By Janeida Rodriguez
May 10, 2014 Mother’s Day was celebrated at the Greater Humboldt Park Diabetes Empowerment Center with an event hosted by the Keep Your Heart Healthy program. As a way to promote heart health, physical activity and healthy eating, there were presenters to engage all of the mothers and families in attendance.
Presentations were made by Roberto Perez of Urban Pilon who made delicious and healthy stuffed bell peppers and provided samples for guests to taste. Diana Reyes, Mexican folkloric dancer of Horizontes Mexicanos dance company graced the audience with a beautiful traditional dance. There was also a lively Zumba dance aerobics session to get participants moving and excited to exercise while having fun and Muevete t-shirts and Target gift cards were provided as the free raffle prizes!
The Mother’s Day event hosted one-on-one consultations by registered dietician, Jennifer Bauer, RD, LDN, CDE from Presence Health Care and The Puerto Rican Cultural Center’s (PRCC) Affordable Care Act (ACA) was on-site enrolling participants for Get Covered Illinois health coverage. The PRCC ACA program can assist community members with enrolling for health coverage weekly at 112 N. California. Call 773-227-7794 for details.
The Keep Your Heart Healthy program provided approximately 50 free heart health screenings that assessed participant’s risk for heart disease and/or a heart attack for participants 18 years and older. Free heart health screenings are offered Saturdays between 10:00AM and 2:00PM for along with cooking demonstrations, Zumba and more while you wait. To get your free basic heart screening Monday-Friday, call 773-342-0855 between 8:30AM and 5:00PM to schedule an appointment with Magdalena (Maggie), Keep Your Heart Healthy program coordinator at The Greater Humboldt Park Diabetes Empowerment Center located at 2753 W. Division St.