New York City – Filipino health practitioners and academic personnel launched a health program for Filipinos in response to their prevalent health concerns on cardio-vascular diseases.
Kaya Ko! (literally meaning I can do it) a Campaign for Better Health for Filipinos by Filipinos was officially launched on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Philippine Center on 5th Avenue. The KAYA KO! campaign aims to empower Filipinos to adopt and maintain heart-healthy activities that could lead to better over-all health and well-being.
Dr. Emerson Ea, PhD, DNP, APRN, CNE, Clinical Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Clinical and Adjunct Faculty Affairs at New York University Meyers College of Nursing shared the results of his work on high blood pressure that informed the inspiration behind the Kaya Ko! campaign. Information about cardiovascular health, especially the prevalence of hypertension (high blood pressure) among the Filipino population was discussed and how this chronic illness could be managed, including other health promotion strategies.
The program featured panelists who shared personal stories about their triumphs and challenges associated with adopting and/or maintaining heart healthy activities. Strategies on how individuals and organizations could get involved in the campaign to promote heart health among Filipinos were shared. Representatives from various Filipino community organizations also graced the event.
(Photos and press release by the Kaya Ko! Campaign. Featured photo is Dr. Emerson Ea and the panelists.)
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