American Indians die from heart disease at younger ages than any other ethnic group in the United States. And the SouthWest Affiliate is home to the AHA’s largest Native American population. To reach these at-risk communities, the AHA presented its first-ever powwow in Concho, Oklahoma earlier this month to
encourage healthy eating and physical activity.
The Daily Oklahoman provided some great publicity for the event, and more than 200 Native Americans attended. A traditional dance honored those lost to heart disease and stroke, and undefeated professional boxer George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah spoke about physical fitness as a way to achieve heart health.
In partnership with Walmart, volunteers demonstrated a heart-healthy recipe for Green Chile Stew that attendees could learn to prepare at home. And you can too!