American Heart Association

Family history of high blood pressure focuses trainer’s mission on heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Celebrity trainer Scott Parker works with clients across the globe eager to lose weight, build stamina and sculpt muscles. After watching his father struggle with severe hypertension, he makes sure controlling high blood pressure is also on their list.

Parker, who is based in Los Angeles, […]

Study: 70 percent of sodium intake comes from restaurant, processed foods

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Restaurant foods and processed foods sold in stores accounted for about 70 percent of dietary sodium intake in three U.S. regions, a new study shows.

The average level of dietary sodium consumed per day in each region was 3,501 milligrams — over 50 percent more than the maximum […]

Sodium warnings to remain on New York City menus after court battle ends

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The warnings next to all the high-sodium items on chain restaurant menus in New York City are here to stay.

The legal battle over the city’s rule on excessively salty items has ended, after the National Restaurant Association dropped its challenge to the warnings.

The organization declined […]

Court rules sodium warnings can stay on the menu in New York City

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A state appeals court has upheld a rule requiring all New York City chain restaurants to post warning signs on their saltiest menu items.

Restaurants with at least 15 locations nationwide have been required for the past year to flag high-sodium items with a salt shaker […]

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 […]

Expert tips for following your 2017 healthy-eating resolutions

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s always good idea to take charge of your health, but there’s no time like the New Year.

To help you get started in 2017, several dietitians and health experts are offering up fresh approaches to keeping those resolutions.

“You’ve had time to think about who you want […]

New York campaign highlights menu sodium warnings, while court weighs legality

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

By now, they are a common sight on chain restaurant menus found throughout New York City.

The little salt shaker inside the black triangle serves as a warning to consumers about how much sodium the entrée contains.

The city’s health department says the warnings are doing restaurant […]

Americans need to up potassium, cut sodium in their diet

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Most Americans consume double the recommended amount of sodium but only half of recommended potassium.

In a study presented at American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, researchers studied 827 U.S. adults ages 20 to 69, analyzing 24-hour urine samples taken as part of the 2014 […]

AHA supportive of sodium targets

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association has told the Food and Drug Administration that it is supportive of voluntary sodium reduction targets for the food industry, while recommending modifications that would help more people reduce their sodium intake.

The letter sent Monday applauded the FDA’s efforts to lower […]

Awareness resulting in reduced sodium in pre-packaged staples

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As awareness of health issues caused by excess sodium grows, so does the number of food giants that have stepped up efforts to lower the sodium content in their food, including many of the nation’s favorite pre-packaged staples.

Instant noodles, frozen pizza, canned vegetables, and boxed […]