• SOURCE: American Heart Association

Small Steps For Big Changes In Your Community



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ANCHOR LEAD: Would you like to help your community fight heart disease and stroke? Brian Osuch explains how a free new program can help. (:60) SCRIPT: Healthcare Now, I’m Brian Osuch. Over 40 percent of African-Americans are affected by heart disease, with more than half succumbing to related illnesses at disproportionately higher rates than most racial and ethnic minority communities in the United States. Reverend Dr. Michael Minor tells us about a new initiative that will help communities understand risks and take simple steps to address them. CUT: (Minor) Empowered to Serve is an initiative of the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. It was developed to build a sustainable culture of health in multicultural communities across our nation. SCRIPT: According to Dr. Minor, the transformation begins when individuals are empowered and become change agents in their communities. CUT: (Minor) They can plant a garden in their community to share with others. They can lead healthy cooking sessions in their community; and they can advocate taking fried foods and/or sugar sweeten beverages off the menus of their church and community events. SCRIPT: For more information visit EmpoweredtoServe.org. That’s Healthcare Now from the American Heart Association. I’m Brian Osuch.
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