02 February – Heart Health

Mayor Emanuel Proclaims September 29 – October 3 Healthy Hearts Week in Chicago

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CDPH brings advocates together across Chicago to improve Heart Health

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel has declared this week to be the first ever Chicago Healthy Hearts Week, bringing together the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and more than a dozen leading partners to promote a heart-healthy lifestyle and identify new ways to combat cardiovascular disease.

“Heart disease and strokes do not discriminate.  They affect all ages, races, religions and classes,” said Mayor Emanuel.  “As one of the country’s largest and most diverse cities, our Healthy Chicago, Healthy Hearts action plan will help us ensure we are doing everything we can to create healthy heart cultures in every Chicago neighborhood.”

Read more about the action plan, below.


Cardiovascular disease remains the leading killer in both Chicago and the nation, claiming the lives of about 2,200 Americans each day. In Chicago, nearly 5,500 Chicagoans die each year because of cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke.

(from the Ten-Year Update of A Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke)
1. Effective communication to support the prevention and public health provisions of the Affordable Care Act;
2. Strategic leadership, partnerships and organization to integrate public health and health care systems;
3. Taking action to put present knowledge to work with a health equity lens;
4. Building capacity by training the prevention workforce;
5. Evaluating impact by monitoring cardiovascular health towards achieving established targets;
6. Advancing policy by using research and epidemiologic intelligence to advance policy; and
7. Engaging in regional and global collaboration to link cardiovascular disease and non- communicable disease
prevention with regional and global partners.


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ÁmateAhora is honored to make a difference by representing Illinois as a multicultural bilingual (Español/English) WomenHeart Champion.

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AmateAhora is the only representative flying from IL on-track as WomenHeart Champion Support Network Coordinator and National Spokesperson. Today September 27th we attended our 1st Webinar from WomenHeart before October’s National Science and Leadership Symposium.

We had the pleasure of listening in to 41 national representatives that will be attending the 2014 Mayo Clinic Science & Leadership Symposium this October in Rochester MN at the Mayo Clinic. Currently their are 656 WomenHeart Champions (49 states represented), 129 Support Network Coordinators “SNC” (39 states represented) and 25% are women of color.

Interested? Apply http://www.womenheart.org/?Programs_SL_Main



Today, nearly 70% of Hispanic-American women have at least one risk factor for heart disease, but only 37% know heart disease is their leading health threat.



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Fats that Heal Fats that Kill

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Hi everyone Daniel Foltz, Ámate Ahora Ohio Chapter Rep, sharing with you a very interesting look into the making of the oils we use to cook with!!!! It really amazed me on how much stuff is put in. Then removed from the oil to take the rancidness out of the oil after its been heated. Interestingly enough the process, like Crisco goes through, to make a solid is why some products can sit on the shelf for 30 years. Never rots, and there’s absolutely no nutritional value at all.

Dr. Udo Erasmus discusses a multitude of topics affecting the oil industry and the consumption of fats and oils and human health. Central to Udo’s book is the obvious misunderstanding that surrounds “Fats that Heal” versus “Fats that Kill”. He exposes the current fad of low-fat, no-fat, and even fake fat diets and the detrimental effects it has on an individuals physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Healing fats are required, together with other nutrients, to prevent and reverse so-called “incurable” degenerative diseases: heart disease, cancer, and Type II diabetes. Healing fats also help reverse arthritis, obesity, PMS, allergies, asthma, skin conditions, fatigue, yeast and fungal infections, addictions, certain types of mental illness, and many other conditions. Educate yourself!!!!! Check out the link. Enjoy.

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5 Fats That Don’t Make You Fat

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Daniel Foltz, Ámate Ahora Ohio Chapter Rep, shares there are a lot of myths out there regarding nutrition. We are always eager to try the next health fad or new diet in hopes of dropping pounds and feeling great. One of the biggest misconceptions is that fat makes you fat. Our society is obsessed with low-fat and fat-free products thinking they are healthier. This simply is not true. The majority of foods that are labeled low-fat or fat-free are refined processed foods in which the fat has been replaced with more sugar. Not a good option. In fact, many fats are very healthy, essential to our wellbeing, and even promote weight loss.  Our body requires fat in order to function properly. Plus, many necessary vitamins, such as A, D, E, and K are fat-soluble, meaning the only way your body can absorb them is in the presence of fat. Check our these yummies. By Jen Broyles

Healthy Fats
1. Almonds Healthy Fats


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2. Avocados Healthy Fats


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3. Seeds Healthy Fats


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4. Olive Oil Healthy Fats


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5. Coconut Oil Healthy Fats