Dr. Lori Morton Named Volunteer Chair for Heart Walk Event

Dr. Lori Morton

The Hudson Valley American Heart Association (AHA) has announced that Dr. Lori Morton will serve as Executive Champion of the Westchester Heart Walk event, set for Sunday, October 1st at Kensico Dam in Valhalla. The Heart Walk is the AHA’s largest annual event, raising more than $400,000 for AHA programs and research last year.

To register online, please visit www.westchesterheartwalk.org.

Dr. Lori Morton is the Director of Cardiovascular Research and Fibrosis Research at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.  Morton will appeal to local businesses and community leaders to support the American Heart Association’s mission through sponsorship of the Heart Walk event, and invite them to form teams to join the Heart Walk to build healthier lives free from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

At Regeneron, Morton leads a team of scientists in the discovery and validation of new drug targets for the treatment of a wide variety of diseases affecting heart, kidney, lung and vascular function, as well as a number of diseases characterized by tissue scarring (fibrosis). Dr. Morton’s group collaborates with a number of other research groups at Regeneron to develop and test new medicines, determining the best candidates for new investigational clinical programs.

Heart disease costs employers more than $3 billion annually, according to the AHA. It is the leading killer in the U.S. and New York State of both men and women.

“I have been a professional member of the American Heart Association for 11 years and I fully support their mission,” she said, “I’m looking forward to working with community leaders to engage their support of the AHA’s lifesaving work.  Every day, the AHA works to strengthen our community’s well-being, and due to their robust commitment to funding research, they will impact the broader future of healthcare as well.”

Morton has a Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Following her Ph.D., Dr. Morton trained at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

In 2002, Dr. Morton joined Regeneron and established the Cardiovascular Research department, studying the function of genes and proteins on blood pressure, cardiac, renal and vascular function, to identify new approaches for treating cardiovascular diseases.

Morton is also on the Board of Directors of the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival and is the Chair of the Chappaqua PTA STEM Committee.

The Heart Walk is a celebration of year-round efforts by local organizations to create a “culture of health” in the workplace. The American Heart Association encourages worksites to support healthier behaviors at work through the AHA’s Workplace Health Solutions program. Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S., and physical inactivity doubles the risk. Information is online at www.heart.org/workplacewellness.

Companies interested in supporting the Heart Walk with sponsorship or teams should call Jennifer Miller at 914-806-0962, or email Jennifer.miller@heart.org.

The Heart Walk is sponsored nationally by Subway, and locally by White Plains Hospital, New York Presbyterian, Fujifilm, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Phelps Hospital Northwell Health, and Stop and Shop. Media sponsors include Westchester Magazine, Buzz Creators, News 12 Westchester, The Peak 107.1, and Examiner Media.



By |May 26th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Go Red For Women Luncheon to Feature Local Survivors

What does the face of heart disease in women look like? Is it old? Is it unhealthy? You might be surprised to learn that heart disease in women can occur in the young and old, in seemingly healthy women as well as those with risk factors. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Luncheon on Friday, June 2nd aims to put a face on women’s heart disease by sharing local survivors’ stories, and, here’s a preview–none of the women have their AARP Card yet.

Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. 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.

Christine Wayne and Kim Salveggi, heart disease survivors

Christine Wayne and Kim Salveggi, heart disease survivors

But the American Heart Association (AHA) is seeking to change that with prevention and awareness through their Go Red For Women Luncheon, set for Friday, June 2nd from 10AM to 2PM, at the Hilton Westchester in Rye.

Tickets are available online at http://westfairgoredluncheon.heart.org/.

Two local film students are producing a video to be debuted at the Go Red For Women Luncheon about the survivors, entitled, “Faces of Heart.” Jeanne Ronan and Marie Venezia are both long-time film students of the Jacob Burns Film Center’s adult courses in Pleasantville. Their 2016 Go Red survivor video won a MarCom Award in February.

“It was extremely rewarding to work on a film project that had a specific purpose in this world. It is also a cause that is personally near and dear to both of us. We were grateful for the opportunity to work with such fantastic women – and we would do it again in a heartbeat!” said Ronan.

Kim Salveggi, 43, from Yorktown, and Christine Wayne, 37, of Stamford, CT will be featured in the short film. Salveggi, a married mother of two teenage girls, suffered a coronary artery dissection in March of 2015. She was previously diagnosed with depression and hypochondria when symptoms of extreme exhaustion began in September 2014. When more classic heart attack symptoms of chest, jaw and arm pain set in, she feared that nobody would believe what she knew all along—something was seriously wrong. At the emergency room, doctors believed her, and she survived after a stent was inserted during emergency cardiac catheterization. She recently returned to work.

Christine Wayne survived sudden cardiac arrest in December of 2016. She felt tired all day and while in the shower, she began to cough and was overcome with exhaustion and nausea. She said did not want to call 9-1-1, as is recommended. What if someone saw her? Why incur the cost when someone could just come pick her up? When she began to have trouble breathing, she finally called her mother, who said to call 9-1-1.

Another moment’s delay and she might not have made it. On route in the ambulance, her heart stopped four times. She awoke to people counting and shouting “CLEAR!” At the hospital, two stents were put in, and was released after a week in the hospital. She is now back to her daily routine.

Both are advocates for Go Red For Women’s lifesaving messages to learn about, prevent and know the symptoms of heart attack in women. In the video, Salveggi implores women to second opinion and never stop advocating for your health. Wayne wants women to know the symptoms of heart attack and not be embarrassed to call the ambulance—minutes count.

The Go Red For Women Luncheon includes a morning health and wellness exhibition featuring local health professionals, networking, and a keynote address by Mara Schiavocampo, an ABC News correspondent and author based in New York. Schiavocampo is a two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, and best-selling author of, “THINspired,” her personal journey of losing 90 pounds after the birth of her daughter.

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.

Go Red For Women is sponsored Nationally by Macy’s, and locally by Signature Sponsor, Stamford Health. Other sponsors include Greenwich Hospital, Morgan Stanley, New York-Presbyterian, Fuji Film, White Plains Hospital, Buzz Creators, Healthcare News, Professional Women of Westchester, WHUD, Westchester Magazine, and ABC7.

Tickets and event information are online at http://westfairgoredluncheon.heart.org/.

By |May 18th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

American Heart Announces Westchester Board & Staff Leaders

The American Heart Association (AHA) announced today that Yorktown resident, Jennifer Miller has been promoted to Senior Regional Director of the Westchester County Region. She will manage the newly formed Board of Directors in that region, as well as events and campaigns, including the Healthy For Good Westchester Heart Walk, and the Westchester-Fairfield Go Red for Women Luncheon, set for June 2nd at the Rye Hilton. Tickets are on sale now at www.westfairgoredluncheon.heart.org.

“We are confident that Jennifer will continue to grow and develop this region working with the new Board leadership to help achieve our mission to build healthier lives in Westchester County,” said Kristin Judd, Hudson Valley AHA Executive Director, “We are so grateful to have the support of so many exceptional leaders from the health and business communities on our board.”tap heart

Miller joined the AHA in 2011 and was most recently Corporate Director in the Hudson Valley prior to taking this expanded role. She graduated from Denison University with a Bachelors in Arts in 1989, and earned a Masters in Fine Arts in 1993 from Yale University School of Drama.

The newly elected Board of Directors includes Dr. Icilma Fergus, Director Cardiovascular Disparities, Associate Professor at Mount Sinai Hospital and School of Medicine; Virginia Kuper, Senior Vice President and Market Leader in the Hudson Valley and Metro NY market for Key Private Bank; Dennis B. Kremer, Partner at GKG; Theodore Zink, Partner, McCarthy Fingar; Dr. Glenn Hamroff, Cardiologist, New York Presbyterian Physicians; James Seymour, Partner, Global Mobility Services; Howard Klein, Partner, Citrin Cooperman; Dr. Joseph Giamelli, Pediatric Cardiologist, Boston Children’s Health Physicians; Dan Blum, President and CEO, Northwell Phelps Hospital; and Dr. Michael Gewitz, President, Maria Ferari Children’s Hospital (ex officio on AHA Board).

Board members will lead AHA health initiatives and support development priorities to drive AHA health goals in the Westchester Region. 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. Focus areas will include prevention of heart disease and stroke, widespread Hands-Only CPR training, access to and quality of cardiovascular care, and support for research funding and advocacy issues for a healthier community. Other local issues will be determined from a forthcoming regional assessment.

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. For a free heart risk assessment, visit www.MyLifeCheck.org, the AHA’s tool designed to help people achieve optimal heart health and prevent heart disease and stroke.

By |May 17th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Men Go Red For Women Event to Support Women’s Heart Health

The Dutchess-Ulster American Heart Association (AHA) will hold their “Men Go Red For Women” event at the Cornell Boathouse at Marist College, 5:30 – 7:30 PM on Tuesday, June 6th. Tickets are free and available by calling Danielle Schuka, Go Red For Women Director, at 845-867-5379. Men and women are invited to attend.craig irwin 2

Men Go Red For Women is a dynamic, committed group of men who are raising awareness, and funds, to fight heart disease, the number one killer of women and men. They’re standing behind the women they care about —wives, mothers, daughters, sisters and friends —while influencing and inspiring communities to support the life-saving work of the Go Red For Women movement.

“Heart disease is the number one killer of women and men. Men Go Red was created to show women that we support awareness and research programs to reduce their risk of heart disease,” said Craig Irwin (at left), co-host of this year’s Men Go Red event.

“I was surprised to learn that only one in five American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat. Go Red seeks to change that. And the funds we help raise through Men Go Red will ensure awareness and research programs continue to save more lives in the future,” said co-chair Joshua Mackey (below).

Craig Irwin is a Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch in Poughkeepsie. He is active in the community and currently serves on the board of Foundation for Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Abilities First and CAPE Dutchess County. He also previously served on the board of the Mid-Hudson Civic Center and Rebuilding Together Dutchess County. Irwin lives in Poughkeepsie with his wife Amy and their daughter Bess.

Joshua Mackey is an attorney with Mackey Butts & Wise LLP a law firm with offices located in Poughkeepsie and Millbrook. His practice includes commercial litigation, real estate, municipal, corporate, liquor licensing, insurance, land use, planning and zoning.  Joshua is a trial lawyer, having argued before juries in both New York City and Dutchess County. Joshua served as a Chair of both the Town of Washington Planning Board and Town of Washington Comprehensive Plan Committee. He was also a member of the Town of Washington Wetlands Ordinance Committee where he helped draft a wetlands law. In 2009, he was a recipient of the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce “Forty Under 40” award.joshua mackey

Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. Heart disease causes one in three women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute. The AHA states that women are less likely to call 9-1-1 for themselves when experiencing symptoms of a heart attack than they are for someone else. Women comprise only 24 percent of participants in all heart-related studies. An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease and ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. To learn more, visit www.GoRedForWomen.org.

This Men Go Red event will feature networking, light fare, beer and wine. The Men Go Red group will have exclusive events throughout the year and members will receive tickets to the annual Go Red For Women Luncheon set for November 9, 2017 at the Grandview.

For information or tickets, please contact Danielle Schuka, Go Red Corporate Events Director at 845-867-5379 or by email at Danielle.schuka@heart.org. Go Red For Women is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and CVS, and locally by The Heart Center, Vassar Brothers Hospital, Northern Dutchess Hospital, Central Hudson, Gold’s Gym, Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, The Grandview and Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union.


By |May 17th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Simple, Free test could help prevent leading cause of death

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) wants people to check their blood pressure by May 17, World Hypertension Day, as part of their #CheckIt high blood pressure awareness campaign. May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month and American Stroke Month, and the AHAhttps---sprcdn-assets.sprinklr.com-261-CheckIt-blue_insta-e80f306b-a6bc-4009-9e8b-a26768067f55-1802371459-2017-05-02 20-29-12/ASA is joining other health organizations to reach 25 million blood pressure checks globally (5 million in the U.S.). Participants are encouraged to log their blood pressure check and learn about high blood pressure online.

According to the American Heart Association, high blood pressure is usually preventable with simple steps, yet it kills more people worldwide than any other condition. One in three American adults has high blood pressure, which is a reading of 140/90 millimeters of mercury or higher. Uncontrolled, it can cause heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney disease, vision loss and dementia. But controlling high blood pressure could reduce deaths from heart disease and stroke by 30 percent in men and 38 percent in women, according to the AHA. Taking control starts with a simple action — getting your blood pressure checked.

“Few severe health conditions are ignored as much as high blood pressure. It’s like having too much pressure in a pipe. It damages the pipe, but you often don’t see a problem until the pipe bursts or becomes clogged,” said Willie Lawrence, M.D., an interventional cardiologist for Midwest Heart & Vascular Specialists in Kansas City and an American Heart Association volunteer. “It is a symptomless disease, so the best way to combat it is to check it regularly to know if you need to start or change treatment.”

Community groups, clinics, and workplaces can hold blood pressure checks for large groups through programs like the American Heart Association’s Check. Change. Control. Participants in this free, science-based program have seen an average drop in systolic blood pressure of 7 millimeters of mercury (mmHg), and one-third improved their level of blood pressure control.

Such programs can be particularly important for those known to face higher risks. Nearly half of African-Americans have high blood pressure, dramatically increasing their chance of stroke. And blacks, along with Hispanic-Americans, are less likely to have their blood pressure under control, according to recent research.

Healthcare providers may prescribe medication in addition to lifestyle changes — like limiting salt and alcohol, getting regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight.“It may take a few tries to find the right medicine, or combination of medicines, to fit your needs,” Lawrence said. “It’s important that you keep an open dialogue with your provider, and use tools like connected devices, mobile apps or web-based tracking programs to help gather the data you need about your condition and share it with your doctor.”

For more information visit heart.org/hbp. Free resources for American Stroke Month are available online at http://strokeassociation.org/strokemonth.

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By |May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dutchess-Ulster Heart Walk Honorees – Madison and Matthew

Thanks to our Junior Heart Walk Honorees this year, Madison Dallies and Matthew Burchell! Here are their stories.Matthew and Madison


Madison Dallies

At a routine ultrasound showed there was a possible hole in Madison’s heart, in between her ventricles.  A future level 2 ultrasound confirmed that she definitely had a hole in between the ventricles, but they believe there wasn’t any constriction at that time in her Pulmonary Artery.  A month later, the doctor said that Madison’s congenital heart defect was worse than we thought and she was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot—a rare condition of four heart birth defects at once.

Doctors said the constriction in her Pulmonary Artery was very severe and that she would need surgery to place a shunt within 24 hours of her birth.

On Monday April 14th at 3:04 PM, Madison was born and the surgery for her shunt placement would occur the very next morning at 7:30 AM. IMG_6897

Her mother said, “That night, I went and met my little girl for the first time.  She is a fighter and the strongest person that I know.  She was born with virtually no pulmonary artery opening, a large hole in between her ventricles, and an overriding aortic artery, which are 3 of the 4 conditions of Tetralogy of Fallot.  The 4th condition is the thickening of the right ventricle wall, which has been occurring over time since she was born.”

Madison’s first surgery lasted almost 5 hours. They successfully placed a shunt to redirect the blood to the branches of her pulmonary artery from her aortic artery.

“Our first visit with her post-surgery was the scariest sight of my life.  To see my baby with rows of machines behind a large hospital bed and know that all of those machines had medicine in them that was being pumped into my little girl, was terrifying.  Six days after her birth, we got to hold our little girl for the first time.  Six days after that, we took our precious miracle home,” said her mother.

They met with cardiologists monthly until her second surgery when she was eight months old. Madison’s six-hour surgery was successful and after 11 days in the hospital she finally went home.

They met with her surgeon every 6 months, then one-year visits because her constriction sounded and looked much better.  This year, at her 8-year visit, her doctor has requested a Pulmonary Nuclear Lung Perfusion Scan performed to measure the output between the two branches of her pulmonary artery. They are working with her cardiologists now to tackle the next steps.

“Congenital heart defects can be a lifelong battle. I am very proud today to be able to say that I am the Mother of a Heart Warrior.  She is my hero and I cannot imagine my world without her in it.  Thank you to all of the work that the American Heart Association has done over the years to provide funding for research so that my little girl could still be here today,” said Madison’s mother.
Matthew Burchell 

At four months old, Matthew’s pediatrician believed he heard an “innocent heart murmur.”

An “innocent” murmur is considered harmless and would not require monitoring or intervention.  The doctor was not overly concerned and indicated he would refer us to a pediatric cardiologist if he still heard the murmur at six months.  I pushed for an immediate referral which he was more than happy to give.

On August 22, 2008, to his parents’ surprise, Matthew was diagnosed with two congenital heart defects: a bicuspid aortic valve with mild stIMG_8075enosis and a mildly dilated ascending aorta.

The aortic valve is the valve between the heart and the aorta which prevents the blood from flowing back into the heart. The aorta is the main artery which moves oxygen enriched blood throughout the body. A normal valve has three leaflets. A bicuspid valve only has two. A bicuspid valve can lead to stenosis (blockage) and regurgitation (back flow).  His valve is also susceptible to bacterial infection.

The dilation of the ascending aorta has since progressed and is now considered a stable, thoracic aortic aneurysm.

An aneurysm is when the diameter of a portion of the artery is significantly larger than normal. An untreated aneurysm can lead to dissection or rupture, resulting in a catastrophic incident.

Matthew must be monitored annually to assess both the valve and aneurysm. Unfortunately, there is no medication that can fix either defect.

Matthew is now eight years old. He has not required surgical intervention to date and is not restricted from any day to day activities. He has, however been discouraged from participating in competitive activities such as football, weightlifting, hockey or wrestling which could cause trauma or straining. Physical restrictions may result as he ages and the dilation increases.

Statistically, one in 100 babies is born with a congenital heart defect. In Matthew’s case, boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed with a bicuspid valve than girls.

Approximately 80% of those with a bicuspid valve, also suffer from dilation of the aorta or an aneurysm.

Matthew is on a life-long journey. There is no quick fix. Diligent monitoring of his condition is a must and progression is inevitable.

In the future, any surgical intervention that Matthew will undergo will come with its own risks and maintenance.

That is why his parents support the American Heart Association. Because every day there is more research and studies being conducted that will one day help those like Matthew born with Congenital Heart Defects live their best lives possible.


American Heart Association Praises Sullivan County’s 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 Sullivan County Legislature has acted to save lives and improve the health of county residents. The law was signed Thursday. “Passage of this bill will help fight chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and all forms of cancer. Sullivan is now one of nine counties/localities in New York—and the 227th locality nationally—who have taken this step to save lives,” said Kristin Salvi, AHA Government Relations Director.Copy of 18 (1)

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

While county by county measures will have an impact, crossing county borders to purchase products remains an issue. The AHA is seeking a statewide change in the purchasing age of tobacco products. The Senate Health Committee announced they will consider the Tobacco 21 state bill on Tuesday.

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 2 percent.

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.


Move More on National Walking Day

Move more to get Healthy For Good™!

On Wednesday, April 5th, thousands of Americans will take a step towards being Healthy For Good, and walk to celebrate the American Heart Association’s (AHA) National Walking Day, sponsored locally by Nice Pak/PDI in Orangeburg.walking day

The American Heart Association will kick off the month-long campaign on National Walking Day, April 5, to encourage people to move more by increasing their physical activity. The campaign is broken down into weekly themes. Week one focuses on walking and the basic tools you need to get started. Walking is one of the safest, least expensive, and most sustainable forms of exercise. Weeks two and three focus on recreational sports and outdoor activities the whole family can do together, and week four focuses on mindful movement and reducing stress by doing activities such as yoga, Pilates and tai chi.

The American Heart Association recommends that adults participate in at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic activity or a combination of both each week. That’s about 30 minutes most days of the week. Kids should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

Walking Day is part of the AHA’s “Healthy For Good” movement, designed to inspire all Americans to live healthier by making small changes today that can create a difference in your health for decades to come. Healthy For Good is sponsored locally by Orange Regional Medical Center.merritt7

Studies have suggested that moderate physical activity has many proven benefits for overall health, such as lowering blood pressure, increasing HDL, or “good”, cholesterol and controlling weight. Exercise can also improve circulation, manage stress, counter anxiety and depression, improve muscle strength and help control diabetes. All these changes help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers.

Nice Pak/PDI, Cardinal Health, Mount Saint Mary College, and Orange Regional Medical Center are just a few of the organizations sponsoring National Walking Day events at their workplaces as part of worksite wellness programs. To help create a culture of health at work, the American Heart Association offers a free Healthy Workplace Food and Beverage Toolkit for organizations at http://bit.ly/AHAToolkit.nicepak1

For more information about National Walking Day, and to download a free toolkit, visit www.heart.org/movemore.  Residents are invited to join one of the many regional Heart Walks to keep moving, including the TriCounty Heart Walk, set for Sunday, May 7th at Harriman State Park. Register online at www.tricountyheartwalk.org.

The Heart Walk is sponsored nationally by Subway, and locally by Healthy For Good Sponsor, Orange Regional Medical Center. Local sponsors include HOLT Construction, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Orange Bank & Trust, NicePak – PDI, Active International, Cardinal Health, Crystal Run Healthcare, M &T Bank, Highland Medical and Nyack Hospital. Media sponsors include: AJ Ross Media, Rock City Media, Hudson Valley Magazine and Mix 97.7.

It’s NYS Budget Time! Take Action to Help Keep Health Program Funding!


The state Legislature is talking about cutting state funding for public health programs by 20% as part of a state budget deal. We can’t jeopardize important hypertension, obesity prevention and other chronic and infectious disease prevention efforts for underserved New Yorkers.

Please call the leaders of the Legislature today. Here are their numbers and suggested script.batphone

It literally only takes a minute or two.  You will likely just be asked for your name and leave a message. Your voice can save lives!!!

Assembly Speaker Heastie: 518-455-3791

Senate Majority Leader Flanagan: 518-455-2071

My name is [_____], from [CITY]. I am calling to strongly oppose any cuts to the state health department and public health funding. Public health programs save lives. You cannot negotiate away critical prevention programs for those who need them most. Thank you.

Please consider joining our online grassroots advocacy network to stay informed about issues like this. www.YoureTheCure.org 


By |March 30th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

New York State Budget Can Target Issues to Help Improve Health


As the April 1 deadline looms for this year’s state budget, the American Heart Association calls on the state Legislature to keep the health of New Yorkers in the forefront.capital

Two-thirds of New Yorkers are overweight or obese, costing the state $11.8 billion in medical costs. Two initiatives that the American Heart Association has advocated to have in the budget would help New Yorkers combat obesity: The Empire State Trail and funding the Healthy Food, Healthy Communities Fund.

The $200 million that Gov. Cuomo has proposed to create the nation’s largest multi-use trail, would provide 750 miles of safe and attractive trail where people could walk, bike, push a baby stroller, rollerblade – or engage in any kind of activity they like. Groups like Parks and Trails New York, the Open Space Institute, Scenic Hudson, and the retailer REI, have also supported the trail.

The Healthy Food, Healthy Communities Program would provide funding to establish markets in areas where people have limited access to healthy food. It’s estimated that 1.7 million New Yorkers lack access to stores with healthy food options. Low-income neighborhoods have 50 percent fewer supermarkets than healthy neighborhoods.

“Obesity is one of the leading risk factors for heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of all Americans,” said Bob Elling, paramedic and chair of the New York State Advocacy Committee of the American Heart Association. “Investing in the Empire State Trail and the Healthy Food Healthy, Communities Fund could save New York real money in health-related expenses, while helping all New Yorkers live longer, healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”

In addition, the AHA would like to see Brianna’s Law included in the budget, providing for CPR training every two years for all police officers.

The American Heart Association urges all New Yorkers to contact their elected officials to ask for this funding through the You’re the Cure grassroots advocacy network. www.yourethecure.org ytc-life-is-why-dual-logo

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