Getting to the Heart of Black History
With every February comes Black History Month, and Health Services of North Texas made sure to participate as Denton’s black community came together at the MLK Jr. Rec Center to celebrate its rich history. Dozens of community members showed up to see performances from several artists, such as Whitney Green and Jazmine Taylor Hughlett and their African Dance, and a rousing keynote address from Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price.
In the spirit of Heart Health Month, which also falls in February, HSNT worked to help educate community members on the importance of exercise and a proper diet when it comes to keeping a healthy heart. Several kids came up to HSNT’s table to spin the Healthy Activity Wheel and complete a short exercise, such as high-knees or squats, in order to win an HSNT stress ball. HSNT also engaged community members with healthy information on how to prevent heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for all Americans, but specifically affects black Americans at higher rates.
Heart health is important to always keep in mind – not just for one month, but every day. HSNT will continue to support the community in heart health education, just as the black community can always celebrate its storied history long after February is over.
Learn more from the CDC about how heart disease affects black Americans.