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  • Blog Post: What you need to know about the latest nutrition guidelines

    We would like to introduce Suzie Sodium. She is a registered dietitian who is regularly posting content and updates over at www.sodiumbreakup.heart.org . Take it away Suzie! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In the American Heart Association’s...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Federal Advocacy Tips

    Download this document for a quick one-page guide on how to effectively advocate for heart-health policies to your federal representatives.
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Meeting Leave Behind

    Download this form, fill out your "why," and bring it to a meeting with your federal representatives to help convey why heart-healthy policies should be a top priority during their time in office.
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure LTE guide

    Tips for writing a Letter to the Editor that will get published in your local paper and noticed by your federal representative.
  • Blog Post: Historic Post Election News

    Last night voters in Berkeley, CA voted on a ballot initiative to tax sugar sweetened beverages like soda. Take a moment and read the American Heart Association’s view on this historic win and then take a moment to share your thoughts in our poll feature or in the comments. We’re so interested...
  • Blog Post: The School Day Just Got Healthier

    It’s that time of year again! Kids across the country are heading back to the classroom and we want to help ensure their minds and bodies are fueled with nutritious foods to support a successful education. Fortunately, the health of today’s school environment continues to improve. Thanks...
  • Blog Post: Mark Your Calendar for the EmpowerMEnt Challenge!

    We’re gearing up for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and we want you to be in on all of the action! Throughout September, we’re encouraging families across the country to take control of their healthy by participating in the EmpowerMEnt Challenge . Each week, families and kids...
  • Blog Post: Our new anthem: life is why

    School behavioral specialist Carla Leonard had her hand on her heart during the Pledge of Allegiance when a heart attack nearly killed her. Her doctor didn’t mince words with her family afterward: “If I didn’t have surgery, they should pick out a dress for my funeral,” she said...
  • Blog Post: New Study: Students Accepting Healthier School Meals

    A recent study reveals that most elementary age students are accepting the healthier school meals required by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Despite early complaints from kids when the new menus were introduced in the fall of 2012, researchers found that attitudes about and sales...
  • 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: The Government is Shut Down, but Our Fight Is Not

    Turn on any cable news station these days and you’ll see it… the continuously running clock that is tracking the hours and minutes of the government shutdown. When I see it, I can’t help but think about what could or should have been accomplished during that time, especially when it...
  • Blog Post: FIT Kids Act Bill Summary

    Learn about the Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) Kids Act currently being considered by Congress. The bill aims to strengthen physical education programs in our nation's schools.