Help us ensure that everyone in the greater Los Angeles area has the opportunity to live a longer, healthier life.
Celebrate a Resilient 2021
We believe that mental wellbeing is more important than ever and that includes our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
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Making an Impact in the Southland
When it comes to health and longevity, where you live matters. That is unacceptable. We are redoubling our efforts to address health disparities and structural inequities to give everyone the opportunity to live a full, healthy life. Our work includes transforming the food environment to make healthy food more affordable and accessible in all neighborhoods, but especially in communities experiencing the greatest inequities to accessing healthy food.
We provide real solutions to food system problems increasing access to healthy foods which improves community health. In an effort to better understand the needs of our neighborhoods, the American Heart Association Los Angeles Division commissioned a poll in East LA, where we're collaborating with community groups to address food insecurity. What we found in East LA is that more than half of residents have difficulty getting healthy food, with 62 percent citing cost as a major barrier.
Building Active Communities
We are working to address social and environmental barriers to safe walking and biking to promote healthy, active living. In Inglewood, a group of local organizations, called the Inglewood Active Communities Coalition, have joined hands to help improve youth physical activity in the city. Another collaboration, this time between the AHA and the 77th Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and The District Music Group, called Community S.T.E.P.S. creates a safe space for dialogue and physical activity between community members and law enforcement. Finally, through our advocacy work we're improving streets, metro access, outdoor usable space and biking routes to create environments that support an active lifestyle.
Recursos en Español
Un enfoque importante de la American Heart Association (AHA) es informar, educar y motivar a la comunidad de habla hispana a prevenir las enfermedades cardiovasculares. En especial, la campaña Go Red Por tu Corazón tiene como objetivo educar a las mujeres latinas en Los Angeles a prevenir su asesino número uno: las enfermedades cardiovasculares.
Bajo esta campaña, anualmente organizamos la conferencia gratuita “Por tu Corazón”, donde expertos en medicina, salud mental y ejercicio físico comparten sus conocimientos con mujeres latinas de la comunidad. “Por tu Corazón” se celebró el pasado 24 de septiembre de 2020 de manera digital, y volverá a celebrarse en el 2021, cuando lo anunciaremos en esta página.
Your Voice Matters
We will only beat heart disease and stroke if we work together. We advocate for policies that prevent cardiovascular diseases, improve the quality of and access to care, increase research funding and expand rehabilitation services.