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 […]

AHA experts reiterate importance of limiting saturated fats

Some studies say the saturated fats found in butter, fatty meats and other animal products have no effect on whether you get heart disease. Other studies say the science undeniably proves a connection between the two.

So, which should you believe? Nutrition experts with the American Heart Association say the […]

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 […]

Choosing foods that meet Heart-Check certification requirements linked to better diet quality, study finds

People who report eating foods that meet the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check Food Certification Program nutrition requirements are more likely to eat healthier and have fewer heart disease risk factors, according to a recent study.

The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in March, evaluated survey data […]

Tips for National Eating Healthy Day

Today is an opportunity to kick off some new habits that may just stick. Little by little, you’ll start to see a difference in how you feel and look.

“Adopting healthy behaviors — whether it’s increasing physical activity or eating healthier —happens one day at a time,” said Rachel K. […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Most pre-packaged meals, snacks for toddlers contain too much salt

      Nearly 75 percent of commercial pre-packaged meals and savory snacks for toddlers are high in sodium, according to a new study.

      Some toddler meals had as much as 630 mg of sodium per serving — about 40 percent of the 1,500 mg daily limit the American Heart Association […]

Go green for a healthy St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day usually centers around corned beef and cabbage, shamrocks, leprechauns, and green beer. What a fun time of the year. Here are some tips for making St. Patty’s Day heart healthy for your family. You might learn an Irish jig found on a You Tube video, take […]

Exploring the Unfamiliar

The next time you tell someone that you’re on a low-sodium diet and they respond with something like, “that must be so flavorless,” I want you to ask the following questions in return: When’s the last time you made creamy dal? Or eaten matzoh brie? Or slow roasted pepper […]