HEALTHY HEART PROGRAM

The Healthy Heart Program is a community-based Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) prevention program that helps community members prevent the onset of CVD and its risk factors by providing health screenings, including blood pressure, weight, body mass index (BMI) measurements, followed by a brief one-on-one health education session.

Scientific evidence shows that interventions such as providing self-measurement of blood pressure coupled with health education are effective in improving blood pressure control.

The Healthy Heart Program removes notable barriers to accessing CVD risk prevention services such as cost, convenience, lack of health insurance, and distance to clinics to measure heart diseases related health indicators.

Each year, nearly 900,000 Americans die prematurely from the five leading causes of death, namely heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, stroke, and lower respiratory diseases.  However, up to 40% of these deaths are preventable. These diseases and death from them can be prevented through changes in behaviors that worsen 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 unaware of what they can do and how to do it.

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