OKLAHOMA CITY, November 20, 2018 — The American Heart Association (AHA), the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, will host the ‘Honoring the Beat of Life’ intertribal powwow on Saturday, November 24 at the State Fairgrounds Centennial Building in Oklahoma City. The free, open-to-the-public event aims to encourage Native Americans to learn steps to control high blood pressure and preventing heart disease through diet and exercise.
“American Indians have always had a strong tradition of family and dance,” said Rachel Crawford, AHA Regional Director of Native American Initiative. “We know from previous years’ attendance that these families want to make good choices for their heart health. We need to focus on a tradition of helping each other be healthier so our families have more time to spend together.”
The Gourd dancing will begin at 2 p.m. The Grand Entry is set for 7 p.m. and will cap the event’s festivities with a dance competition. Contest are available for Tiny Tots (6-under), Juniors, Adults (18-59) and Golden Age (60+).
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American Indians. American Indians and Alaska Natives die from heart disease at younger ages than any other ethnic group in the United States. About 36 percent of those who die of heart disease die before age 65, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For more information, contact the American Heart Association at 405-593-6931.
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