Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Wichita NAACP becomes an Alliance partner with the AHA in the 'Power to End Stroke' Campaign

The Director of Cultural Health Initiatives for the American Heart Association, Karlease Bradford, stopped by our branch offices this evening with new materials and information on the Power to End Stroke Campaign. The following is a guest post from Karlese Bradford:

Heart Disease and Stroke are the #1 and #3 killers in America killing more people than the next seven causes combined. We all know people, family members and friends who have heart disease and or have had a stroke because minority populations have higher rates of chronic diseases and the risk factors for these diseases. African-Americans die at a rate of almost twice that of Whites and according to the CDC African-Americans between the ages of 35 and 54 have four times the risk of a first time stroke. Heredity plays a part in our health but social determinants play larger a factor in these disparities. Our income determines where we live, what we eat, and our access to health care.
As the Kansas Director of Cultural Health Initiatives for the American Heart Association it is my job to educate people in the community on ways to reduce their risks of heart disease and stroke. Tobacco use, lack of physical activity and poor nutrition are the main culprits. We need to take better care of ourselves, know our risks and recognize the warning signs of stroke. Please join me in the American Heart Association’s campaign to end stroke. The Power to End Stroke campaign was developed to help the African-American community reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Stop by the Wichita NAACP office and sign a pledge that says you will not just survive but strive to live longer and healthier. For more information go to

If you would like to become an Ambassador for the Power to End Stroke contact me at 913-652-1930 or

Karlease Bradford
Director, Cultural Health Initiatives - Kansas American Heart Association
Midwest Affiliate
6800 W. 93rd St
Overland Park, KS 66212
Tel.: 913-652-1930
Fax: 913-648-0423

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