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Helping you take care of your heart April 2009
Join us for the 6th Annual Mothers Day 5k 'Run for Mom'
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In This Issue
Run for Mom
Expanded guidelines for Aspirin
Women's Heart Summit-NJ
WHF receive equipment donation
Making hospitals safer during disasters
Networking Events
News Headlines
Volunteer Corner

 
Our Sponsors 

 
Teen Esteem exercises 
 
Princeton Area Community Foundation 
 
 
 
 
 
Women's Heart Foundation
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West Trenton, NJ
 
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Greetings!


WHF is commemorating National Women's Health Week with its 6th Annual Mothers Day 5k Run for Mom at Mercer County Park, NJ on May 10. The date is fast approaching and I want to take this opportunity to extend a special invitation to each of you. Bring friends, family and co-workers and help support wellness and prevention programs while celebrating mom's special day. There will be cash prizes to the top male and top female runner, awards ceremony and post-event buffet with DJ, music and kids fun runs. L&M Sports will manage the professional scoring and Baldasari, the course design and set up. There is a competitive 5 k run/walk and a 1-mile Family Health Walk that follows along beautiful Lake Mercer. Sign up today at Active.com
 
Take Care of Your Heart.

 
Teen Esteem exercises
 
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
 
Expanded guidelines for Aspirin use 
Health care providers should consider recommending low-dose aspirin for men age 45 to 79 who are at risk for heart attack and women age 55 to 79 who are at risk for stroke, according to the new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force report.  The panel reviewed all of the current scientific literature in order to update the 2001 primary prevention recommendations. These updated primary prevention guidelines target patients  whose heart attack or stroke risks outweigh that of gastrointestinal bleeding.  The optimal dose is unclear but the panel recommended about 75 mg per day to decrease the risk of GI bleeding.  (report from the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association). Read more about the clinical guidelines    Go to Science Daily article
Congressman Frelinghuysen 
Women's Heart Summit- NJ Raises Awareness of Needed Change
Featured guest Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen opened the New Jersey Health Care Summit on Women and Heart Disease that took place April 27 in Morristown. Sponsored by Pharma, Hon. Bob Franks, President of the HealthCare Institute of NJ, introduced the program. Presenting was Women's Heart Foundation President Bonnie Arkus who spoke on "Creating Wellness Programs in Schools", highlighting the WHF Teen Esteem program and lessons learned. Ms. Arkus noted that 75% of adolescents attending "regular" gym class do not participate in activities, accepting a failing grade; whereas 90% do participate in the all-girl Teen Esteem class. She concluded that co-ed gym classes are detrimental to girl health and questioned if Title 9 that creates equal opportunity for women in sports may inadvertently be contributing to the growing epidemic of overweight and obese teen girls. The free event was attended by 350 women who enjoyed a continental breakfast, health fair with screenings by local hospital participants and an expert panel discussion on "Research, Detection and Treatment in New Jersey". Dr. Patrice Desvigne-Nickens of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute served as keynote, and addressed the Women's Health Study and research updates. The Summit raised important health concerns about women's #1 killer and the urgent need for wellness and prevention programs and expansion of awareness efforts, particularly among minority women and those who are under-insured women. Minority women experience a higher rate of death from cardiovascular diseases.   View conference brochure.
 
WHF Receives Spinning Cycles to start a new Healthy Lifestyles Program for Dunn Middle School
The Princeton Fitness and Wellness Center recently donated 10 stationery exercise cycles to the Women's Heart Foundation to begin a new program for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at the Grace Dunn Middle School in Trenton, NJ.  WHF will be working with interim principal Sharon Courtney, teacher Mitzi Hightower-Teel and the College of New Jersey Department of Health, Nursing and Exercise Science to develop a customized program for the students there. "The Princeton Fitness and Wellness Center is dedicated to serving the community" said Craig joetch, Manager. "We are pleased to be a part of this great program that encourages healthy lifestyles in children." 
 
Making Hospitals Safer During Disasters was the Theme of World Health Day 2009 
World Health Day, 7 April 2009, focused on the resilience and safety of health facilities and the readiness of health workers who treat those affected by emergencies and disasters. Health centers and staff are cornerstones for primary health care in communities-meeting everyday needs such as safe childbirth services, immunizations, and chronic disease care that must continue in emergencies. Often, already fragile health systems are unable to keep functioning through a disaster, with immediate and future public health consequences. Increased demands for services and a decreased workforce during a major emergency or disaster can impact healthcare access by disrupting communications, supplies, and transport. Continuity of care is disrupted, including for chronic diseases. For example, during a disaster, access to essential medicines for hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases becomes extremely difficult. In a statement for World Health Day 2009, Dr. Margaret Chan, World Health Organization Director-General, said: "To commemorate World Health Day this year, WHO is advocating a series of best practices that can be implemented, in any resource setting, to make hospitals safe during emergencies." Download the 30-page brochure on World Health Day 2009.
 
  - from Juan Ramos, MD, PROCOR global network of cardiologists
 
Networking Events 
News Headlines
Jen Noblejas 
Volunteer Corner  Meet Jennifer Noblejas. Jen has been a dedicated volunteer for WHF for the past 5 years, working the registration table and wherever she is needed at Run for Mom, and polishing donated costume jewelry for resale to benefit the WHF. Jen is employed fulltime at NJDEP and is a good friend to Robin Heston. You can meet Jen on Facebook or plan to join us for the Mothers Day Run May 10 at Mercer County Park, NJ. THANK YOU, Jen, for always being there for women's hearts!
 
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