Hudson Valley

    • Check It! Challenge could lead to lower risk of heart disease and stroke in New York State
      A program giving New Yorkers a chance to help control a silent killer is back.  The American Heart Association is now recruiting participants for the Check It! Challenge. The challenge is a community-wide program encouraging people to check, change, and control their blood pressure. The program began in Central New York and the Southern Tier and has […]
    • Westchester: Summer Tips for a Healthy Heart
      Summer can bring many happy memories – family vacations, summer camp, days at the shore, staying up late and watching the sun set. No matter what your summer traditions include, be sure to keep in mind your heart and brain health throughout the longer daylight hours. According to the American Heart Association heart disease and stroke remain the No. 1 […]
    • Walgreens supports heart and brain health through the American Heart Association’s Life Is Why campaign
      Shoppers can support the life-saving work of the American Heart Association Walgreens is proud to support the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, through Life Is Why™, a cause marketing campaign benefitting the American Heart Association. Life Is Why inspires consumers to […]
    • What effect does sodium have on your blood pressure?
      Almost at the halfway mark, the American Heart Association’s free blood pressure awareness program, the Check It! Challenge, has a reach of 315,000 people. Participants are checking their blood pressure twice monthly and taking advantage of American Heart Association resources provided to them. Each month during the four-month program that began in […]
    • Westchester Women to Reconnect in Person to Fight Heart Disease at Westchester Go Red for Women Experience
      After nearly two years away from in person events, today the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, announced the 2022 Westchester Go Red for Women® movement will transform its famous luncheon into an evening experience. This signature event will take place Thursday, March 24 at […]
    • American Heart Association expands “Lower the Pressure” initiative in New York State thanks to $1 million grant
      The American Heart Association has new tools to help improve blood pressure rates in New York State, thanks to a grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation.  The two-year grant of $1 million will allow the American Heart Association to expand its focus on improving high blood pressure rates in under-resourced communities. Through the “Lower the […]
    • New York: American Heart Association, Northwell Health Combine Forces to Combat Heart Disease, Women’s No. 1 Health Threat
      An important fact we all need to understand is cardiovascular disease remains the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year claiming more women’s lives than all forms of cancer combined. That’s approximately one woman every minute! The American Heart Association in New York City, Westchester and Long Island is proud to announce an expanded […]
    • New York State Regional Hypertension Summit works to control a silent killer
      More than 100 clinicians, primary care providers and population health representatives gathered virtually to help make New York State a healthier place at the Regional Hypertension Summit hosted by the American Heart Association. Hypertension is often called the silent killer, and it is the most important modifiable risk factor for heart disease. […]
    • Addressing Hypertension in New York State
      The American Heart Association is working to improve hypertension across New York State with a brand new event. The virtual Regional Hypertension Summit will bring together health care organizations, medical practices, and health-focused organizations from across New York State to collectively address blood pressure control and recognize Target: BP™ […]
    • Conversations With My Daughter: World Heart Day 2021
      The American Heart Association of Westchester County along with White Plains Hospital present a video series in honor of World Heart Day 2021. During this five-part series, leaders from across Westchester will host heart to heart conversations with their daughters about important health topics. Physical Activity by Dr. James Peacock Stress and […]
    • Pittsburgh Pastor Receives Top Grant at the First EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ Faith-Based
      The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, announced the top awardees of its first-ever EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ Faith-Based hosted by the Eastern States region. The first-place grant of $50,000 was awarded to Pastor Cynthia Wallace of Bible Center Church in the […]
    • NYC Marathon sign of city’s return
      The American Heart Association,  the nation’s leading nonprofit in heart health, is proud to announce a return to one of the most popular events in the city, the 2021 NYC Marathon. Back in person after the pandemic, the five-borough race is back on the calendar.  Runners and those willing to challenge themselves are invited to apply. The 2021 TCS […]
    • Five Faith-Based Organizations Named as Finalists in the American Heart Association’s First EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ Faith-Based
