The HeartSmarts program was developed by Dr. Naa-Solo Tettey to empower people to live heart healthy lifestyles. Cardiovascular disease, which includes coronary heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death in the United States. Blacks and Hispanics in underserved communities are at the greatest risk for both heart disease and stroke. The good news is that cardiovascular disease is largely preventable. The goal of the HeartSmarts program is to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease.
Through “HeartSmarts” we would like to partner with your organization to educate the members about heart disease and its prevention. We will do this by training Lay Health Ambassadors, free of charge, to lead an education program about heart disease prevention for your community.
Lay Health Ambassadors play a key role in promoting better health throughout communities by teaching and empowering others. We strongly believe that this endeavor will be greatly beneficial to all involved.
Some of the topics that are addressed in HeartSmarts are:
• Heart Disease
• High Blood Pressure
• Stress Management
• Physical Activity
Heart disease & stroke is the No. 1 killer in women, and stroke disproportionately affects African-Americans. Importantly, African-American women are less likely than Caucasian women to be aware that heart disease is the leading cause of death.
Diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, physical inactivity, obesity and a family history of heart disease are all greatly prevalent among African-Americans and are major risk factors for heart disease and stroke. What’s more, African-American women have almost two times the risk of stroke than Caucasians, and more likely to die at an earlier age when compared to women of other ethnicities.
Here are a few unsettling stats: