February is Women’s Heart Health Awareness month and the perfect reason to Wear Red at our RED party on Thursday, Feb 21st from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Waterfalls Restaurant. This event raises awareness on heart health and highlights services provided by Staten Island Community Partnership in conjunction with Total Drama Studios & Women’s Wellness Center. Due to the lack of awareness of symptoms, unhealthy lifestyles, family history and/or environmental factors, 1 in 4 women die every year, due to heart disease and coronary heart disease is the #1 killer for men and women in the United States.
Our Wear Red Party will benefit the Suit Up program, which provides free business clothing to men and women and career development assistance to unemployed, young adults and individuals impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Heart Healthy Food Baskets will be provided to families in need, especially to those negatively impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Our Health and Wellness programs will continue to offer healthy lifestyles with seminars and provide heart healthy food baskets with produce from Decker farm. In partnership with farmer Augustin and New Direction Food Pantry, we will provide healthy and local food and resources. Beginning in February and continuing throughout the growing season, with a $10.00 donation, you can provide one family in need a healthy assortment of fresh and local fruits and vegetables.
Founding President of Staten Island Community Partnership, Angela D’Aiuto, describes the importance of heart health awareness, ” Having a family history of heart disease, being aware of heart disease symptoms is the first step in saving lives. With awareness and access to resources, the promotion of heart health is in line with the mission of Staten Island Community Partnership. In partnership with Total Drama and our other event sponsors, we are able to promote healthy living and access to resources.”
We also will be offering Go Red Dress lapel pin to benefit the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women Campaign. To obtain a pin with a donation, visit us at Total Drama Studios at 322 New Dorp Lane, 2nd floor( entrance on Clawson avenue), for a Zumba class on Sunday or Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and receive a free class with your donation! R.S.V.P. at 347-938-7870.
Our Event sponsors include:
American Heart Association offers this important information, from heart.org
Heart Attack Signs in Women
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness.
- As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.