      Over $105,000 in Grants Will be Awarded to Local Community Leaders Faith-based organizations and places of worship have played an important role during the COVID-19 crisis in our country. These organizations and their volunteers and staff have been on the frontline, mitigating the impact of COVID-19 and providing communities with much needed guidance […]
    • Women face unique risks for high blood pressure and stroke
      Women have a lot on their plates, and sometimes important self-care can take a back seat to work, family and other obligations. In fact, nearly 50% of adult women have high blood pressure, and nearly three-quarters of those with high blood pressure don’t have it under control. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can significantly increase a woman’s risk […]
    • Webinar panelists four-paneEmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ Faith-Based Workshop Highlights Powerful Partnerships, Kicks-Off Grant Application Period
      The power of partnerships built on trust, dignity and respect was a key theme during March 17th’s EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ Faith-Based Workshop Zoom webinar, hosted by the American Heart Association (AHA), Eastern States region. “When you see value in people, it affirms that value that is in you,” said Dr. Abraham […]
    • Westchester WIC Benefits Community Forum presented by American Heart Association
      Welcome the American Heart Association’s Westchester County Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Community Forum. We would like to give a special thank you to our panelists, Sharon D’Errico from Sun River Health and Elena Tateo from Westchester County Department of Health. We created this companion […]
    • The American Heart Association Launches Funding Initiative Aimed at Supporting Communities through Local Faith Institutions
      Faith-based organizations and places of worship have played an important role during the COVID-19 crisis in our country. These organizations and their volunteers and staff have been on the frontline, mitigating the impact of COVID-19 and providing communities with much needed guidance and support. That is why the American Heart Association’s Eastern […]
    • Westchester SNAP Benefits Community Forum presented by American Heart Association
      Welcome the American Heart Association’s Westchester County Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits Community Forum. Thank you for joining us for this important discussion about food assistance programs available in our area. We would like to give a special thank you to our panelists, Anne Daddona from Westchester County […]
    • AHA President: The best way forward requires bridging disciplines, people, places
      The challenges facing our world are many – from timely concerns such as the coronavirus pandemic and the renewed emphasis it has placed on the need to dismantle structural racism to the ongoing challenges of treating and beating the top two killers around the globe: heart disease and stroke. As president of the American Heart Association, Dr. Mitch […]
    • Protect your heart in the heat
      With the summer heat upon us, be sure to protect your heart in the heat. It’s important to know that extreme heat can be hard on the heart. As the temperature rises, so can your risk for suffering health issues like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Doctors recommend using good judgment when it comes to activities outside in the heat, and that you stay […]
    • The AHA Launches 2nd Webinar in a Series Discussing Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color
      Long before the pandemic, systemic challenges have contributed to disparities that impede some people from living long, healthy lives. Your ZIP code should not determine how long you live, but it does. Social factors, which are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources, as well as immigration status, occupation, and language preference, […]
    • ICYMI: Eastern States Launched a Webinar Series on the Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color
      On May 15, the Eastern States Community Impact team launched the first webinar of a series designed to discuss the impact of COVID-19 in communities of color. The webinar was offered to health equity leaders nationwide and was attended by approximately 1,035 participants. During the webinar, implications of COVID-19 from the perspective of economics, […]
    • The AHA Convenes Health Equity Leaders to Discuss Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color
      Long before the coronavirus impacted how we live, work, and play, systemic challenges contributed to disparities that impede some people from living long, healthy lives. Your ZIP code should not determine how long you live, but it does. Social factors, which are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources, have been mostly responsible for […]
    • CycleNation Comes To Westchester To Help Prevent Stroke: Dr. Yafell Serulle serves as Chair
      The American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, will host its first-ever CycleNation in Westchester on Friday, May 1, 2020 at Yonkers Brewing Company, 92 Main Street, Yonkers. Yafell Serulle, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Neuroendovascular Surgery at Phelps Hospital Northwell Health and a member of the Department of Neurology […]
    • Maureen Adams to Lead Go Red for Women® in Westchester County, NY
      The American Heart Association (AHA) announced today that Maureen Adams, RN, MBA, Chief Clinical Officer of Westmed Medical Group, will serve as chair of the 2020 Westchester Go Red for Women movement. As Chair of the Go Red for Women movement in Westchester, Ms. Adams will work to raise funds and spread awareness of heart disease while championing the […]
    • Mara and Danielle in front of AHA logoDutchess-Ulster, NY Go Red for Women Luncheon advances wellness
      More than 300 people came together at Poughkeepsie’s Grandview on Friday, November 8th to be relentless in support of women’s health. The event — which was chaired by Denise Doring VanBuren of Central Hudson Gas & Electric — included a keynote speech by Mara Schiavocampo of the Dr. Oz show, wellness showcase, a talk about […]
    • woman in front of aha step and repeat logo backropFirsts, friendships, lead to “BetterU” for Hudson Valley woman
      Jennifer Langley is a participant in our Hudson Valley BetterU challenge and shares her journey: I have been aware of the Better U program for a few years and have marveled at the women in each class – their determination and inspiration are enviable. Being part of the 2019 class has been a true pleasure. I am enjoying getting to know the […]
    • Mental wellness a key component to building a “BetterU”
      Brooke O’Connell, Hudson Valley, NY BetterU participant, shares the ways in which making small changes proved more sustainable for her in her journey toward better health.  I’m so thankful for the Better U Program.  When I started this program, I had the hopes and dreams of losing a large sum of weight in a short amount of time and changing my […]
    • Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall screens blood pressure, raises awareness on World Stroke Day
      Tuesday, October 29 was World Stroke Day, and the American Heart Association teamed up with Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall and Woodbury Common Premium Outlets to raise awareness about the warning signs of stroke and provide hands-on education and health screenings. People learned how to spot a stroke F.A.S.T. “It’s really an honor to […]
    • Dr. Oz Journalist to give keynote address at Nov. 8 Go Red for Women Luncheon
      Unbearable, is how Mara Schiavocampo described the early days of reducing the processed food she was eating. Today, she celebrates the 90 pounds she lost and the healthy way she feels, eating only whole foods. “I had been overweight, but not unhappily,” the special correspondent to the Dr. Oz Show & author said. “But after my daughter was born […]
    • Empowering Entrepreneurs for healthier communities: EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator Finale Event
      We are thrilled to introduce the 2019 EmPOWERED to Serve National Business Accelerator grant recipients!  The October 17th event was hosted in Washington, D.C. at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The top nine candidates presented their innovative concepts and ideas in a shark-tank style program at the event for a chance to […]
    • Sharon DiCarlo headshotMoving More with BetterU in New York’s Hudson Valley
      It seems like just yesterday I met this amazing group of ladies to begin the BetterU challenge for 2019. I had not worked out in a gym for quite some time, other than the occasional walk on the treadmill or 30 minutes on an elliptical machine. Working with a personal trainer was really eye opening…I knew right away that in order to get strong, and get […]
    • Healthy breakfast of oatmealHudson Valley, NY BetterU participants improve health, one great choice at a time
      Small changes are adding up for our Hudson Valley, NY BetterU participants as they progress through the program. LuAnn Toth is eating better and moving more, “Started my day this morning doing 30 minutes on my spin cycle, and then had oatmeal with sliced almonds along with my protein of scrambled eggs with ground turkey!” Check out these […]
    • Women pose with a #HVBetterU signHudson Valley, NY BetterU means “I’m not alone”
      “I’m not alone.” That’s what Hudson Valley BetterU participant Ana Rodriguez (pictured far left in blue) shared following a seminar with her fellow BetterU women this morning, citing the positive emotional impact of participation as key. “It doesn’t matter what we look like, or where we’re from…we all […]
    • New York’s Governor Cuomo’s executive action doesn’t go far enough
      NEW YORK – The American Heart Association is very disappointed with the limited scope of the emergency executive action Gov. Cuomo took today, Sept. 15,  which would ban the sale of certain flavored e-cigarettes, and hopes that there is an opportunity to include all flavored tobacco products, including menthol combustible cigarettes. “This […]
    • That’s Sparkle, not Sweat!
      2019 Dutchess-Ulster BetterU participant Jennifer Gardiner has mastered meal prep and going to the gym as she gets started with the program!  That’s Sparkle ❇ Not Sweat 💦 I had a personal trainer appointment for the very first time ever! My trainer was DQ and he was great! Not only did he kick my butt and I was sore for a few days after (it was […]
    • Ready to Rock the 10th annivesary of BetterU!
      Lynne Versaci shared her thoughts as the first week of the BetterU came to a close. Way to go, Lynne! As this first week comes to a close, I can breathe a little easier and I’m not as anxious when it comes to me thinking about my weight. I’ve learned that with moving a little more, choosing healthy options and, oh yeah, getting by with a little help […]
    • Ana Rodriguez’ first week of the BetterU!
      Ana Rodriguez, part of the 2019 Dutchess Ulster BetterU class, shared her enthusiasm of being in the BetterU! Here are her words – What an “AWESOME” 1st week I have had😁 From the kickoff on August 16, to my 2nd personal training session with Kristen at Gold’s Gym on Aug. 22 to a Zumba Class and a Body Pump Class with a few half-hour […]
    • Anti-Vaping Contest Winners Announced
      Montefiore Hudson Valley Collaborative (MVHC) hosted a celebratory event culminating their Vaping Prevention Contest to help teens from the Bronx, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties learn the truth about vaping and raise awareness among their peers, parents and policy makers through creative and compelling […]
    • Orange County Sheriff Deputy Receives Hero Award for Saving Life with CPR
      National CPR & AED Awareness Week is June 1–7 The American Heart Association presented Orange County Sheriff Deputy Andrew Eberhardt with their HeartSaver Hero Award for using his CPR skills to help a man when he suddenly collapsed from cardiac arrest. The award was presented Thursday, June 6th at the Orange County Government Center. “We present […]
    • Women Encouraged to Apply for 10th Anniversary BetterU Challenge 
      The American Heart Association invites local women to apply for the 10th Anniversary BetterU Challenge, sponsored by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation. The 12-week program, starting August 9th, is designed to improve cardiovascular health through simple lifestyle changes and prevent heart disease—women’s number one killer. The program is […]
    • Tickets Still Available for Westchester Go Red for Women Luncheon
      Tickets are still available for the May 31st Westchester Go Red for Women Luncheon at the Hilton Westchester. The event features morning education sessions, health and wellness expo, inspiring survivor stories, and keynote address by Suzanne R. Steinbaum, DO, FACC, FAHA. Steinbaum is a cardiologist and Director of Women’s Cardiovascular […]
    • TriCounty Heart Walk Celebrates 25 Years of Survivors
      Despite the rainy weather, hundreds of local residents came out to participate in the TriCounty Heart Walk on Sunday, May 5th at Harriman State Park to support the programs and research of the American Heart Association. Donations are still being accepted at Several red-caped “SUPER-heroes” were presented with Heart Hero […]
    • May is American Stroke Month – 7 Habits to Prevent Stroke
      During May, American Stroke Month, the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, the world’s largest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease and stroke, shares seven habits to help prevent stroke. Up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented by not smoking, making healthy food choices, getting enough […]
    • Orange, Rockland and Sullivan Residents Invited to Register for May 5th TriCounty Heart Walk
      There is still time to register for the TriCounty Heart Walk on Sunday, May 5th at Harriman State Park. Register online at You might see a few red-caped “SUPER-heroes” there, like kindergartner Sydney Lundgren, Heart Hero and Junior Honoree for the TriCounty Heart Walk. The enemy she’s battled since before her birth was a […]
    • Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum to Keynote Westchester Go Red for Women Luncheon
      The American Heart Association announced Suzanne R. Steinbaum, DO, FACC, FAHA, cardiologist and Director of Women’s Cardiovascular Prevention, Health and Wellness at Mount Sinai Heart in New York City, as the keynote speaker for the Go Red for Women Luncheon in Westchester County on May 31st at the Hilton Westchester. Tickets are on sale now at […]
    • Dutchess-Ulster Heart Walk THIS Saturday at Dutchess Community College
      There’s still time to register for the April 13th Dutchess Ulster Heart Walk at its new location, Dutchess Community College. The event tackles heart disease and stroke, the number one and five killers, in two ways—miles walked, and dollars raised. Walking gets hearts pumping to help prevent these leading killers, and the funds raised will support the […]
    • New York State Senate Passes Tobacco 21–Clears Way for Governor to Sign
      Great news from the NYS Capitol! Senate’s passage of Tobacco 21 means a better future for New York’s youth! The American Heart Association applauds the New York state Senate for its passage of Tobacco 21 (S2833/ A558-A) by a vote of 52 to 8 today. Tobacco 21 raises the legal sales age for tobacco products to 21. “Nearly 30 % of all New York high school […]
    • Barbara Scuccimarra to be Honored at Heart Walk for work on Tobacco 21 law
      Lifelong Putnam resident Barbara Scuccimarra will be recognized as the 2019 Putnam Heart Walk Community Honoree for her work on the Tobacco 21 Law which passed last fall in Putnam County. She will be recognized at the American Heart Association’s Putnam Heart Walk, on Sunday, April 28th at Brewster High School. Heart disease is the leading cause of […]
    • American Heart Association’s CycleNation Pumps Hearts & Pedals for Research Funding
      The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) 2nd annual indoor cycling “CycleNation” event was held at Sportsplex Fitness in New Windsor on Thursday, February 28th. The goal of the event was to encourage Hudson Valley residents to use cycling to improve heart and brain health, while raising funds to continue the AHA/ASA’s vital […]
    • St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Wins Heart Trophy
      The American Heart Association (AHA) announced St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) the winner of the Heart Walk 2018 “Crothall Healthcare Hospital Cup.” The cup is presented annually by the AHA to the hospital that raises the most funds to fight heart disease and stroke through participation in the TriCounty Heart Walk. St. Luke’s beat out Orange […]
    • Score a Touchdown with Heart Healthy Snacks for the Game
      The big game needs big plans for healthy snacks! Don’t sack everyone’s healthy New Year’s resolutions with a party spread filled with fried, fattening or sugary foods. Score a touchdown with a super party buffet full of heart healthy foods to give everyone a healthy option while celebrating the big game! Offering healthy food choices can help people […]
    • Join National Wear Red Day February 1st
        One in three. That’s the price women pay for cardiovascular disease. While nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women. That’s a third of mothers, sisters and friends. On National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 1st — nationally […]
    • Go Red For Women Fast Facts
      GO RED FOR WOMEN® FAST FACTS   Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, claiming the lives of one in three women. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Cardiovascular diseases kill one woman about every 80 seconds. But about 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases can be […]
    • Anchors Go Red on National Wear Red Day
      Welcome to the blog, News Anchors! The American Heart Association invites you to get involved in National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 1st, to help kick off American Heart Month! Wear red and raise awareness for women’s number one killer—heart disease. Go Red For Women is about much more than wearing red on National Wear Red Day. It’s about making […]
    • Save the Date for the Westchester Go Red for Women Luncheon!
      Save the date for the 2019 Westchester Go Red for Women Luncheon on May 31, 2019! We welcome 2019 Go Red For Women Chair: Judy Melillo Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation! For tickets, visit: […]
    • Fujifilm’s Judy Melillo to Lead Go Red For Women Campaign
      The American Heart Association announced the new chair for the 16th Annual Westchester Go Red For Women Luncheon set for Friday, May 31st at the Hilton Westchester.  Judy Melillo, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation, will lead the Go Red campaign efforts to help raise awareness and funds to fight the […]
    • American Heart Association introduces opioid education courses for healthcare providers and lay responders
      In a direct response to the ongoing national opioid crisis, the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, will provide two courses to educate both lay responders and all levels of clinical healthcare providers and emergency responders on delivering immediate treatment and care […]
    • West Point’s Coach Jeff Monken Finalist in Bear Bryant Awards
      The American Heart Association (AHA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, announced the finalists for the 2019 Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards, sponsored by Marathon Oil Corporation. Representing the nation’s best in college football, these coaches will compete for the highly-coveted and final […]
    • American Heart’s CycleNation Returns Feb. 28
      The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) will hold their 2nd annual indoor cycling “CycleNation” event at Sportsplex Fitness in New Windsor on Thursday, February 28th. The goal of the event is to encourage Hudson Valley residents to use cycling to improve heart and brain health, while raising funds to continue the AHA/ASA’s […]
    • Westchester American Heart Launches Community Impact Committee
      The American Heart Association announced the launch of their Community Impact Committee which is goaled with building a culture of health in the Westchester community while improving cardiovascular health for all. The Community Impact Committee, or CIC, is a standing committee of the Westchester American Heart Regional Board and responsible for […]
    • Dining Out Doesn’t Mean Ditching Your Diet
      Dining out this holiday season? The American Heart Association offers these tips to help people make healthy choices, even when dining out. The Association’s “Healthy For Good” campaign encourages people to make the healthy choice the default choice for heart health. A nutritious diet including an abundance of vegetables and fruits, whole grains, lean […]
    • Heart-Healthy Thanksgiving Tips
      Thanksgiving is about enjoying time with our family and celebrating with traditional foods we know and love. Unfortunately, many of those foods are packed with fat, sodium, sugar and too many calories. The American Heart Association (AHA) offers these tips and healthy smart substitutions for your holiday meals to help keep health on the holiday menu. […]
    • 11th Annual Go Red For Women Luncheon Draws Crowd to Fight Heart Disease
      The 11th Annual Dutchess-Ulster Go Red For Women Luncheon, was held on Friday, November 9th at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie. More than 360 women attended the event the luncheon–the American Heart Association’s signature event to help raise awareness and funds to fight women’s number one killer—heart disease. Donations are being accepted at […]
    • Making Myself a Priority
      Today’s BetterU Blog is from: JANNA!   Where has the time gone? Our 12 week Challenge is winding down and it feels like it flew by! And yet, when I look at all that I have accomplished it feels incredible that I haven’t been doing this for much longer. I once heard that it takes 21 days to create a habit, and in googling that to write this […]
    • Thank you, BetterU!
      This BetterU Blog is from CANDICE! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I can’t believe the program is ending. What a ride it has been. Although in the scheme of things, we are just beginning this new phase of our lives. I have learned so much more than just how to eat healthy and exercise. I learned about motivation, perseverance, self-love, […]
    • New Life for Better Me
      A BetterU Blog from EMILY!!! This is the most difficult of the four blog posts I was assigned to write to document my #HVBetterU journey. Why? Because it’s the final one. In eight days, our BetterU team will have our “graduation celebration” at the Hudson Valley Go Red for Women luncheon at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie. We’re […]
    • Continuing the Journey
      This BetterU Blog is from…SHERYL!!   Hi all, This, my last blog post, is truly bittersweet. On Nov. 1 I have to go into the hospital to have unexpected eye surgery.  So unfortunately I will not be present for the most fun part of this amazing experience:  The Celebration!! I am so, so sad, but I am still so, so happy that I was chosen to be […]
    • Grateful for the BetterU Health Journey
      Today’s BetterU Blog is from JAIME!!! When I received the call from the American Heart Association saying I was accepted into the Better U program 13 weeks ago, I had no idea what this experience would truly mean or how it would affect my entire life the way that it has.  For me, this experience has not only highlighted how important it is to my […]
    • Continuing the Journey
      Today’s BetterU Blog is from Carmella! Week 13 has come so quickly.  What an amazing journey this has been.  I am so proud to be part of this remarkable group of women who have worked so hard and achieved so much.  In early July when I received the call letting me know that I was accepted, I was so surprised.  So many of my friends have gone […]
    • BetterU Blog — No Longer a Challenge–Now a Lifestyle
      Today’s BetterU blog is from….Jaime!   How is it that we are already at week 11 of this challenge?  That went fast!  As I’m writing this I’m thinking that “challenge” isn’t the right word to use anymore.  I am definitely feeling that this is more of a true lifestyle now. When I started this journey, there were definitely moments where […]
    • BetterU Blog: Taking Stock
      Today’s BetterU blog is from…Emily!!   As we enter our 12th week of #HVBetterU, I’m taking stock of where I started and where I am now. On Monday, July 23rd, a few days before our BetterU class began, I made the decision to keep a food diary and be mindful of what I eat. At that time, my scale read 240 pounds. Today, 12 weeks later the […]
    • Heart Disease Survivor Finishes Chicago Marathon
      Wilton, Connecticut resident, Selina Santos, 42, completed the Chicago Marathon Saturday, her heart beating strong with every stride in the 26.2-mile race. Finishing a marathon is no small feat for any runner, but for Santos, a heart disease survivor, crossing that finish line meant so much more. Santos served as a 2016 Faces of Heart Ambassador at the […]
    • Tobacco 21 Legislation Passes in Putnam
      The American Heart Association offered praise to Putnam County Legislators for passage of Tobacco 21 legislation Tuesday night. The legislation calls for increasing the sales age of tobacco products, including cigarettes and vaping products, from 18 to 21 years of age. Putnam became the sixth Hudson Valley county to pass Tobacco 21 legislation in the […]
    • BetterU Blog — Suddenly Week Ten
      Today’s BetterU blog is from….Janna! And, suddenly it’s Week 10….I have no idea how it went so quickly! When I started the program, I worked with a great trainer who told me that when I found the exercise I loved. It wouldn’t be hard to keep up a fitness routine. I’ve been on the lookout for the activity I loved for the last ten weeks. I […]
    • BetterU: Heading in the Right Direction
      Today’s BetterU Blog is from…Sheryl!! Well, as my screen print shows, my weight is headed in the right direction. My time with my health coach Debbie Justs has come to a close, so now it is totally on me. Exercise still remains difficult for me. My “hiker’s hip” is still yelling at me when I climb steps, walk down from curbs, etc. so it has […]
    • Walking for Heart Health & Research at Heart Walk
      Nearly 1,000 Westchester area residents, including dozens of corporate and community teams, walked at the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk event Saturday at Kensico Dam in Valhalla. They walked for their hearts, and to fund the American Heart Association’s research. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Heart Walk event nationally. […]
    • Change is Hard
      Just over halfway through this program and eating healthy and exercising regularly is still really hard. It’s a different kind of hard than when I first started. You see, at first everything was so overwhelming. There was so much information and I didn’t know where to start. What really helped was telling everyone I knew about it and […]
    • Westchester Heart Walk This Saturday at Kensico Dam
      It’s time to lace up your sneakers for the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk event, this Saturday, September 29th at Kensico Dam in Valhalla. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Heart Walk event nationally. Many local companies and residents have registered teams to walk for their own hearts, for heart and stroke research. Register or […]
    • Trying and Not Comparing
      This BetterU blog is from SHERYL!!! Hi everyone, it’s Sheryl, the second oldest member of the Better U team!  And here we are at Week 7…wow! I think it was our team member Lisa who listed the below statement as being one of her mantras.  After carefully thinking about it and analyzing how I’ve been feeling since we all started this journey, I do […]
    • Changes In Me and My Family!
      This BetterU blog is from….ELISA!!! As we cross over the half way point of the program, I am reflecting on how grateful I am for this program, the women on this journey with me, and the sponsors for making it possible.   Not many things have impacted my life the way this program has. Through the process I have been able to put exercise and food […]
    • Feeling Different!
      Today’s BetterU blog by……ANNE! Another day, another opportunity to take care of me!  The first thing I do every morning when I open my eyes is give thanks.  I say a quick prayer to remind myself that I am not alone in my journey.  My next thoughts typically turn to my daily plan.  Work commitments? Outfit for the day?  Is it going to […]
    • Gratitude for BetterU
      Today’s BetterU blog is from…JUDY! Can’t believe we are almost ½ through this amazing challenge. I can say it has CHANGED  my lifestyle and I am very HAPPY & BLESSED  for this. Had not been in a gym for so many years (hard to rem ember when) little exercise ,was not a healthy eater, overweight, & achy. So I am not finished with my […]
    • Relearning Routine
      This BetterU blog post is from…JAIME!!! At first, I didn’t know what to write about for this week’s post.  So many things were spinning around my head and I wasn’t really sure where to start, but then after reading something from one of our mentors talking about setbacks it came to me.  Now that we are in week 5 of our Better U challenge I feel […]
    • It’s Not About Perfection, It’s About Progress
      Today’s BetterU Blog Post is from CANDICE! These are words I’ve often told others. Now only if I could listen to my own advice. I’ve always been an over-achiever, a perfectionist. I gravitate to things I’m good at doing. No wonder I’ve avoided taking care of my physical health for so long. I don’t fully understand […]
    • Reflections on BetterU
      So many times when I take photos, I find I’m searching out reflections. One third of our way through the BetterU challenge, I’m stopping for a minute to reflect. I find it hard to believe that after tearing my meniscus in early June that I could barely walk up stairs, but that was the case. That fall and injury caused me to make a reassessment of my […]
    • Hitting a Plateau
      A BetterU Blog Post from…CARMELLA! I’d like to start off with a little history about myself.  I have high blood pressure that is controlled by 3 medicines.  My family has a history of stroke, diabetes, breast cancer and heart disease.  My mom and her mom passed at 54 and 56 respectively.  My dad was gone at 78.  I saw myself gaining weight over […]
    • BetterU is a Chance to Focus on Yourself
      Today’s BetterU blog post is from JANNA! It’s hard to believe we are already 4 weeks in to BetterU! I had a tough time adjusting when the program started, but I think I’m getting into a routine. It’s starting to feel like normal instead of something that I just have to get through. I am in the worst shape of my life. I’ve never been thin, and I […]
    • Better Me!
      Today’s BetterU blog is from Janine! When I started this I was super nervous. I knew I needed to do something. My weight had sky rocketed. I was heavier than I ever been and honestly thought why can I not get control of this. I kept thinking my cholesterol is high. My thyroid dr told me it’s the one that clogs the arteries. You need to go on […]
    • Pack Health into Back-to-School Lunches
       It’s back-to-school time! The American Heart Association offers some budget-friendly, creative ideas for back-to-school season to help keep kids happy and healthy at lunchtime. Today, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963. Among children today, obesity is causing a broad range of health […]
    • What a Difference Three Weeks Makes!
      Today’s BetterU Blog post is from Danielle Perry! What a difference 3 weeks can make… After having “The Scan” I’ve been eating better and making MUCH healthier choices. Multiple times over the past 3 weeks I have been at Gold’s gym at 5:30am taking classes. (Who am I??) I even made zucchini tots!! I don’t cook. I have never […]
    • New Nutrition for Denise
      Today’s BetterU Blog is from Denise! She attended yesterday’s nutrition seminar by Roufia Payman, DT, CDN!   Yesterday was a real eye opener for me.  As a result of Roufia’s class, I spent almost 2 hours in the grocery store last night.  Trust me, I’ve never spent that much time in a grocery store in y ears.  I’m usually just a grab […]
    • Big Changes in Week One
      BetterU Participant Judy Shares Her Week One Recap! The 3D body scan gave me a scare! Actually, seeing the scan probably was the best thing because it made me really commit and realize I had to make a change to Better Me. I had a good week . I had a week off from work which made it easier. Changed a lot of things in my life. Cleaned out my cabinets and […]
    • Keep Breathing–Week One Recap from Jaime
      Blog post today from JAIME BUTLER! For me, the best parts of week 1 was just pushing myself to make each day count either at the gym or when making choices about my meals, the support of my co-workers/friends/parents for my efforts and the support or feedback from the group via our group Facebook page.  We are cheering each other on and celebrating […]
    • BetterU Week 2
      Better U week 2!  Blog post by Anne De Muro! I’m finding it difficult to chronicle my thoughts regarding the program.  I knew it was going to be a great opportunity.  I knew that being selected to participate meant I would have access to a laundry list of resources geared towards helping me achieve success. I never anticipated the sense of sisterhood I […]
    • Still Trying
      Blog post submitted by SHARI! I was so ready to change my life, in little ways, a day at a time and thanks to the AHA, Central Hudson & Gold’s Gym, I was all in. But it appears that the powers that be have conspired against me. I knew time would be an issue – I seldom make time for myself, with a demanding job, an aging parent and an ailing […]
    • Strong Start to BetterU
      Blog post by 2018 BetterU Participant EMILY DARROW! The BetterU journey is amazing. I’m still in disbelief that I was lucky enough to be chosen by this program. During Friday’s orientation and public announcement, I was so moved by each of my BetterU Class of 2018’s stories – my amazing teammates on this journey. Then, during […]
    • Small Changes Add Up
      Blog post provided by BetterU Challenger JAIME BUTLER! This is our first week of being a part of the American Heart Association Better U Makeover Challenge and it has started with a bang.  The kickoff event on July 27th was such an uplifting experience that energized all of the 2018 participants to get up and go!  A huge thanks to our sponsors: Gold’s […]
    • Kickoff Complete!
      BetterU Blog Post #1 – from Sheryl DeStafeno-Bowe Kickoff complete! It was so great meeting our team and hearing each others’ stories. This is really a great opportunity! The more tools for health, the better! Have to say that I was feeling really low when we had our workout at the end, because everything was so hard for me. My arthritis […]
    • Women Selected for 9th BetterU Heart Health Challenge
      The Dutchess-Ulster American Heart Association announced the 14 women selected for their 9th BetterU Makeover Challenge at a kick-off event at Gold’s Gym in LaGrange Friday. BetterU will assist the women on their journey toward improved heart health through lifestyle changes. The 12-week BetterU program is sponsored by Central Hudson Gas & Electric […]