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Million Hearts

As a member of the CDC Million Hearts Collaborative, NACCHO invites local health departments (LHDs) to be a part of Million Hearts - a national initiative with the ambitious goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. NACCHO will provide LHDs with the information and resources to educate the public on the importance of preventing heart attack and stroke in the United States.

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“I Love You Salt, But You’re Breaking My Heart” Campaign

The American Heart Association aims to raise awareness of Americans’ excess sodium intake and its impact on health, and to motivate consumers to reduce their personal sodium intake and to demand less sodium in the food supply. The tagline, “I Love You Salt, But You’re Breaking My Heart” conveys the concept that we all have a relationship with salt, but it’s not a healthy one—and we need to break up with excess salt so we can live healthier lives. The website will provide information about sodium and health, and tips for reducing sodium intake using a quiz, a blog authored by a registered dietitian, and other educational content such as infographics and articles.

Local Health Departments: Be a Part of the Million Hearts Initiative

million heartsAre you a local health department that's doing work in one or all of the following areas:

  • Hypertension Control
  • Salt Reduction
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Other activities designed to increase awareness of heart attack and stroke

If so, then sign up here with NACCHO to be a part of the Million Hearts Initiative. 

Preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 will require the work and commitment to change from local health departments, primary health care providers and the business community. Click here to find out more about Million Hearts and more ways you can get involved.


Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Control Resources

Local health departments, take a look at these new resources on to help prevent and control cardiovascular disease in your communities:

New Resource: Million Hearts Local Engagement Guide

MHGuideThe Million Hearts® Local Engagement Guide was developed for local health departments that work with a wide range of community partners to create conditions and policies that help people make healthy choices, such as avoiding tobacco use, becoming more physically active, and eating healthier foods. All these proactive measures contribute to the prevention of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. This guide will assist local health departments when engaging government partners, health care providers, the public, and other stakeholder groups at the regional, state and local level to advance Million Hearts.





MH ReportMillion Hearts® Report: Preventing 1 Million Heart Attacks and Strokes: A Turning Point for Impact

Million Hearts® rallies communities, health care professionals, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector organizations around a common goal: preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.Million Hearts®calls attention to a small set of changes we can make in our communities and health care systems that support long-term reductions in heart attacks and strokes. This brief report summarizes Million Hearts®progress to date and invites current and new partners to join our efforts.






Article: Patients with Undiagnosed Hypertension: Hiding in Plain Sight

This article illustrates how many patients within our health care systems are presenting with elevated blood pressures but are not identified as having hypertension and are not receiving treatment for it. The article describes the efforts that several health care systems have used to identify patients with undiagnosed


NACCHO Recorded Webinars

Million Hearts Webinar Series 

NACCHO has produced a webinar series that helps local health departments improve their awareness and understanding of practice-based local health department programs that address cardiovascular health and local efforts to implement the Million Hearts®initiative in cardiovascular disease prevention. Webinar topics have included the ABCs, local strategies for improved blood pressure control, and chronic disease self-management programs