WANTAGH, NY -- Nearly 5,000 walkers descended on Jones Beach on Sunday for the fifth annual Every Woman Matters Walk: A Walk for Women and Their Families hosted by the North Shore-LIJ Health System and the Commerce and Industry Council. The walk benefits the Katz Institute for Women’s Health and Katz Women’s Hospitals, specialty hospitals and programmatic initiatives that are transforming women’s healthcare.
Alexa Tiven and her sister, Nicole Mancini, were among the participants. They were walking in memory of their mother, Dianne Tiven, who lost her battle with cancer.
“This event is very important to us as sisters, as aunts, as moms. Every woman matters!” said Alexa Tiven.
Dr. Jennifer Mieres, senior vice president for the health system’s Office of Community and Public Health, addressed the crowd before the walk.
“Women are the CEOs of their families and yet often times, they go without taking care of themselves,” she told the crowd. “We need to educate ourselves about the differences in women’s health and understand that we are not the same as men, which is why the Katz Institute and Katz Women’s Hospitals are such vital assets to have in our community.”
Superstorm Sandy compromised last year’s event with the closing of the Jones Beach boardwalk, so this year’s walk was not only highly anticipated but celebrated. Walkers had an opportunity to visit the health and wellness showcase tent, enjoy entertainment provided by K98.3, grab a few snacks from the food and beverage tent and snap a few photos at the "flex station" at the end of our 5k Walk.
Since the inception of the 5k Walk in 2010, close to $2 million has been raised for the Katz Institute and Katz Women’s Hospitals. Fundraising will continue through June 6 online at the Walk’s website: www.EveryWomanMattersWalk.com
About The Katz Institute for Women's Health & Katz Women's Hospitals
Committed to the advancement of women's health, North Shore-LIJ Health System has built Katz Women's Hospitals at both LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park and North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, offering an unparalleled experience to women of every age and background. In spaces specially designed for women, Katz Women's Hospitals offer a full range of obstetrical and gynecological services, with state-of-the-art technology and amenities.
At the same time, North Shore-LIJ has developed The Katz Institute for Women's Health to coordinate the women's healthcare offerings of the Katz Women's Hospitals and the entire health system. The Institute offers help in navigating through the many community health and wellness activities and events being held throughout the health system. The Institute provides information about support groups, research and groundbreaking clinical trials.