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At Seabrook, A "Sea of Red" of Residents and Staff Recognize the Importance of Fighting Heart Disease

February 6, 2012

An Apple A Day Keeps The "Silent Killer" Away - Community Places Fruit On Plates During Dinner to Raise Awareness of Illness

TINTON FALLS, NJ - Seabrook residents and staff donned their brightest red to raise awareness about heart disease in women as part of the national Go Red For Women Day®.  They also took a bite out of an apple to keep heart disease away.
The Seabrook Dining Services Department placed an apple on each dinner plate at its two restaurants for each resident to raise awareness of the Go Red campaign.
With one out of three women still dying from heart disease, the American Heart Association continue to fight this number one killer by helping women turn simple choices into life-saving actions.
"I think any kind of illness awareness is important, whether it be heart disease, cancer or diabetes," said Seabrook resident Margot Rivera, who wore red to support the cause.  "Seabrook's entire community is mindful of heart disease and Going Red is a public relations effort that will hopefully spur others to consider taking measures to get screened and take measures towards good health."
Seabrook Executive Director Art Sparks said, "According to the American Heart Association, more women die of cardiovascular disease than the next five causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer.  By bringing the Go Red campaign to Seabrook, our goal is to raise awareness at the community about the dangers of heart disease and send a message that there are things that women can do to guard against this killer."
"Heart disease is a serious problem and older adults should always be on guard.  At Seabrook, we too are aware of this illness and do what we can to not only provide top-notch medical care, but we are cognizant of our cuisine.  We do not cook with added salt, we use low-fat ingredients and practice portion control---all aimed at helping seniors lead active, healthy lifestyles."
"We wanted to provide awareness with the apple-a-plate program and placed a total of more than 1,000 pieces of the fruit on each setting with the hopes that each resident would become aware of this potentially deadly disease," Stewart continued.
According to the American Heart Association, more than 41 million American women are living with one of more type of cardiovascular disease, yet only one in five view heart disease as their greatest health threat.  That's why, according to The American Heart Association, the Go Red For Women program helps fund cutting-edge research, conducts lifesaving public and professional educational programs and advocates the for the protection of women's heart health.
Founded in 1924, we're the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke.  To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases --- America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers --- we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health.  To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit
More than 1,400 people live at Seabrook, an Erickson Living full-service retirement community that promotes a vibrant lifestyle.  Erickson Living develops and manages 16 full-service retirement communities that provide worry-free living for America's seniors - the country's fastest-growing population segment.  Erickson Living's refundable entrance deposit and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind. Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into every community, lead to demonstrated resident benefits.  For more information, visit