Music = Life

Stay on beat with Shanti (Das’) Playlist

did-you-knowSeventy percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes. If you are called on to perform CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.

Music Can Save Lives

Hands-Only CPR has just two easy steps, performed in this order:

  1. Call 9-1-1 if you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse
  2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of a familiar song that has 100 to 120 beats per minute.
    Song examples include “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z, “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira” or “Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash.

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Keep the Beat with this playlist full of tracks that fall between 100-120 Beats Per Minute (BPM), curated by National Power Ambassador Shanti Das. Coming Soon!

  • Feel more confident when performing Hands-Only CPR by training and performing to the beat of a familiar song.
  • When performing CPR, you should push on the chest at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute, which corresponds to the beat of the song examples above.
  • Be the difference for someone you love

Featured video icon Take Me Home
Watch Episode 1 of “Take Me Home” which explores food deserts in S. Atlanta below.

Featured video icon 25 Years of TLC
Shanti Das talks working with TLC as they pioneered the way for women in music in the 90s. #POWERWomen

Shanti-plazaShanti Das aka the Hip Hop Professional, an Atlanta native, has influenced the careers of Usher, OUTKast and TLC. Now she is impacting communities in her native Atlanta and using her influence in the entertainment industry to spread health messages and help create healthier lifestyles and open up opportunities and access in our urban communities. Learn more about National Power Ambassador Shanti Das.

Fruit and Vegetable Month


June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month.

The American Heart Association is encouraging Americans to add more color to their meals throughout the month as part of our Healthy For Good™ movement. Each week of the month, we will have a different theme with fun ways that YOU can Add Color to your meals.

Watch Social Media to get a daily healthy recipe for you and your kiddos to make together!! (kid-friendly recipes will be notated with a special icon.) Encourage your companies, community partners, family and friends to Add Color to their meals and join the Healthy For Good™ movement.

Download Fruit and Vegetable Month Resources at

  • Messaging and Fact Sheet
  • Fruit and Vegetable Month Overview
  • 8.5” x 11” Poster
  • 11” x 17” Poster
  • Add Color with Fruits and Vegetables Booklet
  • Social Media Messages and Images
  • Website Banner
  • Spanish Resources
    • 8.5×11 Poster
    • 11×17 Poster
    • Add Color with Fruits and Vegetables Booklet
    • Select social media messages and images

One Healthy Mama 2017

***Giveaway Alert***

Are you the one?

This Mother’s Day, EmPOWERED To Serve™ is recognizing and rewarding “One healthy mama” for making healthy lifestyle changes in her own life and pounding the pavement to improve and impact her larger community by gifting her with a one-on-one week-long training session with National Ambassador, trainer and wellness coach, Ashanti Johnson!

We are giving away one of two options to the winner:

  • Weight loss and wellness consultation (digital if outside of Chicago, IL) OR
  • Week- long monitoring program (digital/ text if outside of Chicago, IL)

To enter the giveaway:

  1. In :60 seconds or less or in paragraph form, share the efforts and impact that this dynamic mom is doing in to drive positive change in the community and at home.
  2. Post your 1 min video/ written testimonial to the EmPOWERED To Serve Facebook page and
  3. Include the hashtags #EmPOWEREDToServe and #ETS_Ashanti360

There will be one (1) contest winner.

Here are a few examples of a “One Health Mama” recipient:

  • Ex1. My mom is the church chef and has altered the recipes, by removing the salt and making them healthier (community impact)
  • Ex2. My sister, Jilliene, wanted to get summertime fine, but this initial superficial goal turned into an inspirational lifestyle change. She moved past the surface level outcome and began to feel better and stopped certain medications. Now she has motivated a group of friends to form walking groups to increase physical activity and improve their health outcomes. (Personal AND community impact)
  • Ex3. My mom likes to walk in the neighborhood, but there were many incomplete sidewalks. She raised her voice and advocated for sidewalks and now everyone is able to enjoy the benefit!

If your mom, aunt, sister or friend fits this description, then she is a mom that needs to be recognized!

National Minority Health Month Messaging 2017

Share these Facebook posts to help spread awareness.

