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Our Lifesaving History

Founded in 1924 by six cardiologists, our organization is grounded in the belief that scientific research leads the way to better treatment, prevention and – ultimately – a cure for these leading causes of death and disability.

We’re proud to be the leading nonprofit funding cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease research. Bold investments have led to significant medical advancements including the first artificial heart valve, implantable pacemakers, cholesterol-lowering medications and techniques for CPR.

Founders Day is June 10th - Learn more about our lifesaving history

"Our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. As we move into the second century of our work, we are advancing health and hope for everyone, everywhere."

Nancy Brown, American Heart Association CEO talks about the Association's Centennial Celebration 2024 and the Second Century. Transcript (txt)

American Heart Association Bold Hearts Centennial | Our lifesaving history

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You could be the difference between life and death for someone experiencing a cardiac event.

Be ready to act by learning CPR.


Join the Nation of Lifesavers

CPR and AED Awareness Week is June 1st-7th.

Learn Hands-Only CPR/use an AED (English, Spanish, Mandarin)

Watch the Hands-Only CPR instructional video and share it with the important people in your life.

(Closed captioning available on the "Watch on YouTube" option)

For additional videos and CPR training/kiosk locations visit

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Help your children develop healthy eating habits early in life that will bring lifelong benefits.

  • When you cook at home you have more control over ingredients and portion sizes, so aim to cook at home more often than eating out.
  • Make it fun for kids to try new fruits and vegetables. Let them pick out a new fruit or vegetable in the grocery store each week and figure out together how to cook or prepare it in a healthy way.

  • For snack time, keep fresh fruit and pre-chopped or no-chop veggies on hand. Your family is more likely to grab fruits and vegetables over other items if they’re readily available.

Tips for the whole family to promote healthy eating

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Be a role model for an active lifestyle. Start moving more yourself and find ways to be active together as a family.

  • Physical activity should be fun for children and adolescents. Encourage kids to keep trying activities to discover the ones they like and will stick with in the future.

  • Reduce or limit sedentary screen time, including watching television, playing video games and using a digital device. Don’t use the TV or a device as a babysitter.

  • Provide kids with opportunities to be active. Give them active toys and games, like bikes, skateboards, roller skates, scooters, jump ropes, balls and sports equipment.

  • Get familiar with community facilities near you, like pools, recreation centers, bike paths and parks.

Tips for staying active this summer as a family

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Be heart-smart to stay safe and healthy during and after natural disasters

The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through November 30th.

The American Heart Association has important tips to prepare for hurricanes and other natural disasters that can negatively impact physical and mental health.

More June Calendar Highlights

Men’s Health Month, Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, National Migraine and Headache Month, Black Lives Matter Month, LGBTQ Pride Month, PTSD Awareness Month and National Great Outdoors Month as well as other important dates below.

Check out the health headlines you may have missed and follow us on @HeartNews

June 1-7 – National CPR and AED Awareness Week

June 2 – National Cancer Survivors Day

June 5-11 – World Heart Rhythm Week

June 8 – World Brain Tumor Day | National Best Friend Day

June 9-15 – National Flag Week

June 10 – American Heart Association 100 Years Anniversary | Founders Day

June 10-16 – National Men’s Health Week

June 12 - Family Health and Fitness Day

June 14 – World Blood Donor Day | Flag Day

June 16 – Eid al-Adha | Father’s Day

June 17 – National Eat Your Vegetables Day

June 18 – Autistic Pride Day

June 19 – Juneteenth | World Sickle Cell Day

June 20 – Summer Solstice

June 23 – National Hydration Day

June 25 – World Vitiligo Day

June 27 – National HIV Testing Day | National PTSD Awareness Day | National Work from Home Day