The Women's Heart Foundation hosted its 3rd annual RED DRESS Luncheon Saturday, February 23 to raise awareness of heart disease in women and helped 300 women lead stronger, healthier lives.
"This has been a most successful partnership", said Bonnie Arkus, WHF Executive Director. "We've had great success at reaching out to women with the health message about heart disease", she said. The partnership includes the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services; American Diabetes Association - New Jersey office; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Trenton Alumnae Fortitude Corporation; Capital Health System, Lord and Taylor and the Whole Foods Market of Princeton. The free event was made possible through a grant from the HEART TRUTH project, Region II Office on Women's Health, DHHS, and other sponsors and partners. The Red Dress Fashion Show was commentated by Christian Redding Cruz, manager of Lord & Taylor who sponsored of the fashions; the Heart Truth message was delivered by guest presenter, Aliya F. Browne, DO, Director of the Women's Heart Center of Bordentown; blood pressure screenings were managed by Capital Health System; and testimonials by women survivors or a heart event, including Veronica Taylor, Shirley Manley and Cynthia Stephans. Each participant enjoyed a heart-healthy lunch and was given a red tote bag and a red T-shirt plus other giveaways, including tea from the Harris Tea Company, a Pom Wonderful beverage, Skin Genesis from L'Oreal USA, a HEALTH Magazine, Heart Truth brochures, American Diabetes Association recipe booklet, Women's Risk brochure from the Women's Heart Foundation and more. Door prizes included a beautiful full-colored recipe book from Earthbound, gift basket from Elizabeth Arden and a room design makeover, valued at $1,000 donated by Cammie Bailey of the Hilliard Group in Princeton.
WHF used the event to conduct an awards ceremony to recognize leading Women's Heart Advocates. The following recipients were honored:
Healthcare Provider: Horizon Foundation of New Jersey
Medical Excellence: Robert T. Faillace, MD, Director of the Women's Heart Center at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in northern New Jersey
Nurse Executive Leadership: Carolyn Strimike, MSN; and Margret Latrella, MSN
Administrative Leadership: Angela Harris
Volunteer of the year: Linda Watson
Teacher of Excellence: Constance Kelley
The red dress is the national symbol to raise awareness about heart disease in women. Heart disease is the number one killer of American women.
Women wait longer than men to go to an emergency room when having a heart attack and physicians are slower to recognize the presence of heart attacks in women because “characteristic” patterns of chest pain and EKG changes are less frequently present.
The WHF is a member of the National Institutes of Health HEART TRUTH, supporting the awarenss message in New Jersey.
The Women's Heart Foundation, the only non-governmental organization implementing heart disease prevention projects, is dedicated to improving survival and quality of life.
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