Heart disease and stroke run in my family. Yet 80% of heart disease and stroke are preventable. #EmPoweredToServe



I live in a food desert and finding the healthy food options I need is a daily struggle. What can be done in our communities to address food deserts? #EmPoweredToServe



Do you get the @AmericanHeart recommended amount of physical activity? I DO. All 150 minutes per week that I need for better heart health. #EmPoweredToServe



My family has a history of high blood pressure. HBP, the “silent killer” is the number 1 cause of stroke. What is your family doing to help control their HBP? #EmPoweredToServe



I personally suffer from heart disease but I don’t let that put me down. I make sure to be physically active and eat fruits and veggies daily. #EmPoweredToServe



My neighborhood lacks proper walkways and lighted walkways, making it difficult to be physically active. Together, we can advocate for complete streets! #EmPoweredToServe



We all deserve the access to healthy foods so let’s work together to make sure that What’s in Store helps us have healthier futures. #EmPoweredToServe



I suffer from high blood pressure and some of the simple things I do to help lower my HBP is walking. #EmPoweredToServe



On National Walking Day, I’ll be walking with my squad! Will you? #EmPoweredToServe



I pledge to do 30 minutes of physical activity, 5 days a week to lower my risk of heart disease! #EmPoweredToServe


Demetria McKinney, Singer/Actress: Blog

National Minority Health Month

My son is my Red Lip Story.

As a military brat, I had life covered, especially health wise. But once life at home got hard, I was on my own. My mother’s husband was into me way more than a step father/father should ever be. Everyone, with the exception of a few, looked at me as ” the problem” versus helping me out of it.

I fought depression, undeserved guilt, thoughts of suicide, and ended up homeless. The “estranged” part of my family took me in after a bit and I was able to start building my life…only to find I was pregnant. I was a teenager, barely making it on my own and now I have the responsibility of a whole person’s life?!?! The pity I could have had, the hardship I knew was coming, all took a backseat to the opportunity for love and growth.

From the first time I heard my sons heartbeat, I was a fan. I had to be strong, healthy, HERE. I had to be HERE for him. Daekwon is my red lip story and has been ever since. Who is yours?

– Demetria McKinney

National Minority Health Month 2017

Changing Perceptions in Minority Health and Bridging Health Equity

National Minority Health Month


Even though multicultural communities are diverse in their makeup, culture and traditions, they still face similar challenges when it comes to equity, health outcomes and access to care and healthy foods. These unique sectors across our nation are making big efforts to address their common experiences and tackle barriers together, using different strategies, tailored to their specific cultural and environmental needs.

We all want the best for our family. The best access to healthy food options, walkable paths, clean parks for activities, clean air for our children to breathe in and healthy community to survive and thrive in. Despite all efforts to educate, bring awareness and create sustainable changes in our communities, it seems like we’ve only started to peel one layer of the onion as we continue to see similar health outcomes — including shorter life expectancy because of the limitation of the environment in which minorities live. Needless to say, there is much more work to be done and we can’t do it alone.

The American Heart Association’s EmPOWERED To Serve movement addresses the root causes or social determinants of health and exposes critical factors and needs for multicultural communities throughout the United States and aims to find solutions through awareness, education, advocacy and other opportunities.

This Minority Health Month, join the EmPOWERED To Serve movement to help Change Perceptions in Minority Health by bridging health equity across communities. Because misperceptions contribute to poor health outcomes, let’s work together to:

1.  Change perceptions on HBP and Stroke.
Do you know your numbers? Take control of your blood pressure, before it controls you.
Sign up for CCC.

2.  Change Perceptions on Physical Activity.

  • Get involved in a National Walking Day event, April 5! Lace up your kicks and jumpstart NWD with ETS Power Ambassador, Ashanti Johnson of Chicago’s 360 Mind.Body.Soul. Studio! Get pumped up at 10 AM CST via FB Live.
  • Need daily inspiration to stay the course? “Pep Your Step for Good” and walk your way to a healthier lifestyle + win prizes sponsored by Macy’s! Join #GoRedGetFit today! The NEW challenge launched Monday, April 3.
  • The celebration for National Walking Day lasts all month long! Interested in hosting a Walking Day Event? Download your toolkit here.

