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  2006 Jan 10 Release.
  For Immediate Release.
  Contact: Bonnie Arkus 609-771-9600

Statewide Outreach Planned Feb 4 in Trenton, NJ; Nationally, Promotes 10,000 Steps Launch on Feb 1- National Women's Heart Wellness Day

Trenton, NJ, January 10, 2006 Music, food demos, heart screenings and family fun are all being promoted with a statewide Rally and Expo for Women's Hearts February 4 from 1:00 pm ot 5:00 pm at the Trenton War Memorial. The program is in association with the American Heart Association Go Red for Women - Love Your Heart campaign, the New Jersey Chapter Delta Sigma Theta and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. The Women's Heart Foundation is coordinating a special mother-daughter program in collaboration with the National Heart Truth project who provided a grant to the Foundation for this event to take place.

The event represents the first time ever that three national campaigns have merged: The American Heart Association's Go Red for Women, the NIH Heart Truth project and the Women's Heart Foundation Women's Heart Week.

To commemorate Women's Heart Week nationally, the Women's Heart Foundation is promoting the 10,000 Steps Program be launched by governors in all 50 states. The Foundation will be offering a limited number of incentive gifts to those able to stick with the program for 12 consecutive weeks. The WHF will be distrbuting prizes at its annual Mother's Day weekend RUN FOR YOUR HEART event, to take place this year May 14 (Mother's Day) at the Mercer County Park in New Jersey. The organization is working with the Trenton Central High School for promoting the 10,000 steps locally and with New Jersey Curves® for Women as state partners, along with the states Health and Wellness campaign initiative, under the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Office of Chronic Disease Management.

According to the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research, walking at least half an hour, six days a week, can cut mortality rates from heart disease in half. Experts agree that walking about four miles a day can optimize health. Demographic studies reveal that, while the occurence of diabetes in the U.S.A. is soaring, the rate is going down in Manahattan and the average New Yorker walks four miles a day. Ten thousand steps is equal to about 4 miles, based on the average person's stride of 2.2 feet, measured from toe to heel.

Visit www.womensheart.org for more detailed event updates for the February 4 Women's Heart rally and expo.

The Women's Heart Foundation is a public-supported charity dedicated to prevention of heart disease and to improving women’s survival and quality of life. For more information or to become a table sponsor contact us.



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