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The Problem: The Health of our Children and Families

Focus Areas: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, and Children’s Health

Impact Goal: Improve cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% by 2020

The health of Americans is at a tipping point.

Some experts predict, today’s children are not expected to live as long as their parents - the first time ever for an entire generation’s life expectancy to drop.

Currently, less than 1% of the population, and NO CHILDREN (ages 12-19), meet the AHA criteria for ideal CV Health.

Yet, in an AHA survey, 39% of the population rated themselves as being in ideal CV health. In order to reach our 2020 goal we must improve the number of people who understand the link between their overall health and their risk of heart disease and stroke. 

*Obesity is one of the most expensive health care problems surpassing smoking
* One third of U.S. Children are overweight or obese, putting them at higher risk of heart disease and stroke Research has shown that 12 year olds have 45 year old hearts!
* Heart Disease is the #1 killer and Stroke is the #4 Killer of all Americans

Leading a Healthier Movement

The American Heart Association’s mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Top Prevention Priority:
By 2020, The American Heart Association wants to improve the cardiovascular health of ALL Americans by at least 20 percent.

The health of the United States has hit a new low, with millions of Americans at risk for heart disease and stroke. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are responding to this crisis with a new national movement designed to change the way Americans think about their health. It’s called My Heart. My Life. It’s about embracing an overall healthier lifestyle to improve cardiovascular health.

This movement is a national rallying cry for change – through simple behavior adjustments that help people feel better and live longer. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has developed a number of activities under the umbrella of My Heart. My Life. Among them: increased health education, advocacy for better public policy in important health areas such as anti-smoking laws, and helping communities find ways to eat healthier and stay physically active

Changing how we eat and how we react to the simple choices that affect our health can stop heart disease and stroke – two of the deadliest diseases in America. Simple changes made through My Heart. My Life. will help the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association reach its 2020 Impact Goal: To improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent, all by the year 2020.

Start making a difference in your life today.  Take the My Life Check