tough economic environment, You’re the Cure advocates, like you, helped play critical defense to...
  • Blog Post: Fit, Healthy, & Ready to Learn: Updating School Health Policies

    As states and districts mobilize to fight childhood obesity, the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is releasing updated information regarding physical activity and nutrition in schools in its Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn series of school health policy guides. “Research...
  • Blog Post: A New Initiative to Fight Obesity

    The statistics are well known and sobering. More than 23.5 million children and adolescents in the United States—nearly one in three young people—are overweight or obese. However, today the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) are teaming up with the ambitious...
  • Blog Post: A Need for More Physical Education Highlighted in Report

    RESTON, VA, November 13, 2012 – The 2012 Shape of the Nation Report: Status of Physical Education in the USA, released by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the American Heart Association, finds that while 74.5 percent of states mandate physical education in elementary...
  • Blog Post: Ask Nickelodeon to Stop Advertising Junk Food to Kids

    Take a guess… On average, how many advertisements for food do kids under the age of 12 see each day? A) 3 B) 7 C) 10 D) 13 If you guessed D, you are correct- and the majority of those ads are for unhealthy foods and beverages. $2 billion per year is spent advertising food to children...
  • Blog Post: We Need More PE!

    One important way to stop this rise in obesity and chronic disease in our children is by establishing lifelong physical activity habits with strong physical education (PE) programs and regular physical activity opportunities throughout the day in our nation’s schools. That’s why the AHA strongly...
  • Blog Post: Study Shows Support for New School Lunch Standards

    A new survey from The California Endowment found that the new national school meal standards, which were implemented this fall, are being well received by students and parents in California. Overwhelmingly, both parents (91%) and students (82%) support the changes to school nutrition standards- and most...
  • Blog Post: Too Much Salt is Putting Our Children’s Health at Risk

    Dallas, Texas, Sept. 17, 2012- American Heart Association says New CDC Study Illustrates Need to Limit Sodium in Foods The American Heart Association says a new study examining the connection between sodium intake and the blood pressure in U.S. children and teens points to the urgent need to limit...
  • Blog Post: AHA Applauds New Physical Fitness Test

    Washington D.C. - Just in time for the new school year, this new physical fitness test will help improve our children's health. See the AHA's statement below from CEO Nancy Brown. “The new school fitness program launched today by The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Sign-Up Form - Obesity Prevention

    Recruit others to join you as a You’re the Cure advocate using this printable sign-up form.
  • Blog Post: Facts: Trans Fats in the U.S. Diet

    Get the facts about eliminating trans fats from schools, restaurants, and workplaces.