The Links, Incorporated established the Health and Human Services facet in response to the chronic health disparities that persist in black communities and result in the decreased life expectancy of African Americans and other people of African ancestry. Community education about health risks is crucial and The Links, Incorporated plays a significant role in providing it.
To promote and facilitate programs that support the maintenance of good health and the elimination of chronic health disparities in communities of color through education, health advocacy, and optimal utilization of health resources.
Health & STEM Science Fair, DASH Diet, Mental Health Forum
In partnership with Dr. Stacey Jones, we provided health coaching and nutritional counseling to adults. DASH stands for "Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension." The DASH diet is a lifelong approach to healthy eating that's designed to help treat or prevent high blood pressure (hypertension). The DASH diet plan was developed to lower blood pressure without medication in research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.
The DASH Diet encourages participants to reduce the sodium in their diet and eat a variety of foods rich in nutrients that help lower blood pressure, such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium. This Port City Links award winning program has been in existence for 5 years. Participants meet weekly and are provided a healthy breakfast and nutritious food for the week. The program participants have realized a reduction is systolic and diastolic blood pressure and learned to prepare healthy meals. Through a grant from the state of North Carolina, this program continues another year.
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