3.  Change Perceptions on CPR.
Learn Hands Only CPR to help save a life. Get trained by watching this 90 second video.

Let’s change perceptions and bridge health equity, because the external factors surrounding us are negatively impacting our health. Let’s change perceptions and take control of our health because 80% of heart disease and strokes are preventable.

Don’t forget to visit and like us on Facebook (@EmPOWERED To Serve) and Twitter (Power2endstroke).


Social Media

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nmhm-pdf-01By The Numbers: African-American Heart Health in the US

nmhm-pdf-01By the Numbers: Hispanic Heart Health in the U.S. 8.5×11| 8.5×14 | Coming Soon! Spanish

Six Salty Foods in Korean Cuisine

Six Salty Foods in Chinese Cuisine

Six Salty Foods in Filipino Cuisine

Six Salty Foods in Hawaiian Cuisine

Multicultural Health Is Why Infographic

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Coming Soon! 10 Essential Benefits of the Affordable Care Act English | Spanish


African American CVD Prevention

Latina CVD Prevention


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National Walking Day
Lace up your kicks and jumpstart National Walking Day with ETS and National Power Ambassador, Ashanti Johnson! Join in via FB Live April 5 at noon CST. Don’t miss a beat this month. Find more events and details here.


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Join #GoRedGetFit and “Pep Your Step for Good” and walk your way to a healthier lifestyle + win prizes sponsored by Macy’s! The NEW challenge launches Monday, April 3. Join #GRGF today!


You control your destiny. Stay in control of your health by monitoring your blood pressure. Check out our self-monitoring tracking tool to maintain a healthy heart. Find a Check. Change. Control. Program near you. Be EmPOWERED.


Blog icon Conversations

The Red- Lip Stories is a new blog experience facilitated by National Power Ambassador Demetria McKinney (singer, actress [House of Payne]) that allows you to share your inspiration and motivation for making the best lifestyle decisions possible.

Blog 1: Demetria McKinney, Singer/Actress

We want to hear from you too.
Submit your red-lip story based on the monthly topic to us for a feature on our website and social media and an EmPOWERED To Serve prize pack!
Email us at or share via Facebook.

Don’t Let Hair Dictate Your Health (coming soon).

Ashanti Johns – National Power Ambassador

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Twitter: ashanti360
Instagram: _ashanti360

Stories from the Soul: Ashanti Johnson

“Until we practice making real behavioral changes, we will keep repeating the same unhealthy cycles.”

– Ashanti Johnson, National Power Ambassador

National Power Ambassador, fitness expert and founder of 360.Mind.Body.Soul (360MBS), Ashanti Johnson, has created a fun-loving environment that encourages women of color to get fit through self-love and mental fitness in addition to physical fitness.

Johnson, who is now certified in Group Fitness and Personal Training through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) as well as Senior Fitness and Pound, was not always in total control of her weight. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Johnson battled weight gain throughout her teens and 20s before making an environmental and mental shift that changed her perspective on life and loving herself. “Throughout my young adulthood, I allowed the unhealthy habits and mindset of my environment to rub off on me. Once I removed myself from my environment, I shifted internally and my external naturally followed. Through my story, I encourage others to not let external factors have power over your decision to get healthy,” says Johnson.

After moving to Chicago, Il, Johnson opened a total mind and body health and wellness studio. In addition to physical workouts, Ashanti has made strides in the Chicagoland area to combat the social determinants of health which are the constructs in which people live, work, play, pray and age. All gym members are encouraged to release their negative thoughts about weight and adopt a positive outlook on their circumstances, including food choices, that are within their control. “Food is often celebrated in our culture, but can often be made a crutch that can control our subconscious.”

Ashanti found that changing her mindset and releasing external stressors helped to change the results of her weight loss journey. This revelation has sparked her to encourage others to adopt the same positive outlook on their relationship with external factors. “Food is made to keep our bodies healthy; it shouldn’t be a stress reliever that makes us feel good and tucks us in at night”.

