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Celebrate World Heart Day by cutting the salt

Did you know that September 29 is this year's World Heart Day? According to the World Heart Federation, the focus of this year’s World Heart Day is creating heart-healthy environments: “By ensuring that people are able to make heart-healthy choices wherever they...

A few grains of truth about salt

Most of us are flunking out when it comes to Salt 101. When 1,000 adults were asked what they know about salt and sodium, 97 percent didn’t know or underestimated how much sodium they were getting. The truth is unshakeable:...

Reduce sodium by empowering your taste

Did you know that September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month? To help raise awareness with families across the country, the American Heart Association created the EmpowerMEnt Challenge. Throughout the month of September, families are being empowered to take control...

New report says kids get too much sodium

A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that more than 90 percent of kids ages 6-18 eat too much sodium. To be exact, they’re downing an average of 3,300 mg/day – and that’s...

Eat potassium-rich foods to cut stroke risk

Eating enough potassium is important for controlling blood pressure, and now new research shows that potassium-rich foods can cut the risk of stroke and death among older women.

We want to hear your sodium story

 The American Heart Association wants to hear your sodium story! If you’ve joined the growing community that has taken a stand for its heart health by pledging to reduce the sodium you eat, we want to hear more about it. We want to know why you’ve made that choice (because we’re so excited that you did!).

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Truth Vs. Myth: What do people really think about salt?

We all have a relationship with salt, but it’s not all bad news. We need at least a little each day to stay healthy, but most of us get an average of 3,400 mg sodium a day – way more...

Excess sodium has grim impact on global health

If you’ve seen the news today, you’ve probably noticed the coverage of 3 new research studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a top medical journal. Here’s a quick summary:

The American Heart Association and Ad Council team up to get blood pressure down

Your heart might break up with you if you don’t treat it right! That’s the message of a new advertising campaign from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and the Ad Council. “Heart” is a caring friend under lots of...