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Mission: To quantify impact for the best investment to achieve optimal health

The goal of the Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation is to improve population health by effecting disruptive, visionary change and transformations in systems, environments, and policies through the strategic use of data and evidence.

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    • Photo of Stephen R. Daniels, M.D., Ph.D.Bottoms Up: New Consensus Recommendations Highlight Best Beverages For Young Children’s Health
      Authors: Stephen R. Daniels, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Pediatrician-in-Chief, Children’s Hospital Colorado; Emily A. Callahan, M.P.H., R.D.N., Owner, EAC Health and Nutrition, LLC
      Preview: When it comes to beverages for children from birth through age 5, keep it plain and simple – breast milk or infant formula, water, and plain milk are best.
    • thumbnail screen shot of the Fruits and Vegetables data visualizationMean Fruits and Vegetables Consumption in the United States Among Persons ≥2 Years: National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys 2003-2016
      Interactive Visualization (AHA Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation)
      Examine mean fruits and vegetables consumption of persons in the United States ages ≥2 years based on estimates from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES). This visualization provides estimates of mean fruits and vegetables consumption in the US population by sex, age, race/ethnicity, and NHANES cycle based on data collected from 2003-2004 to 2015-2016.
    • photo of Penny Kris-EthertonWhat You Need to Know About the New Prevention Guidelines
      Author: Penny M. Kris-Etherton, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, The Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D., R.D.N., L.D.N., FAHA, FNLA, FASN, CLS
      Preview: The most important way to prevent cardiovascular disease is through a healthy lifestyle throughout life. That’s a key message of new guidelines on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, released today by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.
    • thumbnail of Physical Activity Trends VisualizationPrevalence of US Adults and Youth Meeting Recommended Levels of Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity: National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys 2007-2016
      Interactive Visualization (AHA Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation)
      Examine the proportion of US adults and youth participating in recommended amounts of moderate to vigorous physical activity according to the 2nd edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (2018). This visualization provides prevalence estimates of the population prevalence by sex, race/ethnicity, educational attainment, and household income based on data from 2007-2008 to 2015-2016.
    • Photo of Mariell Jessup, M.D., FAHALatest Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Reveal Challenges and Opportunities
      Author: Mariell Jessup, M.D., FAHA; Chief Science and Medical Officer, American Heart Association
      Preview: The AHA releases their annual “Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – Update 2019” that provides the most current and robust epidemiological data on a wide range of cardiovascular disease-related topics, including heart disease and stroke.
    • Photo of Scott M. Grundy, M.D., Ph.D., FAHANew Cholesterol Guideline Recommends More Personalized Risk Assessment, Active Patient Involvement in Treatment Decisions
      Author: Scott M. Grundy, M.D., Ph.D., FAHA; Professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center and VA Medical Center, Dallas, Texas; Chair, 2018 Cholesterol Guideline writing committee
      Preview: Shared decision-making to help health care providers and patients manage cholesterol across the lifespan is a focus of new guidelines that provide recommendations related to several patient conditions and scenarios.
    • Photo of William J. Powers, M.D., FAHAIn Light of New Guidelines, Here Are Three Things Everyone Should Know About Stroke
      Author: William J. Powers, M.D., FAHA, H. Houston Merritt Distinguished Professor and Department Chair, Department of Neurology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chair, Writing Group, AHA/ASA 2018 Guidelines for the Early Management of Patients With Acute Ischemic Stroke
      Preview: Just a few years ago, stroke dropped from the nation’s No. 4 killer to No. 5, yet it still kills more than 130,000 people every year.
    • Photo of John Warner, M.D., MBANew Hypertension Guideline Updates How We Measure and Treat High Blood Pressure
      Author: John Warner, M.D., MBA; President, American Heart Association, 2017-18
      Preview: Many more people than previously believed are at risk for this far too common condition that increases the chance for heart disease and stroke, according to a new guideline for high blood pressure prevention, detection, evaluation and management released Monday by the American Heart Association.