Western New Yorkers are now able to get Heart Smart for Life thanks to a generous $165,770 grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation to combat heart disease in one of Buffalo’s poorest neighborhoods. The Mercy Hospital Foundation is one of only ten nonprofit organizations across the country to receive this funding as part of AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program.
Heart Smart for Life is focused on improving the underlying causes of heart disease for high-risk patients and residents. The need for top-notch cardiovascular care in Western New York is quite clear.
Located on Louisiana Street in the city’s “Old First Ward,” the MCCC serves more than 12,000 patients and provides over 39,000 visits annually in this culturally diverse, economically depressed community.
The Mercy Comprehensive Care Center’s (MCCC) Heart Smart for Life program is a collaborative initiative aimed at ensuring vulnerable populations – those who otherwise might fall through the cracks – have access to nutrition education, biometric health screenings, wellness programs, and other resources focused on preventing heart disease.
Heart Smart for Life is an innovative community based service that serves a vulnerable population through screening, education, treatment and healthy lifestyle support targeting Cardiovascular Disease and its risk factors. MCCC’s providers promote and perform cardiovascular screenings and refer eligible participants to the education program.
Participants receive up to 20 sessions on cardiovascular health, healthy eating, exercise, behavioral health issues and medication usage. Weekly food demonstrations provide healthy, inexpensive, and easy to prepare meals. Weekly exercise sessions are available at the local community center that has committed to partnering with us in this effort. Classes are held in a judgment free zone at the MCCC and in the community where small successes are celebrated and rewarded.
Participants do not need to be current MCCC or Catholic Health patients. The program is open to the community and enrollment is offered on a rolling basis.
Please call 716-923-6152, to learn more and get Heart Smart for Life today.
Additional Heart Smart for Life information can found HERE.