by Lucia Chiocchio, Esq.
For the sixth year in a row, our newsletter “Goes Red” in
recognition of Heart Health Awareness Month.
I must admit, it’s an effective educational campaign. Over the past few years, I attended various
heart health awareness programs, including several WWBA programs. And, after every program, I am terrified into
making heart healthy lifestyle changes. I am confident that just a brief review
of the warning signs and statistics regarding heart disease will cause you to
make a least one beneficial change:
-Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women
and is more deadly than all forms of cancer.
-The most common heart attack symptom in
women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely than men to
experience the other common symptoms, such as shortness of breath,
nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
And, unfortunately many will typically attribute these other common
symptoms to the flu, a bad cold or too much physical exertion.
-Birth control and pregnancy can both
impact your heart health, particularly if you personally have a history of
cardiovascular disease or if cardiovascular disease runs in your family.
-Studies have shown an increase in heart
attacks among women about 10 years after experiencing menopause.
While the statistics are sobering, there is good news. The heart health awareness campaign includes
several informative steps you can take to prevent heart disease:
- Become and stay
- Eat Healthy
- Manage Blood
- Maintain a
- Reduce Blood
- Stop Smoking
Many of these lifestyle changes are just
good common sense things to do to stay healthy overall. And, I realize that many of us are too busy
taking care of others and managing our hectic work-life balance to focus on and
implement all of them. However, if we
don’t take care of ourselves, we will not be healthy enough to continue living
our lives. Just ask someone who has experienced a heart attack or has
cardiovascular disease. So, if you are like me and are a little terrified by
the consequences of heart disease, don’t miss the February 2nd Hearth Healthy
Awareness program with Dr. Robert E. Michler, Surgeon-in-Chief, Professor and
Chairman Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at the Montefiore
Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care.
Speaking of being terrified, our January
General Membership Meeting did just that – scared us into taking steps to
secure confidential and proprietary information. WWBA Past President Deborah
Scalise and WBASNY Past President Donna Frosco presented a CLE program on
“Hacking – It Could Happen to You”. This program was presented in conjunction
with the White Plains Bar Association. Attendees learned that unfortunately,
hacking or breaching of confidential information is not a matter of if it will
happen, but when it will happen. Deborah and Donna also advised using a
hypothetical, news headlines and case studies, on what to do if your
information is hacked and steps one can take to minimize the chances of
information breaches. Needless to say,
it was a very effective and informative program. Many thanks to Deborah and Donna for scaring
us into protecting our data and to the Program Committee Co-chairs, Lonya A.
Gilbert and Susan Edwards, for coordinating the CLE program. And, a special thanks to BNY/Mellon, a WWBA
Emerald Sponsor, for use of their well-appointed facility.
Last month, the Matrimonial Committee also
presented an informative and useful program where Rick Jackson of the Mass
Mutual Financial Group presented at “Show Me the Money: Tips for Divorcing
Couples on Navigating the College Financial Aid Process”. Thanks to the Matrimonial Committee
Co-chairs, Dolores Gebhardt and Lonya A. Gilbert for organizing yet another
instructive WWBA program.
Educational WWBA programs are the focus of
the Trusts and Estates and New Lawyers Committees this year with their
members-only brown bag lunch seminars.
Last month was their third program on The Basics of Life Insurance
Trusts presented by Karen J. Walsh, Esq. (Trusts & Estates Committee
Co-chair) and James A. Thompson, CLU.
This program, like the other two before it, provided practical
information for all practitioners. Thanks
to both committees for highlighting one of the many benefits of membership -
useful information that will make you a better lawyer.
As many of you know, the WWBA is revamping its website. Our dedicated Executive Director, Silvia
Galgano, is working tirelessly on the new and vastly improved WWBA
website. Be on the lookout for the roll
out of the new website and be prepared to be “wowed” by Silvia’s magic. In the meantime, visit our current website to
learn about the WWBA’s upcoming programs that will surely enhance your