Submitted by JoeAnn Fletcher
North Broward County (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated kicked off their celebration of Healthy Heart Month on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in partnership with Margate Middle School, the Crockett Foundation and Aspira after-school program by bringing the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures mobile resource center to Margate Middle School. More than 50 students were provided free oral exams and educational materials on the importance of good oral hygiene. Research studies have shown that people with moderate or advanced gum disease are more likely to have heart disease than those with healthy gums.
In keeping with the importance of Heart Health Month, members of North Broward County chapter also hosts a Red Dress Tea for senior citizens and provide healthy heart tips to more than 100 “Sassy Senior Saints” of New Mount Olive Baptist Church and the Broward County Federated Women’s Club in Fort Lauderdale. Chapter president Earlene Striggles Horne stated, “We are so pleased to be a part of Margate Middle School and to partner with the Crockett Foundation and Aspira. We hope that our impact will reach beyond the students we are working with and positively affect the entire family with the information the students are able to pass on.”
The Links, Incorporated is committed to making a difference in the lives of others through the leadership of 14,000 professional women in 281 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas providing programs that eliminate disparities by reducing barriers to service through advocacy and education and support for the maintenance of good health and the elimination of chronic health disparities. Everyone is encouraged to take care of their heart by getting an annual checkup, getting eight hours sleep, stop smoking, eating more fruit and less fruit juice and sugary foods and exercising even if only for 30 minutes a day of walking, running, yoga and bike riding.