Real tools to live longer

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Imagine a plan to live longer. One tailored to your heart and your health history.

St. Elizabeth Heart & Vascular Institute is offering just that. A comprehensive  8-week program to make meaningful changes in your life starts in the new year, and there’s still time to register.

Wednesday morning  and evening classes begin Jan. 18.

Take Time for Your Heart” includes:

  • Straightforward advice from those in the know: a registered nurse, pharmacist, dietician, exercise physiologist and a counselor.
  • A copy of  Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life!, a step-by-step guide to small changes to prevent heart disease.
  • Comprehensive assessment of your risk for heart disease.
  • Specific changes to help you live better and longer.

It starts with a personal assessment of your cardiac age based on personal health factors and a plan to improve it. Progress will be measured at the end of the 8 weeks.

Healthy Heart for Life! is based on the Mayo Clinic’s formula:   Eat 5, Move 10 and Sleep 8. It is a tool with simple goals and the means to reach them.   “Our goal was that people could pick this up and start doing something,” said Dr. Martha Grogan, M.D., a Mayo Clinic cardiologist who edited the book and says 80 percent of cardiac problems are preventable.

The class is open to anyone in the community.

It will “help participants make positive lifestyle changes to improve their heart health,” according to St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

 

Classes are:

  • 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 18 to March 8, St. Elizabeth Florence,
  • 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 18 to March 8, St. Elizabeth Edgewood

Registration is $50. Information: (859) 301-WELL (9355) or www.stelizabeth.com/taketimeforyourheart.

 

The Mayo formula is:

  • Eat 5 ““ Focus on five servings of fruits and vegetables every day, starting with a good breakfast.
  • Move 10 ““ Start with a brisk walk10 minutes a day; add to it as you become more fit.
  • Sleep 8 ““ Consistent quality sleep helps you lose weight and protects your heart.

 

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