Hadassah

Every Beat Counts: Hadassah's Heart Health Program™ Makes Sure Every Step Counts With 2016 Virtual Walking Route from Jerusalem to Atlanta, GA

Thursday, Mar 3 2016

MEDIA INQUIRES CONTACT:
Renee Young, National Public Relations
ryoung@hadassah.org
(212) 303- 8140

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Open Registration for Exercise Program to Fight #1 Killer of American Women

March 3, 2016 NEW YORK — Every Beat Counts: Hadassah's Heart Health Program™ opens 2016 registration for Every Step Counts: Hadassah's Walking Program, announced Ellen Hershkin, President, Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA). The virtual walk starts in Jerusalem, Israel and extends to Atlanta, GA, the site of Hadassah's 2016 National Convention. Every Step Counts is designed to engage and inform women of all ages that heart disease is preventable 82% of the time. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the #1 cause of death in American women, claiming more than 400,000 lives per year, or one life per minute. Heart disease claims more lives annually than the next three leading causes of death including all forms of cancer combined, with mortality rates steadily increasing for women 35-54.

The 2016 Every Step Counts program from April 11 to July 21 challenges women and men to wear pedometers, track their steps online through WalkerTracker.com, an online wellness solutions site, and walk their way to increased heart health. The program also teaches women to identify heart attack symptoms (which are often different for women) and seek prompt treatment. In 2015, Every Step Counts' participants logged in over 360,000 miles collectively. The 2016 virtual walking route is offered at three challenge levels: 5,000 steps/day, 8,000 steps/day and 12,000 steps/day.

Registration is open now at: www.hadassah.org/everystepscounts.

Hadassah National President Ellen Hershkin states, "Heart disease kills one in four women every year in the United States. Heart disease can also be a 'silent killer' – nearly 2/3 of women who died suddenly had no symptoms so education is a vital component of that prevention. Last year, as over 1,000 registrants walked 720 million steps, I am pleased to report that I was able to contribute over one million steps (570 miles) to the total."

Dr. Chaim Lotan, Director of the Cardiovascular Division at the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) in Jerusalem cautions, "All women should realize their potential risk, even those who are relatively young and have heart-healthy lifestyle habits – non-smokers who exercise regularly, drink modestly, eat nutritiously and control their eight, blood pressure, cholesterol and stress levels.

Comments

No comments yet.
First Name
Email
Comment
Enter this word:

Related Stories

alt_text

Thursday, Aug 17 2017

One Million Shekels Raised to Bring Terror Victim Home

An Israeli crowdfunding campaign on behalf of a policewoman who was paralyzed by a Palestinian terrorist has reached its goal of raising one million shekels to provide her with a new handicapped-accessible apartment.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Monday, Jul 24 2017

Chicago Recap: Dynamic Jerusalem Cuisine with Food Guru Shannon Sarna

Hadassah Chicago-North Shore (CNS) hosted Hadassah food guru Shannon Sarna -- spokesperson for Every Bite Counts: Hadassah’s Nutrition Program and food editor for The Nosher and Kveller.com. At the July 12 event, “The Dynamic Cuisine of Jerusalem,” Shannon’s live cooking demonstration included shakshuka and a pomegranate limonana granita.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Monday, Jul 24 2017

Pollin Center: Almost Five Years Old and Soaring

More than 10,000 women and 16,500 girls under the age of 18 have participated in the intensive health empowerment programs spearheaded by the Linda Joy Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Center for Women since its launch about four and a half years ago.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Tuesday, Jun 20 2017

Drug May Prevent Recurrence of Aggressive Cancer

An international team led by Hadassah Hospital Oncologist Dr. Amir Sonnenblick reveals that giving a drug called metformin to diabetic women with a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer may prevent its recurrence.

READ MORE ›

Donation Questions

donorservices@hadassah.org

(800) 928-0685

Membership Questions

membership@hadassah.org

(800) 664-5646

Missions Department

missions@hadassah.org

(800) 237-1517

Contact Us

40 Wall Street

New York, NY 10005

support@hadassah.org

More ›

Show More