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One of the missions of Project Heart is to promote heart-healthy nutrition and exercise for kids and their families. "In the News" shares current news stories related to those topics.

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October 2013
Sesame Street Characters join the First Lady to Promote Fresh Fruit and Vegetable
Consumption to Kids 

First Lady Michelle Obama was joined by Sesame Street's Elmo and Rosita to announce that Sesame Workshop and the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) joined the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) in a two-year agreement to help promote fresh fruit and vegetable consumption to kids, making those healthy choices a little easier for busy parents and families to make.
Go to to learn more and see the video announcement.
September 2013
Fruits & Veggies - More Matters
One of our favorite website packed full of resources, research, ideas, conversations, and fun for all ages. Visit today and often to fill your plate with more vegetables and fruits. Here's a tip for back to school: pack one of the 5-minute nutritious lunches!
Go to, from Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) .

August 2013
Progress on Childhood Obesity: Many States Show Decline, But ...
Obese children are more likely to become obese adults and suffer lifelong physical and mental health problems. Obesity rates in low-income preschoolers, after decades of rising, began to level off from 2003 through 2008 and now are showing small declines in many states. However, too many preschoolers are obese. Everyone can play a big part in reducing obesity among preschoolers.
Read the full report from Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Vital Signs.

July 30, 2013
Raising Critical Issues: First Lady Speaks at NCLR Conference
Pointing to health issues like the rise of diabetes, the First Lady spoke to over 1,800 attendees at the Latino community’s biggest national conference [National Council of La Raza] in New Orleans and encouraged parents to take a more active role in ensuring their kids make healthy choices. “Food is love,” said First Lady Michelle Obama, “but, while food might be love, the truth is that we are loving ourselves and our kids to death.”

She highlighted the growing power of the Latino community, especially when it comes to the marketplace, and encouraged attendees to demand healthy, affordable food for their families.
Read the First Lady’s full address here!

July 26, 2013
American Heart Association wants to create army of CPR-trained rescuers
In eighth grade, Noah Lack learned cardiopulmonary resuscitation in health class. Just a short time later, 15-year-old Lack saw neighbor Donnie Migl collapse from a heart attack while walking his dog in the neighborhood. Immediately, Lack knew to get help, check for a pulse and begin chest compressions. Lack's lifesaving efforts revived Migl.

Stories like Lack and Migl's powered the American Heart Association's vision to create an army of lifesavers by way of the Texas public school system, to ensure that every high school graduate knows the basics of CPR.

Read more from the Houston Chronicle and see a video about Noah Lack at the Texas Heart Institute YouTube channel.

July 19, 2013
Superheroes at Texas Children's Hospital
Window washers dressed as superheroes helped bring smiles to patients' faces at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. Watch this happy video clip on YouTube.

July 18, 2013
World Heart Federation on YouTube 
The World Heart Federation is happy to share the new adventure of Superheart! Eat healthily, be active, become a Superheart hero!
Watch this short animated video on YouTube.

June 27, 2013
New rules aim to rid schools of junk foods
High-calorie sports drinks and candy bars will be removed from school vending machines and cafeteria lines as soon as next year, replaced with diet drinks, granola bars and other healthier items.The Agriculture Department said for the first time it will make sure that all foods sold in the nation's 100,000 schools are healthier by expanding fat, calorie, sugar and sodium limits to almost everything sold during the school day.
Read more from the Houston Chronicle

June 6, 2013
GO Day - National Get Outdoors Day is June 8, 2013
June 8, 2013 - to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun at sites across the nation, diverse partners will offer opportunities for American families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities.
Learn more at GO Day

May 21, 2013
Photo Contest Encourages Active Families
If you enjoy the outdoors and appreciate awesome imagery, you are a natural fit for the “Share the Experience” photo contest. The official federal recreation photo contest invites people ages 13 and above to submit photos of the outdoors to be featured on the America the Beautiful Pass. This year, the federal land management agencies and their partners are making a special effort to promote healthy, active lifestyles through a new, Let’s Move Outside! photo category. The contest runs through December 31, 2013 and all contest entrants will be eligible for a series of prizes.


April 29, 2013
President's Challenge Gives Healthy Tips for Kids
Are you looking for more ideas on how to get active? Look no further than the President's Challenge Program. One tip for getting started is breaking down activities into 10 minute periods. From there, you can build up to 20 minutes, 30 minutes and beyond!


April 12, 2013

Kids Take Healthy Habits to Heart, a project by the American Heart Association, interviewed Texas Heart Institute instructional designer and developer, Melanie M. Lazarus, MPH, to learn more about Project Heart and Cool-E's mission to make kids healthier. Read all about how Project Heart started and how well it is doing today.


March 26, 2013
Why You Need to Participate in the Manzano Mile in 2014
Project Heart and the 7-Day Healthy Heart Challenge for Kids graced the pages of Austin Fit Magazine this week after participating in the Manzano Mile, a fun family event with Olympian Leo Manzano that encourages kids and adults alike to get up and run. There were mile races, relay races, awards, BBQ, and of course the amazing Kids Quarter where a six-year-old took the gold. It was a blast, and we look forward to 2014!

Read more at Austin Fit Magazine.

March 7, 2013
Cool Cat Teacher Blog Names Project Heart Among "Ideas That Rock"
We received our first teacher blog review this month from none other than Ms. Vicki Davis, AKA Cool Cat Teacher, who specializes in education through classroom technology. Her comments about Project Heart include "Love it." and "Health teachers will love this site for kids." We couldn't have asked for anything more and are grateful to Ms. Davis for spreading the word.

Read more at the Cool Cat Teacher Blog.

March 4, 2013
First Lady Announces Effort to Help Kids Exercise
As part of her latest efforts to get kids healthy, first lady Michelle
Obama has announced a new public-private partnership to help schools get kids moving. Mrs. Obama called on school staff, families and communities to help get 50,000 schools, about half the number of public schools in the U.S., involved in the new "Let's Move Active Schools" program over the next five years.
Read more at the Let's Move Schools website and Yahoo! News.

February 25, 2013
Way Beyond Weight: A Documentary
This documentary film takes a look at obesity as a pandemic, a problem that stretches from the United States to Brazil to Kuwait and beyond
. The film seeks to answer the questions "Why are kids carrying this extra weight?" and "Who is responsible for raising a healthy child?" by interviewing families, kids, and specialists from all over the world.
Watch the film on Top Documentary Films.

February 6, 2013
Heart Healthy Advice from Cardiologist Moms
Three moms, who also happen to be cardiologists, say the best ways to keep kids heart-healthy is to find reasons to move, skip the kids' meals, and buy farm-fresh produce.
Learn more about these three ways to stay healthy at DailySpark.

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