American Heart Announces New Westchester Board Members

Dr. Icilma Fergus

Virginia Kuper

The American Heart Association (AHA) announced local leaders serving on its Westchester County Board of Directors. Leading the volunteer board are Board Chairperson, Virginia Kuper, Senior Vice President of Key Bank, and Board President, Icilma V. Fergus, MD, FACC, Associate Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

“We are so grateful to have the support of so many exceptional leaders from the local health and business communities. They will help the American Heart Association to achieve our mission of building healthier lives and a healthier community in Westchester County,” said Jennifer Miller, AHA Senior Regional Director in Westchester.

Members of the AHA Westchester Board of Directors at their July gathering.

Kuper and Fergus will serve three-year terms. AHA Westchester County board members include: Dr. Sherlita Amler, Commissioner of Health, Westchester County Government; Daniel Blum, President and CEO of Phelps Memorial Hospital Center; Dr. Carolin Dohl, Associate Director, Stroke Rehabilitation, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital; Dr. Avi Fischer, Divisional Vice President & Medical Director, Abbott; Michael Gewitz, MD, William Russell McCurdy Physician-in-Chief, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital; Joseph Giamelli, MD, Pediatric Cardiologist, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital; Damara Gutnick, MD, Medical Director of Montefiore Hudson Valley Collaborative; Merin Joseph, WESTMED Exec. Vice Pres. & Chief Information Officer with Practice Partners; Howard Klein, CPA, MS, Partner at Citrin Cooperman; Dr. Sophia McIntyre, Chief Medical Officer Hudson River Healthcare, Inc.; Donna Montalto, Chief of Staff, CareMount Medical; Michael Prutting, Vice President Human Resources, IT & Travel, FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation; Stephanie Weston, Vice President, Retail Market Manager, The Westchester Bank; Dr. Daniel Zedeker, DDS Office, Private Practice; and N. Theodore Zink, Jr., Financial Professional Associate, The Prudential Insurance Company of America.

Board members will lead American Heart Association health initiatives and support development priorities to drive AHA health goals in the Westchester Region. The Westchester Heart Walk is set for Saturday, September 29th at Kensico Dam in Valhalla. To register, visit www.westchesterheartwalk.org.

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. The Board’s newly formed Community Action Committee will focus their efforts on local health issues like healthy food access, food insecurity, and advocacy priorities in the market. AHA advocated for Tobacco 21 legislation signed into law in Westchester in June, which prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.

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.

By |July 16th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Rethink Your Drink This Summer

America is in the midst of an obesity epidemic. Currently, 69% of U.S. adults are overweight while more than one third (35%) are obese. Children are not untouched by this frightening reality as 32% are overweight, 17% of whom are obese.

The American Heart Association supports a multipronged approach to address this problem including creating and implementing policies designed to improve access to affordable, nutritious foods and beverages, thereby making it easier for Americans to choose healthier foods consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. One of these approaches is to reduce the consumption of sugary beverages among Americans, especially children.

“Sugary drinks are the single largest source of calories in the American diet. The average American consumes the equivalent of 39 pounds of sugar each year from sugary drinks,” said Dr. Patrick Thomas, physician with NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley Cardiology, Chief of Cardiology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, and the Board President of the Putnam County America Heart Association. NewYork Presbyterian is the AHA’s official “Rethink Your Drink” local sponsor for the Westchester Heart Walk, set for Saturday, September 29th at Kensico Dam. Register your team online at www.westchesterheartwalk.org

“We join with the American Heart Association to encourage Americans to Rethink Your Drink and choose water or low-calories options over the high-calories sugary drinks. Take time to consider all the beverages you consume in a day. You may be getting some extra, unneeded calories through sodas, ice teas, energy and coffee drinks. Make the healthy choice the default choice for your beverages to cut back on sugar and calories,” said Dr. Thomas.

Some research suggests that when you drink calories, you aren’t as satisfied compared to eating the same amount of calories in solid food. The American Heart Association offers these tips on how to switch to healthier drinks that can quench your thirst but still taste good.

Read those ingredients – Beverages, like energy drinks, can be deceiving because they advertise that they are healthy but usually are loaded with calories and sugar. Common forms of added sugars are sucrose, glucose, fructose, maltose, dextrose, corn syrups, concentrated fruit juice and honey. Also, look at the label carefully because one container may be considered more than one serving, which can double or triple your sugar consumption.

Cut back slowly – If you have sugary drinks like sodas and sweetened teas on a regular basis, start cutting back now. Replace those drinks with the water suggestions next.

Work up to water – We often hear we should drink water every day, but that can seem like a challenge if you aren’t a big fan. Try carrying a refillable water bottle or have a permanent glass at your office desk. Add slices of oranges, lemons or even cucumbers for an added boost of flavor. Try seltzers or sparking water with a splash of 100% fruit juice.

Try Our Fresh-Fruit “Sangria” Recipe!

Join the juicing trend –You may have seen infomercials for juicers or read articles about the benefits of making and drinking your own fruit and vegetable juices. These homemade juices can be OK – up to a point. First, it’s always better to eat produce instead of drinking it as you get fiber from the skin and pulp that can be strained out by a juicer. It’s easy for the calories in fruit juice to add up without even noticing.

Sip a smoothie – When you are in the mood for a milkshake or want an afternoon snack, keep on the heart healthy track with a budget-friendly homemade fruit smoothie! Blend ½ cup frozen fruit with no added sugars, ½ cup plain, low-fat Greek yogurt with no added sugars and ½ cup low-fat milk. If you don’t have a blender, mix small pieces of fresh fruit with yogurt and milk, then freeze for an hour. Experiment with different fruit combinations like mango-pineapple or strawberry-blueberry. Ask for skim or low-fat milk in your favorite coffee drinks. Add your own sweetener to control added sugars.

Learn more at www.heart.org/healthyliving.

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Women Encouraged to Apply for BetterU Challenge to Prevent Heart Disease

The American Heart Association invites local women to apply for the 8th Annual BetterU Challenge, sponsored by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation. The 12-week program, starting July 27th, 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 set for Thursday, November 9th at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie.

Applications are being accepted now through June 29h to be one of the twelve women participants. Download the application from the BetterU tab at 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 November 9th.

“Central Hudson is proud to support the 8th annual BetterU Challenge for women. 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, “We are excited about helping more women to live healthier lives to prevent women’s number one killer—heart disease.”

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. But less than 20% of women meet the Federal Physical Activity Guidelines. About 45% of women in America age 20 or older have total cholesterol of 200 mg/dl or higher, and approximately 30% of women in American have high blood pressure.

Despite these facts, only 17% of women consider heart disease or stroke to be the greatest health problem facing Americans today. Go Red For Women’s BetterU Challenge aims to raise awareness and provide women with the tools to prevent and survive heart disease and stroke.

To download an application, deadline June 26th, visit http://bit.ly/HVBetterU18

For more information, contact Danielle Schuka at 845-867-5379 or email Danielle.Schuka@heart.org.

BetterU is sponsored by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, Gold’s Gym, Heath Quest Medical Practice and Q92 Radio. Go Red For Women is sponsored national by Macy’s and CVS Health, and locally by The Heart Center | Vassar Brothers Medical, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, and The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center.

 

 

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CPR and AED Awareness Week — Learn Hands-Only CPR to be ready in a cardiac emergency

National CPR and AED Awareness Week, June 1– 7, aims to raise awareness and increase the number of people who perform CPR in cardiac arrest emergencies. Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. About 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. That’s why the American Heart Association – the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke – is highlighting the importance of bystander CPR. The AHA sets the guidelines for CPR used in the United States and worldwide.

Fieldstone Middle School students practice the steps they learned to save a life using Hands-Only CPR

When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby.  CPR, especially if performed immediately, can triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. Higher bystander CPR rates have been linked to greater survival rates after a cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops beating, or beats irregularly, not able to pump enough blood for survival.

Only about 46 percent of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest receive the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives. Many Americans don’t perform CPR because they don’t know what to do or they are afraid of hurting the person. To help increase the likelihood of people performing CPR in an emergency, the Association recommends Hands-Only CPR, which has two easy steps. Step 1: Call 911. Step 2: Push hard and fast in the center of the chest until help arrives. Take 90 seconds to learn how to save a life at www.heart.org/HandsOnlyCPR

In the Hudson Valley, Active International is a Hands-Only CPR School Kit sponsor to help schools satisfy the state education requirement for the training for students prior to graduation. Students at Fieldstone Middle School in Thiels used the donated kit to learn Hands-Only CPR during their health course on June 6th. Students took turns performing chest compressions on mannequins to the beat of “Staying Alive.” The skill can be taught in one class period. It is training that will stay with them through adulthood ready if they ever encounter a cardiac emergency.

Hands-Only CPR kit donated by Active International to Fieldstone Middle School

Alice Schoen of Rye Brook knows the importance of bystander CPR. Her son Jordan collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest during a Blind Brook High School basketball game in December. He was saved with bystander CPR performed by a family friend—a doctor–sitting the stands, school athletic personnel, police, and eventually EMS workers. The team of rescuers used CPR and an automatic external defibrillator to resuscitate Jordan and save his life.

His mother realized the incredible luck and timing that helped save her son’s life. There assembled in that moment of chaos a doctor, police, trained athletic personnel, EMS—all professionally trained in CPR, all ready and trained to save a life. But she didn’t want to leave the next cardiac arrest victim’s life to be left to chance. “Tragedy can strike when you’re not prepared. I wanted to take the chance out of it,” said Schoen.

Fieldstone Middle School students learned Hands-Only CPR during CPR & AED Awareness Week

She went with Jordan to the Rye Brook Village Administrator to discuss CPR training for youth sport coaches and AED’s for the village parks. In May, after a dedicated effort of research and collaboration for the greater good, by the Village Administrator, local EMS, the recreation department and local police, the Village’s Cardiac Emergency Response Plan was created and adopted. The 10-page document defines cardiac arrest and the municipality’s response plan to help be prepared for this medical emergency. It includes AED locations, CPR instructions and training requirements for the coaches in the recreation leagues, including Little League.

“EMS and recreation staff put training programs together for coaches and set up classes. Little league coaching volunteers were given dates and village paid for the training,” she said. They also reviewed availability, access and signage for AED’s at the parks, “From Jordan’s experience, we came together as a community to get a fresh look at safety and being prepared to save a life.”

In 2009, the American Heart Association launched a nationwide Hands-Only CPR campaign to raise awareness about this life-saving skill. The campaign is supported nationally by an educational grant from the Anthem Foundation. Since 2012, nearly 10.1 million people have been trained in Hands-Only CPR via events, training kiosks and video education with the Anthem Foundation’s support. Starting in 2017, the American Heart Association partnered with leading organizations in the field of cardiac arrest to form the National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative, with the goal of promoting how to help in a cardiac arrest emergency.

 Additional Resources:

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 About American Heart Association CPR

As the world leader in CPR, first aid and emergency cardiovascular care (ECC) training and education, the American Heart Association offers a variety of options for you to find a course (opens new window) and learn lifesaving skills. Locate a local training center to become an AHA Instructor or to choose courses for family members and friends, employees, or healthcare providers.

