The Western States Affiliate is a leader in Health Equity programs, providing handy tools to help those at high risk for heart disease and stroke make healthier lifestyle choices. We work with Latino community groups to reach out in creative ways – from large scale health expos complete with screenings and physical activities, to small workshops led by volunteers. An important focus for these programs is Juntos Contra El Derrame Cerebral/Together Against Stroke, which was created by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to raise awareness about stroke – the nation’s No. 4 killer.
Recent highlights include:
- Encouraging kids to learn healthy eating habits by making cooking fun with our Kids Cook With Heart program. Over 75 young chefs participated in the program at schools in Menlo Park and Daly City, CA. An “Iron Chef” competition wrapped up the cooking class series which was funded by Kaiser San Mateo.
- Enrolling more than 1,300 Latino participants across the Western States Affiliate in our Heart 360® on-line hypertension program.
- Sharing stroke messages and resources throughout the year with more than 800 people at seven workshops held at the Mexican Consulate’s Ventanilla de Salud in Santa Ana, CA.
- Continuing to make stroke risk a focus of our Conozca Su Corazón workshops held in Latino neighborhoods around Salt Lake City, UT.
- Providing blood pressure screenings during American Stroke Month in May at La Curacao stores in Orange County, CA. More than 150 people took advantage of the screenings at stores in Santa Ana and Anaheim.
- Staging the inaugural “Everyone for Heart” event recently in San Jose, CA, complete with a Health Expo featuring over 30 vendors from local business and community organizations. Free health screenings, Hands-Only CPR® training and Zumba action was featured, along with an educational health conference.
- Presenting our third annual Latin Expo in Las Vegas, NV, with more than 200 people taking advantage of health screenings and the opportunity to learn more about risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Zumba instructors provide a fun fitness focus at many of our Latino events and this one was highlighted by a four- hour Zumbathon. Thirteen instructors donated their time and nearly 140 dancers enjoyed the fun, pictured below.
These types of community-based activities drive the success of Juntos Contra El Derrame Cerebral/Together Against Stroke. The program is dedicated to assuring Latinos are aware of stroke risks and warning signs and the importance of calling 9-1-1 whenever signs of a stroke appear.