American Heart Association

Bicyclist schools kids in heart health


When Chris Figureida leaves Deadhorse, Alaska, on Wednesday on a 3,000-mile bicycle trip to San Diego, he’ll share the lonely road with moose, musk oxen and the occasional grizzly bear.

Yet some of his best adventures will take place indoors. Throughout his 78-day trip, Chris will […]

Study author: Conventional CPR education efforts should intensify for children


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Education efforts to teach bystander CPR should intensify in minority communities, according to the lead author of a recent study that showed Hispanic and African-American children were less likely to get CPR with breaths, which had improved survival compared to compression-only CPR or […]

Investigadora: Se deben intensificar las iniciativas de educación de la RCP convencional para niños


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Según el autor principal de un estudio reciente que mostró que los niños hispanos y los afro-americanos tienden menos que los blancos a recibir RCP con respiración, se tienen que intensificar las iniciativas educacionales de RCP que dan transeúntes. Los resultados del informa […]

Mississippi now requires nutritious snacks in schools


The Mississippi Department of Education will now require snacks sold at school to meet the same nutritional standards as breakfast and lunch.

The education department voted and passed the rules last week that will apply to any foods sold either in vending machines or a la […]

Lawmakers ‘Eat Like a Kid’ on Capitol Hill


Lawmakers tasted real school lunches that meet national nutritional standards on Tuesday during an event on Capitol Hill called “Eat Like a Kid.”

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) and several other congressional leaders joined Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi […]

Kids also benefit from following ‘Life’s Simple 7’

Scientific research has shown that following “Life’s Simple 7” can dramatically improve health.

Those same seven health factors and behaviors are especially important to young people, helping them develop healthy habits that will carry throughout their lives.

“Most kids are born with ideal cardiovascular health and it’s an amazing asset if […]

Kids’ salty diets of nuggets, pizza, and pasta put them at risk for heart problems

Kids eat too much salt with popular “kid-friendly” foods such as chicken nuggets, pizza and pasta accounting for almost half of their sodium intake, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The findings paint an uphill battle with reducing salt in the diets of […]

Teaching Gardens teacher to attend White House Easter Egg Roll

Kim Aman has always loved helping kids understand and enjoy the outdoors. Three years ago, the special education teacher helped add the American Heart Association’s Teaching Gardens program to the elementary school where she works.

The teacher at  Moss Haven Elementary in suburban Dallas says Teaching Gardens has helped her spread the word […]

Alliance for a Healthier Generation expands reach through Boys and Girls Clubs of America

President Bill Clinton announced Monday that 4,000 Boys and Girls Clubs of America will join the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s efforts to increase access to healthy food and improve physical activity for the 4 million young people the clubs serve.

“We applaud the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for their […]

Childhood cancer treatment takes toll on hearts of survivors

Cancer treatment takes a toll on the hearts of child survivors, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013.

Cancer is the leading cause of disease-related death among U.S. children, but the rate of survival has increased significantly from a 5-year survival rate of 58.1 percent […]