Women Selected for 7th BetterU Heart Health Challenge

Seated L to R: Grace Gay, Abby Paul, Gina Bambinelli, Michelle DeMild, Lisa Morris…Standing L to R: Diane Labenski, Kim Kenyon (Gold’s Gym), Amanda Balint, Robin Commerford, Allison Morris, Flossie Burke, MaryK Jones, Denise Doring VanBuren (Central Hudson).

The Dutchess-Ulster American Heart Association announced the 12 women selected for the7th Annual BetterU Makeover Challenge at a kick-off event at Gold’s Gym in LaGrange Friday. Their stories will be featured in blogs and stories in the Poughkeepsie Journal and their success will be celebrated at the annual Go Red for Women luncheon on Thursday, November 9, 2017. The local Go Red For Women Luncheon is celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary this year!

BetterU will assist 12 local women on their journey toward improved heart health through lifestyle changes. The 12-week BetterU program is being sponsored by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation. The program’s goal is to remind all women of the need to make healthy lifestyle choices to prevent their number one and five killers – heart disease and stroke.

Each of the 12 women will receive a three-month membership and personal training at Gold’s Gym, a baseline medical evaluation from Health Quest Medical Practice, and nutrition coaching, heart health seminars and group workouts. They will blog about their progress on a special website devoted to chronicling their progress.

The AHA recommends that all women put their health first with a Well Woman Visit. All women should have this annual physical and discussion to help identify serious health concerns before they become life threatening – such as heart disease and stroke. Heart disease takes the life of one in three women — almost one woman every minute.

The BetterU 12-week program begins August 4th and concludes at the Go Red for Women Luncheon on November 9, 2017 at the Grandview. Follow their progress online at http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/blog/betteru/ and on www.facebook.com/AHANewYork and on Twitter @HVHeartAssoc.

For tickets or info on the Luncheon, visit dutchessulstergored.heart.org or call Danielle Schuka at 845-867-5379.  Go Red for Women Luncheon is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and locally by the Heart Center/Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Northern Dutchess Hospital, the Poughkeepsie Journal, and Q92 FM. BetterU is sponsored by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, Gold’s Gym-Dutchess County, Health Quest Medical Practice, Poughkeepsie Journal, and Q92.

BetterU Participants 2017

Amanda Balint – Carmel
Although I’ve been on statin drugs and beta blockers for decades, through this program I have an opportunity to foster good habits that can improve my health naturally, such as exercising consistently and engaging in a healthy diet.  I also hope to form long-term relationships with my fellow BetterU peers as no doubt many of us must have similar goals.

Robin Commerford –Poughkeepsie
Robin is married with three children and has a family history of heart disease. She wants to start paying attention to her own health—she said she neglects to take care of her own needs and health. She said, “I hope to gain a better foundation surrounding healthy eating habits and exercise that would assist in providing a healthy lifestyle not only for myself but for my family as well.”

Flossie Burke – Glenham
Flossie lost both parents to heart disease—her father died at age 55. Too young. She has battled being overweight her whole life and now has serious health issues. She said, “I must stop abusing my body and my mind with poor choices and gain the strength and knowledge to fight disease and reverse deteriorating health.  I want to accept challenges with confidence rather than anxiety, and get my diabetes and blood pressure under control to get off the meds.”

Gina Bambinelli – Poughkeepsie
Gina has tried different weight loss programs but wants permanent lifestyle change. She said, “During the next 12 weeks, I intend to gain the knowledge I need to change my life. I will transform not only my body, but also my mind so that I can be healthy and strong, no matter what life throws my way. She wants increased strength, stamina, flexibility and weight loss.”

Michelle DeMild – Salt Point
Michelle turned 50 this year (applause!!) and she found her motivation and energy levels declining. She wants to enjoy retirement when the time comes! She said, “I’m looking to learn to make healthy choices to help lose weight, while to finding my motivation and increase my energy levels and to be an example of health for her kids.”

