Recommended Web Sites
< Resources for a Healthy Heart
- Organizations & Clinics
- Especially for Women
- Take One Step Campaign Partner Sites
- Other Relevant Sites
- PBS Sites
Organizations & Clinics (in alphabetical order)
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
The American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation have joined together to form this organization focused on childhood obesity and the serious diseases associated with it, such as heart disease and diabetes. The site has special sections with information for parents, teens, and schools.
American College of Cardiology
This medical society and teaching institution offers a site to help educate patients on a wide range of issues concerning cardiovascular healthcare.
American Heart Association
This health organization has local chapters across the U.S., with millions of volunteers working on issues and providing services related to heart disease. The site provides information on all aspects of heart disease and heart healthy lifestyles. Includes sections on children's health, resources in Spanish, and tools such as a healthy holiday shopping checklist.
Brigham and Women's Hospital
http://healthlibrary.brighamandwomens.org/ HealthCenters/ Heart/ 87,P06371
This section of the hospital's site is devoted to patient information about heart disease and treatments. Dr. Peter Libby, a cardiologist at the hospital, is featured in The Hidden Epidemic: Heart Disease in America.
Cleveland Clinic, Heart & Vascular Institute
This Cleveland Clinic site provides information on many aspects of heart disease and heart health, and has a special section on heart disease in women. Dr. Steve Nissen, Chairman of Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, is featured in The Hidden Epidemic: Heart Disease in America.
Congenital Heart Information Network
This site provides information and resources to families of children with congenital and acquired heart disease, adults with congenital heart defects, and the professionals who work with them. It includes support group contact information by state.
Framingham Heart Study
This site provides information on the Framingham Heart Study and a tool to determine your risk for coronary heart disease.
The Heart: An Online Exploration
This site provides information and activities about the heart and how to have a healthy heart.
Larry King Cardiac Foundation
The mission of the Larry King Cardiac Foundation is to provide funding for life saving cardiac procedures for individuals who, due to limited means and no insurance, would be otherwise unable to receive life saving treatment.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Part of the National Institutes of Health, this organization conducts research related to the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases. If offers educational activities and materials, with an emphasis on prevention. The site provides information for patients and the public, including: recipe collections; resources in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Filipino; menu planner; and tools such as the 10-Year Heart Attack Risk Calculator.
Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
This section provides information on heart disease in U.S. racial and ethnic minority populations.
This site of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides a large variety of resources for adults, teens, and kids on obesity, healthy diet, and physical activity and helps you figure out steps to take to lead a healthier lifestyle.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Heart Disease
This part of the CDC's site provides information on the basics of heart disease with an emphasis on prevention.
Especially for Women
For Your Heart
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Women's Health, this site offers a customized tool to help women with their specific heart health needs.
Heart Healthy Women
This site provides information on heart disease diagnosis and treatment and heart health in women. Sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, in collaboration with WomenHeart (see below) and the Office of Women's Health (see above), the site features stories from heart disease survivors and information about life-saving procedures and breaking medical news.
The Heart Truth: A National Awareness Campaign for Women about Heart Disease
This site has information on the many events that are part of the national Heart Truth campaign and a special section on menopausal hormone therapy and heart disease.
National Women's Health Information Center--Women's Heart Health
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Women's Health, this site has news stories about women's heart health, fact sheets, FAQs about common heart conditions, heart healthy tips, and links to other Internet resources.
WomenHeart: the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease
WomenHeart is a national patient-centered organization that provides support, education, and advocacy for women living with heart disease. It is a coalition of national organizations and community-based support networks across the U.S. The site offers information about heart disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, including fact sheets, recipes, exercises, and resources in Spanish. It also has an online support community.
Take One Step Campaign Partner Sites
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
AARP, an organization for people age 50 and over, offers a range of information, advocacy, and services. The health section (http://www.aarp.org/health/) offers health news, advice, tips, and support. The AARP is a campaign affiliate of Take One Step: A PBS Health Campaign.
America on the Move
America On the Move is a national organization that encourages people to take steps towards a healthier way of life. It offers personalized online resources and interactive tools to help individuals, families, and groups manage self-directed health improvement programs. America On the Move is a Resource Partner for Take One Step: A PBS Health Campaign.
Reader's Digest is a promotion partner for Take One Step: A PBS Health Campaign. The Health section of this popular magazine's site (access it from the home page) offers a variety of healthy living articles, tips, and recipes. Within the Health section, the Condition Centers focus on specific topics, such as heart disease and women's health issues. Download their handout, 10 Easy Steps to a Healthier Heart from (URL TK).
The YMCA, a nonprofit community service organization, has over 2,500 locations, and is a community partner of Take One Step: A PBS Health Campaign. Focusing on exercise it offers a range of programs for adults, kids, and families, including the Activate America® program and the YMCA Healthy Kids Day, and a downloadable guide on raising kids in the Resources for Families section.
Other Relevant Sites
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
AASECT is a source for information about heart disease and sexuality. Its members include sex therapists, physicians, nurses, social workers, and other health professionals.
American Dietetic Association
This site offers information about nutrition and heart-healthy diets.
Cut to the Heart
Examine a map of the human heart that illustrates how blood flows through this amazing muscle, and learn fascinating heart facts. Explore annotated photos of diseased hearts and find out what ails them. The site also includes an overview of how the heart works, what heart failure is, and how to treat it, from noted physician Robert Soufer.
Scientific American Frontiers
Affairs of the Heart
Learn about advances in artificial heart technologies and test your knowledge of 'heart stats' with the site's interactive feature.
Frontiers Profile: Bill Castelli
The former director of the Framingham Heart Study discusses how and ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You can test your knowledge of your heart's vital statistics in an interactive game accessible through the home page.
Fat and Happy?
Alan Alda explores the real science behind fad foods, eating habits, and lifestyles. Learn about obesity, calories, Body Mass Index, and healthy recipes.
The Frontiers Cookbook
Healthy, low-fat recipes recommended by obesity specialist D. George Blackburn.
Discover the body's complex weight control system, the challenges of losing weight and some possible solutions. Get to know the people featured in the program, see what they are doing now, and learn about their methods for weight loss.
Battling the Bulge
Learn about the challenges of losing weight and some possible solutions.
Do Diets Work?
Meet the Subjects
Get to know the people featured in the program, see what they are doing now, and learn about their methods for weight loss.
Panelists discuss the latest in diagnosis and treatment of hypertension.
Are we destined to be fat? And what's so wrong with a few extra pounds, anyway? This episode tackles these questions and more.
Women's Cardiac Health
This episode explores ways to prevent, assess risk, and diagnose heart disease in women.
This episode covers the causes and treatment of heart failure and how today's technology, including artificial hearts and heart transplants, is saving lives.
Panelists discuss heart attack and heart health.
PBS Web Sites for Kids
Hooray for Health! For Parents and Teachers
"Eat Well. Stay Fit." Information and activities are designed to encourage children to take care of themselves by eating healthy foods and keeping active.
It's My Life
Provides information on healthy eating for children and families.
Benefits of Exercise
Offers a chart listing the physical and mental health benefits of exercise.
Happy Healthy Songs
A collection of songs from the show that makes healthy foods fun, including "Mango Tango" and "I Love Fruit."
Healthy Habits for Life
Activities and materials for kids and caregivers, as part of Sesame Street's efforts to help kids establish healthy habits for life.
A collection of recipes sent in by viewers, including many healthy dishes for kids to choose.
Turn off the computer and play! This collection of unplugged games, including "Chase Games and "Physical Challenges." encourages kids to get moving.