 

 

American Heart Praises Westchester County Passage Of Tobacco 21 Law

The American Heart Association (AHA) said that by prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21, the Westchester County Legislature and County Executive haves acted to save lives and improve the health of county residents. The proposal was passed with a vote of 16-1 Monday evening and signed into law Wednesday by County Executive George Latimer.  “Passage of this bill will help fight chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and all forms of cancer. Westchester is now the 22nd county in New York who has taken this step to save lives,” said Caitlin O’Brien, AHA Government Relations Director. Nearly than 300 localities have passed tobacco 21 laws.

“Smoking is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke, and tonight’s vote shows that the Westchester County Legislature is committed to the health of its residents,” said O’Brien, “The American Heart Association thanks Westchester County leaders for passing this important measure, and we look forward to improved health for Westchester County residents.”

In the Hudson Valley, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan Counties, Ulster, and the Town of New Castle in Westchester County have passed similar legislation. Nassau County passed the tobacco 21 law Monday night, as well. AHA volunteer You’re the Cure advocates met with New York State legislators on their May 8th Albany Lobby Day to seek support of statewide legislation.

“While county by county measures help, that the patchwork approach doesn’t work and all residents of NY need to be protected. The AHA is seeking a statewide change in the purchasing age of tobacco products,” O’Brien said.

According to the NYS Department of Health, 10,600 youth under 18 become new daily smokers each year, and 73,000 New York State high school students currently smoke.

“A March 2015 report by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies said that if a youth reaches the age of 21 without smoking, the chance of them ever doing so plummets to two percent,” said Icilma V. Fergus, MD, FACC, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Westchester AHA Board President, “These laws will have a huge impact on the health of our residents for generations to come.”

The AHA states that this strategy is already working. In 2005, Needham, MA voted to raise and enforce the minimum tobacco sales age of 21. In 2006, before full enforcement, the town had a youth smoking rate of 13% compared with 15% in the surrounding communities. By 2010, the youth smoking rate in Needham was down to 6.7% while the surrounding communities’ rate only decreased to 12.4%. The percent decline in youth smoking in Needham was nearly triple that of its neighbors.

For more information about the American Heart Association’s You’re the Cure grassroots action network, visit www.yourethecure.org. To find free resources to quit smoking, visit www.heart.org/quitsmoking or the NYS Smoker’s Quitline at https://www.nysmokefree.com/ or 1-866-NY-QUITS.

 

updated June 6, 2018 3:54pm.

Heart Association urges Westchester County to raise age for tobacco, nicotine purchases to 21

Studies show the higher age will reduce the number of first-time, young smokers

This week, Westchester County will vote on raising the the age to purchase cigarettes, tobacco products, liquid nicotine, or electronic cigarettes to 21. The American Heart Association strongly supports this proposal.

 The law would prohibit the sale of cigarettes, tobacco products, liquid nicotine, or electronic cigarettes to minors and young adults under the age of 21.

“It’s imperative that we raise the age to purchase tobacco, tobacco and nicotine products to 21,” said Caitlin O’Brien, New York State government relations director for the American Heart Association, “We hope the county executive signs the bill without delay.”

“Studies have shown that raising the tobacco sale age to 21 will significantly reduce the number of teens and young adults who start smoking,” O’Brien said. “It will also reduce smoking-caused deaths.”

Smoking is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death in the United States. More than half a million people in New York have a disease caused by smoking, resulting in about $8.17 billion in health care expenditures annually. An estimated 24,500 New Yorkers die of smoking-related deaths each year, according to the AHA.

“New York continuously leads the nation in pursuit of quality tobacco control, like with our high tobacco tax and clean indoor air policies,” O’Brien said. “Westchester has an opportunity to further ensure the good health of its residents by making this deadly habit unavailable to our youth.”

The American Heart Association invites members of the community support voice support of this legislation and other health policies to by joining www.yourethecure.org.

Go Red For Women Luncheon PURSEsonality Auction Preview

 

Heart disease is the number one killer of women, but only 17 percent of women consider heart disease or stroke to be the greatest health problem facing Americans today. The Westchester-Fairfield American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Luncheon aims to shine a light on women’s heart disease by sharing local survivor stories, and tips for prevention. Hundreds of women dressed in red are expected to attend.

The event is set for Friday, June 1st from 9:00AM to 2:00PM, at the Hilton Westchester in Rye. Tickets are available online at http://westfairgoredluncheon.heart.org/.

Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. Heart disease in women can occur in the young and old, in seemingly healthy women as well as those with risk factors. 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.

Grace & Terri Ferri, Co-Chairs, Go Red For Women Luncheon

The Go Red For Women Luncheon aims to raise awareness and funds to fight women’s number one killer—heart disease. There will be a Networking Power Hour, and “PURSEonality” themed silent auction featuring handbags with contents personally selected by local women business and community leaders. Local survivors will be celebrated, and the day will conclude with a keynote by Dr. Belinda S. Miles, President of Westchester Community College.

Grace Ferri, Vice President, Development & Marketing, United Hebrew of New Rochelle Willow Towers Assisted Living, and her sister, Terri Ferri, Branch Manager | Executive Director Morgan Stanley Wealth Manage ment are serving as event co-chairs, and will discuss the important of finding a partner in health. They are donating a purse, as is Dr. Belinda Miles (below) and many others!

Preview the purses here!

 

Dr. Belinda S. Miles, President Westchester Community College

More than 80% of coronary events in women may be prevented with simple lifestyle changes, but prevention is hindered by the fact that many women don’t realize that heart disease is the number one killer of women. For 15 years, the Go Red For Women movement has worked to close this knowledge gap and provide women with tools, resources and inspiration to build a healthier life. Women can access free resources at www.goredforwomen.org.

There will be two educational sessions in the morning which are free and open to the public. Learning Session 1, “Tips and Tricks for the Busy Woman to Improve Heart Healthy ” will be presented by Greenwich Hospital and moderated by Sasanka Jayasuriya, MD, FACC.  Learning Session #2 is entitled “Heart Health: Fact vs. Fiction,” presented by White Plains Hospital/Scarsdale Medical Group’s Jeannette Yuen, MD, FACP, FACC, and Elizabeth DeRobertis, MS, RD, CDN, CDE.

 

Go Red For Women is sponsored Nationally by Macy’s and CVS. Greenwich Hospital is the Signature Sponsor. Local sponsors include White Plains Hospital; Morgan Stanley; United Hebrew of New Rochelle, Willow Towers Assisted Living; Fujifilm; Key Bank; The Westchester Bank; NewYork Presbyterian; Tompkins Mahopac Bank; and Dr. Icilma Fergus. Media sponsors include 100.7 WHUD, Westchester Magazine, Buzz Creators, WAG Magazine, Westchester & Fairfield Business Journals, Professional Women of Westchester, and Examiner Media.

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.

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Rita Mabli, President & CEO United Hebrew of New Rochelle

Hundreds Walk for American Heart Association Research

The American Heart Association’s (AHA) Heart Walk on Sunday, May 6th at Harriman State Park drew hundreds of supporters who walked for their hearts and the AHA’s research and programs, despite the day’s early rains. Donations are still being accepted at www.tricountyheartwalk.org.

Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women—it kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. And congenital cardiovascular defects are the most common cause of infant death from birth defects. Thankfully, more than 80% of heart disease incidence can be prevented with simple lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, eating healthier and walking 30 minutes most days of the week.

Events like the Heart Walk get people walking as part of the AHA’s year-round Healthy For Good campaign to create a culture of health at home, at work and in the community. The funds raised from the Heart Walk support lifesaving programs and research. The AHA is the largest non-governmental source of cardiovascular research, and pediatric cardiac research funding in the nation.

“The money raised goes to support mission-related goals, including research, education, training, and community programs. Research funded by the American Heart and Stroke Association has led to scientific breakthroughs like pacemakers, cardiac stents, and artificial heart valves that keep heart patients in the game,” said event chair, Joe Surace, Vice President of Operation at St Luke’s Cornwall Hospital.

