One Day a Year, What You Wear is a Matter of Life and Death

Twelfth Annual National Wear Red Day is February 6, 2015

“How do you go red?” asks the American Heart Association. On Friday, February 6, 2015, people from across Long Island, as well as corporations, businesses, hospitals, towns, schools, local and state legislators, members of the media, teachers, and people from all walks of life will be wearing red to focus attention on – and raise funds to fight cardiovascular disease that causes one in three women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.

On February 6th, the American Heart Association’s 12th Annual National Wear Red Day asks women to show their support for the fight against heart disease in women by wearing red. It’s an easy, powerful way to speak up and show support for Go Red For Women®, the American Heart Association’s solution to save women’s lives. The Go Red For Women movement, sponsored nationally by Macys urges women to take charge of their cardiovascular health, make it a top priority and live a stronger, longer life. The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System is the Cities Go Red Sponsor for the movement.

Every minute in the United States, someone’s wife, mother, daughter or sister dies from heart disease, stroke or other form of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women age 25 and older and stroke is the No. 4 killer of women, as women account for 61 percent of all stroke deaths annually. The American Heart Association Go Red For Women movement is about turning around these statistics. It’s also about resources, information and hope.

Donations to Go Red For Women help support our efforts to educate women and to fund breakthrough research by the American Heart Association that helps ensure women are represented in clinical studies.

For more than 10 years, women have been fighting heart disease individually and together as part of the Go Red For Women movement. More than 650,000 women’s lives have been saved, but the fight is far from over.

On February 6, or on a different day if you wish, you and your colleagues are encouraged to wear red (and dress down if your company allows) and each donate $5 or more. As a thank you for their support, each participant will receive a Go Red For Women® red dress pin, wristband or sticker to wear, along with information about how to make healthy choices every day. As a Wear Red Day Coordinator, you’ll receive a Coordinator’s Tool Kit with all the materials needed to conduct a successful Wear Red Day event – including a Coordinator’s Guide, educational materials, posters, and ideas to make your event successful and fun.

For more information about National Wear Red Day and to sign up your company or organization, contact Jessica DiMeo at or 516-450-9111.



A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has discovered that more than 90 percent of American children consume too much sodium. Foods such as chicken nuggets, pizza and pasta account for almost half of their sodium intake, according to the study.

The CDC researchers interviewed and examined 2,266 children ages six to 18 as part of the ongoing “What We Eat in America,” the dietary survey of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Among the findings:

  • 43 percent of children’s sodium come from foods frequently marketed to kids at restaurants and grocery stores, including pizza, breads, cheese, soups, pasta, cold cuts, savory snacks, and Mexican mixed dishes;
  • 65 percent of kids’ sodium intake came from store foods. Thirteen percent from fast food/pizza restaurants. Nine percent from school cafeterias. And 5 percent from restaurants;
  • Dinner appeared to be the saltiest meal of the day, with 39 percent of sodium consumed at dinner compared with 29 percent at lunch, 16 percent during snack time and 15 percent at breakfast;
  • One in six kids have elevated blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

So what can you do to reduce the sodium your kids eat? Here are some tips to lower your child’s risk:

  • As a parent, you can model healthy eating by offering your kids plenty of fruits and vegetables without added salt. Look for product labels and choose the one with the lowest sodium.
  • Restaurants can replace sodium with alternatives like spices, herbs, and citrus juices. If you ask for a low sodium meal, most establishments will fulfill your request.
  • Sauces such as soy, teriyaki, ketchup, bar-be-que, and salad dressings can be high in sodium. A small squeeze instead of a large amount can make a huge difference!

The American Heart Association is working to help kids and families live heart-healthy lives. To find information to keep your family healthy and active, go to

SodiumPledge 2014

Heart Healthy Thanksgiving Tips from the American Heart Association

Thanksgiving is about enjoying time with our family and celebrating with traditional foods we know and love. However, the holiday can impact the time usually reserved for healthy routines and involve meals that are not exactly made to be heart-healthy.

To keep your diet and health in check over the Thanksgiving holiday, try these ideas below from the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign, including ways to minimize stress and smart substitutions for your holiday meals.

Try healthy substitutes

These simple tricks make your favorite holiday recipes better for heart health.


  • Instead of butter, substitute equal parts cinnamon-flavored, no-sugar-added applesauce.
  • Instead of sugar, use a lower-calorie sugar substitute.
  • Instead of whole or heavy cream, substitute low-fat or skim milk.
  • Instead of using only white flour, use half white and half whole-wheat flour.
  • Instead of adding chocolate chips or candies, use dried fruit, like cranberries or cherries.
  • Use extracts like vanilla, almond and peppermint to add flavor, instead of sugar or butter.


