WHO WE ARE
HEART N HANDS is focused on educating young girls in our community about heart health and heart disease prevention. We offer interactive sessions for girls to demonstrate how they can love their hearts by:
~ Incorporating Physical Activity
Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, Dance Sessions, and MORE
~ Educating about Heart Healthy Foods
Heart Healthy Cooking Demos, Grocery Store Tours, Food Label Education
~ Encouraging Healthy Lifestyle Choices
Impact of Smoking, Alcohol and Drug Usage
CPR Training & Demonstrations
We strive to EMPOWER & MOTIVATE young girls and their families to take their heart health in their hands by providing heart health information and educational tools that support the fight against heart disease.
HEART N HANDS is a nonprofit organization based in New Orleans, Louisiana focused on heart health awareness, prevention and education for young girls in our community founded in September 2014 by Essence Harris Banks, "heart disease" survivor since 2004.
We promote physical activity, heart healthy eating and healthy lifestyle resources.
"Heart disease is the #1 killer of women that’s why I am excited to partner with such a great group of professionals to help educate young girls about heart disease prevention" said Essence Harris Banks, President/Founder of Heart N Hands, Inc.
“Heart N Hands has the potential to be a major positive influence on the future women, as our adolescent girls are empowered with awareness and tips for prevention of time sensitive killers - heart disease and stroke. The cycle of premature disease, disability, and death can be broken” said Sheryl Martin-Schild, MD, PhD, FANA, FAHA, Heart N Hands Board Member and Director of the Stroke Program at Tulane University Health Science Center
“As a registered dietitian, my passion and reason for supporting Heart N Hands is to educate and motivate people by showing them that good nutrition doesn’t have to be hard," said, Molly Kimball, Heart N Hands Advisory Member, RD, CSSD, Ochsner Health System, Elmwood Fitness, WGNO/ABC26 News|NOLA.com|Times Picayune