Indian American Medical Association of Illinois

2645 W. Peterson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60659
Phone: (773) 275 8630

Health Resources Targeted for South Asians on the following topics:

Heart Disease

Heart disease refers to a scope of diseases that affect your heart such as coronary artery disease, heart rhythm problems, and heart defects you're born with. Although heart defects cannot be prevented, you can still prevent the other types of heart disease by avoiding smoking, regulating blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes, staying physically active, eating healthy, managing stress, and practicing good hygiene.

Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder characterized by high blood glucose levels that exists as a consequence of the body's inability to produce enough or any insulin. There are three main types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy). The most common of the three types is Type 2 diabetes. In order to prevent diabetes, you should change your diet, increase your physical activity, and maintain a healthy weight.


The following links include information regarding general aspects of nutrition, helping you create your own food pyramid, and guiding you as to how to accurately read nutrition labels. The listed resources will help you create a healthier diet for yourself.

Reading Nutrition Labels:

Physical Activity

The resources provided summarize ways to get physically active and involved from simple day-to-day activities to more ambitious exercises and methods.


Health Education Videos

These videos are available in English and Hindi and contain helpful information about heart attacks, healthy eating, and physical activity. Note: These health education videos were developed by Northwestern University. You must have Windows Media Player to view these videos.