Woman Saved by MLB Umpire Hosts CPR-Training Birthday Party

 

It’s been just over three years since Arizona resident Jane Powers’ life was saved by Major League Baseball umpire Jim Joyce. He witnessed her collapse from sudden cardiac arrest in the Arizona Diamondbacks stadium tunnels and responded immediately using CPR skills he learned in his youth working as a lifeguard.

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Jane Powers (left), with her mother and MLB Umpire Jim Joyce

Her life was saved August 20, 2012 and since then, Powers has made it her mission to train people in CPR so that more lives can be saved. Instead of having a traditional birthday party for herself, she hosts CPR training parties.

“These CPR birthday parties started as a result of my cardiac arrest. When I was home recuperating in my condo, neighbors came over to see how I was doing. There were 35 people in my living room and I asked everyone in the room if they knew CPR,” she said.

“The answer from every single person was ‘no.’ This was right before my birthday, so I decided to change my birthday celebrations into CPR training parties. My brother, John, attended with his family, he was the first person to use his training within six months of being trained at a construction site in downtown Phoenix.”

The parties have evolved since, she said, and traveled around from Phoenix, to Florida where Jeff Urgelles from the Marlins taught the class. Urgelles, an off-duty paramedic and Marlin’s catcher coordinator at the time, assisted Jim Joyce with CPR for Powers. The next stop for her CPR birthday party is St. Augustine’s Church hall in Highland on Thursday, November 12th at 7:00 PM.128%20Hands-Only

Why Highland? Her fath
er was the volunteer treasurer for the American Heart Association in the Hudson Valley back in the 1970’s and this was a way to honor his service. She plans to train members of the St. Augustine Knights of Columbus, family and friends from Millbrook, where she grew up.

Powers invites people to learn Hands-Only CPR, recommended by the American Heart Association since 2008. Hands-Only CPR has just two easy steps: If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, (1) Call 9-1-1; and (2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the disco song

“Stayin’ Alive.”

Visit www.heart.org/handsonlycpr to watch the Hands-Only CPR instructional video and share it with the people in your life. You can also find a CPR class near you by visiting http://cpr.heart.org.

 

 

By |November 12th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stroke Healthcare Professionals Attend NorthEast Cerebrovascular Consortium (NECC)

NECC 2015

The 10th anniversary NorthEast Cerebrovascular Consortium, or NECC, summit is being held this week in Newport, RI. NECC was established as an independent organization in 2006 to improve stroke care in an 8-state region (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, NNECC 2015 SUPER HERO.jpgew York, and New Jersey).  The NECC developed recommendations based on the Stroke Systems of Care Model (SSCM)1 with the goal of implementing the recommendations and assessing their impact. The bottom line: stroke professionals care about the best treatments to help stroke victims.

Stroke superheroes stormed the audience at the opening yesterday to a record attendance of over 400 stroke professionals. It reminded attendees that everyone can be a Stroke Superhero when they act F.A.S.T. to aid a stroke victim.

NECC FAST.jpgThis year the summit celebrates a decade worth of accomplishments in stroke care and focuses on helping attendees learn how to improve patient care from stroke onset to discharge for optimal patient care.

Discussions were held on the role of EMS, rehabilitation and improving patient treatment time in order to save lives from stroke–stroke pros know that ‘time lost is brain lost.’

Many professionals agreed that there is still room for growth when it comes to changing the overall mentality that stroke IS a medical emergency.  One stroke coordinator noted that it was his hop
e that, “One day stroke is understood to be as severe of an emergency as a heart attack.”

Participants also joined in for a group sing of the AHA/ASA’s new F.A.S.T. song. NECC Holloway.jpg

Attendees enjoyed the first-ever CeraBallum dinner and dancing reception which recognized two outstanding medical professionals for their contributions and dedication to stroke care.  Mary George, MD, MSPH, Deputy Associate Director for Science & Senator Medical Officer, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia was the recipient of the American Stroke Association Community Conscience Award.

Robert G. Holloway, MD, MPH, Edward A. and Alma Vollerston Rykenboer Professor and Chair, Neurology, University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY received the distinguished C. Miller Fisher, MD Neuroscience Visionary Award (pictured above).

NECC PASSION.jpgThe room was brought to silence as passion presenters Sonya Arguijo-Frederick, BSN and Erik A. Frederick, MHA shared their personal experience with stroke.  Sonya’s father suffered a debilitating stroke when she was just a child, her father did not have access to proper stroke care that is available today.  Left with physical and mental deficits, her father did not let the stroke define him.

  FACTS about stroke:

  • Someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 Someone dies from one every 4 minutes.
  • Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in the U.S., claiming nearly 130,000 lives per year. 
  • About 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke every year. 
  • Stroke is the leading preventable cause of disability. 
  • African Americans have nearly 2x the risk for a first-ever stroke than white people, and a much higher death rate from stroke
  • 8 percent of Americans can identify each letter in the F.A.S.T. acronym for stroke.
  • Among the words in the stroke acronym F.A.S.T., “Face” has the highest recognition (42%), followed by “Arm” (36%), “Speech” (33%), and “Time” (27%).
  • 1 in 3 people cannot name at least one sign of stroke. 
  • Most people say they would call 9-1-1 for stroke, but fewer people are arriving at the ER by ambulance after suffering stroke symptoms.sing to end stroke image 2015
By |October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Deadline Extended for BetterU Applications

Deadline Extended for BetterU Applications – Applications will be accepted through October 16th.

Applications are available for the 5th Annual BetterU Challenge, sponsored by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation. The American Heart Association invites local women from Dutchess & Ulster counties to apply for the 12-week program designed to improve cardiovascular health through simple lifestyle changes.

Applications are being accepted now through October 16th to be one of the twelve women participants. Download the application at the http://dutchessulstergored.heart.org.

BetterU is a free health, nutrition and fitness program that can help all women make better lifestyle choices. Each week focuses on a different area of heart health and provides step-by-step guidance to help women transform their overall health through small lifestyle changes.

The 12 women selected for the program will receive a three-month membership and personal training at Gold’s Gym, medical evaluation from Health Quest Medical Practice, and free health seminars from local health experts. The BetterU participants will chronicle their journey on a special blog, and be celebrated at the annual Go Red for Women luncheon on February 26, 2016.

“For five years, Central Hudson has been committed to women’s health in the Hudson Valley through the BetterU program. Though there have been declines in heart disease deaths in the past 30 years, recent research demonstrates that death rates in young women under 55 only fell one per cent since 2000. There is more work to do on the prevention side,” said Denise Doring VanBuren, Vice President at Central Hudson.

According to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, deaths from heart disease have declined dramatically over the last few decades but young people, particularly women, are not sharing equally in that improvement. Researchers believe a lack of effective preventive strategies for young people, particularly women, is to blame, and they call for more research into non-traditional risk factors for this understudied group, like stress and obesity.

“Far too many women are still unaware that they can prevent heart disease and stroke. BetterU’s goal is to educate and empower women to live healthier,” she said.

Elizabeth Donahue from Poughkeepsie participated in the BetterU program last year and lost more than 30 pounds, crediting BetterU’s healthier lifestyle and regular exercise recommendations.

“The Better U program kick-started a life-changing experience for me! I am so grateful for the structure and support of the program that gave me the incentive and motivation to put myself first and work towards my health goals,” said Donahue, who, after BetterU competed and placed second in a national fitness challenge with Gold’s Gym, “Every woman should feel like they’re worth the time and effort to make healthy, positive changes towards a better version of themselves.”

Heart disease and stroke takes the life of one in three women — almost one woman every minute. More women than men die of heart disease and stroke. Research shows that 80 percent of cardiac events in women are preventable with simple lifestyle choices involving diet, exercise and avoiding smoking.

To download an application, deadline October 16th, visit http://dutchessulstergored.heart.org. For more information, contact Teresa Marra at 845-905-2134 or email Teresa.marra@heart.org.

BetterU is sponsored by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, Gold’s Gym, Health Quest Medical Practice, the Poughkeepsie Journal and Q92.1 FM. Go Red For Women is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and locally by Health Quest, The

By |October 13th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Westchester Heart Walk Draws 1,200 in Fight Against Heart Disease & Stroke

More than 1,200 Westchester area residents participated in the Westchester American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, October 4th at Kensico Dam in Valhalla to help raise awareness and funds to fight heart disease and stroke, the number one and five killers.

Patty Macias team

Many teams and individual walkers walked for their own heart health. But many walked in honor of loved ones who survived a battle with heart disease or stroke, or in memory of those lost to cardiovascular diseases.

Patty Macias of New Rochelle, NY (in red) served as Heart Walk Honoree this year to raise awareness for heart disease, and life-saving research. Two years ago, she experienced what she called a sharp shooting pain in her head on her way to work. It went away, but when climbing the stairs at the train station, she felt severe chest, back pain and jaw pain. She attributed the symptoms of chest pain, shortness of breath to being out of shape. She thought the nausea, sweating and rapid heartbeat she had in the weeks prior were symptoms of a panic attack.

Her sister convinced her to go to the emergency room where she was diagnosed with multiple, bilateral pulmonary emboli—or a sudden blockage of lung arteries by clots. An interventional radiologist performed a Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis, removing the clots through a catheter. She was also put on t-PA, a clot-busting drug. She was only 46 years old. Macias walked with her sister and family at the Heart Walk event and was recognized in the opening ceremony.

“I’m alive today because my sister recognized the warning signs of a heart attack,” she said. Heart disease is the number one killer of women. Women can learn more about their risk at www.goredforwomen.org.

One of the largest teams with more than 115 participants, Team Monie, walked in memory of Eugenia Sumone Taylor from New Rochelle, who died suddenly of a heart attack this past March at the age of 44. Dozens of members from the New Rochelle Cheer squad, part of Team Monie, cheered for walkers on the route.Heart Walk 2015

Lisa LaRocca, News 12 Westchester reporter, served as emcee for the event. LaRocca told the crowd that she lost her own father, Anthony LaRocca, to heart disease. He was the Principal at William E. Cottle Elementary School in Tuckahoe.

The Heart Walk is the organization’s largest annual fundraiser that promotes physical activity to prevent heart disease and stroke, while raising funds for life-saving research. American Heart Association-funded research has yielded important discoveries such as the heart-lung machine, CPR, life-extending drugs, pacemakers, bypass surgery and surgical techniques to repair heart defects.

Hands-Only CPR training was provided at the event, sponsored by Westchester Medical Center. New York Medical College students provided blood pressure screening to combat the “silent killer” which affects one in three Americans.

The Heart Walk is sponsored nationally by Subway, and locally by Signature and Regional Chain of Survival Sponsor, Westchester Medical Center, National Walking Day sponSubwaystartlineWestchHWsor New York-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, White Plains Hospital, Fuji Film, Merit Direct and Stop & Shop, and media sponsors Examiner Media, Westchester Magazine, News 12 Westchester and The Peak 107.1 radio.

Donations are still being accepted online at www.westchesterheartwalk.org or by contacting jennifer.gelick@heart.org at 203-295-2943. Photos from the event are online at www.facebook.com/americanheartnewyork. To learn more about the prevention and treatment of heart disease and stroke, visit www.heart.org.

By |October 5th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Westchester Heart Walk Event Weather Update

*WESTCHESTER HEART WALK EVENT WEATHER ALERT*

As of today, Thursday, October 1, 2015, the Westchester County Heart Walk is still scheduled to take place this Sunday, October 4th at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.

We are closely monitoring the weather situation.  The safety of our supporters, teams, volunteers and the community is paramount.  We will continue to update you as needed in the coming days.  In the meantime, however, please check the Heart Walk website, www.westchesterheartwalk.org for event updates.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Event Director, Jennifer Gelick at Jennifer.gelick@heart.org or by calling 203-295-2943 (alternative phone: 203-295-2942).

Thank you for your continued support of and commitment to the mission of the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association.

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By |October 1st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

New York Becomes 26th State to Require CPR Training in School

AHA advocates celebrate NYS 26th CPR state

Joey Mendrick, (standing, wearing his JROTC school military uniform) a 15-year-old from suburban Albany was recognized during the Board of Regents vote yesterday making NYS the 26th state to require CPR training in high school.

Albany, New YorkWith a standing room only crowd of American Heart Association volunteer advocates in attendance, the New York State Board of Regents on Thursday approved a regulation requiring Hands-Only CPR training in high school, making New York the 26th state to do so. More than 1.5 million students will be trained each year in the 26 states, including more than 190,000 high school graduates annually in NYS. This was the final step in a 15-year American Heart Association grassroots effort to get CPR training in high schools in New York State.

“I am truly ecstatic knowing that kids in New York State will all have the opportunity to learn lifesaving CPR skills!” said Linda Cotter-Forbes of Rhinebeck, “This will empower so many young people across our state!”

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Three Hudson Valley teens, and their families, advocated for the life-saving CPR in Schools training over the years. All three survived sudden cardiac arrest and are all attending college. 2012 photo.

Her daughter Kaitlin was 15 years old in 2005 when she suffered sudden cardiac arrest during a high school softball game. She is alive today, attending Hunter College, because bystanders started CPR and used AED, or automatic external defibrillator quickly to revive her. She and her mother supported lobbying efforts for the law over the years.

Two other Hudson Valley teens who lobbied in support of the legislation are also alive today because of CPR, and both are college students.

“I am so excited that the Board of Regents passed the bill! Knowing that every student needs to know Hands-Only CPR is very meaningful to me because CPR saved my life,” said Katarina Weigel of Yorktown, a student at Pace University. She suffered sudden cardiac arrest during a high school volleyball practice in 2010. She’s alive because her coaches knew CPR and used an AED.

Annette Adamczak

Annette Adamczak of Akron, NY, spoke yesterday at the American Heart Association press conference to celebrate NYS becoming the 26th state to require CPR training in high school. She has trained 18,000 students in Hands-Only CPR since her 14-year old daughter, Emily Adamczak died six years ago.

“I’m so pleased that our students will all graduate with a baseline knowledge of CPR so they are able to help someone in the event of an emergency. This training will create future generations of life savers,” said AHA volunteer advocate Veronica Barker, formerly of Washingtonville, who used CPR to save her daughter, Brianna’s life after she collapsed at home after a high school dance. Brianna is now a freshman at Penn State. “My daughter might not be here today if I hadn’t learned CPR in high school. This basic life-saving skill is perhaps the most important thing that a student can learn.”

But for the four mothers in attendance who lost their children to cardiac arrest, it was a bittersweet moment. All four have lobbied for the CPR training, as well as formed foundations that have increased the awareness of sudden cardiac arrest – and helped save lives.

CPR moms

Four moms who lost their children to sudden cardiac arrest, celebrated New York State becoming the 26th state to require CPR training as a high school graduation requirement, ending a 15-year journey to get the life-saving training in schools.

“We are so grateful that the New York Regents saw how important this is,” said Melinda Murray of Queens. She lost her son Dominic in 2009 to cardiac arrest, “We are so pleased that the journey has ended in this positive, life-affirming way. After 15 years of advocacy, beginning Oct. 7, Hands-Only CPR will be taught in New York’s schools.”

