De Corazón In Action
De Corazón in action during a CPR/AED refresher course for the South Park Promotoras (community health promoters).
In 2016, The Hispanic Nurses Association and Spanish-speaking lay health educators (Promotoras) in the South Park community in Seattle to address disparities in Sudden Cardiac Death among the Latino community.
The Hope certified 10 women in hands CPR , First Aid, and AED instruction in anticipation of becoming certified instructors to train their community at no cost. This partnership will improve the lives of at- risk children and their families by providing the skills to respond to a sudden cardiac emergency and increase survival rates among the Hispanic community.
Hispanics are 30% less likely to receive bystander aid
“Put Your Best Fork Forward”
It’s National Nutrition Month, a great time to focus our attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
Making just small shifts in our food choices, can add up over time. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest starting with small changes in order to make healthier lasting changes you can enjoy. This year's National Nutrition Month's theme, “Put Your Best Fork Forward”, inspires us to start with small changes in our eating habits – one forkful at a time. So whether you are planning meals to prepare at home or making selections when eating out, Put Your Best Fork Forward to help find your healthy eating style.
- Create an eating style that includes a variety of your favorite, healthful foods.
- Practice cooking more at home and experiment with healthier ingredients.
- How much we eat is as important as what we eat. Eat and drink the right amount for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.
- Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
- Manage your weight or lower your health risks by consulting a registered dietitian nutritionist. RDNs can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.
Renton Take Heart
According to a Washington State Department of Health report, Renton residents have a nearly 10-year shorter life expectancy compared to other communities in King County.
Motivated by this statistic and the disparities within our region, The Hope Heart Institute developed Renton Take Heart, a comprehensive community-wide intervention, bridging the Teen Take Heart and Women Take Heart programs.
Teen Take Heart™ is an evidence-based cardiovascular health promotion and disease prevention program for high-school students. The Teen Take Heart program develops positive attitudes about health and wellness, creates a learning environment that emphasizes health promotion as a cultural norm, and empowers students to take control over their cardiovascular health.
Students in all three public Renton high schools will go through the Teen Take Heart program, becoming Healthy Heart Ambassadors. These ambassadors will reach out to their community at the Renton Community Health Fair on Saturday, May 13th, at Renton High School, to share what they have learned and inspire others to adopt a healthy lifestyle. At this event, women who attend from the Renton community will be invited into the Women Take Heart program, to learn tips and techniques to incorporate healthy lifestyle behaviors which can reduce their, and their family's risk for heart disease.
By bridging these two programs and creating a multi-level intervention at the youth an adult level, we are confident we will make an impact on reducing obesity rates across the Renton community and ultimately impacting the life expectancy of Renton residents.
Renton Take Heart is a collaboration between The Hope Heart Institute, UW Valley Medical Center, Seattle University College of Nursing, University of Washington School of Nursing and the Renton Public Schools.