South Asian Healthy Lifestyle Initiative (SAHELI)

SAHELI is one of the FIRST healthy lifestyle research programs for South Asians (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan and Nepali ) in the U.S.

South Asians are UNDERREPRESENTED in heart disease prevention research even though they have a very high risk compared to other ethnic groups in the U.S.

Our goal is to understand the best ways to lower heart disease risk in South Asians.

In 2013, SAHELI was awarded the Community-Engaged Research Partnership Award by the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC).

Heart disease is PREVENTABLE!


Join THE Study

If you are a South Asian adult (18-65 years old), have not had a heart attack or stroke, and live in the Chicagoland area, you may be eligible to participate in this study. 

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I benefited a lot from the program. Now I feel very light and this has increased my confidence. I was 159 pounds before the program but now I weigh 145 pounds. When I was heavier, I had a lot of problems getting up and walking, and couldn’t sit down. Even after the program has ended, I am continuing to exercise, and it is a great feeling.”
— Rashida, SAHELI Study participant