Community Volunteers and Heroes Honored by American Heart

Imagine you were at work and your co-worker collapsed next to you—his heartbeat stopped. You only have four minutes to help before he dies. Would you know what to do to save his life?

Luckily for Bob Wilson, his Culinary Institute of America colleagues knew what to do. They used CPR and an AED when his heart suddenly stopped beating while he was walking on campus. His rescuers were honored at the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 1st Annual Volunteer Awards event on June 14th at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel.Bob Wilsons Heroes

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death. This electrical malfunction in the heart causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) disrupting the normal flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs, causing death within minutes. Each year, over 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. According to the AHA, 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. But when a bystander immediately uses CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, it can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.

Wilson had trouble breathing and collapsed while walking with a friend, Laurie Lecomte, on their usual morning walk. She ran to get a campus safety officer, and Carl Wilson (no relation) responded. Al Siefert, dispatcher, called 9-1-1.

Jeff Levine, Communications Manager at the CIA, and Neil Garrison, Supervisor of Environmental Health & Safety, both former EMTs, had just arrived in the parking lot for their workdays, and saw their colleague giving CPR to a victim. They ran to assist as Safety Officer, Rob Barclay brought an automatic external defibrillator, which can restore a normal heart rhythm. EMS paramedics arrived quickly and took over. He was transported to Vassar Hospital and was back to work three weeks later.Bob Wilson

“Why did Bob Wilson survive? Because the Chain of Survival is strong at the Culinary. First, his colleagues recognized it was a cardiac emergency—they got help immediately and called 911. He’s alive because three bystanders knew CPR and didn’t delay in using it. They brought an AED to Bob’s side for early defibrillation, and paramedics were at the scene quickly. Without their fast intervention and training in CPR, we wouldn’t be celebrating Bob Wilson’s life,” said David Violante, Arlington Fire District Director of Emergency Medical Services, and AHA board member.

As rare as survival is from cardiac arrest, this is the second cardiac arrest victim saved on campus. In 2008, CIA student Douglas Chrisman collapsed during class in a kitchen. Again, the Chain of Survival was strong and his life was saved. Carl Wilson and Garrison assisted then, too.

Levine said when he was an EMT, he’d used CPR dozens of times, with only two victims survivinEmpire State Bank Award 2016g. This was the first friend he saved with CPR. Garrison is an American Heart Association CPR/AED & First Aid Instructor.

“We train for this very situation, but we hope it never happens,” said Garrison, “It just proves that the chain of survival here on campus and in the local community is strong and does work.  Being CPR-trained is a life skill that everyone shoul d have and the opportunity to help someone can occur anywhere and anytime, when least expected,” said Garrison.

Why should you know CPR? The AHA states that 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen outside the hospital—you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love. View the AHA’s training video at www.handsonlycpr.org.

The American Heart Association also recognized community and school volunteers for their service to the AHA’s slate of annual events including Heart Walk, Go Red For Women, Youth Market programs and community-based programs.

Anthony Bongiorno 2016 Spirit Award Winner – Hands-Only CPR training in community

Top Individual Fundraiser Heart Walk – Dr. Thomas Mawhinney is a cardiac arrest survivor, past honoree and this year he raised over $6,000 to support the work of the Heart Association.IMG_9854

Heart Walk Awards – Corporate

  • IBM with $71,773.00 raised
  • Adam’s Fairacre Farms, who had a record breaking year raising $43,792
  • Health Quest, whose teams raised $14,080 this year

Kid with Heart award, presented to Ryley Neser. Ryley is a 3rd grader at Titusville Intermediate School in the Arlington School District. For the past two years, Ryley has been the top fundraiser during his school’s Jump Rope for Heart event. Ryley jumps and raises donations in honor of his younger sister, Lily. Lily with a genetic disorder called 5p minus syndrome and two ventricular septal defects. Ryley has raised over $5,000 for the American Heart Association during his two years of participating in Jump Rope for Heart and has done a great of communicating to his classmates why it is so important to jump for kids with special hearts.

School District with Heart – Arlington Central School District. Every school in the district participates in one or several AHAIMG_9960 programs to raise money or awareness – including Jump Rope for Heart, Hoops for Heart, Wear Red Day, and the Fit Friendly Workplace program.

Norm Schofield Award – The Norm Schofield Award is named in honor of the H. Normington Schofield, a former Physical Education teacher at Gayhead Elementary who passed away from a cardiac event. It is given each year to the school in the Hudson Valley that raises the most donations for Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart. Presented to: Gayhead Elementary

Youth Market Program Coordinator of the Year – Kathleen Howard, the physical education teacher at Eugene Brooks Intermediate School in the Webutuck School District.

See our photo album from the event here.

By |June 15th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

Apply Now for Dutchess-Ulster Women’s BetterU Challenge

The American Heart Association invites women to “fall into” a healthier lifestyle through the BetterU Challenge. The AHA invites all women to apply for the 6th Annual BetterU Challenge, sponsored by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation. The 12-week program is designed to improve cardiovascular health through simple lifestyle changes and prevent heart disease—women’s number one killer. The program is part of the Go Red For Women Luncheon, which is moving from its usual February timeframe to the fall.small betteru logo

Applications are being accepted now through June 24th 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.

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Elizabeth Donahue, “before BetterU” photo

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 October 28th.

“Central Hudson continues to support women’s health in the Hudson Valley through the BetterU program. Heart disease is still the number one killer of women but prevention through simple lifestyle changes can save women’s lives,” said Denise Doring VanBuren, Vice President of Public Relations at Central Hudson, “For five years, we have witnessed women’s lives radically changed for the better because of this program. We invite women to put their health first on their to-do lists by applying for BetterU.”

According to 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.

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Elizabeth Donahue fall 2015 “After BetterU’

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.

The 2015 BetterU winner, Elizabeth Donahue of Poughkeepsie, lost 31 lbs. in the program and continues her healthy regimen today, participating in the popular Spartan Races, fitness challenges through Gold’ Gym, and tackling indoor high ropes courses. Though not the primary goal of the program, but a healthy side effect of exercising daily and eating healthier, her total weight loss since beginning BetterU is now over 70 pounds. She credits BetterU as the catalyst for her new healthier lifestyle, and praises Gold’s Gym trainers for inspiring her to keep going.

“In the beginning it was hard. I was mindlessly eating. I was sore from working out,” she said, “BetterU showed me what I was capable of. I realized I was so much stronger than I ever thought I could be, much stronger than I was.”

To download an application, deadline June 24th, visit http://dutchessulstergored.heart.org. For more information, contact Teresa Marra at 845-867-5377 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. Go Red For Women is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and locally by Health Quest, The Heart Center, Q92 and the Poughkeepsie Journal.

By |June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Nominate Heroes for CPR Award

Imagine you were at work and your co-worker collapsed next to you—his heartbeat stopped. You only have four minutes to help before he dies. Would you know what to do to save his life?

Luckily for Bob Wilson, his Culinary Institute of America colleagues knew what to do. They used CPR and an AED when his heart suddenly stopped beating while he was walking on campus. His rescuers will be honored at the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 1st Annual Volunteer Awards event on June 14th at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. The AHA want to celebrate other local heroes who have used CPR to help save a life at the June event. Nominate someone at: http://bit.ly/CPRHeroHV.

Carl Williams, Robert Wilson, Jeff Levine

Carl Wilson, Robert Wilson, Jeff Levine. Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death. This electrical malfunction in the he

art causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) disrupting the normal flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs, causing death within minutes. Each year, over 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. According to the AHA, 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. But when a bystander immediately uses CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, it can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.

