Heart Health Awareness Month

Wednesday, dozens in South Bend received the tools they need to stay healthy.

February is Heart Health Month.

So, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and the American Heart Association offered free health screenings at the Martin Luther King Junior Center in South Bend.

Wednesday’s program was targeted toward African Americans, but anyone was welcome.

“This is heart month and we're screening for heart [health]. We're doing body fat, we're doing total cholesterol and we've got booklets and education,” says Community Outreach Coordinator, Betty Green.

An area chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority also helped out with Wednesday’s free health screenings, taking body measurements.

A noontime lecture on strokes was also available.

Stroke is the leading cause of death among African Americans.

This was the first year for the program. Officials say it was a huge success.

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