Mayo Clinic Doctor Initiates Program to Help African-Americans Deal with Heart Disease


“I had no idea this program would go from a class project in a public health course to now Rochester, Minnesota and the Twin Cities area,” Dr. Brewer said.

The program is called FAITH, which stands for Fostering African-American Improvement in Total Health.

“Change is often incremental, small steps, that can make a difference if you start doing them on a consistent basis,” said FAITH partner Margaret Frye.

Making small changes that prevent heart disease, is at the core of what Dr. Brewer’s doing.

“The FAITH program partners with local African-American churches to change the cultures in the churches around promoting heart health,” she said.

That means getting active and making healthy choices when it comes to food.

“Instead…

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