National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15-Oct. 15

September 15th is the start of Hispanic Heritage Month! As part of our Heroes Saving Hearts/ Héroes Salvando Corazones CPR campaign, aimed at inspiring Hispanic-Latino communities to learn Hands-Only CPR, especially on women, the American Heart Association is proud to celebrate Hispanic-Latino heroes who are helping us save hearts and lives!

Hispanic Heritage Month - Laura B. Rodriquez

Meet Laura B. Rodriquez, a proud Mexicana, and BSN who understands the importance of CPR firsthand. Born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, Laura learned CPR when she became a nurse. In 2006, Laura suffered a heart attack at her daughter's school, and CPR saved her life. Laura now works in an emergency medical department in Dallas and helps train others in CPR. Laura also loves working out, volunteering with the AHA, traveling with her family, and trying new challenges.

People like Laura are helping us advance our mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives! You, too, can become a hero, saving hearts and lives in your community. Watch our 90-second video and get started today!

Heroes Saving Hearts with CPR | American Heart Association CPR & First Aid or Héroes salvando corazones con RCP

Hands-Only CPR reenactment

The American Heart Association's new campaign Heroes Saving Hearts / Héroes Salvando Corazones empowers Hispanic- Latino communities to learn Hands-Only CPR.

In the United States, Latinos and African Americans are at a higher risk for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with a poor prognosis due to longstanding racist social policies that have resulted in limited access to quality education and healthcare. Bystander CPR is also less common in Black and Hispanic neighborhoods. A study, published in the Association's journal Circulation, found the greater the percentage of Hispanic residents in a neighborhood, the lower the chances of receiving bystander CPR and the lower the chances of survival. While Hispanics are less likely to be trained in CPR, they are the most interested and are most likely to perform Hands-Only CPR after seeing the video. Therefore, The Association is launching our Heroes Saving Hearts CPR campaign and will focus on empowering Hispanic- Latino communities with much-needed information about the importance of CPR, especially CPR on women. News in English | Spanish

Summer Basrawala and Sir Purr

Congenital heart defect survivor, Summer Basrawala, hosts the NFL PLAY:60 Kickoff Fitness Break with her hometown NFL team mascot, Sir Purr of the Carolina Panthers. copyright American Heart Association - photographer Jamie Pham

Physical activity boosting resources support classroom performance
The American Heart Association and the National Football League continue their commitment to kids’ whole-body health through physical activity.

This back to school season the American Heart Association and the National Football League (NFL), in collaboration with its 32 NFL clubs, are offering students exciting ways to move more with NFL PLAY 60. Physical activity is important as students return to the classroom. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, active kids learn better, focus more, think more clearly, react to stress more calmly, and perform and behave better in the classroom[1].

One way students can get active with Race to the Super Bowl LVII is through a series of NFL PLAY 60 Fitness Break broadcasts. Details in this news release.

[1] Department of Health and Human Services, Physical Activity Guidelines, page 14. Available for download here:

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The American Heart Association’s Hypertension Scientific Sessions 2022 conference, held Sept. 7-10, 2022, in San Diego. The meeting is the premier scientific exchange focused on recent advances in basic and clinical research on high blood pressure and its relationship to cardiac and kidney disease, stroke, obesity and genetics. News Highlights: Diet change may make biggest impact on reducing heart risk in people with hypertension | “Gateway” foods like candy, pastries and frozen treats may lead to unhealthy teen eating | High blood pressure may accelerate bone aging

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Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month

Peripheral artery disease is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries that carry blood away from the heart to other parts of the body. The most common type is lower-extremity PAD.Learn more about PAD

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National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month

(AFib or AF) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and some other heart-related complications. Learn more about A-Fib

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National Cholesterol Education Month

Cholesterol is a waxy substance. It’s not inherently “bad.” Your body needs it to build cells. But too much can pose a problem.

Cholesterol information

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Fruit & Veggie Month

An easy first step to eating healthy is to include fruits and vegetables at every meal and snack. Eat More Color.

Healthy Eating Tips

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

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

Healthy eating tips for the whole family

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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 tips for the whole family

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Healthy Aging | National Self-Care Awareness | Self-Improvement Month

American Heart Association’s checklist to measure cardiovascular health, called Life’s Essential 8™, adds healthy sleep as essential for optimal cardiovascular health along with other health and lifestyle factors like nicotine exposure, physical activity, diet, weight, blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure.

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National Apple Month and Better Breakfast Month

Whole-wheat Apple Pancake Recipe

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National Chili Pepper Month

Can chili peppers help you live longer?

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National Disaster Preparedness Month

Heart Smart health and safety tips

More September Calendar Highlights

Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month | National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month | National Yoga Awareness Month, plus Childhood Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Gynecological Cancer, and Blood Cancer Awareness Month and

September 29 is World Heart Day.

September 5 - Labor Day | International Day of Charity

September 7-10 - American Heart Association Hypertension Scientific Sessions 2022

September 8 - World Physical Therapy Day

September 10 - World Suicide Prevention Day

September 11 - Patriot Day | Grandparents' Day

September 12 - National Day of Encouragement

September 16 - National POW/MIA Recognition Day | Mexican Independence Day | Nat'l. Guacamole Day | Working Parents Day

September 17 - International Eat An Apple Day | National Dance Day | National Gymnastics Day

September 19-25 - National Rehabilitation Awareness Week

September 20 - National Voter Registration Day

September 21 - International Day of Peace | World Gratitude Day | World Alzheimer's Day

September 22 - Fall Equinox

September 23 - Native American Day | International Day of Sign Languages

September 25 - Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset through sunset of September 27)

September 26 - Navratri Begins (through October 5)

September 27 - Rosh Hashanah (ends at sunset)

September 29 - World Heart Day | National Coffee Day


Upcoming American Heart Association Scientific meetings:

Scientific Sessions 2022 Media Registration info - Nov. 5-7, 2022

Resuscitation Science Symposium 2022 - Nov. 5-6, 2022

View the full list and links to each of the accredited scientific meetings of the American Heart Association here.