Lisa Morris – Poughkeepsie
You might recognize Lisa Morris from Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union! Welcome, Lisa! Like many women her age, Lisa would like to lose weight. She said, “I’m looking forward to eating healthier to lose weight and gain energy! I plan to fend off the heart disease that runs in my family for as long as I can.”

Diane Labenski – Wappingers
Diane, like many of us has stress in her life! She has risk factors for heart disease and she wants to improve her eating habits and get healthier! She said, “I hope to increase my energy level and stamina through weight loss and better habits so that I can keep up with my grandchildren and be more productive in life.”

Patricia Lucio-Penn – Poughkeepsie
Patricia has a family history of diabetes and heart disease. She works as Director of Human Services and she wants to set a good example and continue to help others. She said, “I hope to increase my core strength and lose weight. I also hope to establish healthier routines to increase my quality of life and strength my heart.”

Grace Gay – Lagrangeville
Grace wants to learn to gain knowledge and experience to make smarter choices and live healthier. She has family history of heart disease that she wants to avoid. She wants to make healthier choices for her parents, who are homebound, and set a healthy example for her children.

Mary Jones – Stormville
Mary said she knows you can do things alone, but with encouragement and support, success can be greater. She grew up in a family with five brothers and three sisters and now she suffers from diabetes like them. Her father, mother, sister and two brothers have passed on due to high blood pressure or complications from diabetes…She said, “My hopes are to recognize that I can be a BetterU if I am mindful enough to boost my well-being, optimism and self-esteem. My family has been a statistic, I don’t want to be.”

Allison Morris – Poughkeepsie
She has always been active but over the past few years, Allison has had tough life changes that have prevented her from taking care of herself. Her maternal family history is filled with stroke—the number three killer of women—and she doesn’t want to be in that situation! She wants healthier habits, weight loss and a healthier mindset!

Abby Paul – Poughkeepsie
Abby is from Poughkeepsie, and has tried many diet plans but nothing is sticking, and she has a family history of diabetes, stroke and obesity. She wants to walk up a flight of stairs with ease. She wants to give her heart a break. “This is an opportunity” she said, “I don’t want to be defined by my family history. I have so much to live for and so much more to do! I look forward to working with an amazing tribe of women who will help hold me accountable to these habits, and hope to inspire others to do the same.”

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Deadline Extended to July 5th for BetterU Challenge

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 5th! APPLY TODAY & SHARE WITH FRIENDS!

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S., taking the life of one in three women – almost one woman every minute. However, research shows that 80 percent of cardiac events in women are preventable and linked to poor choices involving diet, exercise and smoking. That’s why the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® is helping women speak up for their hearts and change this statistic by offering a free 12-week makeover, Go Red BetterU.

Download the application here.

 Powered by the science of the American Heart Association, Go Red BetterU provides guidance to help women transform their overall health through small, simple choices. Go Red BetterU gives women an opportunity to achieve a noticeably better state of well-being and heart health in just 12 weeks. Choose to be a BetterU at GoRedForWomen.org.

 Locally, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is the proud sponsor of the BetterU Challenge, a 12-week lifestyle change program. Twelve lucky participants will be selected to participate in the 12-week challenge. Each participant will receive:

• Baseline & 12-week medical readings by Health Quest Medical Practice

• 3-month membership to Gold’s Gym – LaGrange

• Personal training with Gold’s Gym

• Nutrition advice from a medical professional

• Group support from other BetterU participants

• The power, resources and tools of GoRedForWomen.org.

Elizabeth Donahue — 2014-15 BetterU Challenger!

 Participants will be photographed before and after the 12-weeks, interviewed by media, asked to write about their experiences on the participant BetterU Blog, and help us celebrate the program by attending as our guests at the Go Red for Women Luncheon on November 9, 2017.

