• Updated:Aug 25,2015
  • Just Released: Voices for Healthy Kids 2016 Progress Report

    Oct 25, 2016 2:05 PM | Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has released "Building a Culture of Health for All Children: 2016 Progress Report."
  • Escaping the Silos

    May 19, 2016 1:05 PM | Newswise imageThe Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and American Heart Association join forces to improve health outcomes in Indian Country with Fertile Ground II: Growing the Seeds of Native Health.
  • Groundbreaking Conference Advances Native Health and Nutrition Policy Efforts

    May 13, 2016 10:05 AM | Newswise imageAdvocates focused on determining meaningful steps to increase policy efforts related to improved nutrition, greater access to healthy foods, enhanced food sovereignty, and better health outcomes in Indian Country.
  • Providing Employees and Families' Access to Healthier Choices

    May 6, 2016 3:05 PM | Newswise imageThe City of Springdale is the first city in Arkansas to have a mandate endorsed by the American Heart Association that implements evidence-based nutrition standards for healthier food and beverages in vending machines provided in buildings and property owned or leased by the City.
  • 2016 Shape of the Nation

    Apr 8, 2016 12:00 AM | Newswise imageThe 2016 Shape of the Nation(tm) provides a current picture of physical education in each state across the country. The 2016 survey and state policy analysis finds areas of both improvement and decline since the 2012 Shape of the Nation. A majority of states have adopted legislation, requirements or guidance for physical education programs, but most do not require a specific amount of instructional time and more than half allow exemptions, waivers, or substitutions.
  • Groundbreaking Conference Planned to Expand Health Policy Advocacy in Indian Country

    Feb 29, 2016 10:00 AM | Newswise imageMay 2-4, 2016: "Fertile Ground II: Growing the Seeds for Native American Health" will feature Native American leaders, Native youth advocates, and national philanthropic organizations developing solutions to address the health crisis in Indian Country.
  • Mississippi Now Requires Nutritious Snacks in Schools

    Feb 25, 2016 4:05 PM | The Mississippi Department of Education voted on Thursday, February 18, 2016 to adopt Smart Snack standards, ensuring all public school students have healthy options beyond what is provided in the School Meal Program.
  • VOICES for Alabama's Children and ADECA Announce Funding and New Partnerships to Implement Healthy Food Financing Program

    Jan 19, 2016 10:05 AM | Newswise imageADECA Director Jim Byard Jr. announced Thursday that Gov. Robert Bentley has reserved $400,000 through the Appalachian Regional Commission - one of ADECA's federal partner programs that covers 37 north Alabama counties - for a partnership with Pathway Lending, a community development financial institution that will make loans more easily accessible for businesses in rural areas of the 37-county ARC region.
  • Federal Guidelines Recommend Healthy Eating Patterns to Prevent Chronic Diseases

    Jan 7, 2016 3:05 PM | Newswise imageNew federal dietary guidelines announced on Thursday for the first time recommend Americans eat far less sugar and focus on a day-to-day pattern of eating a variety of nutritious, balanced foods.
  • Colorado Sets Young Children Up for Healthy Futures

    Dec 10, 2015 2:05 PM | Newswise image Jill Birnbaum, Executive Director of Voices for Healthy Kids, issued the following statement on the progress made in Colorado to ensure all children grow up at a healthy weight by issuing new rules on nutrition, physical activity and screen time in child care facilities.
  • Report Offers State-by-State View of Obesity Across Indian Country

    Nov 16, 2015 11:00 PM | Newswise imageAccording to data released by the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention, and analyzed in the annual State of Obesity report by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in Arizona, North Carolina and New Mexico at least 75 percent of Native American adults are overweight or obese. Texas had the lowest obesity rate for Natives at 51 percent. By Mallory Black / Native Health News Alliance
  • @NancyatHeart CEO @American_Heart on #obesity stats, #racial gaps from @CDCgov

    Nov 13, 2015 3:05 PM | Newswise image
  • Healthier Vending Now in Baltimore, Maryland

    Nov 11, 2015 9:05 AM | Newswise imageWhat you need to know about how healthy vending machines sell more of the better-for-you foods and beverages--lower in fat, sodium, sugars and calories.
  • National Philanthropic Roundtable on Native American Nutrition Deemed an "Historic, Breakthrough Moment"

    Oct 26, 2015 11:00 AM | Newswise imageThe American Heart Association (AHA) and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) convened representatives from 41 national philanthropic organizations last week in Minneapolis. Participants focused on the grave problem of Native American nutritional health and agreed on key steps and planning to develop solutions.
  • Powwow Seeks to Balance Tradition with Health and Wellness

    Oct 15, 2015 4:05 PM | Newswise imageFor many Native American tribes, powwows are seen as community gatherings, a social time complete with colorful regalia, fry bread and stew, and the familiar sound of traditional drumming and dance. But they're also beginning to serve as important tools for health advocates who are working to reduce health disparities within the population.
  • American Heart Association and Shakopee Tribe Join Forces for Native American Health

    Oct 9, 2015 10:05 AM | Newswise imageThe American Heart Association (AHA) and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) will convene a groundbreaking gathering of national philanthropic organizations in Minneapolis on October 14-15. The event will focus on the crisis in Native American nutritional health and food access and the interconnections these issues have with tribal economies and health disparities.
  • "Transforming Communities" Reports on Progress in Policy Change for Health

    Sep 15, 2015 6:00 PM | Newswise imageOver the last two years, Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association, has directly supported more than 50 coalitions, in 20 cities and states, working to help all young people grow up at a healthy weight.
  • A Healthy Family Starts At Home And It Starts With You

    Sep 1, 2015 10:05 AM | Newswise imageThe American Heart Association wants families to feel they can, and are fully equipped to, make healthy choices in the home and within their everyday activities - without throwing schedules completely off or leaving wallets empty.
  • School nutrition policy expert available on CDC report bit.ly/1Uhtym9 #healthyschools

    Aug 28, 2015 11:05 AM | 
  • Back to School is Getting Healthier

    Aug 27, 2015 5:05 PM | Newswise imageFrom American Heart Association News: U.S. schools have significantly improved school nutrition practices and should continue striving to provide a quality nutrition environment for students.