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2006 May 1 Release.
For Immediate Release.
Contact: Bonnie Arkus (609) 771-9600



WOMEN'S HEART FOUNDATION, WEGMANS, TRENTON CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL AND UMDNJ SCHOOL OF HEALTH PROFESSIONALS PLAN TO TEAM UP ON MAY 2 FOR "SHOPPING FOR A HEALTHY HEART" The grocery store field trip is part of the Teen Esteem Health and Fitness program



Ewing, NJ, May 1, 2006 - Choosing heart-healthy foods isn't easy with so many choices, and knowing how to read and interpret food labels can be daunting. That's why the Women's Heart Foundation and the UMDNJ School of Health Related Professions, Dietetic Internship Program have teamed up to provide a unique educational program that helps high school students make healthier food choices right at the grocery store shelf.

'Shopping for a Healthy Heart' was started by the Women's Heart Foundation in 2003. In 2005, the Foundation was challenged to integrate the grocery store program into its highly successful Teen Esteem health and fitness program at the Trenton Central High School, accommodating 70 - 90 students and chaperones all at one time. This meant that the format had to be revised, so in June of 2005, the WHF contacted the UMDNJ Dietetic Internship Program and asked for their expert assistance. Together, they worked with Wegmans to create a new outreach for adolescent girls.

"'Shopping for a Healthy Heart' has worked out very well, especially for the Teen Esteem girls, who are the beneficiaries" says Bonnie Arkus, WHF founder and executive director. "First, the students complete a pre-test. Then they tour the grocery store by rotating through five stations manned by dietitians and dietetic interns. After sampling vendor products and learning about some of the different food choices, and how to read and interpret food labels, the students take a post-test and enjoy a heart-healthy lunch served up by Wegmans. The day is managed as a field trip and it is highly interactive and fun."

Denise Langevin, MS, RD, Director of the UMDNJ Dietetic Internship program, oversees Shopping for a Healthy Heart at Wegmans. "We are pleased to collaborate on this program as part of our community outreach. Studies show health choices made during adolescence will follow through a lifetime. It is critically important that we try and reach these girls during this phase of development", she said.

'Shopping for a Healthy Heart' will take place May 2 at 9:30 a.m. at Wegmans, Nassau Park Boulevard, Route 1 in Princeton.

Teen Esteem is an all-girl gym-alternative program that includes a health and nutrition curriculum and a customized fitness program that employs two part time personal fitness trainers and a dietitian. The program is being studied for the effect an intervention has on teen girls' health choices and has partnered with Rutgers University-Camden to conduct the research. Funding for the current school year was provided by a grant from the Horizon Foundation of New Jersey and the state of New Jersey. WHF needs funds to continue the program into the 2006-07 school year and to expand and sustain the program.

The Women's Heart Foundation is a consumer-based heart organization that designs and implements heart wellness and prevention programs for women. For more information, contact the Women's Heart Foundation at (609) 771-9600 or by email: bonnie@womensheart.org


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