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Women's Heart Foundation Newsletter
Helping you take care of your heart
March 2006;  Vol.1   No.2
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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, as part of the Gender Care InitiativeTM.

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Study: Women's Heart Disease Often Missed - interpretation of angiography based on men's heart disease… results of WISE (Women's Ischemic Syndrome Evaluation) study more
NIH Jan31,2006

March is National Nutrition Month and Diabetes Awareness Month. Selected websites to visit:
   Tips to Prevent Childhhood Obesity
   National Diabetes Clearinghouse - NIH


Women's Heart Foundation declares Feb 4 Rally with Wear Red Day - NJ a big success. Health expo and rally used to launch the Foundation's 10,000 Steps program statewide; Joins forces with AHA, The Heart Truth Red Dress movement, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and New Jersey Curves® to reach more than 700 Women during National Women's Heart Week Feb 1-7. more on Wear Red for Women Rally- NJ. Award recipients honored. more on awards and event agenda. The event was made possible by a grant from The Heart Truth project and L'Oreal USA.
WHF report

Guidant Pacemaker and Defibrillator Alert! Recall Notice. On January 26, 2006, Guidant Corporation expanded its recall of 19,300 pacemaker models due to a potentially serioius but rare glitch. more
Guidant Corp Jan2006

New Jersey Heart Surgery Report Card Hailed - The New Jersey Department of Health released its updated report on heart surgery outcomes in the state (reflects data collected in 2003). download pdf report.
Trenton Times, Mar 2006. Reprinted by permission

What a Woman Needs to Know about Heart Surgery: Questions to Ask Your Doctor download pdf.
WHF report

What's in your child's school lunch? How can you contribute to his or her nutrition? Hear advice from parents, with results of a survey conducted at a local health food store. Ten Tips for a Healthier School Lunch
WHF report

Health Partners
WHF Advisor Robert Faillace, MD, FACC of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey, and Director of the first Women's Heart Center in the state, will present at a national conference on women's heart centers to take place in Chicago June 1-2, 2006. Go to www.acius.net to download brochure.

Upcoming Events

March 30, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.- OPEN HOUSE at WHF Teen Esteem Health and Fitness Program, Trenton Central High School, NJ. Heart-healthy recipes are being served up from the dietitian-run nutrition program. Students and accompanying parents and siblings are welcome. Participants are encouraged to enter into the Mother-Daughter 10,000 Steps program and earn prizes the WHF annual Mother's Day weekend RUN. The evening and the RUN is sponsored by The HEART TRUTH project.

April 22, 2006, 12 noon - 5:00 p.m. - Untax Your Heart - Ohio ,jewelry sales to benefit WHF. Place: Tappan Square, Oberlin (southeast corner).
event details
WHF news 03/2006

April 22, 2006, 10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Untax Your Heart - Indiana ,jewelry sales to benefit WHF. Place: Courtyard at tenth and college building, Bloomington, IN.
event details
WHF news 03/2006

May 5, 6, 7, 2006, Food Festival and Gourmet Cooking, at the Morristown National Guard Armory. Featuring three Guest Chefs of television fame: Chef Paul Dillon, Chef Diane Herdricks and Chef Robert Irvine. Shop, sample wine and beer, enjoy the food. Tickets and info: (609) 844-1522. download brochure
industry partner news 03/2006

May 14, 2006, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.- 3rd Annual RUN FOR YOUR HEART, Mercer County Park, NJ Women's Heart Foundation's 3rd annual event, PLUS Untax Your Heart -NJ jewelry sales. The event is being held in conjunction with National Women's Health Week download brochure
WHF news 03/2006

thumbnail aci June 1-2, 2006. Chicago, IL - Medical Conference on Women's Heart Centers - Implementing Successful Women’s Cardiac Programs to Meet and Exceed the Unique Needs of the Female Patient, Improve Outcomes, and Increase Market Share. more
Active Communications International news 03/2006. WHF is a co-sponsor


