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Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. This issue continues to threaten the health and well-being of our young people. The good news is that steps are being taken to reduce the rates of obesity in our kids, setting them on a course for a full and healthy life.

We are honored to welcome Dr. Laura Hayman as our keynote speaker at the Take Heart luncheon on October 20, 2015. Dr. Hayman’s focus is in direct alignment with The Hope and our school and community based outreach programs for cardiovascular health.
“Given the trends in childhood obesity, we need concerted efforts focused on both prevention and management of overweight and obesity. We need both a multi-level environmental approach to clean up the obesogenic environment in our society, so that healthy behaviors are easier to adopt and maintain. Given the prevalence of obesity and the associated comorbidities, we also need effective weight management programs that are available, accessible and affordable for all children. Schools, including preschools, as well as community based facilities may provide an appropriate venue for these weight management programs.” – Dr. Laura Hayman. Medscape Medical News, April 2009.

More than 23 million children and adolescents in the United States — nearly one in three young people — are obese or overweight, putting them at higher risk for life-threatening health problems, including cardiovascular disease.
Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being.
Immediate and long-term health effects:
• Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In a population-based sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

• Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults and are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.

The good news is that there are steps that can be taken that can Change The Course.

• Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases.
• Schools play a particularly critical role by establishing a safe and supportive environment with policies and practices that support healthy behaviors. Schools also provide opportunities for students to learn about and practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.

We are proud to be part of the solution. The Hope is a leader in heart health education and provides, at no-cost, evidence-based K-12, Take Heart curriculum that is aligned with local and national learning standards, to Washington State students. These programs equip students with the tools to make lifestyle choices ensuring their own health, and to make generational change for the health of our community. You can make a difference for our future generations by supporting The Hope programs. Donate Now

*Sources: Center for Disease Control, Medscape, PreventObesity.com

 EmpowerHER Member Profile

Kim KearnsWe are excited to profile Kim Kearns, one of our EmpowerHER members and co-chair for our On Wings of Hope Gala.  Kim moved to Seattle from Chicago 2 years ago, and was looking for something to get involved in that she felt passionate about.  After watching her father over her lifetime not take care of his body and ultimately losing the battle to lung cancer and heart failure at age 67, she realized the importance of heart health and taking care of yourself by making smart lifestyle choices.

“The Hope is such a great cause for so many to realize heart health awareness, plus the women involved with Hope are amazing, I felt an instant connection to get involved,” stated Kearns.  “Bringing awareness to others is huge, that is my passion.”

Kim is a Director with Bioceutica, a health and wellness company based in Massachusetts, where she marries her profession and her passion for wellness and helping others live a healthy life.

Thank you Kim for all that you do for The Hope and our community!

We invite you to join EmpowerHER, The Hope Heart Institute’s circle of influential women benefactors.  Members of EmpowerHER form a network committed to making cardiovascular disease, America’s number one killer of women, more treatable, beatable and preventable.

Through exclusive special events, members enjoy business and social networking and have an inside track to enrich their lives through The Hope’s programs.  Gifts to The Hope made by EmpowerHER members support cardiovascular research and education with the emphasis of strengthening resources for women who face unique physical, emotional and spiritual challenges related to cardiovascular disease. Click here for more information or to join EmpowerHER!




The 28th Annual On Wings of Hope Gala is on Friday, January 29 at the Showbox SoDo. It is going to be an unforgettable night of giving!

With a fun cocktail hour, lively auction and dinner, and live entertainment by Shelley and the Curves, this will be a night you won’t soon forget! Leave your ball gown and tuxedo at home and pull out your best jeans and rock shirt - this is not your grandmother’s benefit! Join US!

Friday, January 29, 2016
Doors Open at 6pm
Showbox SoDo
1700 1st Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134


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