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Helping you take care of your heart February 2009
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Run for Mom
TCNJ NewTeen Esteem Stakeholder
One Woman's Story
NEW! Heart Smart Bookmark
News Headlines
Join us for the 6th Annual Mothers Day 5k 'Run for Mom'
 Teen Esteem exercises

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Women's Heart Foundation
PO Box 7827
West Trenton, NJ
:: 609-771-9600
Happy, Healthy Heart Month!

Leading Women's Heart advocates from around the state joined the WHF February 1 to rally for women and heart disease at the annual Red Dress Luncheon. Promoting President Obama's message of change, the Women's Heart Foundation called for stepping up community prevention efforts to raise awareness of how heart disease affects women differently, expand the Teen Esteem Health and Fitness program to more schools, and provide access to free fitness and wellness opportunities to all citizens. Showcased was Mayor Cecilia X. Birge of Montgomery Township who responded to citizens' requests to open the high school pool to free swim time for seniors. The township council established an agreement with the school to share its resources and now, the high school's Olympic size pool is open to all. The Luncheon took place at the Trenton Marriott Hotel and was held in partnership with the NIH Heart Truth Campaign. The Red Dress, as the national symbol for heart disease awareness in women,  took center stage with beautiful red fashions and Trunk Show sponsored by Lord and Taylor. Special "Thanks" to store manager Christian Redding Cruz who organized the fashion segment and provided commentary. "Be the Change" was the theme with women giving testimonials to the healthy lifestyle changes they have successfully incorporated into their lives. Honorable Newark City Council President Mildred C. Crump served as Honorary Event Chair and Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman was a keynote presenter(see photo below).

 Mildred Crump and Bonnie Watson Coleman

Jennifer Lewis-Hall, as celebrity host, interviewed women in the audience "Oprah-style". A highlight of the program was when women leaders walked the Red Carpet to advocate for women and their hearts with access to free fitness, wellness and prevention programs. The Luncheon marked the WHF's 15th annual Women's Heart Week, as part of National Heart Month. The momentous occasion was recognized by Governor Corzine with a proclamation delivered by NJ Commissioner of Health Heather Howard.  

Advocate for flexible work hours to mirror the child's school day, for those women caregivers who are affected. Advocate for wellness and healthy lifestyle curricula in schools. Work with your town to find ways to make fitness accessible and affordable for all by extending school resources to the public. Together, we CAN make a difference. Contact the Women's Heart Foundation. We will show you how. Take care of your heart.

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Bonnie Arkus, RN
Executive Director and Founder
The Women's Heart Foundation, a 501c3 charity, is the only non-governmental organization that implements heart disease prevention projects and is dedicated to improving survival and quality of life. Founded 1989. Incorporated June 11, 1992. Please support the WHF wellness and prevention programs. Donate at www.womensheart.org
WHF welcomes TCNJ as a new Stakeholder to the Teen Esteem program
The College of New Jersey Department of Nursing, Health and Exercise Science has joined the Women's Heart Foundation as a new stakeholder to its Teen Esteem Health and Fitness program - a healthy lifestyles intervention at Trenton Central High School. The nursing students will be assisting the WHF in data collection with physical measurements. They will also be involved in a pilot to test their motivational interviewing skills- a method of interviewing that encourages healthful changes but with goals set forth by the individual rather than by the practitioner. "We are so pleased to be involved with this great program", says Kathleen Philbin, RN, PhD, Associate Professor of Nursing at the College. "There is often little opportunity for our college students to gain real-life clinical experiences and this program lends itself perfectly to internships" she said. 

Lori Radcliffe 
One Woman's Story:  Hot Minky's mom dies from Heart Disease
Nurse educator, fitness expert and stand-up comic Lori Radcliffe (pictured right) recently lost her mom to heart disease.  She had diabetes, Lori said, and had it not been for an aggressive exercise program that she personally designed for her mom, she probably would have succumb years earlier. 
Ms. Radcliffe refers to herself as "Hot Minky". Lori explains... "What's a Minky?The Urban dictionary definition of a Minky is... 'A particularly sexy woman over 35'.  A HOT Minky is a particularly sexy woman who values the nourishing hot rays of the sun (even if for only 15 minutes). A Minky's attitude toward making change is feeling that you 'get to' do things; not that you 'have to' do them. We live with passion and thank God for everyday we're above ground." Ms. Radcliffe has developed a holistic program to help fight obesity. For more information, go to http://www.hotminky.com/index.html

WHF introduces its new bookmark for 'Heart-Smart Women'The Women's Heart Foundation (WHF) designed a new bookmark with the Red Dress to help expand the message about women and heart disease. The bookmark includes 10 Tips for Heart-Smart Women on one side, and signs of heart attack and how to respond on the reverse. The new vocational item was distributed to women at the WHF February 1 Red Dress Luncheon and is now available for sale to the public. The bookmark may be purchased in bulk from the Women's Heart online store.   (listed as "wear red events" on the products page)

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