Because African-Americans have almost twice the risk of first-ever strokes compared to other ethnicities, and higher death rates from stroke as well, and the prevalence of high blood pressure among the African American community in the United States is the highest in the world, The American Heart Association and The American Stroke Association created The Power To End Stroke.
It was created in 2006 with the mission to raise critical awareness within the African American population. Heart disease and stroke are major health risks for all people, but African Americans are at particularly high risk. So The Power To End Stroke is an education and awareness campaign that embraces and celebrates the culture, energy, creativity and lifestyles of African-Americans. It unites people to help make an impact on the high incidence of stroke within their communities.
Some of the ways they do this are:
- Most Powerful Voices Choir Competition – in partnership with the Gospel Music Channel, it’s an online choir competition.
- Take 2 to Save 2 – Taking 2 minutes to spread special health messages from the AHA/ASA via social networking can save two people…or more.
- Power Finance - Having a stroke can be a life-changing event, but the effects can be equally devastating to your finances.
- Power Nutrition - can help you understand why good nutrition is important and learn how to make changes in your diet to achieve your nutrition goals.
- Exercise and Your Hair – PTES partnered with stylist Krystal Landfair to offer tips that will help keep your hair looking good while working out.