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Helping you take care of your heart May 2008
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Bikes Donated to Teen Esteem
5th Annual WOMAN Challenge
HBCBSNJ a Gold Sponsor of 5th Annual RUN FOR MOM
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Run For Mom 5k 

The Honorable Jon S. Corzine, Governor of New Jersey, will serve as Honorary Chair of the 5th Annual Run for Mom on Mother's Day at Mercer County Park; Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein will be the Opening Presenter; and County Executive Brian Hughes, Grand Marshal. JUST 3 DAYS LEFT TO REGISTER ONLINE. Sign up at 
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May is National Women's Healthcare Month, and the second Sunday in May is Mother's Day and the start of National Women's Health Week - an educational initiative by the US DHHS to remind women to make health a priority. This is a critical time for women's health as more young women's lives are being affected by heart disease. According to a recent journal article (JACC Nov13,'07), there has been a concealed leveling of mortality rates in heart disease since 1980. Most disconcerting is that the study found the rates of death in younger women under age 45 are increasing. The death rate for women  ages 35-44 rose between 1997 and 2002 by an average of 1.3% per year, which may serve as a sentinel event attributed to the increase in the number of young adults with diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, abnormal blood lipid levels, and hypertension. To download the entire study, go to Coronary Heart Disease Concealed Mortality Rates in Younger Adults. The Authors Dr. Earl S. Ford of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and Dr. Simon Capewell of the UK stated they had great difficulty accessing the data, which also needs to be addressed to achieve greater awareness of the magnitude of the problem. The growing number of risk factors in children and young adults and the resultant increased number of deaths should be top-of-mind for our political leaders with an action plan set forth by our prospective future president, but why is this not even given mention? The Women's Heart Foundation will use the Mother's Day RUN FOR MOM as a forum to bring attention to this critical health issue and advocate for change. If you are a concerned parent and member of your local parent-teacher organization, the Women's Heart Foundation wants to hear from you. We cannot implement our heart disease prevention programs in schools without your help. Prevention works. Please send an email to bonnie@womensheart.org. Take care of your heart.

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- Bonnie Arkus, Exec Director
The Women's Heart Foundation, a 501c3 charity, is the only non-governmental organization that implements heart disease prevention projects and is dedicated to improving survival and quality of life. Founded 1989. Incorporated June 11, 1992. Please support the WHF wellness and prevention programs. Donate online: www.womensheart.org/store/shop.asp
Teen Esteem Cyclers 

Teen Esteem Program receives 10 "New" Bikes

The Teen Esteem students at Trenton Central High School were thrilled to receive a donation of ten stationery exercise bikes, donated by the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Center for Health and Wellness. "We are updating our equipment line and delighted to see these spinning bikes will be put to good use", said Leslie Adelman, co-owner. "We at the RWJ Center for Health and Wellness are excited to be able to join the Women's Heart Foundation as a partner in helping teen girls reach a higher level of fitness and wellness", she said. The  Teen Esteem program has demonstrated reduction in several risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. A press conference will take place later this month to formally release the results of the 3-year study.

Teen Esteem exercises 
5th Annual WOMAN Challenge Begins!
Join thousands of women for an 8-week challenge starting on Mother's Day, Sunday May 11th to kick-off National Women's Health Week. Take a virtual walk across America. Go to www.womenshealth.gov/woman to sign up and let the Challenge begin!

Another highlight of the Week is National Women's Check-up Day that occurs this year on May 12. It serves as a reminder to women to make health a top priority and to take simple steps for a longer, healthier and happier life. The DHHS recommends
  • Engaging in physical activity most days of the week
  • Making healthy food choices
  • Visiting a healthcare provider to receive regular check-ups and preventive screenings
  • Avoiding risky behaviors, like smoking and not wearing a seatbelt.
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey a Gold Sponsor of RUN FOR MOM
The Women's Heart Foundation announced today that the Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is a GOLD SPONSOR of the 5th annual Run for Mom event to take place May 11 at Mercer County Park in New Jersey. WHF executive director Bonnie Arkus said the organization couldn't be more proud to have their support. "This is a true collaboration to bring about a healthy activity for all families to enjoy on Mother's Day. We are grateful to have this partnership that  makes events like the 5K RUN FOR MOM possible", she said.
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Save 50%
New Jersey State Employees can save 50% off registration fee for the upcoming 5K RUN FOR MOM race at Mercer County Park on Mother's Day. Simply enter code NJ0022 when registering at www.ACTIVE.com. That's an $11 savings, so don't delay! State ID will be checked at the  registration tent. Online registration closes May 8 at midnight EST. 
Offer Expires: May 8 at midnight
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