American Heart Association

South Dakota becomes 36th state to require CPR training to graduate

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

CPR training will now be a requirement to graduate high school in South Dakota under legislation signed into law Friday.

South Dakota is now one of 36 states and Washington, D.C., that require high school students to be taught CPR based on American Heart Association guidelines. In […]

Editorial: Don’t go backward on child nutrition

Editor’s Note: Retired pediatrician Alan Lake, M.D., writes that there’s ample proof that the government’s school lunch standards are helping America’s kids get the nutrition they need.  

There is myriad evidence that the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, signed into law by President Obama in December 2010, is working. And it’s not […]

New Michigan law requires CPR training to graduate high school

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Lawmakers in Michigan hope the odds of surviving a cardiac arrest improve in the state, where high schoolers will soon be required to take CPR training before graduating.

“We’re hoping this will help increase survival rates across all Michigan communities and beyond,” said pediatric cardiologist Monica […]

Sugary drink sales drop nearly 20 percent after campaign

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — A new study indicates that educating the public about the health impact of sugar-sweetened beverages can lead to dramatic changes in customers’ buying habits.

Policy changes, coupled with community education efforts, led to a decline of nearly 20 percent of sales in Howard […]

D.C. requires CPR training for high school graduates

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nearly 3,000 students graduating each year from Washington, D.C., public and charter schools will now be trained in Hands-Only CPR.

The law was enacted last Saturday following completion of the 30-day Congressional review period. In D.C., legislation approved by the city council and mayor goes to […]

States should require cardiac emergency response plans in elementary through high schools

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Comprehensive cardiac emergency response plans can help schools save more lives, and should be required by state law, according to an American Heart Association policy published in the September issue of School Nurse.

Intended for elementary through high school personnel, healthcare professionals, boards of education and […]

Obesity lower in four states, remains high among minorities in national report

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For the first time in a decade, some states have lowered obesity rates.

Decreases occurred in Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio, according to an analysis of U.S. data that was released in the “The State of Obesity” report issued annually by the Robert Wood Johnson […]

USDA reminds schools to provide safe drinking water

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As students and parents prepare for a new school year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a memorandum reminding school districts and child care centers to provide safe drinking water to children.

Recent events in Flint, Michigan, and other communities nationwide have made safe water […]

August 17th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Children, Schools, Water|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

Back to school, back to good health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

With summer drawing to a close, back-to-school season not only is a time to stock up on supplies, it’s also an opportunity to encourage kids to eat healthy, be active and avoid secondhand smoke.

A smoke-free environment can promote children’s brain development, prevent addictions and lead […]