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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Spring forward to better health with classes offered by St. Francis Heart Center

INDIANAPOLIS – Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Heart Association.

Prevention is the key to lowering your chances of developing cardiovascular disease, which can lead to heart attack, stroke or high blood pressure. Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center is offering free classes and programs this spring to improve the community’s health through education and prevention.

All of the events are open and free to the public.

Several of the Change of Heart classes will be held at the St. Francis Heart Center’s Community Center, entrance #1 of St. Francis Hospital-Indianapolis, 8111 S. Emerson Ave. St. Francis-Mooresville, located at 1201 Hadley Road, also will host several of the events.

Registration is required. Call 317-782-4422 or register online at for these and many other classes throughout the spring.

Change of Heart Classes

Heart Smart Dining

Tuesday, March 22, 6:30 PM at the Heart Center

Americans eat nearly half their meals away from home. How can you control what you eat when you don’t cook for yourself? Learn how to make wise menu selections and eat smart while dining out.

Healthy Meals on a Budget

Wednesday, March 16, 6:30 PM at the Heart Center

Exercise Tips for Your Heart

Thursday, March 17, 6:30 PM at St. Francis Heart Center

Super Shopping

Thursday, March 24, 6:30 PM at Meijer, 5325 E. Southport Rd.

Tuesday, March 29, 6:30 PM at Meijer, 10509 Heartland Blvd., Camby

Healthy Eating

Wednesday, April 6, 6:30 PM at the Heart Center

Diets don’t work! Learn about healthy lifestyles in this class. Find out how much a “serving” is and how to manage a healthy weight. Discover how fats, carbohydrates and protein affect our body. Do you know how much salt, fiber and sugar are in the foods you buy? This class offers the foundation for a healthy future.

Healthy Cooking Tips

Tuesday, March 8, 6:30 PM at the Heart Center

Healthy cooking leads to a healthy life. Learn how to choose the right ingredients that pump up the nutritional value of your favorite recipes in this class. Recipe substitutions and cooking techniques will be discussed.

Meatless Cooking Tips

Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 PM at the Heart Center

Reverse heart disease by eating more! Adding more fiber and meatless meals to your diet is easy with new products now on the market. This class will help you with menu planning and recipes so you can incorporate more meatless meals into your daily life.

Reduce Stress

Monday, March 21, 6:30 PM at St. Francis – Mooresville

Tuesday, April 5, 6:30 PM at Heart Center

Negative stress causes changes in lifestyle and behavior, which may lead to unhealthy choices. Learn to identify the causes of stress in your life and how to improve your health.

For more information about services and programs offered at the St, Francis Heart Center, go to