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Kids with heart defects face learning challenges, inadequate school support


Children born with heart defects face learning challenges and inadequate special education assistance in elementary school, according to a new study.

Using North Carolina education records, birth defect registries and birth certificates, researchers examined whether congenital heart defects were associated with low scores on standard reading […]

USDA reminds schools to provide safe drinking water


As students and parents prepare for a new school year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a memorandum reminding school districts and child care centers to provide safe drinking water to children.

Recent events in Flint, Michigan, and other communities nationwide have made safe water […]

August 17th, 2016|Categories: Children, Health|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

Kentucky becomes 29th state to require CPR training for students


A new law that requires Kentucky students to learn CPR before high school graduation will take effect this summer with implementation during the 2016-2017 school year.

Kentucky is the 29th state to require the training for students. The legislation, signed by the state’s governor on Saturday, requires that […]

April 11th, 2016|Categories: Children, CPR, Health|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Kentucky becomes 29th state to require CPR training for students

Sugary drinks debate heads to Washington

The debate over sugar-loaded drinks and obesity is headed to Washington, as part of legislation introduced to tax manufacturers for every teaspoon of sugar in beverages.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), who has said she doesn’t expect her bill to even come up for a vote, hopes the proposal she […]

Unlocking school playgrounds and gyms encourages physical activity

The United States is facing an obesity epidemic. Nearly one in three children and teens are overweight or obese and many are inactive, according to the American Heart Association. About 50 percent of U.S. adults and 65 percent of adolescents do not currently get the recommended amount of daily […]

Heart healthy beyond the borders

You already know that we’re passionate about spreading the message of heart health awareness across the country. But who says we can’t be over-achievers? Heart disease knows no bounds and neither do we! Recently Hawaii Youth Market Director Jason Harris helped expand our Jump Rope for Heart program into […]