Find out more about our children’s health initiatives below.
|Alliance for a Healthier Generation|
The American Heart Association supports and provides leadership to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which was founded by the association and the Clinton Foundation. Working together, we’ve have made schools healthier, negotiated provider reimbursement for preventing and treating childhood obesity and raised awareness in children and adults about the importance of getting healthy to prevent childhood obesity. www.HealthierGeneration.org
|Childhood Nutrition/Childhood Obesity|
About one in three American kids and teens are overweight or obese, which can lead to a broad range of health problems. The American Heart Association works to help families live heart-healthy lives by providing tools and resources to encourage healthier eating and physical activity. Better nutrition focuses on sodium reduction, fruits and vegetables, sugar-sweetened beverages and more. www.heart.org/healthierkids
|Cardiovascular Conditions of Childhood|
Most families don’t know the risks of congenital heart defects, what they are and how they’re treated until they are diagnosed around the time their baby is born. In fact, about 32,000 infants are diagnosed with a congenital heart defect each year and 1.3 million Americans are living with a CHD. The American Heart Association works to educate and support parents and their loved ones during pregnancy. If your child has been diagnosed with a heart condition, it can be a scary and emotional time. Find answers to common concerns about many types of heart conditions.
|Healthy Way to Grow |
With inaugural funding provided by The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, the American Heart Association and Nemours are launching Healthy Way to Grow, a technical assistance program, for child care centers across the country aimed at decreasing obesity among children ages birth to five years old. The program provides direct, hands-on assistance, customized training, resources and tools to support healthy lifestyles in child care environments.
|Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart|
Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart are education and fundraising events sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. These events engage elementary and middle school students with jumping rope or playing basketball while empowering them to improve their health and help other kids with heart-health issues. heart.org/jump or heart.org/hoops.
|KaBOOM! Playgrounds |
In a recent poll, 59% of parents reported that there is no place to play within walking distance of their homes; in poorer neighborhoods the figure increases to 69%. That means almost two out of three children have no place to play. Together with playground expert KaBOOM!, the American Heart Association is working to build playgrounds and lead community health education for kids and their families.
|NFL PLAY 60 Challenge|
NFL Play60 inspires kids to get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day in school and at home and helps schools become places that encourage physical fitness year-round. Kits to track physical activity, learning materials, downloadable online materials for teachers and community outreach events coordinated by NFL Clubs and the American Heart Association are all part of the program.
|Simple Cooking with Heart |
Simple Cooking with Heart is helping families change the way they think about food and encouraging them to return to the kitchen. The program, which is nationally funded by Walmart, includes live demonstrations, how-to videos, tips, recipes and free kits to help people host in-home parties to practice cooking affordable, healthy meals with family, friends and neighbors. www.heart.org/simplecooking
Less than one percent of children in the United States get the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. The American Heart Association’s Teaching Gardens give elementary school students hands-on experience in a real-life laboratory so they can learn how to plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest produce and understand the value of good eating habits. www.heart.org/teachinggardens
|Voices for Healthy Kids|
Voices for Healthy Kids is a national advocacy initiative focused on uniting the movement to prevent childhood obesity. A collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and American Heart Association, the initiative seeks to help reverse the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic by 2015 by ensuring children have access to healthy foods and beverages, as well as safe opportunities for physical activity. www.voicesforhealthykids.org.
The American Heart Association and the National Hypertension Association are working together to combat childhood obesity and other critical health problems with VITAL — Values Initiative Teaching About Lifestyle. It’s designed for pre-school, kindergarten and elementary kids. The program instills healthy habits about nutrition and physical activity by emphasizing child participation, educational entertainment and parental involvement.
|?Life’s Simple 7™ for Kids|
Life’s Simple 7™ for Kids helps kids and their parents understand the seven components of heart health and lets them know how to keep them in healthy ranges. All of the recommendations have some important things in common: any person can follow them, the steps are not difficult or expensive to take, and even adding small parts of these recommendations into your life can go a long way toward helping you feel your very best.