With Go Red BetterU, you’ll learn smart strategies and gain new information on improving and maintaining your health, along with the encouragement and advice of local coaches. Each week will focus on a different area to follow for a complete heart makeover. Live longer and stronger by taking 12 weeks to invest in your health!

Interested in becoming a participant? Read and complete the application by JULY 5th. Download the application here.

For more information, visit our website at dutchessulstergored.heart.org or call 845-867-5379.

Sponsored by Central Hudson, Gold’s Gym, Health Quest Medical Practice, the Poughkeepsie Journal, and Q92.1FM.

By |June 27th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Go Red For Women Luncheon Draws 300 to Fight Women’s #1 Killer–Heart Disease

Heart disease in women can occur in the young and old, in seemingly healthy women as well as those with risk factors. The Westchester-Fairfield American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Luncheon on Friday, June 2nd put a face on women’s heart disease by sharing local survivors’ stories throughout the event. The Luncheon drew a crowd of more than 300 mostly women, dressed in the signature women and heart disease campaign color—red.

Guests heard inspiring survivor stories, and were educated about heart disease, risk factors and news of medical research and treatments to fight heart disease, all while raising funds to support the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign to fight women’s number one killer—heart disease.

Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. Almost two-thirds (64%) of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms. Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease.

But the American Heart Association (AHA) is seeking to change that with prevention and awareness through their Go Red For Women Luncheon, set for Friday, June 2nd from 10AM to 2PM, at the Hilton Westchester in Rye. Donations are still being accepted online at http://westfairgoredluncheon.heart.org/.

Kim Salveggi, 43, from Yorktown, and Christine Wayne, 37, of Stamford, CT were featured in a short film. Salveggi, a married mother of two teenage girls, suffered a coronary artery dissection in March of 2015. She was previously diagnosed with depression and hypochondria when symptoms of extreme exhaustion began in September 2014. When more classic heart attack symptoms of chest, jaw and arm pain set in, she feared that nobody would believe what she knew all along—something was seriously wrong. At the emergency room, doctors believed her, and she survived after a stent was inserted during emergency cardiac catheterization. She recently returned to work.

Christine Wayne survived sudden cardiac arrest in December of 2016. She felt tired all day and while in the shower, she began to cough and was overcome with exhaustion and nausea. She said did not want to call 9-1-1, as is recommended. What if someone saw her? Why incur the cost when someone could just come pick her up? When she began to have trouble breathing, she finally called her mother, who said to call 9-1-1.

Another moment’s delay and she might not have made it. On route in the ambulance, her heart stopped four times. She awoke to people counting and shouting “CLEAR!” At the hospital, two stents were put in, and was released after a week in the hospital. She is now back to her daily routine.

Both are advocates for Go Red For Women’s lifesaving messages to learn about, prevent and know the symptoms of heart attack in women. In the video, Salveggi implores women to second opinion and never stop advocating for your health. Wayne wants women to know the symptoms of heart attack and not be embarrassed to call the ambulance—minutes count.

The Go Red For Women Luncheon included a morning health and wellness exhibition featuring local health professionals, networking, and a keynote address by Mara Schiavocampo, an ABC News correspondent and author based in New York. Schiavocampo is a two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, and best-selling author of, “THINspired,” her personal journey of losing 90 pounds after the birth of her daughter. She said at the event that prior to her lifestyle changes, including a diet overhaul, she used to eat almost exclusively prepared, pre-packaged food, which is typically high in calories, sodium and sugar.

“My definition of health at that time was the absence of illness,” she said.

Now, after her journey of health, she eats almost all fresh, home-cooked meals, including a variety of fruits, vegetables and healthy fish, and doesn’t feel deprived.

An estimated 44 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases, and 90% of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke. The good news is 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. Small, incremental changes to lifestyle can go a long way in preventing these leading killers. Quitting smoking, exercising at least 30 minutes per day, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating more fruits and vegetables can help prevent heart disease and stroke. More information is available at GoRedForWomen.org.

Go Red For Women is sponsored Nationally by Macy’s, and locally by Signature Sponsor, Stamford Health. Other sponsors include Greenwich Hospital, Morgan Stanley, New York-Presbyterian, Fuji Film, White Plains Hospital, Buzz Creators, Healthcare News, Professional Women of Westchester, WHUD, Westchester Magazine, and ABC7.

By |June 7th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

“Men Go Red For Women” Event Supports Women’s Heart Health

The Dutchess-Ulster American Heart Association’s “Men Go Red For Women” event at the Marist Boathouse at on Tuesday, June 6th was a great success! Thank you to everyone who attended and supported Go Red For Women!

Men Go Red For Women is a dynamic, committed group of men who are raising awareness, and funds, to fight heart disease, the number one killer of women and men. They’re standing behind the women they care about —wives, mothers, daughters, sisters and friends —while influencing and inspiring communities to support the life-saving work of the Go Red For Women movement.

The event was co-chaired by Craig Irwin and Joshua Mackey, and sponsored by their companies, Merrill Lynch in Poughkeepsie, and Mackey Butts & Wise LLP in Millbrook.

Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. Heart disease causes one in three women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute. The AHA states that women are less likely to call 9-1-1 for themselves when experiencing symptoms of a heart attack than they are for someone else. Women comprise only 24 percent of participants in all heart-related studies. An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease and ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. To learn more, visit www.GoRedForWomen.org.

This Men Go Red event featured networking, light fare, beer and wine, provided by Arlington Wines & Liquors, and Half Time in Poughkeepsie. The Men Go Red group will have exclusive events throughout the year and members will receive tickets to the annual Go Red For Women Luncheon set for November 9, 2017 at the Grandview.

For information about joining Men Go Red, please contact Danielle Schuka, Go Red Corporate Events Director at 845-867-5379 or by email at Danielle.schuka@heart.org.

Go Red For Women is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and CVS, and locally by The Heart Center, Vassar Brothers Hospital, Northern Dutchess Hospital, Central Hudson, Gold’s Gym, Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, The Grandview and Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union.

Apply Today for Dutchess-Ulster BetterU Challenge

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S., taking the life of one in three women – almost one woman every minute. However, research shows that 80 percent of cardiac events in women are preventable and linked to poor choices involving diet, exercise and smoking. That’s why the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® is helping women speak up for their hearts and change this statistic by offering a free 12-week makeover, Go Red BetterU.

Download the application here.

 Powered by the science of the American Heart Association, Go Red BetterU provides guidance to help women transform their overall health through small, simple choices. Go Red BetterU gives women an opportunity to achieve a noticeably better state of well-being and heart health in just 12 weeks. Choose to be a BetterU at GoRedForWomen.org.

 Locally, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is the proud sponsor of the BetterU Challenge, a 12-week lifestyle change program. Twelve lucky participants will be selected to participate in the 12-week challenge. Each participant will receive:

• Baseline & 12-week medical readings by Health Quest Medical Practice

• 3-month membership to Gold’s Gym – LaGrange

• Personal training with Gold’s Gym

• Nutrition advice from a medical professional

• Group support from other BetterU participants

• The power, resources and tools of GoRedForWomen.org.

Elizabeth Donahue — 2014-15 BetterU Challenger!

 Participants will be photographed before and after the 12-weeks, interviewed by media, asked to write about their experiences on the participant BetterU Blog, and help us celebrate the program by attending as our guests at the Go Red for Women Luncheon on November 9, 2017.

With Go Red BetterU, you’ll learn smart strategies and gain new information on improving and maintaining your health, along with the encouragement and advice of local coaches. Each week will focus on a different area to follow for a complete heart makeover. Live longer and stronger by taking 12 weeks to invest in your health!

Interested in becoming a participant? Read and complete the application by June 26th. Download the application here.

For more information, visit our website at dutchessulstergored.heart.org or call 845-867-5379.

Sponsored by Central Hudson, Gold’s Gym, Health Quest Medical Practice, the Poughkeepsie Journal, and Q92.1FM.

 

West-Fair Go Red For Women Luncheon Fights Heart Disease in Women

Heart disease in women can occur in the young and old, in seemingly healthy women as well as those with risk factors. The Westchester-Fairfield American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Luncheon on Friday, June 2nd aims to put a face on women’s heart disease by sharing local survivors’ stories, and, here’s a preview–none of the women have their AARP Card yet.

Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. Almost two-thirds (64%) of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms. Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease.

Christine Wayne and Kim Salveggi, heart disease survivors

But the American Heart Association (AHA) is seeking to change that with prevention and awareness through their Go Red For Women Luncheon, set for Friday, June 2nd from 10AM to 2PM, at the Hilton Westchester in Rye. Tickets are available online at http://westfairgoredluncheon.heart.org/.

Two local film students are producing a video to be debuted at the Go Red For Women Luncheon about the survivors, entitled, “Faces of Heart.” Jeanne Ronan and Marie Venezia are both long-time film students of the Jacob Burns Film Center’s adult courses in Pleasantville. Their 2016 Go Red survivor video won a MarCom Award in February.

“It was extremely rewarding to work on a film project that had a specific purpose in this world. It is also a cause that is personally near and dear to both of us. We were grateful for the opportunity to w

ork with such fantastic women – and we would do it again in a heartbeat!” said Ronan.

Kim Salveggi, 43, from Yorktown, and Christine Wayne, 37, of Stamford, CT will be featured in the short film. Salveggi, a married mother of two teenage girls, suffered a coronary artery dissection in March of 2015. She was previously diagnosed with depression and hypochondria when symptoms of extreme exhaustion began in September 2014. When more classic heart attack symptoms of chest, jaw and arm pain set in, she feared that nobody would believe what she knew all along—something was seriously wrong. At the emergency room, doctors believed her, and she survived after a stent was inserted during emergency cardiac catheterization. She recently returned to work.

Christine Wayne survived sudden cardiac arrest in December of 2016. She felt tired all day and while in the shower, she began to cough and was overcome with exhaustion and nausea. She said did not want to call 9-1-1, as is recommended. What if someone saw her? Why incur the cost when someone could just come pick her up? When she began to have trouble breathing, she finally called her mother, who said to call 9-1-1.

Another moment’s delay and she might not have made it. On route in the ambulance, her heart stopped four times. She awoke to people counting and shouting “CLEAR!” At the hospital, two stents were put in, and was released after a week in the hospital. She is now back to her daily routine.

ABC NEWS – Mara Schiavocampo. (ABC/Heidi Gutman) MARA SCIAVOCAMPO

Both are advocates for Go Red For Women’s lifesaving messages to learn about, prevent and know the symptoms of heart attack in women. In the video, Salveggi implores women to second opinion and never stop advocating for your health. Wayne wants women to know the symptoms of heart attack and not be embarrassed to call the ambulance—minutes count.

The Go Red For Women Luncheon includes a morning health and wellness exhibition featuring local health professionals, networking, and a keynote address by Mara Schiavocampo, an ABC News correspondent and author based in New York. Schiavocampo is a two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, and best-selling author of, “THINspired,” her personal journey of losing 90 pounds after the birth of her daughter.

Lisa LaRocca, News 12 Westchester reporter, will serve as emcee for the event.

Lisa LaRocca, News12 Reporter

An estimated 44 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases, and 90% of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke. The good news is 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. Small, incremental changes to lifestyle can go a long way in preventing these leading killers. Quitting smoking, exercising at least 30 minutes per day, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating more fruits and vegetables can help prevent heart disease and stroke. More information is available at GoRedForWomen.org and at this year’s Go Red For Women luncheon.

