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What are some services offered by the American Heart Association?

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The American Heart Association offers a variety of services, including CPR training, education about heart-healthy lifestyles, and research-based training and recommendations for physicians. It also raises money for cardiovascular and stroke research, and advocates to elected officials about public health issues.

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The American Heart Association provides many services for the public to encourage heart health. These include recommendations on nutrition, stress management, physical activity, reducing childhood obesity, weight management, workplace health and smoking cessation. The American Heart Association has specific programs targeting the unique cardiovascular challenges of women, African-Americans and Hispanics, such as the Go Red for Women, Go Red Por Tu Corazón, My Heart My Life, and the Power to End Stroke campaigns.

As of 2015, the American Heart Association is the largest provider of CPR training in the United States, with programs designed specifically for health-care providers, businesses, schools and community organizations. Combined, it trains over 13 million people in CPR each year.

The American Heart Association is also heavily involved in the research and treatment of heart disease. Besides the U.S. Government, it funds the most cardiovascular research in the nation and has funded 13 Nobel Prize winners, as of 2015. The American Heart Association also establishes the treatment protocols at hospitals, and its conferences are attended by thousands of health-care professionals.

Additionally, the American Heart Association advocates to the U.S. Government, encouraging heart healthy legislation on issues such as school lunch nutrition and the removal of trans fats from food.

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