Jackie Newton Find a Location Find a Doctor Heart & Vascular Arrhythmia Center Diagnostic Testing Treatments/Procedures Cardiology Minimally Invasive Procedures Heart Attack Care Clinical Research Diagnostic Services Heart & Lung Surgery Heart Disease Treatment Lung & Airway Disease Treatment Other Services Cardiac Rehab Heart Failure Center Patient Success Stories Prevention & Wellness CardioVascular Mobile Health Unit Freshstart Hands-only CPR Healing Hearts Women's Support Group Heart Healthy Lifestyle Tips My Heart Rocks Take Time For Your Heart Women and Heart Disease Valve Center Treatments Your Hospital Stay Care After Heart Surgery Intensive Care for Heart Conditions Nurses with Heart Care Expertise Partners in Heart Care Transitional Care Units Class Helps Build Heart Healthy Ideas Into Daily Routine Jackie Newton wants to be sure she’s doing everything she can to live long and well. She has her bird feeders to tend, lunches with childhood friends, and regular card games with the ladies at her retirement community. The two-time cancer survivor keeps her weight in check and works out regularly. But at age 78, she figured there was still more she could do. St. Elizabeth's “Take Time for Your Heart” class was just the ticket. “I get PrimeWise and I saw the article there and thought it sounded pretty good.” “Joyce was excellent,” said Jackie, of St. Elizabeth Heart and Vascular Institute Nurse Navigator Joyce Jacobs who teaches the 10-week course. “I learned so much.” “Lessons on cholesterol went beyond explanations of HDL and LDL to explore what are you eating that makes it work that way,” said Jackie. “Joyce was able to explain all of this to us.” The class has made Jackie a dedicated reader of labels on everything she eats. It’s important for her to avoid sodium and high-fructose syrup; so she is constantly on the lookout. A dietician was brought in and the exercise physiologist explained the importance of changing up your workouts. When you walk the dog, “walk faster some days, some days slower. Mix it up and get some strength training in there,” said Jackie. The class is based on the book “Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life!” Life-altering changes can come in small, doable steps, according to Mayo Clinic cardiologist Dr. Martha Grogan. Grogan, a Cincinnati native, edited the book to help combat the nation’s leading cause of death: heart disease. The book provides specific tips on how to add vegetables and fruits to your diet, how to build an increasingly active lifestyle, and how to get enough sleep to protect your health. “Our goal was that people could pick this up and start doing something,” said Grogan. Jackie likes to work out on an exercise bike and the class has taught her to ride at a normal speed and then ride at a much faster rate “to fool her metabolism.” Another tip she’s incorporated into her life is stretching during TV commercials. She uses the commercials as a time to get up and get moving, even if it’s as simple as touching her toes or stretches. “Just stay out of the kitchen,” she laughed. Jackie said she is not content to just get a prescription from the doctor, go home and simply take a pill. She focuses on the whole picture: diet, exercise and lifestyle. Retired after a career in technology at the Kenton County Courthouse, Jackie enjoys her life. She appreciates quiet moments watching the occasional woodpecker and blue jay who visit her feeders along with lots of yellow, red and purple finches. Deer run through her back yard, sometimes even a fox. The grounds are cared for but Jackie tends a planter full of bright orange begonias. “I love my home,” she said. “Prevention is the thing. You have to take responsibility for your life.” Learn More About Take Time for Your Heart To enroll or learn more about “Take Time for Your Heart,” call (859) 301-9355 (WELL) or click here. This class may be exactly what the doctor ordered to make specific changes with effective encouragement and lots of tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle.