American Heart Association offers training

10/16/2007

Church health ministries and other community groups have the opportunity to learn about heart disease and stroke, physical activity and nutrition at an upcoming American Heart Association training. 

The American Heart Association’s Search Your Heart Program aims to educate church and community groups about heart disease risk and prevention, particularly in minority communities.

The Search Your Heart training will be held at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 20 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pearl. Attendees will learn about heart disease and stroke from professionals and participate in a physical activity demonstration.

Statistics show that African-Americans and Hispanics/Latinos have a higher risk for cardiovascular disease than Caucasians and are less aware of their cardiovascular risk factors. The American Heart Association’s Search Your Heart program is a community-based educational tool to reach high-risk audiences. Search Your Heart delivers knowledge and action steps to encourage people to act upon this knowledge and reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke.

For information about the Search Your Heart training or how to enroll your church or community group in the Search Your Heart program call 601-321-1210. Search Your Heart is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.