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Welcome to the Women's Heart Foundation e-Newsletter,
a resource in the emerging field of gender-specific health and medicine with programs
and research that
supports wellness, awareness and early intervention of heart disease as it affects women.
Princeton Area Community Foundation Awards $10,000 grant to WHF from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Fund for Women and Girls
Grant will be used to expand the Teen Esteem health and fitness program with free breakfast for at-risk teens and open the fitness center
after school hours to moms.
Source: whf 2006-12
December is ...
Month of Spiritual Renewal.
In December, those of the Jewish faith celebrate Hanukkah - the Feast of Dedication; Christians celebrate Christmas -
the birth of Jesus Christ; and many American Black families observe Kwanza (since 1966) in recognition of traditional African
harvest festivals - a feast that stresses unity of the Black family.
WHF's suggested activity: Read Ideals book series to focus less on commercialization and more on traditional values.
Low-Carb Diet Doesn't Raise Heart Risk
Eating a low-carb, high-fat diet for years doesn't raise the risk of heart disease, a long-term study suggests,
easing fears that the popular Atkins diet and similar regimens might set people up for eventual heart attacks. The study of thousands
of women over two decades found that those who got lots of their carbohydrates from refined sugars and highly processed foods nearly
doubled their risk of heart disease. At the same time, those who ate a low-carb diet but got more of their protein and fat from
vegetables rather than animal sources cut their heart disease risk by 30 percent on average, compared with those who ate more animal fats.
The findings came from researchers at Harvard University's schools of medicine and public health who reviewed records of 82,802 women
in the ongoing Nurses' Health Study over 20 years. The women were not dieting to lose weight. In fact, on average they were
slightly overweight and increased their body-mass index roughly 10 percent during the study.
Source: intelihealth 2006-11-09
SAVE THE DATE: FEBRUARY 3, 2007
Second Annual Women's Heart Luncheon and Wear Red event day for New Jersey women. Place:
the Trenton War Memorial Building, Rte 29, Trenton. Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm. This is a FREE event for all women.
Contact Your Legislator
The HEART for Women Act Needs Your Support!
December was a good month for WHF, having been the recipient of two new grants - one to continue its Teen Esteem Health and Fitness program and
expand services to women and girls; and a second to educate women about heart disease. Additionally, WHF was approved as a charity
to be listed in the state of New Jersey's charities campaign fund. WHF is to be listed in the 2007 booklets, for 2008 donations. This has indeed made our
holiday season a merry one. WHF can continue its work to educate the public and health professionals about how heart disease differs in women
and design and implement demonstration projects for the prevention of heart disease.
On behalf of the board of trustees and advisors, I wish you a happy and healthy holiday season. Take Care of Your Heart.
- Bonnie Arkus, RN, Executive Director
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The Women's Heart Foundation Newsletter
is a monthly publication to respond to the health crisis
of women's heart disease by implementing an integrated model
that promotes excellence of care of women through gender medicine,
wellness and early intervention programs.