American Heart Association

Heart-Check Certification

Heart-Check Mark for Food updated 5.24.12

One Heart. Hundreds of Heart-Healthy Options.

The Heart-Check mark makes it easy to spot heart-healthy foods in the grocery store or when dining out.

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How the Heart-Check Food Certification Program Works

Simply look for the name of the American Heart Association along with our familiar red heart with a white check mark on the package or menu. But not all red hearts you see are from the American Heart Association; look for the AHA name to be sure.

How a Food Becomes Heart-Check Certified

When you see the Heart-Check mark on a food product, you know it has been put through a robust certification process. The Heart-Check program complies with five coronary heart disease health claims in six food categories. Here are the four steps for a food to become Heart-Check certified, and the list of Heart-Check food categories and health claims. 

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