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.

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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.

#GoRed914

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.

#HVHeartWalk

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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

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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.

#GoRed914

 

Hundreds of Putnam Residents Walk at Heart Walk

 

More than 800 Putnam residents walked at the Putnam Heart Walk at Brewster High School on Sunday, April 22nd. The funds they raised will support heart disease and stroke research, along with the awareness and advocacy programs of the American Heart Association (AHA). Donations are still being accepted online at www.putnamheartwalk.org. Joseph Roberto, president and chief executive officer of PCSB Bank welcomed the crowd and thanked them for their support of the AHA’s lifesaving mission in the Putnam community.  

Kids and adults alike joined in the “Move More” activities at the Heart Walk geared toward getting people active while having fun. An active lifestyle can help heart disease and stroke. The AHA recommends 30 minutes of physical activity daily for adults, and 60 minutes for children.

Diana Mauro from Mahopac was honored as the 2018 Inspirational Honoree for the Putnam Heart Walk. Mauro was born with a congenital heart defect survivor but was only recently diagnosed. Congenital heart defects are structural problems with the heart which are present at birth.

“I hope my story will raise awareness for congenital defects in both children and adults, encourage people to seek medical attention when necessary, and give strength and hope to anyone going through a difficult time,” she said.

At the end of 2016, Mauro began feeling light headed, faint and had low blood pressure. At first, she thought she was dehydrated, but her symptoms persisted. She went to her primary care physician who detected a heart murmur. Further testing by a cardiologist showed she had a rare congenital heart defect known as Scimitar Syndrome, or Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return. Three veins from her right lung were connected to the wrong side of the heart. Her body had been compensating for this defect her whole life.

On February 2, 2017, she had open heart surgery to relocate the veins so that the oxygenated blood could circulate correctly. The surgery was successful, requiring no further surgeries.

“I am very grateful and blessed to say that I am a congenital heart defect survivor. I am now left with a 6.5” scar on my chest to remind me of how strong I am, what I have overcome and what is truly important in life,” she said, adding, “To those families going through similar situations, I offer you words that helped me this past year: be strong, be brave, be fearless!”

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 AHA’s funding for pediatric cardiac research is second only to the federal government. Thanks to AHA advocacy, a law was passed NYS to ensure that every baby born receives pulse-oximetry testing, which can help identify heart defects immediately after birth. The AHA also creates guidelines for, and trains parents, caregivers, and medical professionals in infant and child CPR. www.heart.org/CPR.

Research and advanced can save many lives, but more than 80% of heart disease can be prevented with simple lifestyle changes like walking 30 minutes daily and eating a healthier diet including more fruits and vegetables. The Heart Walk is part of the AHA’s Healthy For Good movement designed to help Americans create lasting change in their health and life, one small step at a time. Learn more at healthyforgood.heart.org.

The Heart Walk is sponsored by PCSB Bank, Dr. Patrick W. Thomas and Mrs. Johanna D. Thomas, Putnam Hospital Center, PracticeMax, Lia Honda of Brewster, Stop and Shop, Marshall & Sterling, Park Ford, Unilock, Tompkins Mahopac Bank, VolzAuto, NewYork-Presbyterian and Spirelli Electric, and Always an Angel. Media sponsors are Examiner Media, Mahopac News, Hudson Valley Magazine, and WHUD Radio.

Learn more about congenital heart defects at www.heart.org/CHD. Parents of children with CHD may find support online at the AHA’s Support Network at http://supportnetwork.heart.org/congenital-heart-disease.

#PutnamHeartWalk

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Heart Advocacy Update from Albany

Update from Caitlin O’Brien, NYS American Heart Association Government Relations Director

With New York State finalizing the State budget this past weekend, the Heart Association scored some great public health wins. With the Governor threatening to cut millions of dollars in funding to crucial public health programs, AHA staff and advocates worked hard to make sure this didn’t come to fruition. After months of email, calls, and meetings with elected officials, our hard work paid off and the cuts were rejected in the final budget. This means programs like the Hypertension Program, aimed at reducing rates of heart disease and stroke, will continue to get $692,000 in critical funding. Additionally, the Obesity/Diabetes Prevention Program received $5.9 million, which will help people in communities across the State live healthier lives. Lastly, our elected officials held steady funding aimed at tobacco cessation in the Tobacco Control Program.

As we look toward the rest of the legislative session, we have plenty of policy priorities to support. Here is what we will be focusing on:

  • Raising the minimum legal sales age of tobacco products to 21 through the passage of Tobacco 21.
  • Prohibiting flavored tobacco products which the tobacco industry targets to youth
  • Instituting healthy vending machines throughout state owned properties
  • Offering healthier, non-sugary beverages in children’s meals at restaurants

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • Join us on May 8 for Lobby Day at the New York State Capitol to push for the passage of Tobacco 21. Email me at Obrien@heart.org to learn more or sign up.
  • Join You’re the Cure online at www.yourethecure.org 
  • Take action when you get an email from You’re the Cure! With one click, you can let your legislator know that you support the American Heart Association’s initiatives.
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Dutchess Residents Walk for Heart

Dozens of teams and hundreds of individuals walked for their hearts and to raise funds at the American Heart Association (AHA) at the annual Dutchess Heart Walk on Saturday, March 24th at Marist College. The Heart Walk event is the American Heart Association’s biggest annual fund raiser and awareness event locally, and it promotes healthier lifestyles as a way to prevent the number one and five killers—heart disease and stroke. Online donations are being accepted at www.dutchessulsterheartwalk.org

According to the AHA, walking briskly daily and at events like the Heart Walk, can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as running. Adults need 30 minutes of physical activity per day, at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week for heart health. Kids need 60 minutes daily.

Pleasant Valley resident, Alexandra Scimeca was honored as the 2018 Heart Walk Honoree to help raise awareness and funds to fight heart disease, including congenital heart defects like the one she was born with. She had heart surgery the day before her 4th birthday. Thanks to early detection, Alexandra was able to go on with her life. She is now a happy, healthy 13-year old.

“I am thankful for my doctors and what they have given me the chance to have a long, happy and healthy life,” she said. Her Heart Walk team is called “Alex’s Angels.”

While genetics and family history are hard at escape for many, the majority of heart disease is preventable with lifestyle changes. The Heart Walk is part of the AHA’s Healthy For Good movement designed to help Americans create lasting change in their health and life, one small step at a time. The approach is simple: Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be well. Healthy For Good encourages healthier eating, including colorful fruits and vegetables, exercising 30 minutes daily, and focusing on whole body wellness including reducing stress and getting enough sleep. Learn more at healthyforgood.heart.org

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 AHA’s funding for pediatric cardiac research is second only to the federal government. Thanks to AHA advocacy, a 2013 law was passed in New York State to ensure that every baby born receives pulse-oximetry testing, which can help identify heart defects immediately after birth. AHA programs in schools help children to create healthy habits while they’re young. The AHA also creates guidelines for, and trains parents, caregivers, and medical professionals in infant and child CPR. www.heart.org/CPR.

For more information on supporting the American Heart Association’s mission, contact Danielle Schuka, Event Director, at the American Heart Association at (845) 867-5379 or by email Danielle.Schuka@heart.org.

The Heart Walk Presenting Sponsors are Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Northern Dutchess Hospital, The Heart Center, Laerdal, and the David Ping Group. Media sponsors include Townsquare Media, Now 97.7, Southern Dutchess News and Hudson Valley Magazine. #HVheartwalk