One Woman's Story
thumbnail Antointette Meet Antoinette Ritchie. Her teacher describes her as "A natural-born leader", when she enrolled for her second year of the Teen Esteem Health and Fitness program at the Trenton Central High School, only this year, she holds a Peer Leader position in this comprehensive gym-alternative program that helps teen girls conquer obstacles to their health and fitness, in order to grow into strong young women. more
WHF news 12/2005

Recipes from the Heart
Fresh Spring Rolls from Wegmans

Serves 6 Active Time: 25 min

  - 12 rice paper spring rolls wrappers (Grocery)
  - 1 pkg (12 oz)Asian Slaw*
  - 36 (about 1/4 lb) Cooked Shrimp* (100-200 count)
  - 12 medium to large-size basil leaves, trimmed
  - Wegmans Thai Peanut Sauce, warmed, for dipping

Dip spring roll wrappers, one at a time, into large bowl filled with very warm tap water until softened, about 20 seconds. Remove and arrange in single layer on kitchen towel; pat dry gently. Spoon about 1/3 cup slaw on bottom two-thirds of each wrapper, leaving about 2-inch border on bottom edge. Top slaw with 3 shrimp and 1 basil leaf, (covering the full length of the roll). Fold bottom of wrapper over filling. Fold in sides; roll up tightly. Repeat until all spring rolls are complete. Cover spring rolls with damp paper towels, then wrap tightly in plastic wrap until ready to serve. Serve with peanut dipping sauce. Recipe featured in Wegmans Menu Magazine Winter 2004, on pg.49. This warm appetizer has Asian flare and it is easy to prepare

Nutrition Info: Each serving (2 rolls and 1 Tbsp sauce) contains 140 calories, 18g carbohydrate (1g fiber), 6g protein, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol and 380mg sodium. Diabetes Exchanges: 1 Carbohydrate
* Foods found in the Food You Feel Good About -Produce Department of Wegmans Go to website for customer feedback

Featured Photo
On hundred and fifteen tenth-grade Teen Esteem girls at Trenton Central High School were on a mission to learn about healtier food selections at Wegmans last April. The field trip was organized by the Women's Heart Foundation with its program Shopping for a Healthy Heart, administered in collaboration with the UMDNJ School of Health Professionals Dietetic Internship Program and the high school. Denise Langevin, RD, Director and Geri McKay, RD, Coordinator, both of UMDNJ and the store Perishable Foods manager, Todd Allen set up the event at Wegmans, providing free samples from vendors, five food stations and planning a delicious buffet for the students and volunteers. The program will be repeated May 2, 2006 at Wegmans for the incoming class of sophomore Teen Esteem girls. more
WHF news 12/2005

Foundation Notes
From my desk...
Reaching out to women during February - National Heart Month - is an essential component of the Women's Heart Foundation's mission to improve women's survival and quality of life through early intervention programs and raising awareness. Thanks to collaborators, funders and volunteers, WHF was able to provide New Jersey women with a fabulous statewide event with Rally and Health Expo at the Trenton War Memorial and deliver a unified message about heart disease as it affects women. This event demonstrates the critical need to reach women at the grass-roots level. Thanks to the Capital Health System at Mercer and the St. Francis Medical Center for providing the nurses and docors to complete health screenings for our 600 attendees on Feb 4, to Wanda Woman and team for working their fitness majic, and to our nurses and fitness managers /partners at Curves® satellite screening stations. The first step of any health movement is awareness and this program was enormously effective at reaching our goal. Thanks also goes out to cardiologist and WHF Advisor Glenn Laub, MD, the leading heart surgeon in the state of New Jersey, and to other doctors who presented at the Wear Red day. A special thanks to The Heart Truth Talk Show panel: Kate Thomsen, MD, women's health specialist; Rev J. Stanley Justice of AME Church; Jahaira and her mom; Mark Bailey, Health & Physical Education Department at Trenton Central High School and The HEART TRUTH talk show moderator Doreleena Sammons Posey, Director, Chronic Disease Management, NJDHSS.

Give to the Women's Heart Foundation and create a stronger, healthier America. Take Care of Your Heart.
            - Bonnie Arkus, RN, Executive Director
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