Since the passage of Louis’ Law in 2002, which called for the placement of AEDs in public places, 87 lives have been saved in New York,” said Karen Acompora of Northport, whose son died after being struck by a ball in the chest, “Nothing replaces our son Louis, who died of commotio cordis when he was 14, but the CPR in Schools Law honors his short life by giving others a chance at life.”

Suzy McCarthy of Evans, who lost her 5-year old daughter, Madison to cardiac arrest 14 years ago, also worked on Louis’ Law, then turned her attention to CPR in Schools. AHA advocate Annette Adamczak of Akron, has trained 18,000 students in Hands-Only CPR since her 14-year old daughter, Emily Adamczak died six years ago.

“The ripple effects of this action will be felt across the state, as we make a difference in the lives of our children,” Adamczak said. “Together, where hands and hearts meet, a life can be saved; one heartbeat at a time.”

Sudden cardiac arrest survivors also attended the Board of Regents meeting, including 15-year-old Joe Mendrick of Colonie, who was 11 when a baseball hit him in the chest and stopped his heart, and Joel Stashenko, also of Colonie, whose son Casey – who had learned CPR in his school – revived him.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the CPR in Schools bill, sponsored by then-Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, D-Long Beach and then-Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, into law in October of 2014. The law called on the state Department of Education to ask the Regents for a recommendation on the instruction of CPR in Schools. The Regents recommended that it be included in the curriculum, and directed the Department to draft the rule for public comment. The Board of Regents gave the final stamp of approval to the measure during their meeting on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Volunteers from around the state advocated for the legislation through the American Heart Association’s online grassroots network at www.yourethecure.org . With New York becoming the 26th state to provide CPR training in schools, it means that 1.5 millionstudents will be trained each year nationally.AHA Volunteers Bd of Regents sept 17 2015

Additional photos from Albany are available at www.facebook.com/americanheartnewyork 

By |September 18th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Legislation Introduced to Ban Smoking in Hotel Rooms

American Lung Association, POW’R Against Tobacco, American Cancer Society, and American Heart Association Announce Support for the Bill

American Heart Association volunteer Jeff Reilly was pleased to join with Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski yesterday to announce new legislation that would add hotel and motel rooms to the list of places where smoking is restricted under the Clean Indoor Air Act (A.8371). Currently, the Clean Indoor Air Act exempts hotels and motel guest rooms from the list of prohibited places.

Jeff Reilly, AHA volunteer and COO Bon Secours Charity Health System, 3rd from right

Jeff Reilly, AHA volunteer and COO Bon Secours Charity Health System, 3rd from right

Reilly, AHA volunteer Heart Walk Chair and COO of Bon Secours Charity Health System expressed support for the bill saying, “All of the hospitals in our system have smoke-free campuses. Bon Secours and the American Heart Association support this proposal and urge all of our state leaders to support it as well.”

“Smoke cannot be confined to just one room. Smoke travels through walls and ventilation systems into other guests’ rooms causing an unpleasant environment. This issue is a matter of public health and I believe it will benefit the accommodation industry by removing the burden of making smoking rooms available that are difficult to clean and which negatively impact other guests,” said Assemblyman Zebrowski.

Representatives from POW’R Against Tobacco, the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, and Bon Secours Charity Health System stood with Zebrowski in support of the bill, which takes a major step in protecting consumers from secondhand smoke.

“We know that smoking is the leading preventable cause of heart disease,” stated Robin Vitale, Senior Director of Government Relations for the American Heart Association in New York. “As a result, the American Heart Association applauds this proposed ban on smoking in hotel and motel rooms. In this case, it guarantees that all overnight guests can rely on an environment that doesn’t promote disease. ”

Secondhand tobacco smoke contributes to about 34,000 premature heart disease deaths and is responsible for a myriad of respiratory illnesses and cancer.

“This initiative will not only benefit guests, but also the hotel employees who are exposed to smoke. This will ensure they have a smoke-free workplace and are afforded the protections that employees in other industries have,” said Zebrowski, calling on New York to set an example for the hotel industry.

