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2002 Jan 29 Release

For Immediate Release Contact: Bonnie Arkus 609-771-9600


Trenton, NJ - The Women's Heart Foundation is planning a large-scale outreach for the women of Mercer County with free health screenings, gifts, demonstrations and a panel of health experts to answer questions about heart disease. An award program will also take place with WHF recognizing individuals and organizations furthering the awareness message and mission.

"Most women are not aware of the fact that heart disease is America's number one killer and the leading killer of women. Women and their healthcare practitioners often fail to recognize risk factors and symptoms early on. This program will help raise awareness and create fun activities to encourage fitness, promote stress reduction activities and learn about heart-healthy eating" says, Bonnie Hartman Arkus, founder and executive director.

WHF introduced Women's Heart Week nationally in 1997 and this year, registered the event in a national events calendar. The event - February 1-7 - is the designated week with the following Focus Days:

WHF has incorporated each of the theme days into an outreach program. Participants will receive a free t-shirt, tote bag and other items. Health partners will be performing free screenings. The following health partners will be participating in the outreach, which will take place in Room C-170 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm:

Health Stations and Health Partners

Pulmonary Function - Capital Health System

  • Body Composition - Capital Health System
  • Women's Heart Risk Check - WHF (MCCC nursing students)
  • Stroke Risk Check - Darlene Goldstein, MD
  • Blood Pressure Monitoring - WHF (MCCC nursing students)
  • Blood Sugar Monitoring - Hamilton Twp Health Department
  • Bone Density - Hamilton Twp Health Department
  • Blood Cholesterol - Hamilton Twp Health Department
  • Blood Sugar Self Monitoring Machine video - Disetronics
  • Reading Food Labels video - WHF (MCCC nursing students)
  • T'ai ChiChih and Ohashiatsu Massage Demos - Heart to Hearts
  • Holistic and Natural - Black Forest Acres
  • Cards4Life - WHF (MCCC nursing students)
  • Exercise and Fitness - Body Rehab

    An award ceremony will take place in the Kelsey Theatre of the Mercer County Community College campus from 5:00 - 5:15pm, which is located next to the Communications building. WHF will be recognizing Honorary Chairwoman Cathy DiCostanzo for her civic leadership in the Women's Cardiovascular Initiative; Kathleen B. Williamson, MS RNC Manager, Capital Health System Cardiovascular Fitness and Rehabilitation, for her professional contributions to building the WHF website; and Joanne R. Samuel, RN, MSN, for answering hundreds of emails on the 'Ask The Nurse' web page. WHF is also recognizing Deborah Heart and Lung Center for their support of women and families during open-heart surgery procedures. The Center provides cottages for families to stay close by their loved ones when undergoing this surgical procedure.

    "Deborah Heart and Lung Center is a highly respected leader in cardiac surgery. By offering family members the opportunity to reside in cottages located within walking distance to the hospital, it encourages family-centered care and allows for more patient support. Heart surgery impacts the entire family so involving them in the process is crucial for a patient's recovery and this may help transition to an earlier and safer discharge. WHF is pleased to recognize Deborah Heart and Lung Center with the Practice Leadership Award" says, Bonnie Arkus.

    At 5:15 pm, a health panel will present on topics that affect women's cardiac health moderated by Monique Braxton, NBC 10 News team anchor. Presenters and Topics include the following

    The following sponsors are responsible for Women's Heart Wellness Day:

    Participants will receive a free t-shirt, tote bag, Cards 4 Life personal health record and other gifts. Seating at theKelsey Theatre is on a first-come basis. For more information, visit the Women's Heart Foundation website at www.womensheartfoundation.org or call 609.771.9600 and leave a message.

    Directions to Mercer County Community College: From the north: take Route 1 south towards Trenton to Route 295 and go towards Bordentown. Follow 295 for approximately 3 miles. Exit onto Sloan Road East, going under the overpass. You will pass a large AMC Cinema on your right on Sloan Road. Continue through the light at the intersection of Quakerbridge Road. The road name changes to Flock Road. Go to the end of Flock Road and turn left onto Edinburgh Road (same as Old Trenton Road). The community college is approximatley 2 miles up on the left. Follow the parking signs for "Women's Heart Day". Screenings will take place in the Communications Building Room CM-170 from 4-5 pm. The seminar will take place next door in Kelsey Theatre.

    Other Heart Programs being offered in central New Jersey

    • Feb 6, 11:00 am - Lawrence Senior Citizens Building, 30 Darrah Lane, Lawrenceville, NJ
      "New Thoughts on Eating Healthy". Presenter: Bonnie Arkus, WHF founder WHF presented in cooperation with Lawrence Health Department
    • Feb 7, 7:00 pm - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton, Hamilton Township, NJ "Love Your Heart - Signs and Symptoms of Heart Disease that often go unrecognized in Women and Men" Presenter: Steven A. Samuel, MD, Medical Director WHF. presented in cooperation with RWJ Univ Hospital/Hamilton. Registration required. Call 609.584.5900
    • Feb 7, 12:30 - 1:30 pm - South Brunswick Senior Citizens Center, South Brunswick Health Township Municipal Complex, NJ. "A Woman's Heart" Presenter: Bonnie Arkus presented in cooperation with South Brunswick Health Department. Call for directions and registration 732.329.4000
    • Feb 1l at 7:30 p.m. - Village Grande Hadassah, Princeton Junction, NJ "Heart Disease in Women: Recognizing Risk, Recognizing Symptoms" Presenter: Bonnie Hartman Arkus presented in cooperation with Hadassah
    • Feb 21, 6:30 pm - "Women and Heart Disease, Learn to Lower Your Risk" Sponsored by Capital Health System Programs (call to register at 609.394.4512. Go to www.capitalhealth.org) Presenter: Richard Hyman, MD. Yardley Community Center, Yardley, PA. Dinner provided. Call to register. 609.394.4512.
    • Feb 26, 6:00 pm - "Exercise Your Way to a Stronger " Presenter: Betsy Smyth, BSN, RNC. Cardioulmonary Nurse YWCA, 140 East Hanover St, Trenton, NJ. Co-sponsored by American Heart Assoc.
    • Feb 28, 6:00 pm - "Understanding Cholesterol - Get the Lowdown" Presenter: Dr. Steven Goldsmith, MD Hamilton Township Library, One Municipal Drive, Hamilton Township, NJ. Co-sponsored by American Heart Association and Pfizer, Inc. Dinner provided. Free Screenings for Township Residents
    • Lawrence Township Health Department: Blood pressure screenings every 1st and 3rd Wed from 1-4 pm at Town Hall on Route 206 in Lawrence Township.
    • Hamilton Township Health Department: Nurse screenings are completed every other Wednesday. The next one is scheduled for Feb. 6. Call one week in advance to schedule an appointment: 609.890.3884. Screening includes blood sugar so participants should fast 2 ours prior to their appointment.
    • Ewing Township Health Department completes cholesterol screenings the first Tuesday of each month. The time alternates between evening and daytime. Call 609.883.2900 x 7686 to schedule an appointment. One-day advance notice is all that is required. The next screening is February 5, 6:30-8:30pm for cholesterol & blood pressure. The reading is for Total Cholesterol only and takes approximately 3 minutes.
    • City of Trenton Health Department: Blood pressure assessments will continue with the Blood Pressure Campaign "Trenton: A City with Heart". The next screening is scheduled Feb 5 from 9-11am at the Central Post Office on Montgomery Street and Feb 7 from 12:30 - 2:30pm.
    • Hopewell Township provides regular screenings
    • Princeton Township provides regular screenings
    For more information, visit the WHF website at www.womensheartfoundation.org


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