SEPTEMBER: Awareness for Childhood Obesity, HBP, A-Fib, Hispanic Heritage, World Heart Day

September 01, 2017

Childhood obesity awareness month

Among children today, obesity is causing a broad range of health problems that previously weren't seen until adulthood. These include: High blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels.

There are also psychological effects: Obese children are more prone to low self-esteem, negative body image and depression. Excess weight at young ages has been linked to higher and earlier death rates in adulthood. 

As a parent, you want the best for your child. Every parent does. And we can help.

Watch the video below, and rethink your kid's drink.


National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month: Do you know what AFib is? Know your risk, the symptoms, treatment and prevention!

It's also National Hispanic Heritage Month!

Many would agree that Hispanics are very proud when it comes to their rich culture and heritage!

From September 15 through October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed across America, in celebration of the independence of several Latin American countries and the contributions that have infused America. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is passionate about celebrating and preserving culture and heritage by building lives free of heart disease and stroke – two leading causes of death among Hispanic-Americans.

***Take this interactive quiz to test your knowledge and improve your awareness of prevention and treatment options.

¡Vivir un estilo de vida saludable!

Did you know?

  • About 92.1 million American adults are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of stroke.
  • About 790,000 people in the US have heart attacks each year, about 580,000 are new/first attacks and 210,000 are recurrent attacks.
  • Each year, about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. Approximately 610,000 of these are first attacks, and 185,000 are recurrent attacks.
  • About 94.6 million, or 39.7 percent, of American adults have total cholesterol of 200 mg/dL or higher.
  • About 85.7 million, or 34 percent, of American adults have high blood pressure.

American Heart Association’s Council on Hypertension 2017 Scientific Sessions

This is a three-day scientific program with more than 500 presentations focusing on recent advances in hypertension research.  Follow the news daily 14–17, 2017 from San Francisco, CA via @HeartNews.

Other Important Dates in September:

9/1 - 10/31  Advanced Media Registration & Housing for Scientific Sessions 2017
Open through 5pm CT on October 31, 2017  

9/1-9/30 – National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month

9/4 – Labor Day in the United States

9/11 – Grandparents Day

9/15-10/15 – National Hispanic Heritage Month

9/14-9/17 – AHA's Council on Hypertension 2017 Scientific Sessions

9/22 – First day of Fall

9/29World Heart Day