In less than 5 years, Ashanti has transformed the minds and bodies of Chicago women of color through a rigorous, yet fun program that focuses on both physical and “mental fitness.” With over 60 fitness classes offered per week, 360 Mind.Body.Soul not only features teachers who have overcome their own battles with physical activity and weight, but also caters to the working person who is trying to fit a workout into their busy schedule. 360 MBS offers childcare so that working parents have no excuse to stay active and offers a natural juice bar inside the gym. She is a pioneer on the forefront of addressing health issues facing our communities of color in the greater Chicagoland area.

Research shows that minority communities (predominantly Latino, African-American and of low-socio economic) are two to three times more likely to have cardiac arrest outside of a hospital and 30% are less likely to receive bystander CPR – cutting their chances of survival.

These stats are alarming, but instead of cowering away, Ashanti has accepted the call to help spread awareness and Hands only CPR training to her gym members and guests.

Ashanti has designated Memorial Day in May as the ultimate pre-summer workout. For the past six years, “360.Mind.Body.Soul MASTERPLAN Memorial Day” event has encouraged men and women to attend and workout in a fun, judgement-free environment before they hit the afternoon barbecues. In 2016, Ashanti teamed up with the American Heart Association’s EmPOWERED To Serve™ program to train participants on how to perform Hands-Only CPR. The event also offered free high blood pressure screenings and encouraged participants to learn more about heart disease and stroke. By encouraging a holistic approach to weight loss, Ashanti Johnson continues to raise health awareness through education which helps 360 MBS members, event participants, their family and friends enjoy longer, healthy and fulfilling lives.

To get a taste of Ashanti’s 360 Mind.Body.Soul. experience, visit for 10 at-home workouts you can do in the pleasure of your home or hotel room.

Did You Know Place Matters?: Blog

By Kristi Durazo

Interesting story about how place affects health factors. Twin brothers, both astronauts. One goes into space for 340 days. The other stays on the ground. Researchers are now studying the brothers’ relative health. Early indications are that there are very remarkable differences in their genetic and metabolic structures and other health factors.

SDOH-callout1The reality is that place matters on the planet as well as off. In New Orleans, life expectancy in one neighborhood is 55 years and only 5 miles away, it is 80. In Philadelphia, the gap in life expectancy between zip codes is 20 years. Just like the contrast of space vs. Earth, the differences in neighborhoods and their opportunity to access resources like healthy food, education, good jobs, banks, doctors, stable housing are just as stark.

Some experts suggest that your zip code is a bigger determinant of your health than is your DNA. And other research suggests that continued exposure to the stresses of poverty, unemployment, and poor housing can actually alter the structure of your DNA, compounded over generations. Here are some factors to consider:

  • Education–People with more education are likely to live longer and to experience better health outcomes. 50 percent of Asian and 31 percent of non-Hispanic white adults are college graduates, compared with 17 percent of non-Hispanic black and 13 percent of Hispanic and American Indian or Alaska Native adults. The Brookings Institute, in a report on the widening gap in SAT scores, stated, “Blacks in particular lag far behind, with an average score of 428 out of 800, significantly below the average score of 534 for whites and 598 for Asians.” “…as SAT scores predict student success in college, inequalities in SAT score distributions reflect and reinforce racial inequalities across generations.” Education matters.
  • Employment–Education provides the knowledge and skills necessary for employment, which can shape health in many ways. More education generally means a greater likelihood of being employed and of having a job with healthier working conditions, better employment-based benefits and higher wages. Where you work matters.
  • Housing–The shortage of affordable housing limits families’ and individuals’ choices about where they live, often relegating lower-income families to substandard housing in unsafe, overcrowded neighborhoods with higher rates of poverty and fewer resources. The results of this dynamic prevents families from meeting other basic needs including nutrition and health care. Additionally, rates of home ownership are lower for communities of color. Where you live matters.
SDOH-callout1All of these factors are intertwined with other related issues…access to transportation, lack of upward mobility, exposure to pollution, crime, incarceration, racism, social justice are all aspects of social determinants of health. AHA’s Scientific Statement on Social Determinants of Health states “…we must now broaden the focus (of health advancement) to incorporate a third arm of risk, the social determinants of health.” To do so, the AHA must remain true to its values to “meet people where they are,” because place matters for all of us.

