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Danbury Hospital Sponsors a Cardiopalooza to Help Reduce Your Risk for Heart Disease

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - Danbury, CT

Danbury Hospital will sponsor its first Cardiopalooza, a day of fun, heart-smart activities on Saturday, February 7, 2009 at the Danbury Fair, 7 Backus Avenue, Danbury. Cardiopalooza events feature heart-pumping activities, heart-smart food demonstrations and educational screenings that can help reduce your risk of heart disease. The special events take place in Center Court (lower level) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

February is American Heart Month, and to celebrate, Danbury Hospital’s Cardiopalooza kicks-off with a Flower Arrangement Competition that takes place in Center Court on Thursday, February 5, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. This by invitation only competition will have a “heart” and/or “heartbeat” theme and will be on display for the duration of Danbury Hospital’s Cardiopalooza events at the Danbury Fair. Judging will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, February 6. Regional florists and garden clubs have agreed to participate, including the Bethel Garden Club, Flore, Flowers as Medicine of Southbury, and The Flower Corner of Bethel.

Then on Saturday, February 7, the Cardiopalooza begins with a Heart Walk starting at 7:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate, and walkers are to meet at the Danbury Fair (lower level near Ruby Tuesday’s restaurant) where registration takes place, breakfast is provided, and where mall walkers also will have the opportunity to register and win a prize giveaway.

Danbury Hospital’s Cardiopalooza, hosted by the Danbury Fair and Star 99.9FM, offers tasty heart-friendly cooking demonstrations, heart-racing zumba and yoga demonstrations, and soothing stress reduction/relaxation demonstrations. The event also features a free Heart Healthy Screening including cholesterol, blood pressure, and body mass index monitoring. Cardiologists from the Danbury Hospital Praxair Regional Heart and Cancer Center will be available on-site to address cardiac risk factor assessment questions and screening results.

In the area of cardiac care, Danbury Hospital is ranked number one in Connecticut for cardiac surgery and in the top 5 percent nationally for overall cardiac care by HealthGrades®. This is the second consecutive year for the national award. Featured guest speaker Joy Bauer, nutritionist/health contributor for The Today Show, will share her well-respected and proven tips for heart healthily living. The program starts at 1:30 p.m. at the Danbury Fair Center Court.

About the Featured Guest Speaker - Joy Bauer, MS, RD, CDN

Joy Bauer has built one of the largest nutrition centers in the country. Located in Manhattan and Westchester, Joy Bauer Nutrition, provides counseling to both adults and children dealing with a variety of nutritional concerns, including weight management, diabetes, eating disorders, cardiac rehabilitation, sports nutrition, food allergies, gastrointestinal disorders, pregnancy, lactation, and menopause.

Recognized as a leading nutrition authority, Joy has a clientele that includes high-profile professionals, celebrity actors, fashion models, and Olympic athletes (including Gold Medal winners!). She is the nutrition/health contributor for the TODAY show and has been featured in numerous publications including the The New York Times, Self, Prevention, Cosmopolitan, New York Post, Harpers Bazaar, Vogue, Marie Claire, US Weekly, Glamour, Redbook, Men's Fitness, Allure, Real Simple, Parenting, Parents, American Baby, Teen People, Family Circle, Biography, and Seventeen. In addition, Joy is the nutritionist for the New York City Ballet and is a contributing editor and monthly columnist to Self magazine.

As part of her ongoing efforts to help people improve their health, Joy has teamed up with As Yahoo’s Nutrition & Weight Loss Expert, Joy provides the latest nutrition, health, food and diet-related information to millions of their online subscribers.

Joy is the author of several best selling books, including her latest, #1 New York Times Bestseller, Joy Bauer’s Food Cures (Rodale, April 2007), Cooking with Joy (St. Martin's Press, 2004), The 90/10 Weight Loss Plan (St. Martins Press, 2002), and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Total Nutrition (Alpha Books). Joy’s new diet book (Harper-Collins), will hit shelves January 2009.

Joy received her Bachelor degree in Kinesiological Sciences from the University of Maryland and a master of science in nutrition from New York University. At the beginning of her career, Joy completed a five-year post as Director of Nutrition and Fitness for the "Heart-Smart Kids Program" - a program that she developed for the Mount Sinai Medical Center's Department of Pediatric Cardiology in New York City. Joy also served as nutrition consultant for the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, where she designed and supervised their ongoing research in eating disorders and weight management. Furthermore, Joy served as the clinical nutritionist with the neurosurgical team at Mount Sinai Medical Center and taught anatomy & physiology and sports nutrition at New York University's School of Continuing Education. She was also the exclusive nutritionist for New York University's faculty, students, and athletes.

Joy lives in New York with her husband, Ian, her daughters Jesse and Ayden Jane, and her son Cole.

About Danbury Hospital

Danbury Hospital is a 371-bed regional medical center and university teaching hospital associated with New York Medical College, the Yale University School of Medicine, the Connecticut School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center. The hospital provides centers of excellence in cardiovascular services, cancer, weight loss surgery, orthopedics, digestive disorders and radiology. It also offers specialized programs for sleep disorders and asthma management. Medical staff members are board certified in their specialties.

Danbury Hospital is ranked in the top 5 percent of hospitals in the country for overall clinical performance by HealthGrades, a leading independent health care rating organization. It is the only health care facility in Connecticut ranked among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for overall clinical performance four years in a row.