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Hadassah Brooklyn Region presented "Every Beat Counts: Hadassah's Heart Health Program". It was an intensive program held in cooperation with the East Midwood Jewish Center, the Maimonides Medical Center, and the Long Island University Nursing School. The morning started with stretching and relaxation exercises to music with Sally Hipscher. Participants also had the opportunity to have free blood pressure and BMI screenings by LIU Nursing School students. President Janet Young welcomed us and thanked everyone who worked so hard on this event, including Region Programming Vice President Marlene Lempert, Esther Lefkowitz, our Region Office Manager, and Associate Jay Young. From Maimonides Medical Center Jeanette Calabrese, Coordinator, and Sidney Beal, Asst. Coordinator made the hospitals program run smoothy and even handled all the technical details for us. Burton Krull, Executive Vice President of the National Committee of Hadassah Associates gave an overview of the Associate three year health initiative. We heard presentations which covered a wide range of areas. Elaine Sarfati, RN, discussed how women present symptoms differently than men, about patient care and medical research at Hadassah Medical Organization in Israel and our Sister to Sister Heart Health Program (www.sistertosister.org/) from Irene Pollin. Elaine also told how how Hadassah is making a difference through our advocacy initiatives. Dr. Inna Nelapovich, MD explained the science of hormones and how they impact heart health, and shared eye opening statistics. Ruth Diener Platt shared her personal history of heart having attack which inspired her to create the support group WomenHeart. Nina Dahan, gave a very detailed outline of how proper nutrition can be attained through knowledge and common sense. Sarina Roffe shared not only a delicious Passover dish, but passover recipes and her background as a Sephardic Cuisine expert, detailing specific recipe substitutions to make cultural recipes more heart healthy. A light kosher heart healthy lunch was served.
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