-The Women's Heart Foundation will be hosting its 3rd annual women's heart luncheon on Saturday, February 23, from 12 noon to 3:00 pm at the Trenton War Memorial. The free event is made possible through a grant from the HEART TRUTH project, Region II Office on Women's Health, DHHS, and other sponsors and partners. Joining the Women's Heart Foundation for this event are the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services; the American Diabetes Association - New Jersey office; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Trenton Alumnae Fortitude Corporation; and Capital Health System. .
The Red Dress Luncheon will feature a Red Dress Trunk Show and Fashion Show by Lord and Taylor, a heart-healthy luncheon courtesy of Whole Foods Market, health screenings by Capital Health System, guest presenter Aliya F. Browne, DO, Director of the Women's Heart Center of Bordentown, and testimonials from survivors. There will be gifts, giveaways and door prizes. Gift sponsors include L'Oreal USA, Pom Wonderful, Harris Tea, Health Magazine and Elizabeth Arden.
Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard urges women to learn their risk of cardiovascular disease and take preventive measures to help reduce their risk. "Thirty minutes of daily exercise, smoking cessation, weight maintenance and a heart-healthy diet are among the lifestyle behaviors that women should incorporate into their daily lives to reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke."
"The American Diabetes Association is pleased to take part in this year's event", said Pam Cooper, Director of American Diabetes Association - New Jersey office. "Recognizing that there is a direct link between diabetes and heart disease, this collaboration shows we stand united to stop a growing and deadly epidemic",
"The red dress is the national symbol to raise awareness about heart disease in women", said Bonnie Arkus, Women's Heart Foundation Executive Director and Founder. "It is the #1 killer of American women. The red dress serves a red alert to all women that we need to know our personal risk factors for this disease. By wearing red and participating as a member of the National Institutes of Health HEART TRUTH, we can all show our support for the women of New Jersey with a heart disease awareness message that can save our lives. The Women's Heart Foundation started this movement in 1989 and thanks to the media, it has now become an international awareness campaign", said Bonnie. The Women's Heart Foundation is dedicated to implementing heart disease prevention programs and to improving women's survival and quality of life.
To register for the Red Dress luncheon, go to www.womensheart.org home page and download and complete the registration form. The form may be faxed to 609-771-3778 or mailed to WHF, PO Box 7827, West Trenton, NJ 08628. Seating is limited to 300. For more information, contact the Women's Heart Foundation at 609-771-9600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos below chronicle the meeting at the New Jersey Statehouse on National Wear Red Day February 1 to read a proclamation from the Governor and to announce plans for the February 23 Red Dress Luncheon at the War Memorial. Featured are state officials, event partners and survivors.
L-R: Peri Nearon, NJ Office on Women's Health; Audience members; Maha Mikail, MD, of Advanced Cardiology Group
L-R: Audience members; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority members; teacher Ruthann Bailey with students from Trenton Central High School
L-R: Survivors: heart failure survivor Shirley Manley, heart attack survivor Veronica Taylor and stroke survivor Cynthia Stephans.
L-R: Audience members; Pam Cooper, Director of American Diabetes Association - NJ Office; Bonnie Arkus
Women's Heart Foundation's National Wear Red Day activities are in partnership with The Heart Truth, a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Heart Truth launched the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease in 2002 to deliver an urgent wakeup call to American women. A simple Red Dress works as a visual red alert to get the message heard loud and clear: "Heart Disease Doesn't Care What You Wear-It's the #1 Killer of Women." National Wear Red Day is an annual event held on the first Friday in February. The first observance, in February 2004, was announced at the White House. On National Wear Red Day, women and men across the country wear red to unite in the national movement to give women a personal and urgent wakeup call about their risk of heart disease. Everyone can participate in this life-saving awareness movement by showing off a favorite red dress, shirt, or tie, or by wearing the Red Dress Pin (available at www.heartruth.gov).
For more information about National Wear Red Day activities and The Heart Truth, including downloadable materials on women and heart disease and ordering information for the Red Dress Pin, please visit www.hearttruth.gov or call the NHLBI Health Information Center at 301-592-8573.
The Women's Heart Foundation (WHF) is the only Non Governmental Organization
that designs and implements demonstration projects for the prevention
of heart disease and founded the Gender Care Initiative to promote care models that work
best in women. Founded June 11, 1992 as a 501 c3 charitable organization,
WHF is dedicated to improving women's survival and quality of life. For more information,