whf logo    Women's Heart Foundation Newsletter
a foundation of wellness for women  June 2007
In This Issue
Sleep Disturbance... ARE YOU AT RISK?

Dr. Mahmood Siddique

Mahmood I. Siddique, D.O., FACP, FCCP, FAASM of the RWJ University Hospital Hamilton Sleep Clinic and the WHF have teamed up for a series of articles on sleep disturbance - a condition that affects millions of women on a daily basis, contributing to poor health, chronic depression and even heart disease. Click on the links below for the first two of six articles.
Sleep Disturance and Stroke
Sleep Deprivation and Weight Gain
June is...

Our Sponsors

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield-NJ 
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Top Story
Runners Enjoy Sunshine, Family Fun at WHF's 4th Annual RUN FOR YOUR HEART 
Runners take off 
Over 150 participants enjoyed beautiful weather at WHF's fourth annual RUN FOR YOUR HEART opening with a proclamation from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders with a special tribute to WHF. WHF is grateful to its co-presenters /major sponsors who made this event possible - the Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and the Region II Office on Women's Health. photos and more
Teen Esteem Health & Fitness
Teen Esteem girls prepare salad
Survey Results: WHF Teen Esteem is Just Right!
For the third consecutive year, opinion surveys submitted by the students enrolled in the WHF Teen Esteem program were overwhelming positive!  Thus far there have been 400 graduates, 90% of whom report that the exercise and fitness routine is "just right". Other comments include: "Teen Esteem should be offered to girls in every school"; "It helped me lose weight and feel good about myself";"I learned how to cook and eat healthy, and now I teach my mom!". WHF is grateful to the sponsors that make this program possible: The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and Princeton Area Community Foundation.

Teen Esteem girls exercising

The Gender Care Initiative
purple ribbon- logo for gender care    
Gender Disparities in Managed Care
In a report commissioned by the Jacobs Intitute for Women's Health released last month, investigators looked at the rising number of women with heart disease and the continuing lag in early intervention. The report stated separation of outcome data by gender is an essential first step, something that the Women's Heart Foundation has been advocating for the past 15 years. Study after study demonstrates inadequate care in managing heart disease and diabetes in women, yet no progress has been made since the last report was issued 5 years earlier. Rosaly Correa-de-Araju, MD, Director of Gender-specific Medicine at the government's Agency for Healthcare, Research and Quality (AHRQ) says "It's time for action!". Download all 5 reports - available for a limited time!
Research Updates
Obesity and Diabetes in the Developing World - a Growing Challenge  Preventing obesity, diabetes,and hypertension will require fundamental social and political changes. Public health initiatives will be required to make affordable, healthful foods available, and initiatives in education and community planning will be needed to encourage and facilitate exercise. In 2003, the WHO issued objectives for developing countries regarding school meals and healthy living. Some countries  have initiated monitoring programs related to obesity and nutrition. Since these programs are still in their infancy, few data are available on the cost of their implementation, and many such initiatives will encounter fierce opposition from food manufacturers and rights-oriented consumer groups who resent their effects on civil liberties.
source: NEJM Jan18,'07.
Featured Recipe
Blueberry Smoothie
Creamy Blueberry Smoothie
 ...a delicious snack from
the Teen Esteem kitchen
(source: www.5aday.org)


  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, washed and sorted if fresh
  • 2 small ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cups low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen vanilla low-fat ice cream
  • 4 sprigs of mint (optional)


  1. Combine blueberries, bananas, honey  and lemon juice and puree on HIGH speed in blender. Add yogurt and ice cream and blend until thick and smooth.
  2. Serve immediately in cold glasses decorated with sprigs of mint

Nutrition Facts: Calories: 301 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 1.3g, % of Calories from Fat: 8%, Protein: 7g , Carbohydrates: 66g, Cholesterol: 7mg , Dietary Fiber: 3g , Sodium: 81mg

Support is growing for the Gender Care Initiative. Stay tuned for a full report.
As summer approaches, exercise safely. Don't get over-heated or deydrated. Watch out for traffic and Take Care of Your Heart!
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Bonnie Arkus, RN
Executive Director and Founder
Bonnie Arkus, R.N.
WHF Executive Director
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