Introducing your clients or patients to the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark gives them a quick, easy and dependable way to spot heart-healthy foods when grocery shopping or dining out.
What the Heart-Check Mark Represents
When the Heart-Check mark is on the label or menu, you can be confident that it represents the strong science and credibility of the nation’s leader in heart health. In fact, that’s what makes the Heart-Check mark the most trusted and recognized nutrition symbol around.
Where to Find the Heart-Check Mark
Certified options can be found in the grocery store and in restaurants/foodservice, and the nutritional criteria are developed specifically for each environment based on American Heart Association science and federal regulations.
- See the nutritional criteria for certified food in grocery stores.
- See the nutritional criteria for certified meals in restaurants and foodservice.
It’s important to note that you may also see the Heart-Check mark as part of the American Heart Association Hospital Accreditation and Certification program. For that program, the Heart-Check mark indicates the quality of hospital care, and has nothing to do with the food available at hospitals.
Ways Clients and Patients Can Use the Heart-Check Mark
- The Heart-Check mark can be the deciding factor when comparing similar foods.
- Narrowing down the array of choices is simpler when your clients or patients look for the foods that display the Heart-Check mark.
- It’s a shortcut, and a fast way to find foods that will support heart-healthy dietary goals.
- It’s a simple first step. If your clients or patients can only commit to one goal, looking for the Heart-Check mark is an easy way to take the first step to a healthier diet.
- Make grocery shopping a game by asking kids to spot the Heart-Check mark on foods.
No donations are used to support the Heart-Check program. Participating restaurants in the Heart-Check Program pay an administrative fee to the American Heart Association which is used to cover program operating expenses.