Follow the Fifty: Models of Heart Health is an energetic and empowering women’s heart health initiative that was funded through The Heart Truth® Community Action Program, a women’s heart health awareness and action campaign that warns women about heart disease and provides tools to help them take action against its risk factors. Originally designed to recruit fifty women from northeastern Connecticut to serve as models of heart health, the initiative was expanded due to the overwhelming response to the model recruitment campaign. 183 women were selected on February 29, 2012, to lead others in Connecticut’s “Quiet Corner” on a remarkable journey of heart health.
The Northeast District Department of Health (NDDH) is partnering with HealthQuest Northeast CT partners (see below) to sponsor monthly events, which are posted under our Events/Resources tab.
The Follow the Fifty models can always use help! There are plenty of supporting roles for women and men as coaches, cheerleaders, mentors, and community sponsors. This support system will be responsible for providing the model with general support and encouragement – perhaps joining the model for a regular walk or other physical activity; placing a mid-day call with a reminder to hit the gym or fitness center; being a lifeline during challenging times; posting videos and pictures to celebrate successes; encouraging healthy food choices and perhaps wrestling a chocolate bar away when needed.
The focus of Follow the Fifty is not on visual outcomes, it’s more about the importance of lowering the risk factors that are impacting your health on the inside. The emphasis here is on being a successful ‘role’ model rather than a ‘runway’ model!”
HealthQuest Northeast Connecticut is a regional health and wellness collaborative partnership working together to make northeastern CT a healthier place to live, work, learn and play. HQ partners include:
- The Northeast District Department of Health
- Day Kimball Healthcare
- Generations Family Health Center
- Northeastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce
- Plainfield Public Schools
- Plainfield Recreation Department
- Quinebaug Valley Community College
- Representative Mae Flexer
- Senate President Donald E. Williams, Jr.
- Steven Townsend
- Town of Putnam Economic & Community Development
- WINY Radio
Follow the Fifty is sponsored by a grant from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health as part of a public-private partnership with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to promote The Heart Truth®, a women’s heart health awareness and action campaign. Funding is provided by individuals and corporations including The Heart Truth partners Belk Department Stores, Diet Coke, and Swarovski.