American Heart Association

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Longtime Boy Scout leader no longer taking chances with his health

Jose Lepervanche knew he was at risk of a cardiac event. He even tried to prevent it.

He just wasn’t able to keep trying.

Not even after the first time his heart faltered.
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Jose’s heart journey began in the early 1990s, while living in his native Venezuela. After experiencing some chest pain, […]

More than 25 million Americans lack access to a grocery store

A desert is not what you’d expect to find when you move an hour north of New York City. But that’s exactly what Lisa Berrios and Albert Rodriguez discovered years after moving to the mountain-bound village of Highland Falls.

When the one dilapidated grocery finally folded, leaving behind a leaky […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Gulf War veteran recovers from heart attack to run marathon; he dedicates race to his cardiologist

It was the Monday before Thanksgiving a few years ago, and Greg Weglowski was on his bicycle.

Greg – a Gulf War veteran who at the time was a special agent for the federal government – knew something was wrong. When he pushed the pedals, “it just felt impossible,” he […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: 17 days before co-chairing Heart Walk, he underwent open-heart surgery

As a father, husband, businessman and co-chair of the 2012 Heart Walk in Lincoln, Neb., Craig Gies kept plenty busy.

He was so busy that about two weeks before the event, he’d yet to write a letter seeking donations from family and friends.

The fact he wrote it from his hospital […]

Heart-Check mark foods must meet new nutrition requirements

This week was the deadline for food companies to meet more stringent criteria limiting added sugar, sodium, total calories and raising minimum dietary fiber requirements for foods bearing the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark. AHA formulates and periodically revises its own Heart-Check criteria for different food categories based on sound […]

Becky Comet from The Biggest Loser: This is my story.

Family medical history — before The Biggest Loser, I was running from mine.

Heart disease, heart attacks, high blood pressure, strokes — throw in Type 2 diabetes and you’re looking at my family history. And that was just my parents and my only brother. I was obese, on medication for […]

“The Biggest Loser” to feature American Heart Association Teaching Garden

Becky Comet, a former contestant on “The Biggest Loser,” and Kelly Meyer, co-founder of the American Heart Association’s Teaching Gardens, will appear on the television show Tuesday night to share how healthier options are being offered to children at an Arkansas school.

On the show, Comet explains how she planted […]

Make heart-healthy cooking a holiday tradition

The holidays don’t have to be filled with unhealthy foods.  You can create new traditions by preparing recipes from the American Heart Association’s Simple Cooking with Heart program.

Consider roasted turkey with butternut squash and asparagus, or one of the other simple, heart-healthy recipes offered. 

The best news?  You don’t need years of training […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Rapper’s wife urges empowerment through fitness, knowledge about stroke

Two sisters are talking on the phone, as they do at least once a day. They’re laughing about a new TV comedy when one drops the phone and falls to the ground. She tries to explain what’s happening, but her words are slurred.

Crystal Wall recognizes her older sister is […]

McGowan Fund springboards childhood obesity prevention initiative with inaugural funding

The statistics are alarming.  More than a quarter of U.S. preschool children ages 2-5 are overweight or obese. Many of these children spend most of their day in child care settings. We believe that reaching kids in these environments and teaching them how to make healthy decisions can help […]