Go Red For Women is sponsored Nationally by Macy’s, and locally by Signature Sponsor, Stamford Health. Other sponsors include Greenwich Hospital, Morgan Stanley, New York-Presbyterian, Fuji Film, White Plains Hospital, Buzz Creators, Healthcare News, Professional Women of Westchester, WHUD, Westchester Magazine, and ABC7.

Tickets and event information are online at http://westfairgoredluncheon.heart.org/.

June 1–7 is CPR & AED Awareness Week – Learn Hands-Only CPR to Save Lives

What would you do if someone next to you collapsed because their heart stopped beating from sudden cardiac arrest? Cardiac arrest is an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs – is a leading cause of death. Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States.

Eastview School students in White Plains received CPR and AED training

When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. According to the American Heart Association, about 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.

Recently, a 16-year old Stamford teen Keyara Zamor saved her 5-year old cousin with Hands-Only CPR skills she learned in 2015 at a CPR training at her Connecticut school.

The American Heart Association You’re the Cure grassroots advocacy group worked to pass CPR in Schools legislation in both Connecticut and New York in recent years. Hundreds of thousands of children will be trained annually because of the law.

More than a dozen Ketcham High School students in New York State have used their CPR skills to save lives. Ketcham was teaching CPR in physical education classes long before the law passed. The AHA recommends that the entire community, not just students, know Hands-Only CPR to help improve survival rates.

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If you are called on to perform CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend because 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes.

About 46 percent of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest receive the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives. Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public spaces.

Hands-Only CPR has just two easy steps, performed in this order: (1) Call 9-1-1 if you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse; and (2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of a familiar song that has 100 to 120 beats per minute.

Song examples include “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z, “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira” or “Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash. People feel more confident performing Hands-Only CPR and are more likely to remember the correct rate when trained to the beat of a familiar song.

When performing CPR, you should push on the chest at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute, which corresponds to the beat of the song examples above.

Watch the 90-second demo video. Visit www.heart.org/handsonlycpr to watch the Hands-Only CPR instructional video. Hands-Only CPR is a natural introduction to CPR, and the AHA encourages everyone to learn conventional CPR as a next step. You can find a CPR class near you at heart.org/findacourse and/or purchase a CPR Anytime® Kit at shopheart.org/cpr-anytime.

Dr. Lori Morton Named Volunteer Chair for Heart Walk Event

Dr. Lori Morton

The Hudson Valley American Heart Association (AHA) has announced that Dr. Lori Morton will serve as Executive Champion of the Westchester Heart Walk event, set for Sunday, October 1st at Kensico Dam in Valhalla. The Heart Walk is the AHA’s largest annual event, raising more than $400,000 for AHA programs and research last year.

To register online, please visit www.westchesterheartwalk.org.

Dr. Lori Morton is the Director of Cardiovascular Research and Fibrosis Research at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.  Morton will appeal to local businesses and community leaders to support the American Heart Association’s mission through sponsorship of the Heart Walk event, and invite them to form teams to join the Heart Walk to build healthier lives free from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

At Regeneron, Morton leads a team of scientists in the discovery and validation of new drug targets for the treatment of a wide variety of diseases affecting heart, kidney, lung and vascular function, as well as a number of diseases characterized by tissue scarring (fibrosis). Dr. Morton’s group collaborates with a number of other research groups at Regeneron to develop and test new medicines, determining the best candidates for new investigational clinical programs.

Heart disease costs employers more than $3 billion annually, according to the AHA. It is the leading killer in the U.S. and New York State of both men and women.

“I have been a professional member of the American Heart Association for 11 years and I fully support their mission,” she said, “I’m looking forward to working with community leaders to engage their support of the AHA’s lifesaving work.  Every day, the AHA works to strengthen our community’s well-being, and due to their robust commitment to funding research, they will impact the broader future of healthcare as well.”

Morton has a Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Following her Ph.D., Dr. Morton trained at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

In 2002, Dr. Morton joined Regeneron and established the Cardiovascular Research department, studying the function of genes and proteins on blood pressure, cardiac, renal and vascular function, to identify new approaches for treating cardiovascular diseases.

Morton is also on the Board of Directors of the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival and is the Chair of the Chappaqua PTA STEM Committee.

The Heart Walk is a celebration of year-round efforts by local organizations to create a “culture of health” in the workplace. The American Heart Association encourages worksites to support healthier behaviors at work through the AHA’s Workplace Health Solutions program. Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S., and physical inactivity doubles the risk. Information is online at www.heart.org/workplacewellness.

Companies interested in supporting the Heart Walk with sponsorship or teams should call Jennifer Miller at 914-806-0962, or email Jennifer.miller@heart.org.

The Heart Walk is sponsored nationally by Subway, and locally by White Plains Hospital, New York Presbyterian, Fujifilm, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Phelps Hospital Northwell Health, and Stop and Shop. Media sponsors include Westchester Magazine, Buzz Creators, News 12 Westchester, The Peak 107.1, and Examiner Media.

 

 

By |May 26th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Go Red For Women Luncheon to Feature Local Survivors

What does the face of heart disease in women look like? Is it old? Is it unhealthy? You might be surprised to learn that heart disease in women can occur in the young and old, in seemingly healthy women as well as those with risk factors. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Luncheon on Friday, June 2nd aims to put a face on women’s heart disease by sharing local survivors’ stories, and, here’s a preview–none of the women have their AARP Card yet.

Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. Almost two-thirds (64%) of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms. Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease.

Christine Wayne and Kim Salveggi, heart disease survivors

Christine Wayne and Kim Salveggi, heart disease survivors

But the American Heart Association (AHA) is seeking to change that with prevention and awareness through their Go Red For Women Luncheon, set for Friday, June 2nd from 10AM to 2PM, at the Hilton Westchester in Rye.

Tickets are available online at http://westfairgoredluncheon.heart.org/.

Two local film students are producing a video to be debuted at the Go Red For Women Luncheon about the survivors, entitled, “Faces of Heart.” Jeanne Ronan and Marie Venezia are both long-time film students of the Jacob Burns Film Center’s adult courses in Pleasantville. Their 2016 Go Red survivor video won a MarCom Award in February.

“It was extremely rewarding to work on a film project that had a specific purpose in this world. It is also a cause that is personally near and dear to both of us. We were grateful for the opportunity to work with such fantastic women – and we would do it again in a heartbeat!” said Ronan.

Kim Salveggi, 43, from Yorktown, and Christine Wayne, 37, of Stamford, CT will be featured in the short film. Salveggi, a married mother of two teenage girls, suffered a coronary artery dissection in March of 2015. She was previously diagnosed with depression and hypochondria when symptoms of extreme exhaustion began in September 2014. When more classic heart attack symptoms of chest, jaw and arm pain set in, she feared that nobody would believe what she knew all along—something was seriously wrong. At the emergency room, doctors believed her, and she survived after a stent was inserted during emergency cardiac catheterization. She recently returned to work.

Christine Wayne survived sudden cardiac arrest in December of 2016. She felt tired all day and while in the shower, she began to cough and was overcome with exhaustion and nausea. She said did not want to call 9-1-1, as is recommended. What if someone saw her? Why incur the cost when someone could just come pick her up? When she began to have trouble breathing, she finally called her mother, who said to call 9-1-1.

Another moment’s delay and she might not have made it. On route in the ambulance, her heart stopped four times. She awoke to people counting and shouting “CLEAR!” At the hospital, two stents were put in, and was released after a week in the hospital. She is now back to her daily routine.

Both are advocates for Go Red For Women’s lifesaving messages to learn about, prevent and know the symptoms of heart attack in women. In the video, Salveggi implores women to second opinion and never stop advocating for your health. Wayne wants women to know the symptoms of heart attack and not be embarrassed to call the ambulance—minutes count.

