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Women's Heart Foundation Newsletter
Helping you take care of your heart
December 2006;  Vol.1   No.10
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Welcome to the Women's Heart Foundation e-Newsletter, a resource in the emerging field of gender-specific health and medicine with programs and research that supports wellness, awareness and early intervention of heart disease as it affects women.

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Princeton Area Community Foundation Awards $10,000 grant to WHF from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Fund for Women and Girls. Grant will be used to expand the Teen Esteem health and fitness program with free breakfast for at-risk teens and open the fitness center after school hours to moms. more.
Source: whf 2006-12

December is ...
  • Month of Spiritual Renewal.
    In December, those of the Jewish faith celebrate Hanukkah - the Feast of Dedication; Christians celebrate Christmas - the birth of Jesus Christ; and many American Black families observe Kwanza (since 1966) in recognition of traditional African harvest festivals - a feast that stresses unity of the Black family. WHF's suggested activity: Read Ideals book series to focus less on commercialization and more on traditional values.

    Low-Carb Diet Doesn't Raise Heart Risk
    Eating a low-carb, high-fat diet for years doesn't raise the risk of heart disease, a long-term study suggests, easing fears that the popular Atkins diet and similar regimens might set people up for eventual heart attacks. The study of thousands of women over two decades found that those who got lots of their carbohydrates from refined sugars and highly processed foods nearly doubled their risk of heart disease. At the same time, those who ate a low-carb diet but got more of their protein and fat from vegetables rather than animal sources cut their heart disease risk by 30 percent on average, compared with those who ate more animal fats. The findings came from researchers at Harvard University's schools of medicine and public health who reviewed records of 82,802 women in the ongoing Nurses' Health Study over 20 years. The women were not dieting to lose weight. In fact, on average they were slightly overweight and increased their body-mass index roughly 10 percent during the study. more.
    Source: intelihealth 2006-11-09

    Upcoming Events
    Second Annual Women's Heart Luncheon and Wear Red event day for New Jersey women. Place: the Trenton War Memorial Building, Rte 29, Trenton. Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm. This is a FREE event for all women.
    whf 2006-09

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    The HEART for Women Act Needs Your Support! 

  • Features
    Recipes from the Heart
    thumbnail meatball skewers Meatball, Sausage and Zucchini Skewers
    This dish is high in protein and low in carbs - an Atkins-style meal plan. , Click here for an entire assortment of recipes from Wegmans.
    Source: Wegmans

    Foundation Notes...
    thumbnail Bonnie Arkus December was a good month for WHF, having been the recipient of two new grants - one to continue its Teen Esteem Health and Fitness program and expand services to women and girls; and a second to educate women about heart disease. Additionally, WHF was approved as a charity to be listed in the state of New Jersey's charities campaign fund. WHF is to be listed in the 2007 booklets, for 2008 donations. This has indeed made our holiday season a merry one. WHF can continue its work to educate the public and health professionals about how heart disease differs in women and design and implement demonstration projects for the prevention of heart disease.

    On behalf of the board of trustees and advisors, I wish you a happy and healthy holiday season. Take Care of Your Heart.

    - Bonnie Arkus, RN, Executive Director

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