The Better U program is accepting applications in the fight against women’s heart disease

The American Heart Association has launched the application period for BetterU, a 12-week heart health improvement program for women.

“Heart disease remains the leading cause of death among women, but with appropriate lifestyle changes it is largely preventable,” said Dr. Radmila Lyubarova, MD, cardiologist and associate professor of medicine at Albany Medical Middle School.

“BetterU is exactly the kind of program that will empower women to take charge of their own health, learn healthy lifestyle habits, and take measurable steps to prevent heart disease.”

The program selects 12 women to participate in group workouts, meetings and work with trainers at the Planet Fitness gym.

The launch took place at CAP COM Federal Credit Union on June 27, the program’s main sponsor for the past five years.

“BetterU is a very important program for CAP COM,” said Chris McKenna, President and CEO of CAP COM. “We are committed to the health and well-being of our community, and with a predominantly female workforce, we want to give women every opportunity to live full and healthy lives.

Additionally, as part of the program, the CDPHP provides participants with biometric screenings at the beginning, middle, and end of the program so they can track their cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and body mass index.

The BetterU Class of 2022 will be celebrated Nov. 15 at the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women luncheon at the Albany Capital Center.

At the end of the program, participants can move on to the Alumnae program.

“I’m honored to lead the BetterU Alumnae program because it’s a lifelong commitment to our health,” said Rebecca Atwell, BetterU Class of 2018 member and co-lead of the BetterU Alumnae program. “It is important for applicants to know that the support does not end after the 12 weeks.”

The application period ends on July 11 and the program will start on August 23. Applications are available at CapitalRegionNYGoRedLuncheon.heart.org or by emailing heartofalbany@heart.org.

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