Fujifilm’s Judy Melillo to Lead Go Red For Women Campaign

The American Heart Association announced the new chair for the 16th Annual Westchester Go Red For Women Luncheon set for Friday, May 31st at the Hilton Westchester.  Judy Melillo, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation, will lead the Go Red campaign efforts to help raise awareness and funds to fight the number one killer of women: heart disease.

Judy Melillo will lead fundraising and community outreach for the Go Red For Women Luncheon and year-round campaign, including National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 1st. The Go Red Luncheon event includes a health and wellness exposition, local health experts, and a PURSEonality auction featuring stylish handbags, wallets and more. 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 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.

Judy Melillo joined Valhalla-based Fujifilm in 2005 and has served as General Counsel since 2013.  Judy has been instrumental in building a corporate governance structure that can address the challenges of a dynamic and expanding global corporation.  Her teams generally manage the legal, compliance and environmental, health and safety affairs of the corporation and its 21 North American and Latin American subsidiaries.

She earned her B.A. in political science from Boston College, and graduated as valedictorian of her class from Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University.  Prior to joining Fujifilm, she was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York City.  Judy, her husband Mike and their two sons are longtime residents of Westchester County.

“For this campaign, my goal is to help women learn the importance of taking care of ourselves,” said Judy. “In 2017, an article in WorldBank.org written by Patricio V Marquez and co-authored by Melanie Walker was titled Healthy Women are the cornerstone of healthy societies.  And it’s true.  The only way we, as mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, friends and co-workers, can continue to take care of others is by prioritizing our own health and wellbeing.  Our lives depend upon it, and our families, friends and co-workers depend upon us.”

Judy Melillo will lead the Go Red For Women Executive Leadership Committee whose members include Maureen Adams, Director Clinical Operations, Internal Medicine, WESTMED Medical Group; Kaitlin Triano, Director Commercialization, New Payment Flows, Mastercard; Grace Ferri, VP of Marketing & Development, United Hebrew; Terri Ferri, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; and Dawn French, VP of Marketing & Development, White Plains Hospital.

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 and Westchester Magazine.

It’s Not About Perfection, It’s About Progress

Today’s BetterU Blog Post is from CANDICE!

These are words I’ve often told others. Now only if I could listen to my own advice. I’ve always been an over-achiever, a perfectionist. I gravitate to things I’m good at doing. No wonder I’ve avoided taking care of my physical health for so long. I don’t fully understand how it all works and that terrifies me. I always knew deep down that this was a part of my life that I needed to get in order and during a moment of clarity, or insanity, or both, I decided to apply for the BetterU program.

What a whirlwind it has been in the past few weeks. Initially I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it, but I rode high on the enthusiasm and confidence of my peers, started increasing my gym time, made some food changes, and actually started to see the numbers on the scale decreasing. How nice it felt to feel my own confidence start to rise. That confidence has since been tested on multiple occasions. The scale recently took a screeching halt and even went back up a bit. I know people say this is normal, but my shaky confidence had a panic attack. All of these “what if” questions started to take over. What if I don’t lose anymore weight? What if I lose weight but my bloodwork numbers increase? What if I can’t keep up this pace and make this a lifestyle change? What if I FAIL. That dreaded 4-letter F word. I thought I had moved past that minor setback until I had a mini-meltdown this past weekend. I had all of my meals planned out perfectly and wouldn’t you know it, plans changed. Dinner wasn’t going to be as  anticipated and I had to find an alternative with little in the house and a growling stomach that was getting angrier with me by the second. Again I thought “I am FAILing at this.”

The truth of the matter is that I’ve already WON. Changes have been made and I’ve learned so much new information to help me along my journey. I’ve since looked back on the seminar given by Dr. Somjee and remind myself how strongly she emphasized making small, sustainable changes. I’ve also stolen (“borrowed”) a peer’s mantra: My race, my pace. How fitting this saying is since I’ve recently started taking the RPM (cycling) class at Gold’s Gym. The instructor, Jasmine, has been so supportive. She even took time to share with me how much progress I’ve made in the class in only 3 weeks. And just like that my confidence started to gain momentum again. It really doesn’t matter how athletic and fast everyone else in the class seems to be. My race, my pace.

Can I do this? I already am.

A big shoutout to all of the ladies in the program supporting me along the way, the American Heart Association staff, the Gold’s Gym staff, my family/friends, and all of the other sponsors of this amazing program: Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, Health Quest Medical Practice, Q92 FM Radio. #HVBetterU #GoRedHV