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Women's HEART DAY - NJ

On February 4, 2006, the Women's Heart Foundation organized a GO Red Day - Rally and health expo to launch the 10,000 steps campaign - at the Trenton War Memorial from 1:00 - 5:00 PM, in association with the American Heart Association Go Red campaign and in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Curves®. Major sponsors included U.S Department of Health and Human Services as part of the NIH Health Heart Truth project and L'Oreal USA. More than 600 women and their families attended the event. Assistant Commissioner of Health Eddie Bresnitz delivered the proclamation for Go Red day and Women's Heart Week, on behalf of the Governor. WHF celebrated volunteers with awards and reception. Leading women's heart health advocates in the state were recognized:

  • Kathleen Ashton, PhD, RN, Volunteer of the Year Award for her role as Principal Investigator of the WHF Teen Esteem Project

  • Peri Nearon, Director, NJ Office on Women's Health, Executive Leadership Award

  • Ruthann Bailey, Civic Leadership Award for her health advocacy at Trenton Central High School









February 4, 2006   1-5 PM
Trenton War Memorial

1:00 PM - Opening - Mistress of Ceremonies Doreen Dixon, New Jersey State Coordinator for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc
(Pre-event warm-ups by Wanda Tia, hip-hop and exercise instructor)

Go Red Prayer by Dr. Reverend Linda Rasman of Grant AME Church

1:15 PM - Welcome - Honorable Mayor Douglas H. Palmer, City of Trenton

Proclamation - Eddie Bresnitz, MD, Assistant Commissioner and State Epidemiologist, NJ Department of Health and Senior Services with remarks by Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, Majority Leader (invited) and Senator Shirley Turner, 15th District (invited).

1:30 PM - Why Go Red? Carol Gill, MD, Volunteer, American Heart Association

1:45 PM - Heart Truth Campaign - Sandra Estepa, LMSW, Regional Women’s Health Coordinator Department of Health & Human Services, Region II Office on Women’s Health

1:55 PM - 10,000 Steps Challenge Eddie Bresnitz, MD and Bonnie Arkus, RN, Executive Director and Founder, Women’s Heart Foundation

2:15 PM - Women’s Heart Disease—Ask the Doctor

Glenn Laub, MD, St. Francis Medical Center and member of the American Heart Association Board of Directors
Steven Cohen, DO, Capital Health Systems-Fuld
Aliya F. Brown, DO, Hunterdon Medical Center
Moderator: Carolyn Lewis Spruill, RN, Director of Health and Human Services, City of Trenton

2:40 PM - Healthy Cooking Demonstrations

Chef Cindy Groman of WEGMANS Food Market of Princeton - Start Your Day with Breakfast the Wegmans Way

Susan Fountain, RD of Rutgers Cooperative Extension - Chicken Stir-fry

3:00 PM - The Heart Truth Talk Show: Body and Soul… What communities can do to promote heart health in mothers and daughters

Kathleen Thomsen, MD, Women’s Health Specialist
Carmen Reyes—Mother of student at Trenton Central High School (TCHS)
Yahaira Reyes—Student at TCHS
Mark Bailey, Teacher of Health and Physical Education at TCHS
Reverend J. Stanley Justice, Mt. Zion AME Church
Moderator: Doreleena –Sammons Posey, Director, NJ Department of Health & Senior Services Chronic Disease Section

3:30 PM - Line Dancing for Your Heart Health -Jeanette Reese-Bennett, Instructor
Osayvea the DJ

4:00 PM - Contest/Drawing - Check your pedometers for prizes

4:15 PM - Salsa Your Way to Good Health - Mary Palacio, Instructor and Bilingual Outreach Worker, NJ Department of Health and Senior Services

4:45 PM - Closing - Doreen Dixon
Action Steps. More prizes. Awards and Presentations


The mother-daughter component of the day is being organized by the Women’s Heart Foundation with funding provided by Region II Office on Women’s Health, US Department of Health and Human Services, as part of the National Health Institute’s Heart Truth Project. This was a Free Program for Women and their families.


Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Trenton Alumnae Chapter
In Association with the American Heart Association
New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services
Women’s Heart Foundation
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., NJ Coordinating Council


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