  • Use vegetable oils such as olive oil instead of butter (even in your mashed potatoes).
  • Use herbs and spices, like rosemary and cloves, to flavor dishes instead of butter and salt.
  • Use whole-grain breads and pastas instead of white.
  • Bake, grill or steam vegetables instead of frying.
  • Instead of whole milk or heavy cream, substitute low-fat or fat-free/skim milk.

Prepare vegetables, eat a balanced meal

Now that you’ve prepared some of your Thanksgiving meal with healthy substitutes, prepare yourself a balanced plate of all your favorite holiday foods, starting with a salad and vegetables. Eating your veggies will ensure you get the nutrients you need and will help fill you up so you don’t overload on the foods your body needs less of, such as rolls, stuffing and pie.

Increase physical activity

The American Heart Association advises increasing physical activity over Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season to combat the extra calories and additional stress. Go for a family walk after each meal or gathering. Play catch with your kids or walk your dog the long route. Take just 40 minutes and go to the gym to release endorphins your body needs to stay healthy.

Keep stress to a minimum

There’s so much to do at the holidays. Taking care of family, cooking, cleaning—Thanksgiving can involve a lot of activities that not only keep you busy, but can also increase your level of stress. Keep stress to a minimum with stress management techniques. The AHA recommends:

  • Planning ahead to help you with time management
  • Focusing on one thing at a time
  • Taking time to relax & not sweating the small stuff

Get enough sleep

Part of living a heart-healthy lifestyle means getting enough sleep. Why? Because your quality of sleep can impact your heart health. The American Heart Association recommends adults get six to eight hours of sleep per night. Over the holiday, get into bed early to give yourself enough time to wind down after your day and to fall asleep faster and more soundly.

Find more ways to live healthy at Go Red For Women online:

For healthy recipes, visit .

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RECIPE Try this quick, Simple Cooking with Heart recipe for using holiday leftovers anytime you’re craving Thanksgiving flavors. It’ll be a nice change after a heavy meal.

Festive Turkey Rice Salad

Presented by: Walmart – Simple Cooking With Heart

Serves 6 – 203 Calories – 25 mg Sodium


2 Tbsp. rice vinegar 2 Tbsp. lime juice 1 Tbsp. olive oil 1 Tbsp. honey 1 tsp. ground ginger 3 1/2 cups cooked wild or brown rice 1 1/2 cups chopped, boneless, skinless, cooked turkey breast 1/3 cup dried cranberries 1 bunch chopped green onions (1/2 cup)

Directions In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, lime juice, oil, honey and ginger; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the rice, turkey, cranberries and green onion. Toss with ginger dressing. Refrigerate until serving.

Additional Tips

You can also toss leftover peas or your veggies of choice into the salad. Make this delightful salad year round using Rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken breast. Use quick-cooking couscous instead of rice.

Kids in the Kitchen: Have the kids help you measure out the ingredients and pour into the bowl.

Nutritional Info

Per serving: Calories Per Serving 203 Total Fat 2.9 g Saturated Fat 0.5 g Trans Fat 0.0 g Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g Monounsaturated Fat 1.7 g Cholesterol 29 mg Sodium 25 mg Carbohydrates 30 g Fiber 2 g Sugars 9 g Protein 15 g Dietary Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1 1/2 lean meat


American Heart Association serves up fruits and veggies on National Eating Healthy Day

National Eating Healthy Day is Wednesday, Nov. 5, and the American Heart Association wants people to listen the advice of generations of mothers: Eat your vegetables (and fruit).

Americans typically consume about half their recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. The American Heart Association recommends eating eight or more fruit and vegetable servings every day. For an average adult consuming 2,000 calories daily, that means about 4 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables a day.

According to the American Heart Association, fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber, and low in saturated fat and calories. Most fruits and vegetables also have no or little sodium, and eating a variety of fruits and vegetables may help you control your weight and your blood pressure. While heart disease and stroke are leading causes of death and disability for all Americans, more than 80 percent of risk factors for heart disease and stroke are preventable through behaviors like making better food choices, getting regular exercise, keeping a healthy weight and not smoking.

The AHA is offering a free fruits and vegetable resource guide to help people incorporate more fruits and vegetables in their diet. For more information on National Eating Healthy Day, to download the resource guide or to find recipes and other nutrition information, visit

Fruit stand

PS 214 Hosts Harvest Day For American Heart Association Teaching Garden

PS 214 – The Cadwallader Colden School hosted their Harvest Day to finish their planning season for their Zurich sponsored American Heart Association Teaching Garden as part of an education initiative to help build healthy bodies and minds. The Harvest Day Celebration was held on Wednesday, October 22nd and the rain couldn’t stop the celebration. Held indoors, children in the Garden Club tasted the fresh herbs that were grown, played games and helped mulch leaves for the garden.

The PS 214 Teaching Garden was created using American Heart Association science and nutrition guidelines coupled with information from gardening and education experts. The program combines nutrition education with garden based learning. It is a real-life laboratory where students learn how to plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest produce and ultimately understand the value of good eating habits.

Numerous studies have shown that participation in school garden programs can have a positive impact on student’s attitudes toward fruits and vegetables. PS 214 staff and students are excited to cultivate healthy kids, who have proven to perform higher.

“The school and the community are so proud of what we have accomplished here. It is great to see so excited to get kids involved in growing and eating healthier foods,” said Principal Denise Fuccillo.

The program is designed to encourage healthy diets in young children and to help combat childhood obesity, which has reached epidemic proportions. Today, nearly one in three children and adolescents in the U.S. is overweight or obese.

Some experts predict, today’s children are not expected to live as long as their parents – the first time ever for an entire generation’s life expectancy to drop. Currently, less than 1% of the population, and almost NO CHILDREN in the United States ages 5-19, have ideal health as it relates to the Healthy Diet Score.

“The Teaching Garden program curriculum challenges students to make small changes, including healthier food choices, to improve their health,” said Justine Kim, Director of Community Relations for the American Heart Association “The goal is to make healthy foods fun, and provide opportunities for children to try and enjoy healthy foods. We hope this leads to lifelong healthy habits.”

For more information on getting a Teaching Garden in your school, contact the American Heart Association at 212-878-5928 or visit online at .


Planning For American Heart Association’s 14th Annual Go Red For Women Luncheon Underway

Plans are officially underway for this year’s 14th Annual Go Red for Women Luncheon which will take place on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at the Crest Hollow Country Club.  Pictured are the members of the 2014-2015 American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon Committee Chaired by Teresa Evans, Head of Human Resources Continental Home Loans, Inc. and will honor Howard Stein, Managing Partner of the Real Estate Practice Group Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP and Deborah K. Richman, President and CEO DK USA, Ltd. For more information about the Luncheon or how to become involved in the Go Red for Women movement, contact the American Heart Association at (516) 450-9131 or visit

The Long Island Go Red For Women Luncheon is nationally sponsored by Macy’s. The North Shore-LIJ Health System is the Cites Go Red sponsor.

2015 GRFW Committee Photo

Front Row: Honoree Howard Stein, Auction Chair Michelle Schmitt, Event Chair Teresa Evans. 2nd Row: AHA Regional VP Kathy Munsch, Elana Zolfo, Bill Faggiano, Laura Palacios, Cathy Stein, Tracey Markland, Alan Schoenberger, Ann Boutcher, Michelle  Stieglitz, Gina Eannucci, Nancy Magrini, Vivian Aronica. Back Row: Karen Vito, Veronica Henry, Christine Miller, Nancy Lieberman, Jill Grossman, Brenda Litzky, Randi Lehman, Marilyn Price, Holly Von Seggern, AHA Event Manager Rosanne Goodman, AHA Event Admin Julie Cocheo, AHA GRFW Event Director Meredith McCaslin.  Missing from photo: Honoree Deborah K. Richman, Jean Marie Cacciabaudo, Anna Carusos, Lois Cooper, Lois Cornibert, Sophia DeMonte, Karen Ferenzo, Reva Gajer, Sheryl Giugliano, Theresa Going, Rhonda Green, Sonia Henry, Veronia Henry, Joan Kaye, Ellen Kessler, Ellen Labita, Cindy McLoughlin, Cheryl Mittel, Carmelina Oliveira, Stacey Rosen, Susan Safran, Loriann Shelton, Jacqueline Siegel, Lina Silva & Carol Solomon.

Praise and hope from American Heart Association As Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs the CPR in Schools bill

Advocates prepare for the next steps

They have traveled to Albany to meet with legislators; they held a CPR Rally at the Capitol; they have written letters to the editor; they have given countless media interviews; they have tweeted and they have phoned.

Today, after learning that Gov. Cuomo has signed the CPR in Schools bill, six women who lost children to sudden cardiac arrest are optimistic that the New York will join the 19 other states that ensure students learn CPR before graduation.

“My daughter Emily was 14 when she took her last breath in my arms,” said Annette Adamczak of Akron, who, on Sunday, orchestrated a CPR Flash Mob on the fields near where her daughter collapsed. “Governor Cuomo has used his heart in signing this bill, and done his part to make sure all New York students are trained in CPR. If I could turn back the hands of time, I would give my hands the knowledge that could have saved a life – my child’s life.”

“Five years later I still wonder why? With so many people there that that night why isn’t Dominic here?” said Melinda Murray of Queens, whose son Dominic died of sudden cardiac arrest when he was 17. “The answer is clear. No one knew what to do right away. Thank you, Governor Cuomo, for ensuring our next generation knows what to do in the precious minutes it takes to save a life.”

The signed bill now goes to the state Commissioner of Education, who has 180 days to recommend to the Board of Regents that they include CPR and AED instruction in the curriculum. The Regents have 60 days to act after the commissioner’s report.

“My son Louis never had a chance at survival,” said Karen Acompora of Northport, whose son was 14 when he died of sudden cardiac arrest. Acompora was instrumental in passing Louis’ Law, which requires that an AED be on-site in public places where large amounts of people gather. Since that law went into effect in 2002, more than 80 lives have been saved.

“I applaud Gov. Cuomo for signing the CPR in Schools bill, and bringing the state of New York closer to creating a generation of life savers,” Acompora said. “He honors Louis and the other children whose lives were cut short by signing this bill. We are almost there. Now it is up to the State Education Department to do the right thing.”

“My son was 16 when he died of an enlarged heart,” said Audrey Linguanti of Spring Valley. “Since then I have been working hard to pass the CPR in schools bill, in his memory.  Governor Cuomo’s signature on this bill is a good step toward saving so many lives – like Vincent wanted to when he joined the local fire department. Thank you, Governor.”

“The pain we have over losing our children never ends,” said Suzy McCarthy of Evans, whose daughter Madison was 5 when sudden cardiac arrest stole her life. “Thank you, Governor Cuomo, for realizing that time is critical – let’s get the students of New York trained so that we can save, not lose, lives.”

“We will miss Robbie all of our lives,” said Jill Levine of Merrick, whose son was 9 when he died. “It has taken us years to get to this point. Thank you to Gov. Cuomo for signing the CPR in Schools bill. I hope the State Education Department quickly finalizes recommendations to ensure students learn CPR. It is within their power to prevent more senseless deaths in New York.”

“Governor Cuomo’s signature on this bill has the potential to make New York a safer state for all,” said Dan Moran, chair of the New York State Advocacy Committee of the American Heart Association. “Most of the 424,000 sudden cardiac arrest deaths that happen each year happen in the home. Having CPR performed doubles or triples the chances of survival for victims of sudden cardiac arrest. All of us applaud Gov. Cuomo for signing this bill, and hope that the Commissioner of Education and the Board of Regents take the steps that will empower our students by teaching them Hands-Only CPR.”

“I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Governor for recognizing the life-saving potential of this legislation,” said Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, who authored and sponsored the bill (A9298). “This legislation will help ensure more New Yorkers are prepared to perform CPR and by equipping our kids with this knowledge, we can prevent unnecessary deaths.”

Weisenberg was also the sponsor of Louis’ Law.

“Most people are surprised to learn CPR isn’t taught to our kids before they graduate,” said state Sen. Mark Grisanti, sponsor of the bill in the Senate (S7096). “Teaching CPR is just common sense. Schools prepare students with essential life skills, and CPR skills will make our communities safer, year after year. I’m proud to have sponsored the CPR in Schools bill. Nineteen other states have a CPR in Schools law. Let’s get New York in the top 20.”

“One training session, one class period could mean the difference in a life,” said Adamczak. “One life may not seem like much, but to that person’s family, it is the world.”

Why Teach CPR in Schools?

  • Over 400,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States.
  • Sadly, about 90 percent of victims die most likely because they don’t receive timely CPR.
  • Three to Five minutes – this is the difference between life and death.
  • A victim’s best chance at survival is receiving bystander CPR until EMTs arrive.
  • Given right away, CPR doubles or triples survival rates.
  • Teaching students CPR could save thousands of lives by filling our community with lifesavers.
  • About 80 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home.  The life saved will likely be a loved one.
  • So far, 19 states across the country have already passed laws requiring every high school student to be CPR-trained before graduation, and it’s paying off.
  • Hands-only CPR makes it easy.  Now CPR can be taught in less than one class period.