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Join the Go Red Step Challenge!

Join the Go Red Step Challenge during April, Move More Month! Walk with us on Wednesdays to get your weekly steps in!

Log your steps for a chance to win tickets to the 2019 Go Red for Women Luncheon: http://bit.ly/GoRedStep

By |March 15th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Workplace Health Solutions Event in White Plains

Please join us on April 15 at White Plains Hospital to learn about American Heart Association Workplace Health Solutions, the nation’s first continuous quality improvement program for workplace health.  Workplace Health Solutions is FREE, compliments any wellness programming you have in place, and offers a complete suite of evidence-based tools to help you get the most out of your workplace health program.

Please see the below invitation.  Breakfast, resources and networking and information session.  Free and open to Westchester and Putnam businesses and Human Resource professionals.

We look forward to seeing you there.  Please RSVP to jennifer.miller@heart.org by Friday, April 5.

By |March 14th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Local Business Leaders Support Go Red for Women Campaign

The American Heart Association announced the volunteer Executive Leadership Team advancing the mission of the Go Red for Women campaign in Westchester County. The campaign culminates with the annual Go Red for Women Luncheon, on May 31st at the Hilton Westchester.

Go Red For Women Luncheon tickets are on sale now at http://westchestergored.heart.org.

Led by Go Red for Women campaign chair Judy Melillo, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation, the team supports local efforts to raise awareness and funds to fight the number one killer of women: heart disease.

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Serving with Melillo on the Executive Leadership Team are local business and healthcare leaders including Maureen Adams, Director Clinical Operations-Internal Medicine at WESTMED Medical Group; Grace Ferri, Vice President, Development & Marketing at United Hebrew; Terri Ferri, Executive Director at Morgan Stanley; Dawn French, Vice President of Marketing & Development at White Plains Hospital; Laura Rey Iannarelli, President & CEO of  Rey Insurance; Juliann O’Meara, Partner with Wilson Elser; Doreen Salvati, Katonah Branch Manager, Assistant Vice President at People’s Bank; Silvana Spinozzi, Advisory Representative at  Lyceum Financial Group; and Kaitlin Triano, Director, Commercialization, New Payment Flows at Mastercard.

The group will share the lifesaving messages of Go Red for Women in the Westchester business community and drive corporate support of the event to fund programs and research. The American Heart Association’s research funding is second only to the federal government.

“Everyone on the Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team is committed to women’s heart health. We will be working with top employers and business leadership to help drive the lifesaving mission of Go Red for Women in the Westchester community. We know that by working through large employers in Westchester, we can make the greatest impact on saving women’s lives,” said Jennifer Miller, Senior Regional Director of the American Heart Association.

The Go Red for Women Luncheon includes a health and wellness exposition, local health experts, keynote presentation, and a PURSEonality auction featuring stylish handbags, wallets and more. Additional event information is online at http://westchestergored.heart.org.

The American Heart Association states that 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 do not realize heart disease is their number one killer—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 CVS Health. Greenwich Hospital is the Signature Sponsor. Check. Change. Control. local sponsor is White Plains Hospital and media sponsors include 100.7 WHUD, Examiner News, Westchester Magazine, Buzz Creators, Professional Women of Westchester, WAG Magazine, Westchester Business Journal, and Fairfield Business Journal.

PHOTO CAPTION: Some members of the American Heart Association, Go Red For Women Executive Leadership Team attended a meeting recently at Fujifilm. Show here are: Megan Lucas, Regional Director, American Heart Association; Vincere Japal, Associate General Counsel, FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation; Carolyn Gordon, Director Benefits, FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation; Kaitlin Triano, Director, Go-To-Market/ Commercialization, Mastercard International; Go Red For Women Campaign Chair, Judy Melillo, VP General Counsel & Secretary, FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation; Maureen Adams, RN, Clinical Director, WestMed Group;  Dawn French, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Development, White Plains Hospital; Doreen Salvati, Branch Manager, Peoples United Bank; Jennifer Miller, Senior Regional Director, American Heart Association; Laura Rey Iannarelli, Owner, Rey Insurance Company; Juliann, O’Meara, Partner, Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman and Dicker, LLP; and Silvana, Spinozzi, Financial Advisor, Mass Mutual.


Local Companies Support Putnam Heart Walk

Walking is a good for your heart, and walking for the American Heart Association’s Putnam Heart Walk, helps other hearts in the community. Heart health is why so many local companies support the Heart Walk, scheduled for Sunday, April 28th at Brewster High School.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and the most expensive chronic condition. Half of American adults have high blood pressure which is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Unfortunately, 99% of U.S. adults have at least one of seven cardiovascular health risks.

Building a healthy workplace and encouraging a healthy workforce leads to increased productivity, less absenteeism, and health-spend savings for employees and employers. By joining the Heart Walk, companies like PCSB Bank can tackle employee health while supporting the American Heart Association’s programs and lifesaving research.

“We know when we give to the American Heart Association, our donations make a difference in the lives of our employees and their families because we live in the community. We all know someone affected by high blood pressure, heart disease or stroke. Every step we take and every dollar we raise can make a difference in the lives of people in our community,” said Ruth Leser, Senior Vice President & Director of Human Resources at PCSB Bank.

PCSB’s team consists of hundreds of employees and their family members. Last year they raised more than $50,000 for the American Heart Association at the Putnam Heart Walk.

“Our employees love the Heart Walk. It’s a healthy, family-friendly day out with coworkers for a good cause. It’s overwhelming to see the hundreds of PCSB teammates in our orange shirts supporting heart health. It’s an event our staff looks forward to every year,” said Leser.

Many local organizations have signed up their teams already. Participants can join the Heart Walk as individuals or as a team of friends, co-workers or family. Registration is open at www.putnamheartwalk.org. For more information, contact Megan Lucas, 203-984-9128 or by email at megan.lucas@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 Heart Walk is sponsored by Dr. Patrick W. Thomas and Mrs. Johanna D. Thomas, PCSB Bank, Putnam Hospital Center, and media sponsors Examiner Media, Mahopac News, Hudson Valley Magazine, and WHUD Radio.


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 PCSB



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 PCSB Bank
PCSB Bank (www.pcsb.com), a New York-chartered stock commercial bank, has served the banking needs of its customers in the Lower Hudson Valley of New York State since 1871. It operates from its executive offices/headquarters and 15 branch offices located throughout Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester Counties in New York.
By |March 6th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

American Heart Association’s CycleNation Pumps Hearts & Pedals for Research Funding

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) 2nd annual indoor cycling “CycleNation” event was held at Sportsplex Fitness in New Windsor on Thursday, February 28th. The goal of the event was to encourage Hudson Valley residents to use cycling to improve heart and brain health, while raising funds to continue the AHA/ASA’s vital community programs, research and advocacy efforts to end heart disease and stroke.

More than 100 riders from dozens of teams with names like “Spinderellas” and “Stent Spinners,” pedaled to high-energy music and inspirational instructors in this 2-hour relay-style event. Each bike had up to five riders who ride a “relay” style race against other teams. Several local organizations sponsored the event, including: Holt Construction/After-Party Sponsor; Orange Regional Medical Center/Wipe Out Stroke Sponsor; Popcorners/Refueling Station Sponsor; and Bike Sponsors: Lynn Warren Landscaping, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Mobile Life Support Services, Healey Brothers, Jacobowitz & Gubits, Health and Wellness Partners, Orange Bank & Trust Company, and Medicine Chest Pharmacy.

Holt Construction

Team honors were awarded for fundraising, spirit and total distance. Organizers are optimistic about hitting their goal of $50,000 with online donations still coming in. Funds raised will support the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s research and programs. The AHA/ASA’s heart disease and stroke research funding is second only to the federal government.

Maria Bua, stroke survivor

Several heart disease and stroke survivors attended the event including 2012 quadruple bypass open heart surgery survivor, Ray Sharo, of Cornwall, who now runs half-marathons, and Maria Bua, of Salisbury Mills, a stroke survivor.

Bua had brain surgery to remove a tumor and post-surgical clots led to a stroke. She was paralyzed on her right side, couldn’t speak and had memory loss. After grueling, intensive rehabilitation, including outpatient speech and physical therapy for two years, bouts with depression, and continued short-term memory loss, she finally regained independence step-by-tiny step. She can drive how and enjoys biking, hiking, kayaking and cooking. Best of all, she is teaching people how to read—a skill she had to relearn over the years after the stroke.

Orange Regional Medical Center’s Team “Tour de Orange”

According to the AHA, being physically active is important to prevent heart disease and stroke, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. To improve overall cardiovascular health, the American Heart Association suggests at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise, including cycling.

Online donations are still being accepted at http://www2.heart.org/cntricounty

CycleNation Award winners included: Top Fundraising Team – Health and Wellness Partners; Top Fundraiser – Crystal Johnson, Walden Savings Bank; Best Dressed Team Bike –  Healey Brothers; 1st place Spirit Award – Orange Regional Medical Center; 2nd Place – Health and Wellness Partners; 3rd Place – Orange Bank and Trust; and Team Distance Award Tie – Jacobowitz and Gubits and St Luke’s Cornwall Hospital.

Missed the fun? The AHA’s Tri-County Heart Walk is set for Sunday, May 5th at Harriman State Park. Registration is open online at www.tricountyheartwalk.org.







St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Wins Heart Trophy

The American Heart Association (AHA) announced St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) the winner of the Heart Walk 2018 “Crothall Healthcare Hospital Cup.” The cup is presented annually by the AHA to the hospital that raises the most funds to fight heart disease and stroke through participation in the TriCounty Heart Walk.

St. Luke’s beat out Orange Regional Medical Center this year, raising more than $10,000 for the American Heart Association. The friendly competition challenged local hospitals’ staff, patients and their families to support the mission of the American Heart Association (AHA). St. Luke’s recruited employees, friends and family members to walk and raise money to support the AHA’s heart disease awareness and prevention programs as well as life-saving heart and stroke research. The AHA is the largest non-governmental source of cardiovascular research funding in the U.S.

Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans and stroke is number five. Heart disease is the number one killer of women, too—it kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. 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.

“We are incredibly proud to earn the hospital cup,” said Joseph Surace, 2018 Tri-County Heart Walk Chair and SLCH Vice President of Operations. “Collectively, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital is committed to the American Heart Association’s vision of improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans. We are proud to provide high quality cardiac care to the communities we serve and stand together with the AHA to make an impact. We’re even more excited about what we can accomplish in 2019.”

“Thousands of heart and stroke patients are treated and cared for at regional hospitals, so local hospital staff members are committed to supporting American Heart Association prevention programs and research to improve the lives of their neighbors,” said JoAnn Parker, AHA Heart Walk Director, “We’re so grateful for their support and friendly competitiveness for a good cause!”

This year’s Heart Walk is set for Sunday, May 5th at Harriman State Park. Registration is open online at www.tricountheartwalk.org. 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.

For Heart Walk team and sponsor information, please call Jo Ann Parker 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; National Walking Day and Kickoff Sponsor NicePak/PDI; Stroke Warning Signs Sponsor, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital; local sponsors, Holt Construction, Walden Savings Bank, Crystal Run Healthcare, Orange Bank and Trust, Crothall Healthcare, Cardiovascular Institute; and media sponsors Nicki Jones Agency, Lamar Advertising, Hudson Valley Magazine and Now 97.7.

Score a Touchdown with Heart Healthy Snacks for the Game

The big game needs big plans for healthy snacks! Don’t sack everyone’s healthy New Year’s resolutions with a party spread filled with fried, fattening or sugary foods. Score a touchdown with a super party buffet full of heart healthy foods to give everyone a healthy option while celebrating the big game! Offering healthy food choices can help people maintain a healthy weight, even when celebrating the biggest game of the year.

First Half Strategy – First down: start off with salad and veggies. Fill up on the healthier foods first then add in a few treats on your plate. Go with healthier appetizers like cut veggies and hummus, fat-free yogurt dips or

guacamole made with avocados. According to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, eating one avocado a day as part of a heart healthy, cholesterol-lowering moderate-fat diet can help improve bad cholesterol levels in overweight and obese individuals. Use baked, not fried and whole grain versions of your favorite chips and crackers. Try low-fat cheeses with whole grain crackers or toasts, and choose assorted low-sodium or unsalted nuts, which are high in good fats and protein.