Wilson had trouble breathing and collapsed while walking with a friend, Laurie Lecomte, on their usual morning walk. She ran to get a campus safety officer, and Carl Wilson (no relation) responded as Safety Dispatcher Al Seifert called 9-1-1. Jeff Levine, Communications Manager at the CIA, and Neil Garrison, Supervisor of Environmental Health & Safety, both former EMTs, had just arrived in the parking lot for their workdays, and saw their colleague giving CPR to a victim. They ran to assist as Safety Officer, Rob Barclay brought an automatic external defibrillator, which can restore a normal heart rhythm. EMS paramedics arrived quickly and took over. He was transported to Vassar Hospital and was back to work three weeks later.

“Why did Bob Wilson survive? Because the Chain of Survival is strong at the Culinary. First, his colleagues recognized it was a cardiac emergency—they got help immediately and called 911. He’s alive because three bystanders knew CPR and didn’t delay in using it. They brought an AED to Bob’s side for early defibrillation, and paramedics were at the scene quickly. Without their fast intervention and training in CPR, we wouldn’t be celebrating Bob Wilson’s life,” said David Violante, Arlington Fire District Director of Emergency Medical Services, and AHA board member.

As rare as survival is from cardiac arrest, this is the second cardiac arrest victim saved on campus. In 2008, CIA student Douglas Chrisman collapsed during class in a kitchen. Again, the Chain of Survival was strong and his life was saved. Carl Wilson and Garrison assisted then, too.chain of survival

Levine said when he was an EMT, he’d used CPR dozens of times, with only two victims surviving. This was the first friend he saved with CPR. Garrison is an American Heart Association CPR/AED & First Aid Instructor.

“We train for this very situation, but we hope it never happens,” said Garrison, “It just proves that the chain of survival here on campus and in the local community is strong and does work.  Being CPR-trained is a life skill that everyone should have and the opportunity to help someone can occur anywhere and anytime, when least expected,” said Garrison.

Why should you know CPR? The AHA states that 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen outside the hospital—you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love. View the AHA’s training video at www.handsonlycpr.org.

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Save Lives from Stroke by Sharing on Social Media

American Stroke Month Social Media

Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds in the U.S. But 80% of strokes are preventable and stroke is largely treatable. Knowing your risk factors, the warning signs and how to respond during a stroke could save a life.

Help us educate others about stroke by sharing our suggested social media content below on your personal or company channels. Together, let’s end stroke! Use the below social media messages to help spread the word. Get more free resources at www.strokeassociation.org/strokemonth 

Images are available for both Facebook and Twitter. Simply ” right click / save as ” to download the image(s) of your choice and copy and paste the corresponding messaging.

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By |May 10th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Learn Five Things Every Stroke Hero Should Know!

Learn Five Things Every Stroke Hero Should Know!
You don’t need superpowers to be a Stroke Hero, but you do need to pay attention to the risk factors and know the warning signs.

Every 40 seconds, someone has a stroke in the United States, but 80 percent of all strokes can be prevented!

This May for American Stroke Month, join Stroke Heroes across the nation in learning and sharing steps to live healthier lives in effort to prevent stroke and what to do in the case of a stroke emergency.

Here is how you can take action and help us put an end to this menacing disease named Stroke.

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To learn more ways on how you can be a Stroke Hero, visit StrokeAssociation.org/StrokeHero.

By |May 3rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Heart Volunteers Walk in Rain to Help Their Hearts – and other Hearts

Hundreds of “hearty” volunteer supporters braved Sunday’s steady rain to support the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk event at Lake Welch Beach at Harriman State Park. Many local companies’ teams walked to support the AHA’s mission of saving lives from heart disease and stroke—leading killers locally and nationwide.TriCountyHeartWalkers2016

The Heart Walk included fun activities for children, entertainment by the Nyack High School “Red Storm” marching band, health information and vendors. Blood pressure screenings gave walkers these critical numbers and raised awareness on this first day of May/American Stroke Month. Learn how to be a Stroke Hero for American Stroke Month at www.StrokeAssociation.org/strokemonth.

Events like the Heart Walk fund the AHA’s critical research and awareness programs that help save lives from cardiovascular diseases like heart disease and stroke – the number one and five killers in the U.S.  The American Heart Association’s funding for cardiovascular disease, as well as pediatric cardiac research, is second only to the federal government.

