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Women's Heart Foundation e-News
Helping you take care of your heart
December 2004;  aka Women's Cardio-gram  
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Welcome to the Women's Heart Foundation Newsletter, a supportive network and resource for the public and medical professionals in the emerging field of gender medicine .

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WHF Launches Teen Esteem Program
WHF’s Teen Esteem is a novel program that measures the effect of intervention on the relationship between exercise, nutrition, cardiovascular health and self-esteem among high school girls at Trenton Central High School. For many of the teenage girls participating, the program marks a new beginning for those who are facing their adolescence with obesity, metabolic syndrome and other major risk factors for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The program‘s goal is to foster improved physical and mental health through education in nutrition, exercise and wellness that is enhanced by hands-on demonstrations of healthy recipes preparation with taste-testing, a field trip to the grocery store, exercise circuits, free weights, yoga and dance.


Gender Care Conference a Big Success WHF Gender Care Conference - Bridging Communication to Promote Diagnosis of Women's Heart Disease held October 13 was attended by 60 health professionals and 450 members of the community. Women‘s heart disease presents significant challenges to the healthcare community, with symptoms more subtle than those experienced by men, including early warning signs that resemble the flu. A lack of understanding regarding the symptoms of heart disease in women, in addition to women‘s style of communicating can result in a disconnect between patient and practitioner. In order to provide healthcare professionals with a system?s approach to female-centered patient care and to enhance the diagnostic model for women with heart disease, WHF sponsored a medical conference on October 13 titled, Bridging Communication to Promote Diagnosis of Women‘s Heart Disease, the second of a six-part series in the WHF Gender Care InitiativeTM. Held at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, the conference featured keynote Nieca Goldberg, MD, author of Women Are Not Small Men. Dr. Goldberg is the Director of the Women’ Heart Program at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. Lou-Anne Beauregard, MD, FACC, FACP, served as the conference chair. Dr. Beauregard is the chief consultant to the WHF Gender Care Initiative. more
WHF report 10/2003
WHF Executive Director Named National Winner by the Spirit of Women Foundation
Bonnie Arkus, WHF Executive Director, was named the "Healthcare Provider of the Year" by The Spirit of Women Foundation for the design of new health and wellness programs for women. Bonnie received the award April 2004 in Orlando, Florida after being nominated by Marianne Balay, Vice President of Women‘s Health Services at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Upcoming Events

Feb 1 — National Women?s Heart Health Day & Opening day of Women?s Heart Week. Hospitals are Urged to offer free heart screenings for women. Free program information at www.womensheart.org. For free video, contact WHF at (609) 771-9600. WHF Open House 10:30 AM-1:00 PM at its new headquarters at 1901 N. Olden Ave, Suite 7, Trenton, NJ. All are welcome. Refreshments served.

Feb 5, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm - WHF Outreach at Willowbrook Mall. Location: Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, NJ. In partnership with St. Joseph?s Wayne Hospital. Recognitions, free gifts, prizes and featuring release of its signature pendant jewelry- Woman in Heart . Sales to benefit WHF. For sponsorship opportunities, call (609) 771-9600. Download flyer at www.womensheart.org

Feb 15, 2:00 pm ?4:00 pm WHF program: A Woman?s Heart: Gender Matters Location: NJ DEP East State Street, Trenton, NJ. Contact: Maria Suro

Feb 21, 6:30 pm at RWJUHH Center for Health & Wellness, 3100 Quakerbridge Road (old AMES building). Heart Fitness for Women and Men ? with a discussion panel of experts and focus on women?s heart disease, featuring WHF Executive Director Bonnie Arkus. Light dinner served. $10. To Register: (609) 584-5900 Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Health Connection

Feb 26, 10:00 am?3:00 pm Day of Dance for Heart Health Location: Arline & Henry Schwartzman Courtyard at RWJUH New Brunswick. Women's Wellness & Healthcare Connection will be hosting this Spirit of Women event. Health screens, lectures, dancing.  Contact: 1.866.44.WOMAN

SAVE THE DATE: May 7, 2005. Annual Women's Heart Walk & Run at Mercer County Park, NJ. Run For Your Heart.


One Woman's Story
Meet Lois Trader - heart disease survivor and women's heart advocate.

Read the Poem “A Woman's Heart” by Nancy Perez - written as a tribute to her friend Lois Trader, who is struggling with heart disease.
WHF news 12/2002

Recipes from the Heart
Spinach Salad with Tangerines from Wegmans
Serves 5 - 6 Active Time: 10 min Total Time: 1 hour 10 min

– 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
– 2-1/2 Tbsp orange juice
– 1 Tbsp honey
– 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
– 1 bag (6 oz) Food You Feel Good About Fresh Baby Spinach
– 1 cup tangerine segments, or any type of orange
– 1/2 cup chopped red onion
– 4 Tbsp roasted, lightly salted party peanuts

Combine olive oil, orange juice, honey and brown sugar in small bowl; set aside. Place spinach, orange segments, onion and nuts in large bowl. Pour dressing over and toss. Salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Info: Each serving (1 cup) contains 110 calories, 13g carbohydrate (2g fiber), 3g protein, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol and 80mg sodium. Diabetes Exchanges: 1 Carbohydrate, 1 Fat

Foundation Notes...
Without a generous grant extension from the New Jersey Office on Women‘s Health, WHF programs could not continue. We are so fortunate to have the state’s support for our Gender Care Initiative and new wellness programs for women of all ages. These funds are already at work, through Teen Esteem, Women‘s Heart Week, Women‘s Well Days, and the training of nurses to implement the new curriculum. We thank the volunteer nurses, along with CURVES owners and other fitness centers for investing in women‘s heart health. This is a commitment not only to women but also to our future to become a stronger, healthier nation.

‘Wishing you good health and happiness in the coming year.
Take Care of Your Heart.

Featured Story

THANK YOU to Rennaisance Women's Club of Manchester, NJ

The club held a fashion show and silent auction event, donating the entire $10,000 in proceeds to WHF.

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