AHA’s ongoing advocacy efforts to build healthier communities were pivotal in passage in three recent local laws pushing the tobacco sale age to 21 from 18 in Orange, Rockland and Sullivan Counties. With the leadership of AHA volunteer advocates, the Pulse Oximetry Law passed in New York in 2013 to help detect congenital heart defects. In 2015, the CPR in Schools Law was passed ensuring CPR training for high school students.

Many past Honorees were celebrated during the program, including Kattya Fernandez of New Windsor, who led the Zumba warm-up. Lynn Warren of Newburgh was celebrated as this year’s Survivor Honoree. Last year, he felt chest pains after working out at the gym. He told his wife, Liz, his symptoms and she insisted they go to the hospital. The emergency team at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh escorted him in from his car and things started moving very quickly. It was then he realized how serious his condition was. He was released from the hospital three days later, grateful to be alive. Drug-eluting stents were developed by an AHA-funded researcher.

To get involved in American Heart Association programs and events like the Heart Walk, CPR training, school-based programs or CycleNation, contact JoAnn Parker, Heart Walk Director at 845-542-4580 or email joann.parker@heart.org. Visit www.heart.org/hudsonvalley for more info. Join the AHA online at www.facebook.com/AHANewYork or www.twitter.com/HVHeartAssoc.

The Heart Walk is sponsored locally by “Healthy For Good” Sponsor, Orange Regional Medical Center; “F.A.S.T./Learn the Warning Signs Sponsor, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital; “National Walking Day” Sponsor NicePak/PDI, Cardiology Group at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital; Orange Bank & Trust, Crothall Healthcare, Columbia Doctors, and media sponsors Hudson Valley Magazine, Niki Jones Media, Lamar Advertising, and Now 97.7FM.

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By |May 7th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Register Today for American Heart Association May 6th Heart Walk

 The American Heart Association’s (AHA) Heart Walk, is set for Sunday, May 6th at Harriman State Park. Registration is open at www.tricountyheartwalk.org. The AHA encourages local residents to walk for their hearts at the Heart Walk while raising funds for the AHA’s lifesaving research, programs and advocacy efforts to build healthier communities.

Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women—it kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. And congenital cardiovascular defects are the most common cause of infant death from birth defects. Thankfully, more than 80% of heart disease incidence can be prevented with simple lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, eating healthier and walking 30 minutes most days of the week.

Events like the Heart Walk get people walking as part of the AHA’s year-round Healthy For Good campaign to create a culture of health at home, at work and in the community. The funds raised from the Heart Walk support lifesaving programs and research. The AHA is the largest non-governmental source of cardiovascular research, and pediatric cardiac research funding in the nation.

“The money raised goes to support mission-related goals, including research, education, training, and community programs. Research funded by the American Heart and Stroke Association has led to scientific breakthroughs like pacemakers, cardiac stents, and artificial heart valves that keep heart patients in the game,” said event chair, Joe Surace, Vice President of Operation at St Luke’s Cornwall Hospital.

AHA’s ongoing advocacy efforts to build healthier communities were pivotal in passage in three recent local laws pushing the tobacco sale age to 21 from 18 in Orange, Rockland and Sullivan Counties. With the leadership of AHA volunteer advocates, the Pulse Oximetry Law passed in New York in 2013 to help detect congenital heart defects. In 2015, the CPR in Schools Law was passed ensuring CPR training for high school students.

Lynn Warren of Newburgh, Heart Walk Honoree will be celebrated at the Heart Walk. Last year, he felt chest pains after working out at the gym. He told his wife, Liz, his symptoms and she insisted they go to the hospital. The emergency team at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh escorted him in from his car and things started moving very quickly. It was then he realized how serious his condition was. He was released from the hospital three days later, grateful to be alive. Drug-eluting stents were developed by an AHA-funded researcher.