Two local residents were honored for sharing their stories of survival from heart disease to raise awareness and inspire the community to support the AHA’s mission. Their stories inspired others to support the American Heart Association’s research. AHA-funded researchers developed cardiac cath and drug-eluding stents.

In November 2004, Wallkill resident, Leone Semerano, RN, thought was experiencing food poisoning but as symptoms got worse, she knew it was her heart. She had cardiac LeoneSemeranoLuchLicursicatheterization and two stents inserted into her blocked heart arteries, and returned back to work one month later. She was only 51 years old.

On September 30, 2015 Luciano “Luch” Licursi arrived to work at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital and started to feel sick with sweating, tightening of the chest, and overall discomfort. He knew this feeling all too well, having had a heart attack in 2004 at the age of 39, that resulted in 50% loss of heart functionality. He had lifesaving emergency angioplasty and spent four days in the intensive care unit and is now back to work full-time.RaySharo

Ray Sharo, a 2015 Honoree, ran the route this year. He’s now running half-marathons since recovering from his 2012 open heart surgery. He had no symptoms prior to open heart surgery–just a routine EKG led to finding four artery blockages. Sharo, exercises most every day, including leading kayak tours on the Hudson River.

While research and advancements in treatments can save many lives, many more lives can be saved with simple lifestyle changes like eating healthier and walking 30 minutes every day.

To make a donation online visit www.tricountheartwalk.org or call Jo Ann Parker, Heart Walk Director at 845-542-4580.

The Heart Walk is sponsored nationally by Subway, and locally by My Heart. My Life. Sponsor, Bon Secours Charity Health System; National Eating Healthy Day Sponsor, Orange Regional Medical Center; Nice-Pak, PDI, the National Walking Day sponsor;  as well as other local sponsors, Crothall Healthcare, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital,  and our new “Active Kids Challenge” Sponsor, Active International, kids’ obstacle course sponsor. Townsquare Media is the radio media sponsor.

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By |May 2nd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stroke Coordinators Apply for Scholarship for NECC in RI

The NECC 11th Annual Summit
October 20-21, 2016
Newport Marriott, Newport, RI

Nancy Kostel-Donlon Stroke Coordinators Scholarship
Call for Applications
Deadline April 29, 2016

Nancy Kostel-Donlon, a stroke coordinator from St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, NY, suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm and passed away on September 17, 2010. Nancy was a committed nurse, educator and mentor for the past 30 years. The Nancy Kostel-Donlon Stroke Coordinator Scholarship was created in 2011 to honor the memory of Nancy Kostel-Donlon by recognizing the Stroke Coordinator who best exemplifies her commitment to quality improvement, patient education, and mentorship.

The Criteria for the Nancy Kostel-Donlon Stroke Coordinator Scholarship include:

  • Must serve as your hospital Stroke Coordinator (title may vary)
  • It is unlikely that your hospital will be able to financially support your attendance
  • New to the Stroke Coordinator Role (less than 2 years) OR
  • In the Stroke Coordinator Role for more than 2 years and actively mentor others

In addition to completing the online application, all applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a peer or supervisor to complete your application. Letters can be sent via email to Mia.Freedenfeld@heart.org or fax to 203-303-3346.

Please click on the following link to complete the application form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P5WBHLL

The Scholarship Recipient will receive the following:

  • Waived registration fee to attend the 2016 Summit – October 20-21, 2016
  • Travel Expenses Reimbursed
  • Hotel Accommodations at the Newport Marriott

Find out More About This Scholarship and Previous Recipients!

The deadline to submit an application is Friday, April 29, 2016.
All applicants will be notified by May 20, 2016.

To assist you in preparing your application click here for a pdf of the questions asked.
*Please note you must complete the online form to be included in the applications.

Call For Poster Abstracts
Deadline July 11, 2016

Find out More!

Instructions for Submitting an Abstract:

  • Deadline for abstract submission is July 11, 2016.
  • Applicants will receive notification upon receipt of submitted abstracts – sent weekly on Tuesdays.
  • Abstract submissions will be reviewed by The NECC Planning Committee and notifications will be sent to all applicants by August 1, 2016.
  • Expenses associated with the submission and presentation of an abstract are the responsibility of the presenter.
  • Presenting/submitting authors must register and pay for attendance at the conference.
  • Abstracts selected will be published on The NECC website www.thenecc.org.

When you are ready to submit your abstract please click on the following link and complete the required form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HPYY8QT

By |April 18th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Yale Health Expert to Keynote Go Red For Women Event May 4th

NORWALK, CONNECTICUT – This year’s American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Luncheon is focusing on building healthier families. The women’s heart health awareness and education event is set for May 4th at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa. Tickets are available online at http://westfairgoredluncheon.heart.org.Dr David Katz

This year’s keynote speaker is Connecticut-based David Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, who is recognized internationally as an authority on evidence-based, integrative medicine. Dr. Katz is a clinician, researcher, author, novelist, inventor, poet, journalist, and media personality. He is recognized globally for expertise in nutrition, weight management and the prevention of chronic disease. He has appeared on national television and radio programs and has been acclaimed by colleagues as the “poet laureate of health promotion.” His focus in the areas of lifestyle interventions for health promotion; nutrient profiling; behavior modification; holistic care; and evidence-based medicine has made him one of the most influential people in health and fitness in the U.S., with a social media reach of over half a million followers.

“The facts are clear: heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action,” said Katz.

“It’s important that women learn about preventing heart disease, the number one killer of women. They need to take care of themselves first and then they will be healthy enough to take care of their families. It’s just like what they say on the airplane—put your oxygen mask on first, then help others. It’s the same thing,” he said.

“We want women to take advantage of the Well-Woman Visit, an annual check-up that can provide personal health information and help assess risk factors for heart disease and stroke before they happen,” said Katz, “Don’t wait. Work out a prevention plan with your doctor. That appointment will be easier than the one with the emergency room doctor.”

The Go Red For Women Luncheon event is set for May 4th at the Stamford Marriott. For luncheon ticket or sponsor information, please contact Deena Kaye, Go Red For Women Director at Deena.kaye@heart.org or by phone at 203-295-2941 or visit http://westfairgoredluncheon.heart.org.

Go Red For Women is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and locally by Stamford Hospital, Signature Sponsor; and White Plains Hospital, Greenwich Hospital, Fuji, and Morgan Stanley; and media sponsors WHUD, Westchester Magazine, WestFair Communications, Buzz Creators, and Westchester Healthcare Newspaper.

Buzz Creators, a new media sponsor for Go Red, will be hosting a social media booth at the Luncheon where guests can be photographed and share their images with the hashtag #WFGoRed to help share the lifesaving messages of Go Red For Women with their friends on social media.

Macy’s, the founding national sponsor of Go Red For Women, is the presenting sponsor of the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection. Macy’s has raised more than $55 million through the generosity and commitment of Macy’s associates and customers, which has helped fund women’s heart health research and education.

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By |April 18th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Shape of the Nation Report for New York

 

physicaleducation The American Heart Association and SHAPE America released 2016 Shape of the Nation on the state of physical education in each state. While each state has a different set of standards for keeping kids active at school, here in New York we know our kids are not exercising as much as they need to stay healthy—and that can affect their hearts and minds.

Despite research that shows physical activity improves brain function and student achievement, school systems across the nation have reduced time in the gym learning critical skills and participating in physical education.

“Teaching children the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of exercise through physical education is vital to a heart-healthy life,” says Nancy Brown, American Heart Association CEO. “The research is as clear as a school bell that quality time being active also improves kids’ performance in other classes. Getting fit and fitting PE into the school day are non-negotiable.”

“We know that prevention is the best way to fight heart disease,” said Bob Elling, chair of the New York State advocacy committee of the American Heart Association. “A robust PE program is the best way to instill healthy habits in children, which they will hopefully carry throughout their lives. Daily PE is also a great way for our children to improve their immediate health.”

Shape of the Nation shows how New York is measuring up to national recommendations to keep kids physically active and healthy. The real impact of these findings will be how they influence the health and well-being of our students in ways many parents and schools do not yet realize.

 Key Findings in New York

Quantity Matters: Kids need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day and physical education should provide about half of that time in addition to teaching them lifelong skills to be active. The American Heart Association and SHAPE America recommend states require elementary students receive 150 minutes per week and middle and high school students receive 225 minutes per week of instructional physical education.

  • New York requires just 120 minutes of physical education each week – which is less than 40 minutes a day – for elementary school students.
  • New York requires just 90 minutes of physical education each week, not less than three times per week in one semester and two times per week in the other, which is less than 20 minutes a day – for middle school/junior high and high school students.

Quality Matters: A range of factors improve the quality and effectiveness of a physical education program – from training of the teacher to curriculum standards to funding– and this impacts each student’s readiness for a lifetime of fitness and heart-healthy living. National recommendations support state policies for all of these factors to ensure high-quality physical education programs are in every school.

  • New York law currently only requires certified PE teachers for secondary schools. This short-changes the quality of physical education for our youngest students.  It’s time to close that loophole.
  • New York’s physical education curriculum hasn’t been updated for decades, before many of our current students were even born.  The state’s plan must be updated more routinely.
  • An increase in dedicated funding for PE improvements is also necessary.  Many schools struggle with access to teachers and equipment.  Future capital funding can assist with disparate burden to appropriate gym and recreation space.

 Equality Matters

 Shape of the Nation provides our communities with a better understanding of what is expected of schools across our state. In addition to the measures of quantity and quality of our state program, ensuring equality is addressed in our physical education programs will benefit students’ the most. Research shows that active kids learn better, so it is important that all children participate in physical activity every day, regardless of student fitness or ability and regardless of race or gender.

Kids shouldn’t miss out on the benefits of physical education just because of their zip code. Heart disease and type 2 diabetes have a greater impact on communities of color, and longstanding racial inequities and socio-economic challenges leave many schools without the resources to provide physical education classes. The benefits of improving the school physical education curricula are realized across racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, among boys and girls, elementary- and high-school students, and in urban and rural settings.

Kids shouldn’t miss out on the benefits of physical education just because of special needs either. Active kids learn better, so it is important that all children participate in physical activity every day, regardless of student fitness or ability. National recommendations include individualized plans for students with disabilities and emphasize that physical education is focused on both physical activity and health education. Limiting access to physical education for specific students has consequences in the day to day academic environment and for their long term well-being.

Shape of the Nation is supported nationally by SHAPE America and Voices for Healthy Kids, an initiative of the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The American Heart Association and SHAPE New York are working to protect physical education to ensure our children get the day to day physical activity they need for strong healthy hearts and have the skills and knowledge to prevent chronic disease and be healthy adults.

By |April 8th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Heart Healthy Thanksgiving Tips from the American Heart Association

Mashed potatoes with cream. Stuffing made with sausage and butter. Candied yams with caramel sauce and marshmallows. Pies, cakes and cookies. It’s a Thanksgiving buffet of our dreams. But over-indulging in these beloved holiday foods can derail your healthy eating habits, causing dreaded holiday weight gain. And that’s weight we don’t lose over the course of the year.Heart-Healthy-Thanksgiving-Tips

Nearly 70% of American adults are either overweight or obese. Being obese increases th
e risk for health problems such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and more.

According to the American Heart Association, more than 80% of heart disease can be prevented with simply lifestyle changes like exercising 30 minutes most days of the week; eating a healthier diet filled with fruits, vegetables and whole grains; and limiting sodium, saturated fats and added sugars.

Enjoying time with our family and celebrating with traditional foods we know and love doesn’t have to be unhealthy. To keep your diet, and health, in check over the Thanksgiving holiday, try these healthy tips from the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign, including ways to minimize stress and smart substitutions for your holiday meals.

