Last month the Worksite Wellness Act of 2014 went in to effect, which means residents and commuters who work on local government property across the District of Columbia will soon have heart-healthy foods and beverages available at all worksites. The DC Council has taken a bold step to ensure a healthier workforce and is providing the entire nation with a model to follow. This policy follows federal nutrition standards for vending machines, worksite cafeterias, and all food and beverages served or purchased by DC government. This workplace legislation was supported by the American Heart Association, the Center for Science in the Public Interest and local partners, and we are thrilled at the impact it will have in DC.
Our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.