A Party for Healthy Hearts and Minds

By Dan Anderson

Adventist Health Glendale recently hosted its first-ever Wellbeing Block Party at Glendale Central Park. More than 1,000 people participated in healthy activities, exercise classes, and more.

Co-hosts for the free community event were the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

“In addition to being president of Adventist Health Glendale, I’m also a 40-year resident of Glendale, so it is particularly meaningful to launch something like this in the community,” said Alice Issai, who joined the hospital as president in July 2018.

“Next year, we will celebrate our 115th year in the community, and we’ve always been committed to caring for the physical, mental, and spiritual health of all our neighbors,” Issai added. “This event exemplifies that commitment.”

Adventist Health Glendale physicians provided blood pressure, glucose, and BMI screenings, as well as one-on-one time with visitors to field health questions. Members of the Live Well Senior Program were on hand to lead chair yoga and other exercise breaks. Volunteers distributed more than 16,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables, thanks to AHA’s community partner, Food Forward.

“Our very first AHA and Adventist Health Glendale Wellbeing Block Party was a huge success,” said Taylor Tomczyszyn, Corporate Initiatives Director for the Heart Association in Los Angeles. “I’m thrilled that we were able to bring this Block Party vision to life and showcase Adventist Health Glendale to the community in such a meaningful way.”

Said one of the participants, “The day was hot and the party hotter! It was educational, entertaining, and very enjoyable. I came home and fixed a heart-healthy casserole with the yellow squash I got.”

Planning has already begun for a Wellbeing Block Party in 2020.