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American Heart Association

American Heart Month: Partners Offer Education, Events to Support Heart Health

February is American Heart Month, and supporting the heart health of our community members is a high priority year-round for El Camino Health. Two of El Camino Health's programs are also Community Benefit partners, and both offer events that support the American Heart Month goals.

The South Asian Heart Center's Health Strategies 2023: AIM to Prevent class is directly related to heart health and is offered not only in February, but also throughout the year. Applying concepts from building a personal financial plan, the class helps South Asian community members create a personal health strategy. Participants learn to set goals, track progress, see results and stay motivated. The AIM to Prevent Program is part of the South Asian Heart Center’s mission to fight the twin epidemics of heart attack and diabetes in the South Asian population. AIM stands for:

  • Assess with advanced screening to uncover hidden risks
  • Intervene with culturally appropriate lifestyle counseling
  • Manage with personalized heart health coaching

The Chinese Health Initiative (CHI) is offering a heart health class in March, April and May specifically for the Chinese population in our community. CHI works year-round to reduce health disparities in the growing Chinese population, promoting awareness and prevention of health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and hepatitis B. Healthy lifestyle programs and health education workshops — conducted by registered dietitians, certified diabetes educators and physicians — are available in both English and Mandarin.

The upcoming sessions covering the following topics are conducted in Mandarin.

  • March: What you need to know about cholesterol and fat
  • April: What does salt that raises blood pressure come from?
  • May: Choosing processed foods

All Americans are at risk for heart disease, the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. These Community Benefit partners are helping community members who may be at increased risk — and who may not have easy access to needed information and services.


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