Black History Month 2018

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2016 and 2017 were tough years for health justice and equity. In 2018, 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 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 are unpacking the SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH, external factors that can impact your outcomes in key issues you are used to discussing with us—heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and stress and celebrating COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS across the United States.

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Help us highlight History in the Making

Innovative solutions and transformational work are happening in multicultural neighborhoods all across the USA. Share pictures and stories of your favorite event, program and any other positive outcome that is changing the landscape of the health outcomes in your community for a feature on our social media and here! Share your submissions with us at

Who’s making history

Celebrate Black History Month

This Black History Month, we are saluting “History in the Making” by recognizing everyday thought-leaders, entrepreneurs and dedicated volunteers working to make a positive impact in the health equity space. Share these Facebook posts to help spread awareness.

National Hispanic Heritage Month 2017

This month we encourage you to celebrate your heritage and tome el control… de su salud. From September 15 through October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) is observed across America, in celebration of the independence of several Latin American countries and the contributions that have infused America.

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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.

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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
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  • Spanish Resources
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    • 11×17 Poster
    • Add Color with Fruits and Vegetables Booklet
    • Select social media messages and images

One Healthy Mama 2017

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***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


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).


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

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Six Salty Foods in Korean Cuisine

Six Salty Foods in Chinese Cuisine

Six Salty Foods in Filipino Cuisine

Six Salty Foods in Hawaiian Cuisine

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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.


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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).

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


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As a caregiver this holiday season, you have to balance the duality of fulfilling your little ones dreams and desires while providing care and attention to your loved one in need. Gift yourself or your beloved caregiver with these tools to maintain a healthy balance throughout the Holiday season.

Read: Caring for Caregivers and Busy Parents

Here are some additional key tools for you and your community:

  • Join or start a conversation on the Support Network. Connect with other caregivers, survivors and people who understand exactly what recovery means.
  • Share helpful resources from the Family Caregivers Toolkit to help you, your loved ones or members of your social community get through their caregiving journey.

For more family caregiver resources, visit