National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Information Center
PHONE (301) 592-8573
Publication number 97-4050; $8
This set includes a bilingual video discussion guide and can be adapted to a variety of settings, from classroom to community forum. It is a step-by-step outline for planning and conducting an educational discussion, or "charla" about heart health. Designed for the Latino community, it can be used by English or Spanish-speaking teachers or volunteer leaders to educate communities about how to reduce risk of heart disease. The 11/2-hour discussion includes a 25-minute video presentation. The first part of the video is called "For the Love of Your Heart," and discusses signs and symptoms of a heart attack, and myths and facts about heart disease. The second part, "Cooking with Your Heart in Mind," explains which kinds of food and cooking techniques are healthiest. The video was developed originally in Spanish and presents the information in the context of interviews with Latinos living in the U.S. The guide covers how to plan and promote the discussion in your community; an outline for how to present information; background information; specific facts about heart disease and its prevention; and answers to commonly asked questions. There is also a description of how to organize a heart-healthy food demonstration as an extra activity. There are reproducible handouts, which include a promotional flyer, evaluation forms, and nine easy-to-read factual handouts for the participants. The handouts have lots of pictures, big print, and plenty of white space.
KEYWORDS: Cardiovascular Disease, Nutrition