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Proposed legislation could increase funding for physical education in schools


With homework, the lure of electronics and parents working long hours, it can be difficult for children to get the recommended 60 minutes a day of physical activity.

The Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids Act, reintroduced to Congress on Thursday, could make it easier for kids […]

April 23rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||2 Comments

Noted cardiac surgeon and civil rights activist Levi Watkins Jr. dies at age 70


Levi Watkins, Jr., MD, who performed the first surgery to place an implantable defibrillator into a patient, has died after a heart heart attack and stroke at age 70.

“His spirit lives on in the 3 million patients around the world whose hearts beat in a […]

April 15th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

AHA issues recommendations to improve effectiveness of workplace wellness programs

Comprehensive workplace wellness programs have the potential to significantly improve the overall health of the American workforce, according to an advisory released Monday by the American Heart Association.

Although the majority of employers – 77 percent according to a 2013 Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research and Educational Trust Employer Health Benefits Survey—say […]

April 13th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||1 Comment

AHA CEO visits Dallas students, discusses healthy school meals


The cafeteria line at Charles Rice Learning Center in south Dallas was awash in leafy greens and fresh fruits Tuesday. Lunch featured vegan taco salad, sliced bell peppers, fruit salad — and a visit from American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown.

Brown joined students for a healthy […]

New research may help scientists develop first vaccine for common virus


There’s a common and potentially deadly virus that can make stealthy adjustments to better infect different types of cells. It’s called the human cytomegalovirus, or CMV, and researchers have now discovered an important clue to how it adapts in order to move through the body […]

April 2nd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

American Heart Association among NonProfit Times’ Best Places to Work

The NonProfit Times ranked the American Heart Association No. 3 among best large nonprofits and No. 34 overall in its annual top 50 Best Nonprofits to Work report.

The AHA has been included every year since the first report six years ago.

Nancy Brown, CEO of the AHA, said communication and […]

‘Rx: The Quiet Revolution’ puts patient-centered care in the spotlight


The documentary Rx: The Quiet Revolution, which begins airing nationally Thursday on PBS, features four U.S. communities that have improved health care by empowering patients to be involved in their care and creating teams of healthcare providers to address patients’ needs.

It’s a bit of good news […]

April 1st, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

CDC awards $9 million to promote community health efforts

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is awarding $9 million in grants this year to help 50 communities promote good health and reduce health disparities. Five organizations, including the American Heart Association, are receiving the grants to manage the effort.

The funding is expected to help reduce tobacco use […]

March 23rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

American Heart Association research center guiding tobacco regulations

Studies are underway by researchers participating in the American Heart Association’s Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center, a virtual center conducting tobacco-related research.

The AHA’s A-TRAC  was created with a five-year, $19.7 million grant in 2013 from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Tobacco Regulatory Science program.  The […]

March 20th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

New opinion paper questions use of clot-busting drug in late time window


Giving the drug Alteplase to stroke patients more than three hours after stroke does not provide a clear benefit and may increase the risk of death, according to a new opinion paper published this week in BMJ.

The authors of the opinion paper called for a […]

March 19th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments