The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s 5th Annual Triangle Power To End Stroke Jazz Brunch and Celebration was held on Saturday, June 2 at the Durham Center for Senior Life. The brunch was designed to narrow the knowledge gap about stroke. This year’s event also focused on health equity and social determinants of health with an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) film showing, healthy cooking with AHA Chef N’gai Dickerson from the Triad office, fitness demonstrations provided by Dance Xross Fitness, a Check.Change.Control. high blood pressure training session, healthy brunch by Dames Chicken & Waffle, and a jazz performance by Mo’Jazz featuring Connie McCoy.
Our hostess, Sandra Dubose, and DJ Smooth Jazz Donald Brumfield received special recognition for participating in all five brunches, and participants were recognized for their participation over the past five years. More than 150 people attended this year’s brunch and celebration. Community partners/sponsors were North Carolina Central University (NCCU), and the NC Office of Minority Health. Volunteers included members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and other community members.
Our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.