Register online at www.tricountyheartwalk.org or for team and sponsor information, please call

Jo Ann Parker, Heart Walk Director at 845-542-4580 or email joann.parker@heart.org.

The Heart Walk is sponsored locally by “Healthy For Good” Sponsor, Orange Regional Medical Center; “F.A.S.T./Learn the Warning Signs Sponsor, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital; “National Walking Day” Sponsor NicePak/PDI, Cardiology Group at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital; Orange Bank & Trust, Crothall Healthcare, Columbia Doctors, and media sponsors Hudson Valley Magazine, Niki Jones Media, Lamar Advertising, and Mix 97.7FM. #HVHeartWalk

By |May 1st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Westchester Community College President Dr. Belinda S. Miles to Keynote Go Red For Women Luncheon

The American Heart Association announced Dr. Belinda S. Miles as the keynote speaker for the Westchester-Fairfield Go Red For Women Luncheon set for Friday, June 1st at the Hilton Westchester. The event will raise awareness and funds for the Go Red For Women campaign to fight women’s number one killer—heart disease. This is the 15th Anniversary of the Go Red For Women campaign nationally. Tickets are on sale now at westfairgoredluncheon.heart.org.

As president of Westchester Community College, Dr. Belinda S. Miles leads the largest college in Westchester County, New York, serving more than 26,000 students annually. Prior to joining Westchester Community College, Dr. Miles served as provost and executive vice president of Access, Learning, and Success at Cuyahoga Community College.

She is a board member at the Business Council of Westchester, the Westchester-Putnam Workforce Investment Board, and the Westchester Medical Center Healthcare Transformation Workforce Committee. Dr. Miles also serves on the American Association of Community College’s President’s Academy Executive Committee (PAEC), the American Association of Colleges and University President’s Trust, the National Junior College Athletic Association Presidential Advisory Committee, the Board and faculty at the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS), and faculty at the Lakin Institute for Community College Leadership.

Dr. Miles provides community service as a member of The Links, Incorporated, Westchester County (NY) Chapter, is a lifetime member of the National Council of Negro Women Cuyahoga (OH) Section, and is an honorary member of the Rotary Club of New York.

Originally from Queens, New York, Dr. Miles attended public schools including York College City University of New York (CUNY), earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She attained a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Organization and Leadership Development from Columbia University Teachers College.

“We are so grateful to welcome Dr. Miles as keynote of the Go Red For Women Luncheon. Her insight as a passionate, community leader will be invaluable to our audience,” said Terri Ferri, Branch Manager of the Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Purchase Headquarters Office, Co-Chair of the Go Red Luncheon.

“Dedicated, dynamic women leaders like Dr. Miles are invaluable to our mission to change women’s lives,” said Go Red Co-Chair Grace Ferri, Vice President of Development & Marketing for United Hebrew of New Rochelle.

The Go Red For Women Luncheon aims to raise awareness for women’s number one killer. More than 80% of coronary events in women may be prevented with simple lifestyle changes, but prevention is hindered by the fact that many women don’t realize that heart disease is the number one killer of women—more than all cancers combined. For 15 years, the Go Red For Women movement has worked to close this knowledge gap and provide women with tools, resources and inspiration to build a healthier life. Women can access free resources at www.goredforwomen.org.

Go Red For Women is sponsored Nationally by Macy’s and CVS. Greenwich Hospital is the Signature Sponsor. Local sponsors include White Plains Hospital; Morgan Stanley; United Hebrew of New Rochelle, Willow Towers Assisted Living; Fujifilm; Key Bank; The Westchester Bank; NewYork Presbyterian; Tompkins Mahopac Bank; and Dr. Icilma Fergus. Media sponsors include 100.7 WHUD, Westchester Magazine, Buzz Creators, WAG Magazine, Westchester & Fairfield Business Journals, Professional Women of Westchester, and Examiner Media.

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