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Mission Statement

Mission Statement...

The Mission of the Staten Island Heart Society is to reduce death and disability from diseases of the heart and blood vessels and to promote Healthy Hearts in Staten Island through educational activities, events, programming and enhancement of the Public Access Defibrillation programs

All Money Raised on Staten Island ...

Goal - The Staten Island Heart Society's primary goal is to promote heart health and prevention of stroke in the Staten Island community. Placement of automated external defibrillators and community education programs such as Community CPR are among some of the programs on which the Society focuses. By providing Staten Island Residents the tools needed to take their health into their own hands, we will reduce heart disease, stroke and risk in the Staten Island Community.


Did you know that there is a "GRASS ROOTS" not for profit organization in your home community that is dedicated to promoting healthy hearts and saving lives right here on Staten Island? Each year over 50% of Staten Islander’s are affected by heart disease and Stroke.
Staten Island Has the Highest Rate of Heart Disease in the entire country!
We want to change that!
Did you also know that all of the proceeds raised by this organization benefit the residents of Staten Island only, unlike other larger non for profit heart organizations dedicated to a similar cause?

A History of Community Involvement

The Board of Directors and Staff of the Staten Island Heart Society have a long standing history of involvement in area of cardiovascular health and advocacy with the Staten Island Community.

For years we were responsible for providing hundreds of hours of life-saving community education programs, such as HeartSaver CPR/AED training programs. We continue to provide CPR training and are expanding our goals to reach a larger population.
The members and staff of the Staten Island Heart Society were responsible for donating the first Automated External Defibrillator (AED) placed in a Staten Island Public School .

The Staten Island Heart Society's
Public Access Defibrillation program has placed numerous AEDs into the community so far.

Our Community CPR Classes offer Staten Island residents, ages 12 and up the opportunity to learn adult, child and infant CPR for a minimal fee.
Although no certificate will be given for the community training, all life-saving skills will be taught.

Bring your Family and Friends...
The Life They Save May be YOURS!

Require Advanced Training?
We also offer all Certified CPR and First-aid courses.

Certified American Heart Association certified courses, include

BLS for Health Care Providers
Heart Saver CPR / HeartSaver AED, Infant CPR,First aid & First aid with CPRand other AHA required courses

Contact the Staten Island Heart Society for information.

Minority Health initiatives To educate Staten Islanders regarding the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and stroke and to promote Heart Healthy lifestyles, include coordinating and sponsoring multi organizational health fairs with educational materials and screenings in the "AT RISK" communities of Staten Island. Recent outreach includes African American Churches on the North Shore where cardiovascular disease is seen at much higher rates.

In addition to health fairs, we sponsor a Cardiac Support Group on the North Shore and the Heart Starters'ICD Support groups, with plans to bring additional cardiac and stroke support groups to a central location. We have partnered with Medtronic, to present the support groups for patients with internal defibrillators (ICD)

Speakers Bureau:

Available to inform and educates the public about heart healthy lifestyles choices. Our volunteer speakers, both professional and lay, address all groups ranging from elementary schools through seniors on general topics such as cardiovascular disease, and reducing risk factors or specific topics including: blood pressure reduction, relaxation, nutrition and assisting residents in making healthy choices regarding diet and exercise. We also speak on topics relating to our mission, programs and volunteer recruitment.

The speakers bureau are available to discuss general or specific topics including: reducing risk factors fr cardiovascular disease and stroke, blood pressure reduction, relaxation, nutrition and assisting residents in making healthy choices regarding diet and exercise and volunteer recruitment. We also speak on topics relating to the programs mentioned above.

Heart and stroke literature is available at our office and during our participation at community healthfairs and outreach events.

"Young at Heart" Youth Board

The Staten Island Heart Society has a youth leadership program open to youth between the ages of 14 - 23. These individuals develop initiatives and assist with all of the areas of the society including fund raising and in all society programs.
NY1’s Staten Islander’s of the week 8/07 the "Young at Heart" have spearheaded the community CPR training with a number of certified CRP instructors who teach the community and certified CPR courses. Recently they trained over 150 students at SI Tech and are looking to expand that program by offering CPR in other Island high schools. Additionally, under the supervision of an Executive Board Member who chairs the group and other adult advisors, the youth board is encouraged to come up with events and programs of their own which will appeal to peers

Anyone interested in Joining the Youth Board should contact Donna Dixon, Director of Operations at 351-3115.

Heart Fit Kidz

Our youth is our future and the Staten Island Heart Society is concerned with the lack of physical activity in our Island's youth and the cardiovascular repercussions that this inactivity will surely lead to.

Heart Fit Kidz is a DVD based exercise program geared towards elementary school children that motivates a child to move and can be used in the class room or at home made possible from the Staten Island Foundation.

It features 5 physical exercise components compiled and directed by a physiologist are demonstrated by our youth board members to a class of real students ages 6 thru 12 from various schools. These short segments can be done in the classroom or anywhere and focuses on target groups of muscles.

Included is an interactive DVD with an introductory educational portion presented by the "Young at Heart", emphasizing the importance of exercise for heart health.

There are informational segments presented by our "Young at Heart" stress the importance of heart healthy living including the importance of eating properly, getting enough sleep and refraining from tobacco products, alcohol, and drugs as part of a Heart Healthy regimen.

The program will be ready for distribution soon.

Contact the Heart Society if you know anyone interested who would like to be a participating school or community center

The Society works to engage Staten Island residence, educators and youth through the Volunteer "Heart Partners" program to advocate for "Heart Health".

Fund raising initiatives are conducted to support all of these goals and objectives.

Events include:
Chefs' Extravaganza - Generally the last Tuesday of each February. A 500 person event with over 35 of Staten Island 's finest food and beverage establishments in attendance

Staten Island Wine Festival - Each Spring This signature event boasts the finest wines from all over the world, including grand reserve and limited editions. With over 50 wineries in attendance pouring near 150 different varieties of wine his is a must attend event for both the novice and the wine connoisseur.

Heart Society's Golf Classic - Every October We're looking for a few good swingers! Feed back tells us this is one of the best Golf Outings in town!

Golf Outing includes:
welcome bag with Embroidered Shirt & hat
BBQ Lunch - Hole in One Contests
Specialty Liqour hole - Wine hole - Food holes -
Awards Dinner with Open Bar
Course - Contests- Lots of Raffles-
and so much more!

We have many volunteer opportunities. For more information on becoming a "Heart Partner" contact the Staten Island Heart Society



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