American Heart Association

Poll finds most parents support higher school nutrition standards

A majority of parents favor strong national nutrition standards for food and drink sold at schools, according to a poll released Monday by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association.

In addition, the poll found that parents would also like to see salt […]

Attempts to change standards for school foods stalled

Attempts to change standards that make school foods healthier stalled out this summer in both chambers of Congress leaving the current guidelines in place as the school year begins.

While the House Appropriations Committee approved language in their version of the agriculture spending bill that would allow schools to opt […]

TedMed: Conversations about childhood obesity

Efforts to end childhood obesity are showing results, but challenges remain.

“Sadly, we are far from declaring victory,” said American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown on Tuesday during a TedMed Google+ Hangout.  “While there are slight declines among young children, the rate of severe obesity is on the rise among […]

Study: Children now like nutritious lunches

Although some elementary school students complained about more nutritious school lunches when they were first introduced in 2012, they like them now, according to a peer-reviewed study in Childhood Obesity released Monday.

More than 500 public schools participated in the study with most coming from the southern region of the […]

‘Fed Up’ blames food industry for nation’s obesity

A documentary blaming the food industry and the federal government for the ongoing childhood obesity epidemic followed a group of children during a two-year period to highlight their struggles to follow dietary and exercise guidelines.

The movie Fed Up, produced and narrated by Katie Couric, was being released Friday in 15 […]

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 […]

Childhood obesity rates leveling off, despite long-term increases

Childhood obesity rates leveled off during a 14-year period between 1999 and 2012, according to research published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Pediatrics. But the rate of severe obesity increased, especially in Hispanic girls and black boys, according to the study.

The study indicated that rates […]

Iron-fist style of parenting more likely to lead to obese kids

Children whose parents are rigid with rules and skimpy on affection and conversation have a third greater chance of being obese than kids whose parents are more generous with affection and dialogue, according to new research released Wednesday.

The “iron fist” style of parenting led to a 37 percent higher […]

Dramatic drop in childhood obesity reported by CDC

The obesity rate in children ages 2 to 5 dropped 43 percent during the past decade,  according to research published Tuesday in the Journal  of the American Medical Association.

The prevalence of obesity for these young children fell from 14 percent in 2003-2004 to just over 8 percent in 2011-2012 – based on the Centers […]

Weight of the Nation report shares obesity-fighting strategies

The United States had made progress in preventing and controlling obesity through new strategies for healthcare providers, medical institutions, patients and communities, according to a report summarizing the most recent Weight of the Nation conference, published in the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics.

The Centers for Disease Control and […]