Prevention is the key to conquering heart disease, the nation’s No. 1 killer. By making a few simple changes such as eating healthy, exercising, not smoking, managing stress, and getting enough sleep and regular checkups, most Americans can dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke and add years to their lives. To achieve this goal, the American Heart Association supports policies and programs that reach Americans where they live, learn, work, and play.
Our federal advocacy priorities for prevention are:
- Protect the Prevention and Public Health Fund.
- Support strong nutrition standards in schools and childcare settings.
- Implement high quality physical education programs in schools.
- Improve access to healthy food and reduce consumption of foods high in sugar and sodium.
- Encourage physical activity by supporting active transportation, shared use, and a built environment that promotes active living.
- Support public funding for prevention through the CDC Heart and Stroke Prevention Program, Million Hearts, and WISEWOMAN.
- Work with the FDA and the Center for Tobacco Products to implement the Tobacco Control Act.
- Promote tobacco reduction and cessation policies.
- Support and protect the Clean Air Act and other federal initiatives that reduce outdoor air pollution.