A grass roots program aimed at closing healthcare gap among underserved in Conn.

A grass roots program aimed at closing healthcare gap among underserved in Conn.


3 A GRASS ROOTS PROGRAM IS TRYING TO CLOSE THE HEALTHCARE GAP AMONG THE DISADVANTGED IN OUR STATE.THESE ARE FOLKS WHO ARE AT RISK OF FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS.NEWS 8 MEDICAL REPORTER JOCELYN MAMINTA REPORTS ON WHAT’S BEING DONE AND WHO’S BEHIND IT. 3 IT’S AN AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NATIONAL HEALTH INITIATIVE – FOCUSED ON MAKING AN IMPACT IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN CONNECTICUT — STRUGGLING TO LIVE HEALTHIER LIVES. IT’S A PACKED ROOM — AT COMMUNITY HEALTH RESOURCES. THEY’RE WEIGHING IN — BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKED. AND — GETTING PHYSICAL. PRACTICAL LIFESAVING STEPS FOR PEOPLE WITH CHALLENGES LINKED TO MENTAL ILLNESS, ADDICTION AND TRAUMA. “NUTRITION, EXERCISE, HOW TO AVOID DIABETES, REALLY BASIC INFORMATION THAT SOME OF US TAKE FOR GRANTED BUT NOT EVERYONE HAS ACCESS TO THAT EVERY DAY.”THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION IS BEHIND THE EMPOWERED TO SERVE PROGRAM. FUNDED IN PART BY ANTHEM BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD. “ACCORDING TO THE CDC- IF WE ELIMINATED THREE RISK FACTORS, SMOKING, LACK OF EXERCISE, LACK OF DIET, WE WOULD ELIMINATE 80% OF ALL HEART DISEASE AND STROKE.” JILL HUMMEL – PRESIDENT OF ANTHEM — SAYS — THE GRASSROOTS OUTREACH TARGETS THE WIDENING HEALTHCARE GAP AMONG THE UNDERSERVED. “WE THOUGHT WHAT BETTER WAY TO IMPACT THE HEALTH OF OUR COMMUNITY THAN TO GET THE MESSAGE ABOUT HEART HEALTH DIRECTLY TO THOSE COMMUNITIES WHO MOST NEED TO HEAR THE MESSAGE.” LINDA ERNST – IS LISTENING. “I LEARNED MORE ABOUT MY CHOLESTEROL LEVEL AND HOW THEY COME DOWN. THE MORE YOU EXERCISE, THE LESS CHOLESTEROL IS IN YOUR SYSTEM.” BRYAN LEWIN — IS FIRED UP.”I NEED TO MAKE A CHANGE. I WANT TO GET HEALTHY. I WANT TO GET FIT AND I WANT TO DO BETTER IN MY LIFE.”MOTIVATED AND MORE INFORMED — THEY’RE READY TO TAKE THE STEPS — FOR A HEALTHIER AND FULLER LIFE. ANTHEM IS ALSO A MAJOR SPONSOR OF THE GO RED FOR WOMEN LUNCHEON — SET FOR NEXT WEEK. HOSTED BY THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION TO UNDERSCORE THAT HEART DISEASE AND STROKE IS

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