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Heart Truths for Women – Emphasis on Women of Color -
For African American women, the risk of heart disease is especially great. Heart disease is more prevalent among African American women than Caucasian women, as are some of the factors that increase the risk of developing it—high blood pressure, overweight, and diabetes.
Hispanic women also have high rates of some factors that increase the risk of developing heart disease, such as diabetes, overweight and obesity, and physical inactivity. Some 83 percent of midlife Hispanic women are overweight or obese, and more than 10 percent have been diagnosed with diabetes.
More than 80 percent of midlife African American women are overweight or obese, 52 percent have high blood pressure, and 14 percent have been diagnosed with diabetes.
Reaching Women of Color with Heartfelt Alliances
The Heart Truth® Women of Color initiative is reaching thousands of African American and Hispanic women throughout the United States with key campaign messages about lowering the risk for heart disease. The campaign expanded its outreach efforts in partnership with three longtime Heart Truth community partners to implement a series of community events, including Heart Truth workshops to educate women about heart disease and risk factor screenings. These programs are helping to increase awareness of heart disease among African American and Hispanic women in the communities where they live.