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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

St. Francis Heart Center offers heart-healthy courses throughout October

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 a cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease, stroke or high blood pressure. St. Francis Heart Center is offering free classes throughout October 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, located on the southeast corner of St. Francis Hospital-Indianapolis, 8111 S. Emerson Ave. St. Francis-Mooresville, located at 1201 Hadley Road, also will host several of the events.

All classes start at 6:30 PM. Registration is required. Call 317-782-4422 or register online by clicking on the “Education” tab at www.myheartcare .net

Exercise Tips for Your Heart

If you can’t find time to exercise or aren’t sure what the best exercise is for you, this class is for you. Discover that exercise can be healthy and fun. Learn how to set up a schedule for yourself.

Tuesday, Oct. 4, Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center

Healthy Eating

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.

Monday, Oct. 3, Franciscan St. Francis Health—Mooresville

Wednesday, Oct. 5, Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center

Heart Smart Dining

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.

Wednesday, Oct. 12, Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center

Tuesday, Oct. 18, Franciscan St. Francis Health—Mooresville

Meatless Cooking Tips

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.

Tuesday, Oct. 11, Franciscan St. Francis Health—Mooresville

Wednesday, Oct. 26, Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center

Quit Smoking

Smoking is the number-one risk factor for heart disease, and we know how hard quitting tobacco can be. Making good lifestyle choices is a big part of staying healthy. Come learn from the Franciscan St. Francis Coordinator of Tobacco Cessation about options to help you begin the process of becoming smoke-free.

Monday, Oct. 10, Franciscan St. Francis Health—Mooresville

Reduce Stress

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.

Wednesday, Oct. 19, Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center

Super Shopping

With all the new and changing products on the shelves, grocery shopping can be overwhelming. Learn where to find the healthy foods and how to avoid packaging tricks commonly used to market foods. Discover how food labels make you a smarter shopper. Classes are held in the grocery sections at local Meijer stores.

Monday, Oct. 17, Meijer, 5325 E. Southport Road

Tuesday, Oct. 25, Meijer, 10509 Heartland Blvd., Camby