American Heart Association and Union Bank to Host Health and Wellness Expos

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Health and Wellness ExposThe American Heart Association (AHA) and Union Bank, N.A., are teaming up to host a series of Health and Wellness Expos, including one at Union Bank’s Long Beach Branch (1900 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90806) on Saturday, October 27, 2012. The event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., is free and open to the public.

The goal of the Health and Wellness Expo is to bring the “No Wealth Without Your Health” message to the African American community in Long Beach by providing heart health education, with an emphasis on its connection to one’s financial fitness. The American Heart Association believes that small efforts toward improving your heart and brain health can lead to big outcomes. The event will focus on the AHA’s “Life’s Simple 7,” which recommends seven simple steps to add years to your life – don’t smoke, get active, eat better, maintain a healthy weight, manage blood pressure, control cholesterol and reduce blood sugar. Participants will receive complimentary blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and BMI (Body Mass Index) screenings, one-on-one consultation with a cardiologist and heart health information. There will also be live cooking demonstrations and $25 gift card giveaways every 30 minutes.

“Heart disease and stroke are major health risks for everyone, but African Americans are especially at high risk,” said Alice Benjamin, RN, Clinical Nurse Specialist and American Heart Association spokesperson. “The American Heart Association believes that race or ethnicity should not put anyone at higher risk for developing cardiovascular disease. Through the Health and Wellness Expo, we hope to help reduce health disparities in diverse communities and reach African American communities with lifesaving information about their leading health threats and empower them to overcome barriers to reaching ideal cardiovascular health.”

Benjamin is one of the guest speakers at the event, joining local cardiologists and nutritionists, who will provide participants with information on physical activity, nutrition and cardiovascular disease risk factors and prevention. Union Bank executives will share information and tips about financial planning, such as budgeting and saving.

“Union Bank is proud to partner with the American Heart Association to host a Health and Wellness Expo for the Long Beach community,” says Union Bank Senior Vice President and Regional Manager Tessia Hassel. “As part of the Long Beach community, we are committed to responsible banking and providing resources that promote heart healthy living for our customers, employees and families.”

“By partnering with the American Heart Association to host a Health and Wellness Expo for the Long Beach community, we’re creating heart health awareness for our employees, individuals and families, while supporting the AHA’s vital research and outreach programs,” says Union Bank Executive Vice President Michael Feldman, head of California Branch Banking. “Employees reach out to their customers and the community at large with heart health information and encourage them to embrace the AHA’s ‘Life’s Simple 7’ guide as an approach to living healthier lives.”

The Health and Wellness Expo is part of the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life. Campaign designed to promote healthy behaviors and achieve the AHA’s 2020 goal of improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent.

For more information about the Health and Wellness Expo, please call the American Heart Association – Los Angeles County Division at (213) 291-7000.

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit .

About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.
Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $87.9 billion at June 30, 2012. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service commercial bank providing an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 402 branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, and New York as well as two international offices, on June 30, 2012. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU),one of the world’s largest financial organizations. Visit for more information.

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