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American Heart Association and Union Bank to co-host free wellness expo for the public at Bixby Knolls branch

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The American Heart Association (AHA) and Union Bank, N.A. are teaming up to host a series of Health and Wellness Expos, including one at Union Bank’s Long Beach Branch, 1900 Atlantic Ave., on Saturday, Oct. 27. The event, which will take place from 10am to 1pm, will be 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 the African-American community in Long Beach by providing heart health education, with an emphasis on its connection to one’s financial fitness. The AHA believes that small efforts toward improving heart and brain health can lead to big outcomes.
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 and BMI (body mass index) screenings, one-on-one consultation with a cardiologist, heart health information and giveaways.
“Heart disease and stroke are major health risks for everyone, but African-Americans are especially at high risk,” said Alice Benjamin, RN, clinical nurse specialist and AHA spokesperson. “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 and reach African-American communities with life-saving information about their leading health threats and empower them to overcome barriers to reaching ideal cardiovascular health.”
Benjamin will be one of the guest speakers at the event, joining local cardiologists and nutritionists, who will provide participants with information on physical activity, nutrition and cardiovascular disease risk factors and prevention. Union Bank executives will share information and tips about financial planning, such as budgeting and saving.
“Union Bank is proud to partner with the American Heart Association to host a Health and Wellness Expo for the Long Beach community,” said Union Bank Senior Vice President and Regional Manager Tessia Hassel. “As part of the Long Beach community, we are committed to responsible banking and providing resources that promote heart healthy living for our customers, employees and families.”
The Health and Wellness Expo is part of the American Heart Association’s “My Heart. My Life.” campaign 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.
For more information about the Health and Wellness Expo, call the AHA— Los Angeles County Division at (213) 291-7000.

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American Heart Association and Union Bank to co-host free wellness expo for the public at Bixby Knolls branch