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New York Times Medicine Reporter Gina Kolata Highlights "An Evening for Your Heart" at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, May 17, 2004

New York Times science and medicine reporter Gina Kolata will be the keynote speaker at "An Evening for Your Heart," from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 3 at Hudson Valley Community College.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will focus on strategies for the reduction of risk factors for heart disease, and will include yoga demonstrations, free massage and Reiki, exercise motivation strategies and smoking cessation tactics. The event is co-sponsored by St. Peter's Health Care Services Cardiac Center and the Hudson Valley Community College Nursing Department.

Kolata, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, has written widely on the topic of health and medicine. Her book "Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918" was a national bestseller in 2000. She will sign copies of her latest book, "Ultimate Fitness: The Quest for Truth about Exercise and Health" prior to speaking at 6 p.m.

The event also will include a panel discussion regarding heart health featuring Dr. David Wolinsky, M.D., and Dr. Eric Roccario, M.D., of Albany Associates in Cardiology, nutritionist Judy Siler and exercise physiologist Hank Linett.

The event will be held in the McDonough Sports Complex on the Hudson Valley campus. For more information call 1-800-HEART76.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.