American Heart Association announces multicultural outreach

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - The local chapter of the American Heart Association has launched a program aimed at improving the health of the area's diverse community.

According to the organization, minority groups are at a greater risk for high blood pressure and heart disease. The new program, called "Have Faith in Heart," aims to offer education and outreach programs to the multicultural community.

Information will be available at events such as the NAACP health fair, the WIC Family Picnic, the MVLA Latino Festival and at local churches.

"This effort today symbolizes that we see a community of people coming together, because of the issues that are happening in the minority community," said Dietra Harvey, president of the Utica-Oneida chapter of the NAACP. "So to that end, it's historic. It's today. It's necessary and we are excited to be a part of the partnership."

Organizations interested in featuring information on the Have Faith in Heart initiative can call the American Heart Association.

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