Each year, nearly 900,000 Americans die prematurely from 5 five leading causes of death, namely heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, stroke, and lower respiratory diseases. Do you know that up to 40% of these deaths could be prevented? Diseases and deaths from the leading cause of death can be prevented through changes in behaviors that increase the risks for these diseases. However, many people in our communities are unable to prevent these diseases or change their risks for these diseases because they are not aware of what they can do and how to do it. Each of us possesses these risks, but we must first be aware of them in order to take actions to reduce our risks and ultimately have these diseases.
And that is where we come in. Our community health and wellness programs help members of our community to heighten their knowledge and awareness of risks factors for these debilitating diseases. Our health and wellness programs include community health fairs, community-based preventive screening such as blood pressure monitoring, body mass index measurements, heart rate monitor, outdoor health activities, and wellness education programs that follow evidence-based curriculum. The needs are enormous and we cannot keep up. So, we need your help because there are more communities that need our services than we can financially provide at this time.