Teen Esteem exercises  Women's Heart Foundation Newsletter

Helping you take care of your heart               Jan 2008; Vol 1, issue 28 

February - National Heart Month - is just around the corner and women's heart issues will be coming to the forefront as WHF organizes events to raise awareness about our #1 killer. Starting with a press conference Feb 1 at the New Jersey state house, the Red Dress Banner will proudly be displayed with HEART TRUTH posters, hand-outs and Red Dress pins. State officials will deliver presentations side-by-side with women survivors. Join us for this momentus event, tentatively scheduled for noon (picture ID is required. Check WHF homepage for updates). "Cafe NJ" will continue to host the display for state legislators during Women's Heart Week Feb 1-7. Trenton Central High School will also take part by hanging the Red Dress banner from its entryway and promoting students and faculty to observe National Wear Red day the first Friday in February. This is the time for all women to unite with an urgent call to action about heart disease and the need to institute wellness and prevention programs in our schools. We are battling a national obesity epidemic and women need to be empowered so that they can become part of the solution. Opening schools after hours for family wellness, fitness and prevention is a natural extension of an existing central base of support that can strengthen communities across America.  While experts predict it will take more than a decade to develop new technologies to advance women's cardiac care, adopting healthy lifestyle changes can reap instant rewards. We have the tools to prevent early heart disease and diabetes; we need swift legislative action with strong leadership to make this happen. You can join the WEAR RED for Women movement this February by:

  • Wearing RED on Feb 1
  • Taking the Women's Heart Risk Quiz and forwarding it to family and friends (the risk quiz represents the latest guidelines for prevention)
  • Downloading and printing the Women and Heart Disease Fact Sheet and sharing it with workmates and friends
  • Participating in a screening event in your area. (Visit Sister to Sister)
  • Coming to our free RED DRESS Luncheon Feb 23. Download registration
  • Supporting the WHF Teen Esteem school prevention program to be in every school. This all-girl gym-alternative has demonstrated success at improving lifestyle choices and lowering LDL scores (the unhealthy cholesterol). Ask WHF to send you talking points and a sample letter to send to your legislator. more

Take Care of Your Heart!

Teen Esteem exercises
Bonnie Arkus
Executive Director
in this issue
Upcoming Events
WHF Receives Grants in support of Wellness and Prevention Programs
Youth Leadership Director Comes to Teen Esteem
Research Updates
Upcoming Events:
Feb 23: WHF's 3rd Annual Red Dress Luncheon  Plans are underway for WHF's annual Red Dress Luncheon Feb 23, in commemoration of National Heart Month. WHF will be joined by the state of New Jersey, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, American Diabetes Association, American Stroke Association, NIH Heart Truth Campaign and other partners for a fun and festive event with keynote presentation by a woman cardiologist from Deborah Heart and Lung Hospital. A heart-healthy luncheon will be catered by WHOLE FOODS MARKET.  Lord and Taylor will sponsor a Red Dress Trunk and Fashion Show. Download Registration Form. Download Sponsorship Package.
May 11: WHF's 5th Annual RUN FOR MOM... Run for Your Heart  to take place on Mother's Day at Mercer County Park in New Jersey and commemorates the launch of National Women's Health Week. Moms, kids and spouses -- all invited to join in. Don't forget to bring bread crumbs to feed the duckies! There will be a 5K walk/run and 1-mile family health walk, post -event buffet, DJ, and family fun. Register at www.active.com. Download Run Sponsorship Package

WHF receives Grants in Support of Wellness and Prevention
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Princeton Area Community Foundation

$10,000 Grant from PACF Supports WHF's School Prevention Program  The Princeton Area Community Foundation has committed for another year to support the Teen Esteem Health and Fitness Program at Trenton Central High School. "We are pleased to support this excellent program" says Nancy Kieling, PACF Executive Director. The program helps vulnerable teen girls with betther health choices during a critical time of their development. "The Women's  Heart Foundation couldn't be more proud and honored to be able to work with the Trenton Central High School community ", says Bonnie Arkus. more. 
Women of Vail donate $14,000 to support Prevention and Wellness
WHF is grateful to Pat and Tricia McConathy of Vail, Colorado and to their friends for contributing nearly $14,000 in support of WHF's wellness and prevention programs for women. Ms. McConathy organized an elegant holiday luncheon December 4 at her Yarmony Creek Ranch for the donation to take place, and invited Bonnie Arkus to attend. Guests shared stories of their mothers and grandmothers whose lives had been affected by heart disease and shared cookie recipes. more
Youth Leadership Director Simms Joins WHF Board and Brings Skill Set to Teen Esteem Students at Trenton High
We are pleased to welcome Pamela Boyce Simms as a new trustee to the Women's Heart Foundation. Ms. Simms is executive director of the Women and Youth Leadership Association and conducts empowerment seminars. On January 15, Ms. Simms spent the day with the Teen Esteem students at Trenton Central High to help prepare them for a new leadership role in the fitness program. 
Research Updates 
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This issue sponsored by:
Horizon Foundation for New Jersey
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