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Women's Heart Foundation Newsletter
Helping you take care of your heart
April 2006;  Vol.1   No.3
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Welcome to the Women's Heart Foundation Newsletter, a supportive network and resource for the public and medical professionals in the emerging field of gender medicine, as part of the Gender Care InitiativeTM.

  Top Story

Women's Heart Foundation Presents at International Congress on Gender-specific Medicine that took place in Berlin, Germany; Foundation's Teen Esteem Health and Fitness Program highlighted in the poster session. World leaders and Congress Founders set forth an agressive agenda for women's health. more
WHF report

April is ...
  • April 1-7 is Medication Safety Week. Learn the seven focus days that can help you take control of your health and reduce the chance of medical errors.more
  • National Alcohol Awareness Month. Learn about Alcohol and Heart Disease. more
  • National Organ Donor and Tissue Awareness Month. The United Network for Organ Sharing is a federally funded program. more
  • The 4th Thursday is National Take our Daughters (and Sons) to Work day - started by Ms. Foundation. more

  • News

    Rosaly Correa-de-Araujo MD, MSc, PhD, Director of Women's Health and Gender-based Research at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality/ NIH, will be joining the Women's Heart Foundation May 14 at Mercer County Park as National Honorary Chairwoman for its 3rd annual RUN FOR YOUR HEART event. more.
    WHF report

    What are " Advance Directives" and patients' rights and how does this affect self-determination when faced with a major health crisis like open-heart surgery? Attorney Robert Romano explains this complicated area of medicine and the law and how to protect your right to informed consent. more.
    WHF report

    Drug Testing Controversial on Children. Some say it's about time. more
    from FDA Consumer Magazine Jan-Feb 2003 report. Found at www.keepkidshealthy.com

    Journal Highlights
    Hospitals Not Up to Par on Safety Recommendatons. It's been six years since the landmark report of the Institute of Medicine and only 34% of hospitals have fully implemented computerized physician order-entry systems. more
    Nursing Spectrum Jan 16,2006

    Upcoming Events

    April 8, 2006, 9 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. - Women's Health Conference ,Bonnie Arkus of WHF presenting on Women and Heart Disease. Place: UMDNJ - Rutgers, Newark, NJ. Sponsored by Outer Circle Referral. FREE
    WHF news 03/2006

    April 22 - 23, 2006, 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - NBC Fit Fest ,free heart screenings by WHF. Place: Philadelphia Convention Center, 12th and Arch Streets. FREE
    WHF news 03/2006

    April 22, 2006, 12 noon - 5:00 p.m. - Untax Your Heart - Ohio ,jewelry sales to benefit WHF. Place: Tappan Square, Oberlin (southeast corner).
    event details
    WHF news 03/2006

    April 22, 2006, 10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Untax Your Heart - Indiana ,jewelry sales to benefit WHF. Place: Courtyard at tenth and college building, Bloomington, IN.
    event details
    WHF news 03/2006

    May 5, 6, 7, 2006, Food Festival and Gourmet Cooking, at the Morristown National Guard Armory. Featuring three Guest Chefs of television fame: Chef Paul Dillon, Chef Diane Herdricks and Chef Robert Irvine. Shop, sample wine and beer, enjoy the food. Tickets and info: (609) 844-1522. download brochure
    industry partner news 03/2006

    May 14, 2006, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.- 3rd Annual RUN FOR YOUR HEART, Mercer County Park, NJ Women's Heart Foundation's 3rd annual event, PLUS Untax Your Heart -NJ jewelry sales. The event is being held in conjunction with National Women's Health Week. Funding by The HEART TRUTH project, Region II Office on Women's Health; The TIMES; Packet Publications and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. download brochure
    WHF news 03/2006

    thumbnail aci June 1-2, 2006. Chicago, IL - Medical Conference on Women's Heart Centers - Implementing Successful Women’s Cardiac Programs to Meet and Exceed the Unique Needs of the Female Patient, Improve Outcomes, and Increase Market Share. more
    Active Communications International news 03/2006. WHF is a co-sponsor

    Recipes from the Heart

    Collard Greens from Wegmans; Serves 8; Active Time: 30 min

      -1 pkgs (16 oz) Rawl Collard Greens
      -1 Tbsp Wegmans Vegetable Oil
      -1 cup Food You Feel Good About Cleaned & Cut Chopped Onions
      -1 cup Wegmans Reduced-Sodium Chicken Broth
      -1 tsp minced jalapeno pepper, seeds removed (wear gloves)
      -2 Tbsp sugar
      -2 Tbsp Wegmans Cider Vinegar
      -1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
    1. Blanch collard greens about 2 min in large pot of boiling, salted water. Drain and set aside.
    2. Heat oil saute pan on MEDIUM. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 min, until translucent.
    3. Add chicken broth; bring to boil. Add jalapeno pepper and greens. Simmer, stirring occasionally, about 20 min.
    4. Stir together sugar and vinegar until sugar almost dissolves. Stir into greens along with red pepper flakes.
    Recipe featured in Wegmans Menu Magazine, Holiday 2005, on pg. 37.

    Nutrition Info: Each serving (about 1/2 cup) contains 60 calories, 9g carbohydrate (2g fiber), 1g protein, 2g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol and 190mg sodium. Go to website for customer feedback.

    Featured Photo
    woman runner
    An exhuberant runner crosses the finish line in winning style at a RUN FOR YOUR HEART Mother's Day weekend event. WHF enjoyed perfect weather at Mercer County Park in New Jersey.
    photos RUN 2005    photos RUN 2004

    WHF news 12/2005

    Foundation Notes...
    While attending the First World Congress on Gender-Specific Medicine this past February in Berlin, I was enlighted not only by the information I received from world leaders, but also by the european culture and how the city of Berlin promotes health and exercise. We were well-fed at the congress with nearly a full meal served to us every 2-3 hours during breaks, and there was always an abundance of fresh whole fruits and vegetables incorporated into every menu. Trains circle the city and trolleys and rail cars traverse it. There was easy access to public transportation from all points. Thoughtful planning ensured safe walke and bike paths with a 10-foot-wide shared space, delineated by striping. I missed the marking at first, and one cyclist delivered me a few expletives (in German, of course). Bike lanes meander from sidwalk to street, but always with dedicated space for safe travel. While Berlin is not a beautiful city - most of it being destroyed during World War II and hastily bebuilt - it is none-the-less a town of warm and welcoming people, robust activities, and delicious foods (no fast foods). There are many historical sites of interest to visit as well. I found it interesting that I didn't see one obese person in Berlin. Not one. Can we achieve similar goals in America to promote healthier, more active citizens? Can we make our towns safer for bicyclists and pedestrians to share paths? Can we create interesting destination points? Well-connected public transportation systems? Gender Medicine needs to include quality of life at the grass-roots level with politicians and members of government taking the lead and joining with the medical, social and scientific communities to create healthier, more active communities.

    Take Care of Your Heart.
                - Bonnie Arkus, RN, Executive Director

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