February observes Black History Month, a time to honor and celebrate the rich culture and traditions of African-American people. When it comes to health matters, it’s no secret African Americans are disproportionately affected by heart disease and stroke. Therefore, it is especially critical for this community to continue to strive toward raising awareness about social determinants of health, sharing resources, uniting and advocating to prevent and beat cardiovascular diseases and risk factors that can be eliminated through simple healthy habits. To learn more, please visit and become an ambassador or access culturally relevant resources.  

–Kristi Durazo

Kristi Durazo is the Senior Strategy Advisor and social determinant of health expert at the American Heart Association. She has over 20 years of service with the AHA.

Black History Month 2017: History In the Making

2016 was a tough year for health justice and equity. In 2017, we are recharged and committed to shining a spotlight on issues that affect communities of color across the nation. We pledge to not only host discussions, but also pledge to work with you to create sustainable solutions that will directly impact and project our communities ahead, helping to close the disparity gap. This year we will explore the SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH, external factors that can lead to the key issues that you are used to discussing with us—heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and stress.

Help us highlight History in the Making

Send us pictures and stories that highlight the positive efforts that are being implemented to positively impact the health outcomes your community for a feature on our social media and webpage. Share your submissions with us on Facebook and/ or email it to us at

Did You Know Place Matters?: Blog

SDOHSome experts suggest that your zip code is a bigger determinant of your health than is your DNA. And other research suggests that continued exposure to the stresses of poverty, unemployment, and poor housing can actually alter the structure of your DNA, compounded over generations. Read More.
Blog post By Kristi Durazo

About “Take Me Home”

In 2017, EmPOWERED To Serve™ (ETS) is asking YOU to “Take Me Home.” Take Me Home is a Social Determinant’s of Health campaign that will follow a mixture of local and celebrity ETS Ambassadors and encourage everyday ambassadors like yourself, to take us on a journey into your community by showing the conditions in which you survive and thrive.

Q. What are the Social Determinants of Health?

A. They are the constructs in which people live, work, play, pray and age.

We can’t do this without you!

  • First, we want to make the connection that Social Determinants of Health have a direct impact on heart health, stroke and high blood pressure, conditions that the American Heart Association has impacted significantly.
  • Second, we want YOU to use AHA tools and resources to drive sustainable change in your community.

In April, we will highlight all of the work that you have done in your area by implementing actions found at and created by your squad/group/organization.

We need YOU to help bring this campaign to life by taking an action in your community starting this January around National Day of Service!

Joining has never been easier!
3 easy steps will lead to impact:

  1. ets-home-cropGrab Your Squad – Get your organization or group of friends together to make a collective impact in your community.
  2. Pick an action or a few actions that will not only educate, but drive lasting impact in your area.
  3. Make An Impact – Take action toward your impact goals on National Day of Service (January 16, 2017)

Goals & Impact

  1. Help us reach our goal to impact the health of 4.6 million multicultural Americans by pledging to take an action by registering as an ambassador ( and completing one or five actions found on our homepage. Actions should be completed between January and April.
  2. Share your Day of Service events with us. We want to add your event to our website to help drive ambassadors in your area to assist. Please send all activities

Additional Opportunities

  1. Picture (and/or video) of the Day
    Give us a glimpse into your reality through pictures. Do you live in a food desert? Do you have easier access to fast food than fresh food options? Are community gardens providing new ways to empower your neighborhood? Share your story through images on Facebook. Submissions will be featured daily with a premium prize awarded weekly.
  2. Facebook Live Events
    Share your events with us via Facebook. We can reshare your live posts to highlight the great work you are doing to positively impact your communities heart health.
  3. Check back in at periodically for contests, blogs and other impactful activities that will be added between January and April.
  4. Blog Opportunities
    We want to hear your stories of survival! If and when you and your squad implement any actions, share them with us for an opportunity to be featured on the website and newsletter!

Recommendation, Timing & Locations

January 16
National Day of Service (MLK Day) Campaign Kick off

January 31
NFL Play60 Virtual Field Trip (digital activation targeted for students, teachers etc.)

January – April
Complete your action and share with others in your network. Get creative! Feel free to create challenges, partner with local AHA affiliates, share within your network etc. Please remember to share your events and outcomes with us!