fighting heart disease and stroke in the wake of Sandy

Robbinsville, NJ - Hurricane Sandy may have taken our beaches, homes and businesses, but the

Keeping Jersey's Hearts Strong

is working to make sure that she doesn't take any of Jersey's hearts.

Heart attacks and cardiac emergencies often rise after a natural disaster, such as Hurricane Sandy. In fact, in the months following Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans hospitals reported a 28 to 35 percent increase in heart attacks, particularly those induced by stress instead of blocked arteries. The American Heart Association is working to stop that trend in Jersey by offering free heart disease and stroke prevention kits to help those who have been struggling to live a healthy lifestyle due to the storm.

The kit includes various facts sheets with lifesaving information and practical tips on how to cook and eat healthy, exercise daily, minimize stress, maintain weight, control blood pressure and cholesterol as well as healthy recipes which don't require cooking, as well as a free gift.  The FREE kits are now available by visiting the Salvation Army in Red Bank or Toms River, the Monmouth Mall in Eatontown, the Ocean County Mall in Toms River or by calling the American Heart Association at 609.223.3733 to have one mailed directly to you. You can also download the kit by visiting www.heart.org/newjersey.

Additionally the American Heart Association, in partnership with the Asbury Park Press and Meridian Health, will be hosting a free educational evening focused on preventing heart disease and stroke on Thursday, January 10th from 6:00 pm -9:00 pm at the Asbury Park Press Auditorium at 3601 Highway 66, Neptune, NJ. The evening will include heart-healthy snacks, health screenings and a discussion on how to take care of your heart, heart attack and stroke warning signs, CPR demonstration and fitness and nutrition advice. All attendees will receive a free gift. The event is open to the public and free--but seating is limited so reservations are requested by calling the American Heart Association at 609.223.3734 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Together, we can make sure to Keep Jersey's Hearts Strong!