Driving Community Health Through Collaborative Opportunities

Presenter: Heather Gavras, MPH, RD, National Program Lead, Health for Life, American Heart Association

About the Session

Only 1.5% of American adults eat the type of diet the American Heart Association advises for ideal cardiovascular health. Through the Healthy for Life 20 by 20 community engagement program, the American Heart Association and Aramark are working collaboratively with multi-sector organizations to equip individuals to improve their dietary habits. The utilization of the science and evidence-based education experiences equips individual and families with the knowledge, skills and confidence to discover, choose and prepare healthy food that helps them reach their potentials.
Participants will be able to access no cost Healthy for Life science and evidenced-based education experiences. 


  • Understand the health impact model for Healthy for Life 20 by 20
  • Describe the health benefits of a community engagement program
  • Identify strategies for heal education
  • Apply the resources to build food literacy in your own community. 

About the Presenter(s)

Heather is a registered dietitian, with more than over 20 years' experience in public health, nutrition education and community planning. She has held a range of positions at the American Heart Association. She's established long-standing relationships with the Cook County Department of Public Health and the Illinois Public Health Institute focused on policy, systems and environment changes. 

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