Heart-Check mark provides easy, helpful way to identify foods that can be building blocks of a healthier diet

March 06, 2014 Categories: Advisories & Comments, Program News

Dallas, March 6, 2014 – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on a recent consumer education campaign announcement to draw attention to nutrition information displayed on the front of a wide variety of food and beverage packages. 

 “As the organization that’s been helping shoppers easily find foods consistent with a heart-healthy diet for nearly 20 years, the American Heart Association applauds any efforts to educate people about what they’re eating. While more food-labeling in many cases may be helpful, I urge people to continue to look to the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark as a reliable and trustworthy guide to assist in recognizing food consistent with a heart-healthy diet.

The iconic red-and-white Heart-Check symbol is easy to spot on food packaging. Most importantly, it’s backed by the renowned science of the American Heart Association, and consumer research shows it’s the health icon people trust most to find foods consistent with a heart-healthy diet.

In fact, recently published research shows that people who eat foods that meet Heart-Check certification requirements are more likely to have healthier diets and fewer heart disease risk factors.  Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, and helping everyone find easier ways to make healthier choices is crucial to that mission.”

For more information on the Heart-Check Food Certification Program, visit heartcheckmark.org.

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