OCTOBER is Diversity & Disparities, Hispanic Heritage Month

October 01, 2017


Diversity and Disparities

Cardiovascular diseases do not discriminate, anyone can experience a cardiovascular event. However, gender and race in conjunction with the lifestyles that come along with them can play a big part in whether or not someone has a heart attack, stroke, or develops another heart issue. Hispanics and African Americans have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and having a stroke than white men and women, and women’s rates have been declining more slowly than men’s in the past few years.

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month  is 9/15-10/15

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Healthy Lifestyle is more than just a guide to a healthier life – it’s a celebration of family and culture! Healthy Lifestyle provides tips, strategies and facts to help Latino families get healthy and stay healthy.


Practice an active lifestyle!

Emotional Benefits of Exercise

Motivate yourself with music: Create a workout playlist.

Increase Your Physical Activity (Video)

Exercising as a Family


EmPOWERED To Serve (ETS) Health Lessons offer a way to engage communities and motivate community members to take steps towards creating a culture of health. Learn More!

Did you know? Hispanics (and African-Americans) with high blood pressure are less likely than Caucasians to get their condition under control, according to January 2017 research published in the American Heart Association’s Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes journal.


What is your why?

World Stroke Day is October 29th!

Join millions around the world in spreading the word about secondary stroke prevention and treatment. One day together can help fight stroke 365 days a year!

  • Worldwide, one in six will have a stroke in their lifetimes.
  • Someone on the planet has a stroke every 2 seconds!
  • Up to 80% of second clot-related strokes may be preventable.
  • Are you caught up on our 2017 Heart and Stroke Statistical Update? (This includes statistics for specific populations and are also available in Spanish).

Lung Health Day is also in October!

*Smoking is the most important preventable cause of premature death in the United States.

*Smoking by itself increases the risk of coronary heart disease. Quit today! We can help.

You can modify or control seven major independent risk factors for coronary heart disease:

Cigarette extinguished


Cigarette and tobacco smoke 
blood draw - man


High blood cholesterol
blood pressure cuff - manual


High Blood Pressure
TV watching - woman


Physical Inactivity
Sugared Candies


Overweight or obesity
needle prick


Fruit and Vegetable Market


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Important Dates in October

9/15 - 10/15 - Hispanic Heritage Month

10/10 - World Mental Health Day

10/21 - National Mammography Day

10/25 - Lung Health Day

10/29 - World Stroke Day

10/31 - Halloween