American Heart Association

Beware of too many Halloween treats for children

It’s a trick-or-treat tradition: counting up all the pieces of sugary loot, paying the “parent tax” and negotiating trades.

Then there’s another dilemma. Just how many pieces do you get before the precious bag of candy is confiscated?

Is it better to restrict consumption to a few pieces or go whole […]

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 […]

Understanding The State of Obesity in America

The Problem:

The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America breaks down the numbers across the country, based on statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Latinos and African-Americans are disproportionately affected.

42 percent of Latino and 47.8 percent of African-American adults are obese compared with 32.6 […]

Potassium-rich foods cut stroke, death risks among older women American

Postmenopausal women who eat foods higher in potassium are less likely to have strokes and die than women who eat less potassium-rich foods, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

“Previous studies have shown that potassium consumption may lower blood pressure. But whether potassium intake could […]

FDA reviewing public comment for proposed food label changes

The Food and Drug Administration is now reviewing thousands of public comments as it considers changes to Nutrition Facts labels that for the first time in two decades would alter the information consumers see on many packaged foods.

The proposed FDA changes were introduced in February and seek to update […]

Childhood malnutrition linked to higher blood pressure in adults

Severe malnutrition in childhood may increase the risk for high blood pressure in adulthood — a possible significant impact on global health, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

Inadequate nutrition before birth and up to age 5 may harm the heart’s development, researchers said.

“If nutritional […]

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 […]

Prevent another stroke by keeping blood pressure, lifestyle in check

Stroke survivors should control their blood pressure, cholesterol and weight and do moderate physical activity regularly to avoid having another stroke, according to new guidelines from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

In addition, survivors should receive proven therapies like aspirin or procedures to keep neck arteries open, depending […]

Simple Cooking with Heart Kitchen debuts in Baltimore

Tia Berry’s smiling, joke-cracking aunt Carolyn — the favorite in the family — died of a heart attack when she was just 53.

“She gave me my name, which means ‘aunt’ in Spanish,” Berry said. “I was her sidekick. We shopped and ate out a lot. Since her death I […]

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 […]