American Heart Association

AHA: E-cigarettes threaten to addict next generation of smokers; regulation, further study needed

While much is still unknown about the rapidly growing electronic cigarette industry, e-cigarettes are dangerous because they target young people, can keep people hooked on nicotine, and threaten to “re-normalize” tobacco use, according to the American Heart Association’s first policy statement on these products.

The American Heart Association – which […]

American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown lauds anti-tobacco advertising campaign for teens

A new national awareness campaign is using a mix of YouTube videos and social media platforms to encourage all teens to be the first generation to end tobacco use in America for good.

Independent non-profit Legacy introduced the “Finish It” campaign to try and save millions of young lives from […]

American Heart Association and American Stroke Association: ‘Life is why’

School behavioral specialist Carla Leonard had her hand on her heart during the Pledge of Allegiance when a heart attack nearly killed her. Her doctor didn’t mince words with her family afterward: “If I didn’t have surgery, they should pick out a dress for my funeral,” she said. “Plain […]

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 […]

CEO Roundtable tackling health in the U.S. workplace

The three co-chairs of the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable talk during a meeting of the Roundtable in July: From left: Henry Kravis, Co-CEO and Co-Chair of KKR & Co. L.P.; American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown; and Terry Lundgren, Chairman and CEO of Macy’s, Inc.
More than 20 chief […]

Burwell begins role at Department of Health and Human Services

Sylvia Mathews Burwell has assumed her duties as the new secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Burwell, the White House budget director for the past year, was selected for the job after Kathleen Sebelius announced her resignation in April.

Aside from heading up the Office of Management and […]

Over 1 million students to learn lifesaving CPR skills each year

More than 1 million high school students a year will be trained in CPR, thanks to the latest state laws requiring the lifesaving skill as a graduation requirement.

Oklahoma this year became the 16th state to pass a CPR law – measures the American Heart Association and other organizations have […]

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 […]

Working to promote a culture of women’s heart health

Women in the entertainment industry joined in on a discussion Thursday on how best to promote a culture of heart health for women.

At the luncheon — hosted by the American Heart Association and Variety magazine in Los Angeles — CEO Nancy Brown shared the key successes of the Go Red For Women program, […]

E-cigarettes should be kept from minors, convenience store group says

U.S. convenience stores should sell electronic cigarettes only to adults, following the same ID procedures used for tobacco sales, according to a position statement issued by a national association of stores Friday.

The National Association of Convenience Stores, which represents about 3,800 retailers and supplier companies, said convenience stores are the largest retail […]