American Heart Association

Big changes in store for food labels

The Food and Drug Administration for the first time in two decades proposed sweeping changes to the nutrition labels on packaged foods at a White House announcement on Thursday.

The proposals would require food manufacturers to list added sugars, nutrition counts for more-realistic portion sizes and total nutrition information for multiple […]

Heart-Check mark foods must meet new nutrition requirements

This week was the deadline for food companies to meet more stringent criteria limiting added sugar, sodium, total calories and raising minimum dietary fiber requirements for foods bearing the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark. AHA formulates and periodically revises its own Heart-Check criteria for different food categories based on sound […]

“The Biggest Loser” features 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, appeared on the television show last night to share how they’re offering healthier options to children at an Arkansas school.

On the show, Comet and Meyer plant an American Heart […]

Becky Comet from The Biggest Loser: This is my story.

Family medical history — before The Biggest Loser, I was running from mine.

Heart disease, heart attacks, high blood pressure, strokes — throw in Type 2 diabetes and you’re looking at my family history. And that was just my parents and my only brother. I was obese, on medication for […]

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: Personal chef sheds 100 pounds, gains new perspective on food

Kirsten Helle grew up loving food. And there was always plenty to love.

“Celebrations were built around food,” she said. “Every night, dinner was a big production and you ate until you burst.”

Her parents were both great cooks. Her father even had a side business doing catering, making food an even […]

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. […]

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 […]