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"Kalusugan Coalition Reaches Out To Different Summer Filipino American Community Events as part of the REACH FAR Project"

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Kalusugan Coalition has been active in reaching out to various Filipino American Community activities this summer season as part of the REACH FAR Project. Through the REACH FAR Grant Project, Kalusugan Coalition together with its sub-partners will implement several key strategies to fight high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease in Filipino-American communities in the Borough of Queens in New York City.


These strategies include 1. Faith-based organizations to improve nutrition of its members by serving healthier foods during  communal meals; 2. Filipino-American restaurants to offer healthy menu  options to its customers; 3.The NYC Department of Health to offer  health coaching efforts in faith-based organizations to improve high  blood pressure management among its Filipino-American congregants. Last August 15, 2015, Kalusugan Coalition with Keep on Track trainer Lorelei Belardo and former Project Coordinator May Mayor conduct  Million Hearts trivia for Philippine Nurses Association-NY members,  friends and family.

The picnic event was held at Liberty State Park in NJ. Participants were questioned on hypertension and heart health and won prizes creating fun and laughter amongst the group. Volunteers who got their blood pressure monitored were  given advice and support  from PNA-NY members who are current and former nurses as an example of community influence on healthy choices. Program Manager Tristan Vizconde of Kalusugan Coalition met with Nelia Wong and Bayanihan Seventh Day Adventist Church in Long Island City last August 22, 2015. During the visit, Dr. Tam Mateo, a guest speaker who is well known for promoting a plant-based diet and a frequent advisor on the popular Filipino television show, Salamat Dok, spoke about nutrition and spirituality. During his presentation, the importance of drinking water was also emphasized, supporting Project REACH FAR and the message of the importance of water intake in reducing hypertension and addressing heart health.


Tristan Vizconde and Luis Pedron of Kalusugan Coalition visited Pastor  Timothy Pantoja and the Elmhurst Baptist Church (8737 Whitney Ave,  Flushing, NY 11373) congregation last August 23, 2015 as the latest  community partner in the REACH FAR project. Nutritional surveys were conducted during their weekly communal meal held after Sunday service.  Beside the excitement of both Pastor Timothy several congregation members also expressed their appreciation for the partnership.  The Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health for Asian  Americans (REACH FAR)  is a program of the NYU CSAAH The Center for  the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH), located at NYU Langone  Medical Center and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and  Prevention (CDC) to prevent cardiovascular disease in Asian Americans  living in the New York/ New Jersey metropolitan area by increasing  access to healthy foods and culturally tailored health coaching  efforts to improve high blood pressure management.

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