American Heart Association

Editorial: Don’t go backward on child nutrition

Editor’s Note: Retired pediatrician Alan Lake, M.D., writes that there’s ample proof that the government’s school lunch standards are helping America’s kids get the nutrition they need.  

There is myriad evidence that the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, signed into law by President Obama in December 2010, is working. And it’s not […]

When you eat and how frequently may benefit heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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What times someone eats during the day and how frequently may play a role in having a healthy weight and heart.

According to an American Heart Association scientific statement published Wednesday, eating breakfast, avoiding late-night eating and mindful meal-planning are associated with a lower […]

Expert tips for following your 2017 healthy-eating resolutions

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s always good idea to take charge of your health, but there’s no time like the New Year.

To help you get started in 2017, several dietitians and health experts are offering up fresh approaches to keeping those resolutions.

“You’ve had time to think about who you want […]

New York campaign highlights menu sodium warnings, while court weighs legality

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

By now, they are a common sight on chain restaurant menus found throughout New York City.

The little salt shaker inside the black triangle serves as a warning to consumers about how much sodium the entrée contains.

The city’s health department says the warnings are doing restaurant […]

Americans need to up potassium, cut sodium in their diet

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Most Americans consume double the recommended amount of sodium but only half of recommended potassium.

In a study presented at American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, researchers studied 827 U.S. adults ages 20 to 69, analyzing 24-hour urine samples taken as part of the 2014 […]

Bitter taste in your mouth? Could mean more salt.

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — People who taste bitterness in food strongly are nearly twice as likely to eat more than the minimum recommended daily limit of sodium, according to preliminary research presented Sunday.

The study analyzed data of 407 people in rural Kentucky who have two or […]

AHA statement: Preferences should be ingredient in healthy eating

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Healthcare providers should consider personal, ethnic and cultural preferences and use easy-to-understand language and food examples when counseling people about eating healthy, a new American Heart Association statement recommends.

“It’s one thing for professionals to summarize the data and develop guidelines, but an entirely different strategy […]

AHA supportive of sodium targets

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association has told the Food and Drug Administration that it is supportive of voluntary sodium reduction targets for the food industry, while recommending modifications that would help more people reduce their sodium intake.

The letter sent Monday applauded the FDA’s efforts to lower […]

Awareness resulting in reduced sodium in pre-packaged staples

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As awareness of health issues caused by excess sodium grows, so does the number of food giants that have stepped up efforts to lower the sodium content in their food, including many of the nation’s favorite pre-packaged staples.

Instant noodles, frozen pizza, canned vegetables, and boxed […]

High blood pressure more prevalent in low-, middle-income countries

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For the first time in history, prevalence of high blood pressure is higher in low- and middle-income countries, according to new research.

In a 2010 data analysis involving more than 968,000 people from 90 countries, more than 30 percent of adults worldwide live with high blood […]