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'5- HEALTH & CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Aug. 8 - Aug. 14, 2003 - 81 FITNESS Preparations begin for American Heart Walk By Jim Cresson Lt. Gov. John Carney Jr. led a group of two dozen American Heart Walk team lead- ers, July 30, as they kicked off their prepa- rations for the annual walk set for Oct. 4 at Redden State Forest. Carney, who will serve as honorary American Heart Walk chairman this year, said he has always been an advocate for fit- ness. Carney, who serves as chairman for the Delaware Health Care Commission, noted fitness and exercise can help many Delawareans live longer and healthier lives. Carney noted the commission's concern over the No. 1 killer nationwide and in Delaware: heart disease. "I've tried to get people to change their lifestyles to include exercise and improve their health," Carney told the Heart Walk team captains. "The most fulfilling work that we do in life is working to help others. What you all do each year with the Heart Walk isso important to so many people." Heart Walk Chairman Rob Book of Delaware Electric Cooperative has re- turned for a second consecutive year as the head of the event. "Last year we raised over $60,000, and this year we're shooting for $85,000, and we'll help you team captains every step of the way," said Book. "Call us and we'll come visit your business to make a presen- tation." Book and American Heart Association Sussex County Executive Director Mary Beth Furjanic emphasized the annual walk at Redden State Forest has more partici- pants than any other such event in Delaware, with nearly 600 people walking and raising donations last year. "Why do we walk each year?" asked Fur- janic. "We walk because the money raised goes toward research and improved tech- nology for treating heart diseases. Delaware's cardiovascular death rate is near the top nationally. Young and old are affected. When team captains seek dona- tions for their teams, they should ask them- selves and their teammates: 'Who can I walk for?' Make it personal; we all know someone who has heart disease. We all can walk for that one special person or loved one." Fact sheets and tips for raising money within, a company by using fun incentives were passed out to team captains, who will in turn share the knowledge with their em- ployers and fellow employees. The most aggressive fundraising usually winds up being the most fun, too, said Furjanic. She asked team captains to promote the $100 goal for each walker, and reminded them Continued on page 67 Jim Crmmon photo Kicking off this year's American Heart Walk with a team captains' meeting at Redden State Forest, July 30, are (l-r) Lt. Gov. John Carney Jr., honorary chairman for the Oct. 4 event; Pat Batchelor, Marian Kaminski, with the tro- phy she won as top fund raiser at last year's event; Melody Mills and Rob Book, event chairman for the second oonsecutive year. American Heart Walks raise money for research and improved technology in treating heart disease. The annual walk also makes people aware of the need to exercise and im- prove their health. Discounted medication programs available for seniors One of the hottest debates in medications, include Prozac, insulins, Evista, an application. Congress and from the White The idea here was to help Zyprexa and even antibiotics. I cannot stress enough how ira- House right'now is how Medicare Medicare patients who were of With the card, medications only portant it is to apply for all three will pay for prescription drugs, low income, since the government cost $12 per month for each med- cards. There may be many times The Senate, House of Representa- does not assist them with the cost ieation. This can be a $600 a year when the best medication for you tives and the White House all of medication. The drug compa- savings. To apply call 877-795- is made by Lilly not Pfizer, or have different ideas. Both the nies themselves are now giving 4559 or go to www.lillyanswers.- vice versa. If you have all three, House and the Senate have passed qualified people the medications com for an application, then your physician will have different plans, so now they will at tremendous discounts. All one Pfizer developed the Pfizer for more choices to help control your get together in a joint committee has to do is to go to the pharmacy living Share Card. It includes illnesses and you will still get the and come up with a compromise, and show all the different cards drugs for diabetes, high blood discounts. This compromise will then go you have for discounts - there are pressure, high cholesterol, antibi- Any discussion on discount back for the Senate and House to only three cards - and you get the otics, antifungals, eye drops, anti- medications would not be corn- vote again, and if that passes the HEALTH TOPICS price break right at the register, depressants and many more. Each plete without mentioning Canada. president will sign or veto it. In These programs have been out 30-day supply of a medication If you do not qualify for the above other words, there is still a way to now for over a year and it is esti- costs $15. To apply call 800-459- and you cannot afford your reed- go and when it is all-said and mated that only 30 percent of eli- 4156 or go to www.pfizerforliv- ications, many people have turned done, it may not look much like it Dr. Jeffrey Hawtof is a gible seniors have even applied, ing.com for an application, to our northern neighbors. My does now. family physician at Long People either do not know about The TogetherRx Card was de- best piece of advice is to be care- Currently both plans have a de- Neck Family Practice. For these programs or do not feel they veloped by a conglomerate of fill. We cannot be sure that you ductible around $250 to $275. more information, call 947- can qualify, large drug companies. Since the won't be getting counterfeit med- The government will pay for up to 9767. We need to help make seniors inception of this card, some of ications. Most companies ate rep- about $2,000 of medication and who don't have a lot of money these companies have bought utable, but many times you are then.the rest is on your own. They up with one plan to end to the aware. We should no longer have some smaller companies and in- buying from the wholesaler and both have a catastrophic plan in president, to hear of someone who has to elude these new medications on not the drug company itself. that if you pay over some amount Now you can wait for all this to choose to eat over buying their the program. I do have many patients who - say $5,000 or $6,000 - they will happen, or you can do something medication. If you are a senior When I wrote about this a year buy their medications from Cana- pay the rest. There are many dif- about it now. Traditionally, most who has no prescription coverage ago, there were about 150 medica- da; so far, they are doing well but ferences too. drug companies have had their and you are not wealthy, then lions covered on this card. Now you have to be willing to take that The Republican plan from the own low-cost or free-drug dis- there is no reason you should not there are more than 200 brand risk. Research the company as House will base its benefits on , count,programs. They were also at least apply for these cards, name medications covered. To- best you can and make sure your your annual income. The more known as indigent drug programs We now recommend you con- getherRx includes Abbott, As- pills look exactly the same. If you make, the more you will pay. that you had to apply to every 90 sider applying for three different traZeneca, Aventis, Ortho-Mc- there seems to be a change in your The Democratic plan from the days. Each medication required programs. All of them require Neil, Bristol-Myers Squibb, illness - like your blood pressure Senate puts everyone paying the its own application and it was you to be older than 65, on Janssen and GlaxoSmithKline. starts to creep up-make sure your same - no conditions. There are very burdensome. About one year Medicare and have no prescrip- Medication discounts will vary doctor knows you have been buy- also differences on who will be ago, many companies started a tion plan. Each one has slightly based on your income and more ing your medications from Cana- running theprogram. As you en new type of program where you different monetary requirements, people will get discounts on this da. That may be the reason for the see, this will take a lot of work for apply once a year and get discount Lilly has developed the Lilly card. To apply call 800-865-7211 change. them to hash it all out and come cards that can be used for many Answers Program. Medications or go to www.togetherrx.com for Good luck and happy discounts.