American Heart Association

“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 […]

HT High Flyers jump rope team performs at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Eight members of a jump rope team originally formed as an American Heart Association Jump Rope for Heart demonstration team and coached by AHA’s director of policy research Laurie Whitsel performed for millions at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Allison White, Emily Long, Hannah Long, Amy Whitsel, Christian Whitsel, Isabelle Saloom, […]

Doctors urged to treat obesity as a disease under new guidelines

This is the second in a five-part series that explains what the new heart disease and stroke prevention guidelines mean to you.

Doctors should consider obesity a disease and more actively treat obese patients for weight loss, according to new guidelines released by the American Heart Association, American College of […]

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 […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Nurse who missed her own stroke symptoms now encouraging others to learn warning signs

As a nurse, Lorena Rivera is used to treating stroke patients.

Being one never entered her mind, even though, as it turned out, she’d already had two strokes.

Her condition went undiagnosed because the possibility of a stroke never entered the mind of the doctors she worked alongside, either.

When her arm […]

Exercise can lower high blood pressure risk

Exercising more than four hours per week could drop your risk of having high blood pressure by nearly 20 percent, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension. Meanwhile, people who had one to three hours per week of leisure exercise had an 11 percent lower risk […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: She ran a 5K and had cardiac arrest the same morning; now she’s an EMT, AHA volunteer

A week after turning 40, and only hours after running a 5-kilometer race, Nancy Capelle was putting some peanut butter on a banana when she felt severe pain in her chest.

The pain traveled through her entire back and through both sides of her jaw. She considered calling an ambulance, […]

Research goes high-tech to fight heart disease and stroke

The American Heart Association is teaming up with researchers from the University of California-San Francisco to create a digitally based research network to study heart disease and stroke.

The Health eHeart Study will  use technology, such as smartphones and computers, to track people’s health and habits over many years.. The […]