New York would join five other states that have enacted similar bans on smoking in hotel rooms. In addition, several hotel chains have voluntarily imposed smoking bans in their hotels.

Join our nationwide movement to support healthier communities and healthier lives. Sign up at www.yourethecure.org

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Nominate Someone for a Lifestyle Change Award

 

Do you know someone whose health has greatly improved as a result of making long-term healthy lifestyle changes? Have you lost a lot of weight in the past year, started living healthier or know someone who has? The American Heart Association invites you to nominate yourself or a healthy friend for the Lifestyle Change Award.

The Westchester County Region of the American Heart Association is accepting nominations for their Lifestyle Change Award, sponsored locally by Merit Direct. The award honors individuals who have made positive changes to improve their quality of life and overall health.

Ideal candidates are people who have taken control of their health in areas of diet, exercise or tobacco cessation and seen positive results in weight, BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar. Winners will be recognized at the association’s Heart Walk on October 4th at Kensico Dam, Valhalla, NY.

To nominate an individual for a Lifestyle Change Award download the form at www.westchesterheartwalk.org or by calling Jennifer Gelick at 203-295-2943. Application deadline is September 28th.

Heart Walk registration is open online at www.westchesterheartwalk.org. Corporate, community and family teams are welcome to register to walk for their own heart health and the funds raised will help other hearts in our community.

Achieving a heart healthy lifestyle starts with knowing your personal heart score, according to the AHA. To get a free measurement of your personal heart health, the American Heart AIMG_2376ssociation recommends focusing on seven heart health factors known as “Life’s Simple 7” to achieve ideal health. To find out where you stand on Life’s Simple 7 and to get an individualized action plan for improving your heart score, visit www.MyLifeCheck.org.

The Heart Walk is sponsored nationally by Subway, and locally by Signature and Regional Chain of Survival Sponsor, Westchester Medical Center, National Walking Day sponsor New York-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, White Plains Hospital, Fuji Film, Merit Direct and Stop & Shop, and media sponsors Examiner Media, Westchester Magazine and 107.1 The Peak.

For more information about the Heart Walk or to start a team, please email jennifer.gelick@heart.org or call 203-295-2943 To sign up your team online, visit www.westchesterheartwalk.org.

 

By |September 2nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Women Encouraged to Apply for BetterU Challenge

Applications are available for the 5th Annual BetterU Challenge, sponsored by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation. The American Heart Association invites local women from Dutchess & Ulster counties to apply for the 12-week program designed to improve cardiovascular health through simple lifestyle changes.

Applications are being accepted now through October 12th to be one of the twelve women participants. Download the application at the http://dutchessulstergored.heart.org.

BetterU is a free health, nutrition and fitness program that can help all women make better lifestyle choices. Each week focuses on a different area of heart health and provides step-by-step guidance to help women transform their overall health through small lifestyle changes.

The 12 women selected for the program will receive a three-month membership and personal training at Gold’s Gym, medical evaluation from Health Quest Medical Practice, and free health seminars from local health experts. The BetterU participants will chronicle their journey on a special blog, and be celebrated at the annual Go Red for Women luncheon on February 26, 2016.

“For five years, Central Hudson has been committed to women’s health in the Hudson Valley through the BetterU program. Though there have been declines in heart disease deaths in the past 30 years, recent research demonstrates that death rates in young women under 55 only fell one per cent since 2000. There is more work to do on the prevention side,” said Denise Doring VanBuren, Vice President at Central Hudson.

According to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, deaths from heart disease have declined dramatically over the last few decades but young people, particularly women, are not sharing equally in that improvement. Researchers believe a lack of effective preventive strategies for young people, particularly women, is to blame, and they call for more research into non-traditional risk factors for this understudied group, like stress and obesity.

“Far too many women are still unaware that they can prevent heart disease and stroke. BetterU’s goal is to educate and empower women to live healthier,” she said.

Elizabeth Donahue from Poughkeepsie participated in the BetterU program last year and lost more than 30 pounds, crediting BetterU’s healthier lifestyle and regular exercise recommendations.

“The Better U program kick-started a life-changing experience for me! I am so grateful for the structure and support of the program that gave me the incentive and motivation to put myself first and work towards my health goals,” said Donahue, who, after BetterU competed and placed second in a national fitness challenge with Gold’s Gym, “Every woman should feel like they’re worth the time and effort to make healthy, positive changes towards a better version of themselves.”

Heart disease and stroke takes the life of one in three women — almost one woman every minute. More women than men die of heart disease and stroke. Research shows that 80 percent of cardiac events in women are preventable with simple lifestyle choices involving diet, exercise and avoiding smoking.

To download an application, deadline October 12th, visit http://dutchessulstergored.heart.org. For more information, contact Teresa Marra at 845-905-2134 or email Teresa.marra@heart.org.

BetterU is sponsored by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, Gold’s Gym, Health Quest Medical Practice, the Poughkeepsie Journal and Q92.1 FM. Go Red For Women is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and locally by Health Quest, The Heart Center, MidHudson Regional Hospital, Q92.1 FM and the Poughkeepsie Journal.

By |August 31st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

American Heart Launches September Family Health Challenge

LIW-FHC-2015-widget-imageIt’s that time of the year when parents get ready for September, shop for back-to-school supplies, and consider how it’s possible that their children’s feet grew that much in just a year. All this careful planning and preparation helps to ensure a happy return to school.

The American Heart Association (AHA) wants families to remember to also include healthy choices in their back-to-school plans, making sure that the healthy choice becomes the default choice at back-to-school time, and year-round.

To help raise awareness and make parents and caregivers more conscious of their lifestyle choices during Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, the AHA is launching the Life is Why Family Health Challenge™. The goal is to help parents take back the “controls” when it comes to meals and healthy activities, and help them feel empowered to make small moderations in their lifestyle that will lead to bigger, heart-healthy changes down the road.

Today, about one in three American kids is considered overweight or obese, and there has been a sharp rise in obesity-related problems in children like type 2 diabetes, which is usually seen only in adults.

“When we look at heart disease statistics, the one that gets our attention is that 80 percent of heart disease and stroke can be prevented through simple lifestyle changes like eating healthy and exercising more,” said AHA Putnam Board President, Patrick W. Thomas, MD, MBA, FACC, FAHA, Chief of Cardiology at Hudson Valley Hospital Center, “The Life is Why Family Health Challenge was crafted to give families simple, quick, and fun weekly strategies to get healthier and prevent heart disease from a young age. These four categories will make a big impact on family health.”

The Challenge is broken down into four themed weeks on the American Heart Association Facebook page, listed as an event, and offers free tools and resources throughout the week in the forum. This online group also allows parents and caregivers to support and connect during the challenge.

The four-week challenge includes:

  • Week 1 –“My Cart is Why”– The American Heart Association recommends eating a variety of fruit and vegetable servings every day. Learn how to increase your fruit and veggie consumption on a budget.  Make shopping a fun and easy activity for you and your kids.
  • Week 2 – My Glass is Why” – Sugary drinks can cost you your energy and your health, don’t let others sugarcoat your future and let’s make sugary drinks a thing of the past without feeling thirsty.
  • Week 3 – “My Taste is Why” – Most adults eat more than double the amount of sodium recommended by the AHA. Tame your taste buds by reducing the sodium in your foods and on your plate.  Be sodium aware…if you dare!
  • Week 4 – “My Movement is Why” – AHA recommends kids get at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous-intensity aerobic activity every day. Make physical activity fun, simple and memorable with your family.  Quick activities that easily integrate into your daily life – no matter your schedule.

Free online activities and templates will help families live healthier without adding extra time to their schedules. To join the American Heart Association, and families across the country, in the Life is Why Family Health Challenge™, visit www.heart.org/healthierkids.

 

By |August 27th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments