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February 03, 2006

Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D.

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Go Red for Women Encourages NJ's Women to Be Heart Healthy


On Saturday, February 4 the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) will partner with a number of public health and civic organizations to promote the American Heart Association's (AHA) Go Red for Women movement throughout New Jersey.  Urging women to "Love Your Heart," the Go Red for Women movement is aimed at raising heart disease awareness to help women take steps to improve their heart health.


Governor Jon S. Corzine issued a proclamation declaring February 4 as New Jersey's first "Go Red for Women, Love Your Heart Day."  "I urge all the women of New Jersey to join me in recognizing the importance of taking care of their own health by obtaining regular annual examinations."


A Go Red for Women rally and health fair will be held at the War Memorial in Trenton on Saturday, February 4 from 1 to 5 p.m.  The program will include health education sessions, exercise programs, health screenings, refreshments, prizes, gifts and entertainment for New Jersey women of all ages and the families who love them.


"I'm glad to see local, state and national organizations working together on the Go Red for Women movement to help New Jersey's women reduce their incidence of heart disease," said DHSS Commissioner Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D.  "Together, we are taking another step to educate women about making small changes in exercise and diet that can have a tremendous impact on their health."


Heart disease is the number one killer of American women, and in New Jersey 15 percent more women die from heart disease than men and 57 percent more women die from stroke than men. Fortunately, heart disease and related complications can often be prevented by basic lifestyle changes.  Changing diet, increasing exercise and seeing a physician for regular checkups are simple examples of steps that can be taken to extend and improve the lives of American women.


DHSS is coordinating the event in conjunction with the American Heart Association; the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and its Trenton Alumnae Chapter; the Women's Heart Foundation (WHF); and the Region II Office of Women's Health, US Department of Health and Senior Services.  The organizations are also working to promote Women's Heart Week from February 1-7 and American Heart Month throughout February. 


Partial funding was obtained by the WHF from the National Institutes of Health Heart Truth Project, Region II Office on Women's Health, and from L'Oreal USA.


 “The American Heart Association is proud to be involved in the Go Red For Women, Love Your Heart event taking place today at the Trenton War Memorial, as we urge women to love their hearts and live longer, stronger lives,” said Dr. Carol Gill, site manager for the spinal cord medicine department, Veterans Administration New Jersey Health Care System and an American Heart Association Go Red For Women movement spokeswoman.  “With the strength of the Go Red for Women movement and collaborative events such as this, we will capture the energy, passion and intelligence of women to work collectively to wipe out heart disease, the leading killer of women."


"Delta Sigma Theta is excited about partnering with the AHA, the Women's Heart Foundation, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and others to educate and help prevent heart disease among African American women," said Angela Dickerson, President of the Trenton Alumnae, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  "As an organization committed to public service we try to expose our communities to the information they need to lead better and healthier lives."


"We commend the Trenton Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta for leading the charge in this statewide 'Go Red' campaign to alert women about the risks factors associated with heart disease," said Doreen A. Dixon, NJ State Coordinator of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


"The Women’s Heart Foundation is pleased to 'Go Red' to raise awareness about heart disease in women and to address risk factors for heart disease at younger ages. The incidence of diabetes, a major risk factor for heart disease in women, is soaring in this country and we are now seeing type II diabetes in children. We must work together to promote heart health at younger ages,” said Bonnie Arkus, RN, Executive Director for the Women’s Heart Foundation (WHF) and project director for WHF Teen Esteem - a health and fitness gym-alternative program for adolescent girls attending Trenton Central High School. 


The state government's Working Well NJ program, which assists state employees in improving their health, is participating in the Go Red for Women movement for the first time this year.  State employees were urged to wear red on Friday, February 3 and to volunteer for and attend the program at the War Memorial to learn more about heart health and the 10,000 Steps initiative.



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