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Join us for the 14th Annual Women’s Heart Wellness & Caring Heart Award Ceremony on Wed., April 24 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at The Birchwoods at Oak Lane Country Club, 1027 Racebrook Road, Woodbridge.

The event will feature an interactive discussion about what women need to know about heart disease with featured speaker Dr. Sayena Azarbar. The event will also honor Elizabeth Montefusco with the Caring Heart Award. The Women’s Heart Wellness Committee will present its Caring Heart Award to an individual from the Lower Naugatuck Valley who made significant contributions to the heart wellness of an individual or the community at large by his or her actions and/or volunteerism.

Tickets for the dinner are $35 per person and includes plentiful hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a complimentary glass of wine. Click here to register today! Registrations close on April 17.

Women’s Heart Wellness Committee

While heart wellness is the goal, heart disease is the leading cause of death among women aged 65 years and older. It is the third leading cause of death among women aged 25-44 and the 2nd leading cause of death among women aged 45-64. Many of these deaths are preventable through education and lifestyle changes!

The Women’s Heart Wellness Committee, (formerly the Women and Heart Disease Committee) of Griffin Hospital consists of members of the Valley Parish Nurse Program, healthcare professionals and volunteers from throughout the community. Its primary focus is to increase heart disease awareness among women, empower them to love and save their hearts, and ensure they are provided the means to do so through education and support.

Annual Women’s Heart Wellness Program

Held each spring, this dinner program is open to all who wish to learn the latest about women’s heart heath. A prominent speaker is featured. Gift item donations are solicited for a silent auction from the business community Monetary donations go into a Women’s Heart Wellness Fund, from which proceeds are used throughout the year for education, outreach, and to connect women to needed services, with a primary focus on prevention.

Caring Heart Award

Established in 2009, this special award recognizes individuals who promote and improve the general health and well-being of all. Dee Klingaman, of Oxford, was the first recipient of this award and was recognized as “living proof that funding and research saves lives.” Dee, a heart attack victim at 40, applies her personal experience to help others understand that there are many lifestyle options that can prevent or postpone the onset of heart disease.

Caring Heart Scarves

This new initiative, offered in conjunction with Griffin’s Cardiac Rehab Program, is focused on seeking volunteers who enjoy knitting or crocheting to make and distribute red scarves to female cardiac patients.

To Learn More

Please contact 203-732-7107.