Try healthy recipe substitutes to make your favorite holiday recipes better for heart health.

Baking

  • Instead of butter, substitute equal parts cinnamon-flavored, no-sugar-added applesauce.
  • Instead of sugar, use a lower-calorie sugar substitute.
  • Instead of whole or heavy cream, substitute low-fat or skim milk.
  • Instead of using only white flour, use half white and half whole-wheat flour.
  • Instead of adding chocolate chips or candies, use dried fruit, like cranberries or cherries.
  • Use extracts like vanilla, almond and peppermint to add flavor, instead of sugar or butter.

Cooking

  • Use vegetable oils such as olive oil instead of butter (even in your mashed potatoes).
  • Use herbs and spices, like rosemary and cloves, to flavor dishes instead of butter and salt.
  • Use whole-grain breads and pastas instead of white.
  • Bake, grill or steam vegetables instead of frying.
  • Instead of whole milk or heavy cream, substitute low-fat or fat-free/skim milk.

Prepare healthy vegetables, eat a balanced meal

Now that you’ve prepared some of your Thanksgiving meal with healthy substitutes, prepare yourself a balanced plate of all your favorite holiday foods, starting with a salad and vegetables. Eating your veggies will ensure you get the nutrients you need and will help fill you up so you don’t overload on the foods your body needs less of, such as rolls, stuffing and pie.

Increase physical activity

The American Heart Association advises increasing physical activity over Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season to combat the extra calories and additional stress. Go for a family walk after each meal or gathering. Play catch with your kids or walk your dog the long route. Take just 40 minutes and go to the gym to release endorphins your body needs to stay healthy.

Keep stress to a minimum

There’s so much to do at the holidays. Taking care of family, cooking, cleaning—Thanksgiving can involve a lot of activities that not only keep you busy, but can also increase your level of stress. Keep stress to a minimum with stress management techniques. The AHA recommends:

  • Planning ahead to help you with time management
  • Focusing on one thing at a time
  • Taking time to relax & not sweating the small stuff

Get enough sleep

Part of living a heart-healthy lifestyle means getting enough sleep. Why? Because your quality of sleep can impact your heart health. The American Heart Association recommends adults get six to eight hours of sleep per night. Over the holiday, get into bed early to give yourself enough time to wind down after your day and to fall asleep faster and more soundly.

For more tips, download the AHA’s free Holiday Healthy Eating Guide at http://bit.ly/AHAHolidayGuide2015.

Learn more about a healthier lifestyle at www.heart.org/gettinghealthy and get free recipes at www.heart.org/recipes.

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RECIPE
Try this quick, Simple Cooking with Heart recipe for using holiday leftovers anytime you’re craving Thanksgiving flavors. It’ll be a nice change after a heavy meal.

Festive Turkey Rice Salad

Presented by:  Walmart – Simple Cooking With Heart

Serves 6 – 203 Calories – 25 mg Sodium

Ingredients

2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
2 Tbsp. lime juice
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. ground ginger
3 1/2 cups cooked wild or brown rice
1 1/2 cups chopped, boneless, skinless, cooked turkey breast
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1 bunch chopped green onions (1/2 cup)

Directions
In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, lime juice, oil, honey and ginger; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the rice, turkey, cranberries and green onion. Toss with ginger dressing. Refrigerate until serving.

Additional Tips

You can also toss leftover peas or your veggies of choice into the salad. Make this delightful salad year round using Rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken breast. Use quick-cooking couscous instead of rice.

Kids in the Kitchen: Have the kids help you measure out the ingredients and pour into the bowl.

Nutritional Info

Per serving:
Calories Per Serving 203
Total Fat 2.9 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.7 g
Cholesterol 29 mg
Sodium 25 mg
Carbohydrates 30 g
Fiber 2 g
Sugars 9 g
Protein 15 g
Dietary Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1 1/2 lean meat

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