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American Heart Association, Union Bank to Host Free Health and Wellness Expo

Oceanside CA– The American Heart Association (AHA) and MUFG Union Bank, N.A., are collaborating to host a series of Health and Wellness Expos, including one at the Union Bank Oceanside branch 840 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054 on Saturday, September 20. The event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., is free and open to the public.

The goal of the Health and Wellness Expo is to bring the “No Wealth Without Your Health” message to Oceanside by providing heart health education with an emphasis on its connection to one’s financial fitness. The American Heart Association believes that small efforts toward improving your heart and brain health can lead to big results. The event will focus on the AHA’s “Life’s Simple 7,” which recommends seven simple steps to add years to your life – don’t smoke, get active, eat better, maintain a healthy weight, manage blood pressure, control cholesterol and reduce blood sugar. Participants will receive complimentary blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI (Body Mass Index) screenings. They will also receive a one-on-one consultation with a health professional, heart health information and other giveaways.

“Heart disease and stroke are major health risks for everyone, and African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders are especially at high risk,” said David Demian, Board Chair, American Heart Association San Diego Division. “The American Heart Association believes that race or ethnicity should not put anyone at higher risk for developing cardiovascular disease. Through the Health and Wellness Expo, we hope to help reduce health disparities in diverse communities by sharing lifesaving information about their leading health threats and empowering them to overcome barriers to reaching ideal cardiovascular health.”

There will be other local community partners in attendance as well, and Union Bank executives will share information and tips about financial planning, such as budgeting and saving.

“At Union Bank, we believe total wellness includes fiscal and physical fitness, and we are proud to collaborate with the American Heart Association to host a community wellness expo at the Union Bank Oceanside branch,” says Union Bank Managing Director and Regional Executive Lawrence Henry.  “Our goal is to encourage our employees, families and friends, customers and everyone in our local communities to commit to living a healthier lifestyle to help reduce heart disease and stroke.”

The Health and Wellness Expo is part of the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life. campaign. The Expo is designed to promote healthy behaviors and achieve the AHA’s 2020 goal of improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent. My Heart. My Life. is sponsored nationally by Subway and locally by Union Bank.

For more information and to RSVP for the Health and Wellness Expo, please call the American Heart Association at (858) 410-3821.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit heart.org.

About the American Heart Association’s Health Equity Programs

The American Heart Association’s Health Equity programs ensure that we are reaching all Americans to help identify and overcome barriers to reaching ideal cardiovascular health. Outreach to diverse communities is critical to these efforts. Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. The highest mortality rates for these diseases are found in diverse populations. The goal of our Healthy Equity programs is reduce health disparities in diverse communities by providing valuable resources and life-saving education.  To learn more about the American Heart Association and Health Equity programs, call (949) 856-3555 or visit heart.org.

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