The Go Red For Women Luncheon includes a morning health and wellness exhibition featuring local health professionals, networking, and a keynote address by Mara Schiavocampo, an ABC News correspondent and author based in New York. Schiavocampo is a two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, and best-selling author of, “THINspired,” her personal journey of losing 90 pounds after the birth of her daughter.

An estimated 44 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases, and 90% of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke. The good news is 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. Small, incremental changes to lifestyle can go a long way in preventing these leading killers. Quitting smoking, exercising at least 30 minutes per day, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating more fruits and vegetables can help prevent heart disease and stroke. More information is available at GoRedForWomen.org and at this year’s Go Red For Women luncheon.

Go Red For Women is sponsored Nationally by Macy’s, and locally by Signature Sponsor, Stamford Health. Other sponsors include Greenwich Hospital, Morgan Stanley, New York-Presbyterian, Fuji Film, White Plains Hospital, Buzz Creators, Healthcare News, Professional Women of Westchester, WHUD, Westchester Magazine, and ABC7.

Tickets and event information are online at http://westfairgoredluncheon.heart.org/.

By |May 18th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

American Heart Announces Westchester Board & Staff Leaders

The American Heart Association (AHA) announced today that Yorktown resident, Jennifer Miller has been promoted to Senior Regional Director of the Westchester County Region. She will manage the newly formed Board of Directors in that region, as well as events and campaigns, including the Healthy For Good Westchester Heart Walk, and the Westchester-Fairfield Go Red for Women Luncheon, set for June 2nd at the Rye Hilton. Tickets are on sale now at www.westfairgoredluncheon.heart.org.

“We are confident that Jennifer will continue to grow and develop this region working with the new Board leadership to help achieve our mission to build healthier lives in Westchester County,” said Kristin Judd, Hudson Valley AHA Executive Director, “We are so grateful to have the support of so many exceptional leaders from the health and business communities on our board.”tap heart

Miller joined the AHA in 2011 and was most recently Corporate Director in the Hudson Valley prior to taking this expanded role. She graduated from Denison University with a Bachelors in Arts in 1989, and earned a Masters in Fine Arts in 1993 from Yale University School of Drama.

The newly elected Board of Directors includes Dr. Icilma Fergus, Director Cardiovascular Disparities, Associate Professor at Mount Sinai Hospital and School of Medicine; Virginia Kuper, Senior Vice President and Market Leader in the Hudson Valley and Metro NY market for Key Private Bank; Dennis B. Kremer, Partner at GKG; Theodore Zink, Partner, McCarthy Fingar; Dr. Glenn Hamroff, Cardiologist, New York Presbyterian Physicians; James Seymour, Partner, Global Mobility Services; Howard Klein, Partner, Citrin Cooperman; Dr. Joseph Giamelli, Pediatric Cardiologist, Boston Children’s Health Physicians; Dan Blum, President and CEO, Northwell Phelps Hospital; and Dr. Michael Gewitz, President, Maria Ferari Children’s Hospital (ex officio on AHA Board).

Board members will lead AHA health initiatives and support development priorities to drive AHA health goals in the Westchester Region. The AHA’s impact goal is, by 2020, to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent. Focus areas will include prevention of heart disease and stroke, widespread Hands-Only CPR training, access to and quality of cardiovascular care, and support for research funding and advocacy issues for a healthier community. Other local issues will be determined from a forthcoming regional assessment.

For more information about the American Heart Association in your community, visit www.heart.org/hudsonvalley or email or call Jennifer Miller at Jennifer.Miller@heart.org or 914-806-0962. For a free heart risk assessment, visit www.MyLifeCheck.org, the AHA’s tool designed to help people achieve optimal heart health and prevent heart disease and stroke.

By |May 17th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments