At North Shore-LIJ Health System, cardiovascular services have partnered with the American Heart Association and Girl Scouts of Nassau County to develop Caring for Your Heart, a patch program that teaches Girl Scouts to protect themselves from the greatest threat to them as they grow older heart disease.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women, said Donna Moravick, RN, NP, vice president of cardiovascular services at North Shore-LIJ Health System. By educating young girls about their hearts and sharing the different things they can do to keep them healthy, were giving our children an opportunity to make heart-healthy choices that will have long-lasting benefits throughout their lives.
As part of the patch program, Girl Scouts are invited to attend the Love Your Heart workshop at the North Shore-LIJ Health System where a cardiac nurse teaches about the hearts anatomy and function and the unique signs of heart attack in women. Special emphasis is put on the importance of developing healthy habits. For example, Christine Fardellone, RN, MSN, of the health systems Center for Tobacco Control talks about the dangers of smoking. At another table, Nicole Rossol, RN, director of patient and family relations with child life services, demonstrates ways children are taught to express emotions through medical play therapy.
We hope educational programs like our workshop will increase the girls awareness and have a positive impact on their health so that their generation will not see cardiovascular disease as the No. 1 killer of American women, said Janet Hyland, RN, BSN, cardiac services coordinator for patient education at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
Carly Colvell is director of communications and education for cardiovascular services at North Shore-LIJ Health System. Sarah Siemers, ANP-BC, is cardiac services coordinator for patient education at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. Send letters to [email protected] or comment below.Janet Hyland, RN, cardiac services coordinator for patient education at LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y., invites Girl Scouts to spin a trivia wheel to teach about the heart and healthy lifestyles. Hyland coordinated the Love Your Heart workshop on Oct. 21 at LIJ Medical Center.