WHF relies on its volunteers to help support its programs and mission. Events offer an opportunity to socialize and to educate others about how heart disease affects women differently. Ultimately, the aim of every program is to allow people to come together to socialize and have fun, and take part in a heart-healthy activity. WHF is always recruiting volunteers. Please click here to download the volunteer form and reply by sending your completed form, resume and letter of interest to WHF, PO Box 7827, West Trenton, NJ 08628.
Both medical and non-medical persons can contribute to WHF's mission by taking a leadership role. Suggestions may be arranging for an event, such as a "lunch and learn", disseminating WHF bookmarks or Healthy Heart guides or incorporating WHF materials at a fitness club.
Advocacy plays a major role in determining the future health of Americans and the WHF is looking for health advocates and survivors to join the WHF Advocacy Team in The MCG Campaign© -- promoting use of the Multifunction Cardiogram® at every cardiology office and emergency room throughout the country. Having universal access to this new non-invasive and risk-free technology promises to reverse the tide of sudden death due of heart disease. This amazingly accurate testing device uses web-based computer analysis to detect ischemia and many other conditions of the heart. With MCG, heart disease can no longer hide.
The Women's Heart Foundation invites physicians and nurses to take part in its free online continuing education promoting gender-specific healthcare and medicine. The Gender Care Initiative ® is an ever-expanding area for research and invites institutions to join in this lifesaving effort.
RESEARCH ON EFFECTIVE LIFESTYLE INTERVENTIONS
School-based fitness and wellness is our passion. The Women's Heart Foundation conducts ogoing outcomes research to monitor the effect of its intervention programs on behavior change on students at Trenton Central High School, as part of the WHF Teen Esteem program. WHF employs survey tools, takes physical measurements and conducts endurance testing. The Teen Esteem program is incorporated by the school as a gym-alternative girls-only class for students who are uncomfortable exercising in a co-ed environment. Since 2004, the program has consistently demonstrated improved health outcomes - reducing waist measurement by two inches, when compared to girls in "regular" gym class, and lowering blood pressure and pulse rate. A serendipitous finding: Teen Esteem helps with student retention, keeping these vulnerable teens in school to graduate.
Women's Heart E-news and www.womensheart.org are the ways that the WHF communicates with the world. WHF is looking for writers to assist in this effort, updating our site and expanding our reach through social networking.
Volunteers assisting in raising funds and awareness are vital to the success of the organization. Some fund-raising ideas include holding a bowl-a-thon, community heart walk/run , dance for heart, car wash, craft fair, beverage or bake sale, and haircuts for heart. This is just a brief list. You can be creative!
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RUN FOR MOM 5k In 2003, WHF began an annual 5k Run for Your Heart with 1-mile health walk and kids' fun runs, in commemoration of National Women's Health Week. In 2008, the WHF renamed the event to 'Run for Mom' and held steadfast to the event being held on Mother's Day. The event is professionally managed and scored by a professional timing company and typically attracts seasoned runners with families coming out to enjoy an engaging, fun and heart-healthy activity that honors mom on her special day.
THE ANNUAL RED DRESS LUNCHEON Since 1992, the Women's Heart Foundation (WHF) has held an Annual Luncheon to update women on heart disease, risk factors, treatments and prevention strategies, and to recognize community leaders with its Women's Heart Advocate award. In 1994, WHF started Women's Heart Week Feb 1-7. This became a national observance in 2003 with a proclamation issued by the United States Congress, spearheaded by Congressman Rush Holt. With the advent of the NIH/DHHS Red Dress Campaign, WHF re-titled its event as the "RED DRESS LUNCHEON".
The 1996 WHF's Annual Awards Ceremony with Silent Auction was managed entirley by volunteers. The event, often held at the Princeton Hyatt Regency Hotel, raised more than $15,000 and typically attracted over 400 guests.