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PRESS RELEASE

2006 June 20 Release.
2006-05-14HeartWalk_postevent.asp For Immediate Release.
Contact: Bonnie Arkus (609) 771-9600

  US Dept Health and Human Services-Region II Office on Women's Health      The Heart Truth Project      Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield NJ

350 PARTICIPANTS JOIN THE WOMEN'S HEART FOUNDATION FOR ITS THIRD ANNUAL RUN FOR YOUR HEART EVENT ON MOTHER'S DAY



TRENTON, NJ - 350 participants (230 Runners and walkers; 105 staff and volunteers; 15 FUN RUNS registrants) attended the third annual Run for Your Heart event held on Mother's Day at Mercer County Park located in central New Jersey. With overhead skies and the possiblity of inclement weather, the WHF endured the competing forces of Mother's Day and Mother Nature and ushered runners and walkers to enter the starting line and begin the race at the same time. Before and after the race, participants enjoyed the Heart Project jewelry sales and complete a HEART TRUTH survey form designed to test knowledge of women's heart disease and evidence-based wellness strategies to lower risk. The survey revealed there was a general lack of participants' knowledge in this important area of health. Results are being tabulated by a Rutgers University-Camden research team and will be released in early fall of 2006.

Keynote Dr. Rosaly Correa-de-Araujo of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality addressed the need for gender-specific medicine and particularly the importance for all women to adopt healthier lifestyles. Research points to regular walking as the best first-line strategy for women to prevent heart disease and sudden death of heart attack. Ms. Peri Nearon, Director of the New Jersey Office on Women's Health presented a proclamation from Governor Jon S. Corzine recognizing National Women's Health Week in New Jersey and spoke to the importance of wellness interventions. Sandra Estepa, Coordinator of Region II Office on Women's Health thanked the Women's Heart Foundation for organizing the event. Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein, 14th District, was emcee and voiced her support of the Women's Heart Foundation's wellness and intevention programs that are so vital to the women of New Jersey. Bonnie Arkus gave Dr. Correa a WHF signature Purple Ribbons Walking pin to wear along with the red dress pin, to signify the importance of walking and wellness as the foundation for heart health.

"We were so fortunate to have been given this opportunity to provide a fun, heart-healthy activity for families of New Jersey, in commemoration of National Women's Health Week", said Bonnie Arkus, WHF founder and executive director. "With two grants in hand, we were able to purchase the latest heart health education materials from the Heart Truth campaign and provide a special event. The Women's Heart Foundation is grateful to its presenting sponsors: The Heart Truth Project, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region II Office on Women's Health and the Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey for sponsoring the 3rd Annual RUN FOR YOUR HEART event. WHF is also indebted to its health partner, Capital Health System, for providing free health screenings, corporate sponsors Roma Bank, PSE&G, and to raffle and coupon sponsors: Curves®, Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Center for Health and Wellness, Dick's Sporting Goods, Lord and Taylor, Hair Cuttery, and Health Magazine. Thanks also to the generous support of the NJDEP volunteers, media partners - The Trenton Times and the Princeton Packet, and to our food sponsors - Wegmans and Johanna Foods Inc. for making this event possible," she said.

The Women's Heart Foundation stresses the fact that heart disease is not just a man's disease. A woman dies every minute from heart disease. One of three American women will succumb. Early warning signs of heart attack present in 71% of women with sudden onset of flu-like symptoms and a "funny feeling" in the chest. Symptoms often go unrecognized and tests misinterpreted, leading to more advanced vessel disease and worse outcomes. All studies point to the critical need for a gender-specific cardiovascular disease intervention model for women. The Foundation designs and implements heart wellness and intervention programs and has received national and international recognition for its programs. For more information, contact the Women's Heart Foundation, P.O. Box 7827, West Trenton, NJ 08628.


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