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Union Bank and the American Heart Association health and wellness expo will provide information on healthcare and finance to the community.
For the first time on Crenshaw Blvd. volunteers from Union Bank and the American Heart Association will host a health and wellness expo on November 9 from 10:00 am to 1 pm, offering free screenings for cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure. Cardiologists and registered nurses will also be on hand to give one-on-one consultations. Participants will have access to information on physical activity, nutrition and cardiovascular disease warning signs, risk factors and prevention, according to an event spokesperson.
They will also walk away with tips on financial planning, including budgeting and saving.
“My dad used to always tell me a quote and this is very passionate for me because my dad died of a heart attack. He always used to tell me, ‘you can’t have wealth without your health, ’” said Frank Robinson who handles community affairs for Union Bank.
“So, I told the American Heart Association, ‘we can’t have wealth without our health.’ We need to get people healthy. In our community, we see a lot of folks that are not healthy…”
In fact, he said, about 75 percent of the people that they’ve tested have been pre-hypertensive or actually hypertensive.
“We had a situation, I remember last year, where a young lady come in and we said, ‘why don’t you go and get tested,’” Robinson recalled.
“She did that and the numbers were so bad we actually set her over to the side and retested because we thought she was running to the bank or something of that nature. We tested her again and she was still high, we tested her again and she was still high… we tested her again, we did it three times and basically the doctor told her, ‘I can’t let you leave, you have to go to the hospital.’”
“Heart disease and stroke are major health risks for everyone, but African Americans are especially at high risk,” said Alice Benjamin, RN, Clinical Nurse Specialist and American Heart Association spokesperson.
“The American Heart Association believes that small efforts toward improving one’s heart and brain health can lead to big outcomes. This event will arm participants with the tools and information they need to help them live longer, stronger, healthier lives.”