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Jun 07, 2014

Spirit of the Heart in South Bronx, NY

Spirit of the Heart events offer heart disease screening and events in underserved communities.

Jun 21, 2014, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Barretto Point Park, Viele Ave. and Tiffany St., Hunts Point, NY

Heart disease remains the number one health threat in America. Underserved and minority communities tend to be hit the hardest, with lower health literacy levels and greater cardiovascular risk. That's why the American College of Cardiology (ACC) is trying to increase awareness of heart disease and promote better heart health, particularly in high-risk communities.

Using the Association of Black Cardiologists’ Spirit of the Heart program model, the ACC hosts events in high-risk communities to help educate the public on heart disease. Individuals learn about their risk for heart disease at these community events and receive free health screenings and counseling.

The latest installment of this series of events will be during the 11th Annual Hunts Point Fish Parade and Summer Festival at Barretto Point Park in the South Bronx, sponsored in part by the Coca-Cola Company and Amgen Cardiovascular. The ACC's CardioSmart team will staff a health pavilion at the event where they'll provide free blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol, glucose and waist circumference screenings.

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Heart disease is the number one health threat in America, with underserved and minority communities the hardest hit. The American College of Cardiology has partnered with the Association of Black Cardiologists to increase awareness and promote better health in these high-risk communities.

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