Halftime Rally – When planning your halftime buffet, throw the penalty flag on the worst party foods like fried Buffalo wings (up to 35 grams of fat per serving), takeout personal pepperoni pan pizza (over 60% of sodium daily allowance), nachos with cheese (30% of your daily fat). Opt for baked,

not fried buffalo tenders, whole wheat pizza with veggies and chicken or bean & low-fat cheese burritos in a whole wheat wrap and you’ll still have energy for that halftime touch football game! Try turkey or chicken and bean chili with lots of veggies cooked in and low-fat cheese and low-fat sour cream on the side.

Second Half Plan – Offer seltzer and no sugar-added fruit juice beverages as “mock-cocktail” alternatives to alcohol-based drinks. Alcohol can raise

blood pressure and is full of empty calories. Make portion control part of your game plan. Smaller plates and calorie counting apps can help you keep track of the foods you are consuming so you don’t go overboard. Know your portions. For example, a serving of chicken breast (3 ounces) is about the size of a deck of cards and an ounce of cheese is about the size of your index finger. A cup of pasta is the size of a fist and half a cup of rice is a cupcake wrapper-full.

The American Heart Association recommends a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole-grain, high-fiber foods, and fat-free and low-fat dairy most often. Keep total fat intake between 25 and 35 percent of calories, with most fats coming from sources of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats such as fish, nuts, seeds and vegetable oils most often. Use naturally occurring, un-hydrogenated vegetable oils such as canola, safflower, sunflower or olive oil most often.

Why offer healthier options? In the US, the prevalence of obesity among adults increased from 1999 to 2000 through 2013 to 2014 from 30.5% to 37.7%. Nearly one-third of U.S. children and adolescents are overweight or obese and at higher risk for heart disease and stroke. Making small changes to diet and lifestyle can help prevent heart disease and stroke, the number one and five killers.

The American Heart Association has partnered with the Walmart Foundation to offer Simple Cooking with Heart, a nationwide program aimed at changing the way people think about food. Try these healthy variations of classic party recipes and get more cooking tips from the American Heart Association and free recipes and cooking videos at www.heart.org/simplecooking.

By |January 31st, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Join National Wear Red Day February 1st


One in three. That’s the price women pay for cardiovascular disease. While nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women. That’s a third of mothers, sisters and friends.

On National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 1st — nationally sponsored by CVS Health — women everywhere will come together to take action to end heart disease and stroke in women. Hundreds of local businesses, community groups, hospitals, towns and schools will “Go Red” to help raise awareness and funds to fight heart disease, the number one killer of men and women.

On Wear Red Day, employees wear red and donate $5 to the Go Red For Women® movement and receive a red dress pin or magnet. Some companies have educational programs or heart health events, or allow people to “dress down” if they were red and donate. Funds raised through Wear Red Day help support the life-saving initiatives of the American Heart Association – awareness campaigns, prevention and education programs and cutting-edge scientific research.

For more than 10 years, Go Red For Women has been dedicated women’s heart health because heart disease is the number one killer of women, claiming more lives each year than all forms of cancer combined.

Prior to Go Red for Women, only 30 percent of women knew that heart disease was their greatest health threat. A decade after Go Red for Women launched, close to 56 percent of women recognized this fact, nearly a 90 percent increase in awareness, but we have more work to do to help save women’s lives.

Go Red For Women encourages women to be aware of their number one killer and know their numbers like total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index. Talk to your doctor to lower your heart health risk, especially if you have a family history of heart disease or stroke.

Move more by making physical activity a priority and join the #GoRedGetFit team on Facebook with your Facebook friends. Aim for 30 minutes daily of walking or aerobic exercise. Take a walk at lunch or after dinner, workout with an online video or walk your dog—it all counts and helps to prevent heart disease.

Eat smart by making healthy eating a priority. Make the healthy choice the default choice at mealtimes. Eat a diet of mostly fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins and fish like salmon. Eat more low-fat, low-sodium foods and cut back on dietary sugar especially in beverages.

Manage blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, commit to monitoring it regularly through the AHA’s Check. Change. Control. Tracker online. The AHA’s guidelines now say that high blood pressure is 130/80 or above. Talk to your doctor about a plan to manage high blood pressure before it causes damage to your arteries, heart, brain or other organs. Diabetes can increase your risk for heart disease. Learn more at https://knowdiabetesbyheart.org.

Learn more about preventing women’s number one killer at www.GoRedForWomen.org. For information on joining National Wear Red Day, contact Jennifer.Miller@heart.org, 914-806-0962, or visit www.wearredday.org.

Tag your Wear Red Day photos online with #GoRed914. For information about the May 31st Go Red For Women Luncheon at the Hilton Westchester, visit http://westchestergored.heart.org.

Judy Melillo, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation, will lead the Go Red Westchester campaign efforts to help raise awareness and funds to fight the number one killer of women: heart disease.

By |January 31st, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Go Red For Women Fast Facts



  1. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, claiming the lives of one in three women.
  • Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined.
  • Cardiovascular diseases kill one woman about every 80 seconds. But about 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases can be prevented.
  • More than 50 percent of women are aware that heart disease is their leading cause of death.
  • More than one in three women is living with some form of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
  • About 4 million stroke survivors alive today are women.


  1. 2. Physical activity reduces women’s risk for heart disease and stroke.
  • Being physically active is an important aspect of overall health for women.
  • Globally, about one in three women don’t get enough physical activity.
  • In the United States, only one in five women are getting the recommended amount of physical activity (both aerobic and strength training) under federal guidelines.


  1. Healthy eating is critical to managing weight and preventing cardiovascular disease in women.
  • About one in five female deaths in the world are due to poor nutrition.
  • About 45 percent of U.S. deaths caused by heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes are because of poor dietary habits, such as high sodium intake, high sugary drink consumption and low intake of fruits and vegetables.
  • Too much sodium can raise blood pressure. High blood pressure raises the risk of heart attacks and stroke.
  • Sugary drink consumption is directly linked to Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • More than 66 percent of women are overweight or obese.


  1. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is the second leading cause of preventable heart disease and stroke death — second only to smoking.
  • Under the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology’s 2017 guidelines, nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure at 130/80 mm Hg rather than 140/90.
    • Hypertension rates are expected to double among women under age 45.
  • About 50 million women have hypertension in the United States.
  • More than 30 percent of cardiovascular events in women are due to hypertension.


  1. Women are grossly underrepresented in research and STEM fields.
  • Women occupy nearly half of all U.S. jobs, but less than 25 percent of jobs in STEM fields.
  • Only about 20 percent of STEM bachelor’s degrees are earned by women.
  • Only three out of 100 female bachelor’s degree students continue to work in STEM fields after graduating.
  • Clinical trials have not always adequately enrolled women or analyzed sex-specific differences in the data.
  • Female heart attack patients may have better outcomes when treated by female physicians.

© Copyright 2018 American Heart Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. All rights reserved. Go Red for Women is a registered trademark of AHA. The Red Dress Design is a trademark of U.S. DHHS. Unauthorized use prohibited.

By |January 31st, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Anchors Go Red on National Wear Red Day

Welcome to the blog, News Anchors!

The American Heart Association invites you to get involved in National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 1st, to help kick off American Heart Month! Wear red and raise awareness for women’s number one killer—heart disease.

Go Red For Women is about much more than wearing red on National Wear Red Day. It’s about making a change in women’s lives! That’s why the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement needs your help to raise awareness about this preventable disease.

We hope you wear RED on-air on Friday, February 1st to help share the truth about heart disease and make ending it a reality.

Share on-air why you are wearing red and “Going Red”  and post photos to social media using #GoRedCT (Connecticut) or #GoRedHV (Hudson Valley/Westchester) so we can retweet/like them.

By joining together, we can fight the #1 killer of women. By wearing RED on National Wear Red Day on February 1st, you can encourage women and those who love them to make a change toward optimum heart health.

As always, we greatly appreciate your ongoing support of and your commitment to the American Heart Association and the health of our community!

Wear Red Day live copy: https://hudsonvalleyny.heart.org/national-wear-red-day-2019/

Feel free to contact me for more info!
carolyn.torella@heart.org 845.867-5374

By |January 30th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments