American Heart Association

Florida children take steps intended to last a lifetime

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

TAMPA, Florida – Barbie Monty’s fifth-grade class at Carrollwood Day School is organizing a half-hour health walk on Friday, but the steps are intended to last a lifetime.

“We’re going to encourage kids to try to stay healthy,” said Demir Dikmen, one of the students. “We […]

She changed her life after high blood pressure crisis

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Taunya Stewart woke up feeling strangely hot. Her body felt taut, as though she would pop if someone were to touch her.

“My first thought was, ‘Oh my god, I’m having a heart attack’,” she said.

Stewart called her mom to take her to the hospital, which […]

A diet soda a day might affect dementia risk, study suggests

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

One or more artificially sweetened drinks a day was associated with higher risk of stroke and dementia, a new study suggests.

The research, published Thursday in the science journal Stroke, examined consumption of beverages sweetened with sugar and artificial sweeteners but did not find that same […]

FDA panel: Serious injuries result when e-cigarette batteries explode

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Many people who have experienced e-cigarette or “vaping” explosions return to smoking traditional cigarettes as a way to cope with the stress of serious injury, according to a speaker at a Food and Drug Administration workshop held Wednesday.

Dr. Felicia Williams, a surgeon at the University […]

North Texas city votes to go smoke-free

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Arlington City Council voted Tuesday to extend the North Texas city’s smoking ban.

In the first of two required votes, the council voted 6-3 to adopt the ordinance across all businesses in the city, including nightclubs, bowling centers and other workplaces. The only exception is […]

This pair has made a 2,734-mile run across all of Iowa’s counties

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It was a Christmas party brainstorm that set a more-than-seven-year course for Dennis Lee and Daren Schumaker, who are finishing up marathon-length runs across all 99 counties in Iowa.

The pair has run 2,734 miles across the state and on April 15 will complete their ambitious, […]

Making healthy changes become lifelong habits

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The threat of going on insulin to control her Type 2 diabetes was what finally pushed Amy Magan to make the drastic diet changes that have allowed her to take control of her health.

But it was the community of the American Heart Association’s Go Red […]

The science of fitness — from a very fit scientist

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Noted researcher Dr. Paul Arciero has devoted his career to helping people get more active and eat more natural, healthier foods.

Naturally, it all started in the dirt of a community garden.

“Some of my fondest childhood memories come from tending that garden with my mother,” Arciero […]

Study: Healthiest employees cost companies half the healthcare costs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The healthiest employees of Baptist Health South Florida incurred thousands of dollars less in healthcare costs and were less likely to be hospitalized or visit an emergency department than employees with moderate or poor health, according to a recent study.

The study offers a compelling business […]

Panera Bread first to post added sugars for self-serve drinks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Panera Bread on Wednesday will start labeling the amount of added sugars and calories in beverages. It is the first national restaurant chain to post nutritional information at self-serve beverage stations.

Most Americans want to cut sugar in their diet but aren’t sure how, according to […]