On February 29, WomenHeart staff celebrated the last day of Heart Month with a heart healthy pot-luck, followed by a presentation on nutrition and a workout class.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
WomenHeart Champion Essence Harris teaches Girl Scouts Malian Dance and Heart Health
WomenHeart Champion Karla Marburger managed a WomenHeart booth at St. Luke's Health System’s Day of Dance, which took place February 25 at the Marina Inn Conference Center in South Sioux City, NE.
All booths and sponsors gave at least one door prize. WomenHeart Champion Karla Marburger’s Heart-y Cooking raffle prize consisted of a WomenHeart Cookbook, heart-shaped mixing bowl, measuring cups and spoons, salt-free bean soup mix, no-salt-added tomatoes (to add to the soup mix) and Mrs. Dash Table Blend for a dash of seasoning.
WomenHeart Champion Maxine Levy was featured on NBC Nightly News on Saturday, February 25. The story was done by Nancy Snyderman, MD, NBC chief medical editor. The story is in response to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association about women dying more often than men from heart attacks in the hospital because they experience atypical symptoms and wait too long to show up at the hospital. Levy, who suffered a heart attack at 41 years old, shared her story and warned women about the dangers of ignoring heart attack symptoms.
Levy’s interview with Dr. Snyderman is available at:
By: Sarah Murphy, intern at the National Women’s Health Network
My love affair with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) began almost two years ago, when it was signed into law and began fulfilling its promises to provide women with the quality affordable care we need to stay healthy. In particular, the ACA is doing great things to prevent chronic illnesses such as heart disease, which is responsible for one in four female deaths in America.
In honor of American Heart Month this February, I am professing my heart to the Affordable Care Act for helping ALL women’s hearts stay healthy!
How is the ACA doing this? For starters, the ACA has already started requiring insurance companies to provide coverage for important preventive services without additional cost-sharing. In the past, many women delayed or avoided preventive care (more than half of all women) because of its cost – truly heartbreaking. Research shows that coverage of essential preventive services like blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, diet counseling, obesity screening and tobacco cessation programs can decrease a woman’s risk of developing heart disease, thereby contributing to lower rates of heart disease which keeps more women healthy.
In addition, the ACA provides for a special Prevention and Public Health Fund to help women lead healthy lives and develop healthy habits early on, which in turn will serve to prevent chronic illnesses such as heart disease further down the road. Money from this fund would have been spent on projects such as the “Putting Prevention to Work” initiative, which supports interventions regarding tobacco use, obesity prevention, improved nutrition, and increased physical activity. Unfortunately, just this week, Congress cut the Fund by $5 billion, diverting the money for other initiatives and putting the long-term future of this provision of the law in question.
For women who already suffer from heart disease, the ACA promises to make sure that they can access and afford the care they need. Beginning in 2014, insurance companies will not be able to deny coverage to women with pre-existing conditions, like heart disease, and until then the ACA provides women who have been denied coverage by the insurance industry the option of Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans that offer insurance coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.
My love of the Affordable Care Act will continue long into the future, as we see more and more health care benefits for women. So, from my heart and millions of others, thank you ACA for upholding your promise to provide us with the health care we need to stay healthy!
For more information on how the Affordable Care Act helps women, please visit http://www.raisingwomensvoices.net/.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Closing out American Heart Month, WomenHeart of Overland Park, Kansas hosted a Trivia Night fundraiser on Saturday, February 25th.
|WomenHeart of Overland Park, KS Trivia Night. |
WomenHeart Champion Sharon Frankel is pictured (in white).
13 teams played trivia at Round Hill Bath and Tennis Club in Overland Park. Each team enjoyed the picnic they had brought for their table, ranging from pizza delivery to chocolate-covered strawberries. WomenHeart Champion Jean Rundle’s husband Lynn was the MC, dressed as Sheriff Andy Taylor from Mayberry. While the guests mingled and ate, each WomenHeart Champion shared her story. WomenHeart Champion Beth Bale greeted guests, told the story of her heart transplant, and shared the importance of WomenHeart and the sisterhood which has formed.
Once the game began, each team was engrossed and tried their best to keep their answers to just their table! However, when asked: “Who were the 2 men running for president during the Republican convention in Kansas City in 1976?,” WomenHeart Champion Cindy Hillman could be heard shouting out from the back of the room: “Gerald Ford and …”– quickly realizing that she should have been whispering!
Prizes were donated by various small business owners in the area, and by two WomenHeart Champions of the WomenHeart Overland Park chapter. Prizes were handed out to the winning team at the end of each round. There were ten rounds altogether.
WomenHeart of Overland Park raised $1000 and enjoyed a great time. All the guests and WomenHeart Champions who attended the event are hoping for a rematch during Heart Month 2013!