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Thursday, September 27, 2012

St. Francis Heart Center offers doctor-led seminars, wellness programs in 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. Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center is offering free classes and screenings to reduce your risk through November.

To pre-register, call 317-782-4422 or toll free 1-877-888-1777. Registration also is available online at

“Ask-the-Doc” Classes include:

Coronary calcium scoring: How Heart Scan identifies your cardiac risk
Presented by Ryan Daly, MD., FACC, FASE
• Wednesday, Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m.
• Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center (8111 S. Emerson Ave.)

A build-up of calcium-containing plaque can block heart arteries and cause heart attacks. Coronary calcium scoring is a high-tech way of detecting calcium build-up in arteries and helps to identify your risk for heart disease. Daly will describe this test and answer your questions about other heart attack risk factors. A special screening offer will be made to those who attend the class.

How to protect yourself from stroke
Presented by Harry Genovely, MD
• Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m.
• Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville (1201 Hadley Road)

Genovely will talk about the importance of keeping the carotid artery leading to the brain free of plaque and disease, decreasing the risk for stroke. Class attendees may sign up for a free carotid artery screening.

Change of Heart classes in October:

Getting started with good nutrition
• Tuesday, Oct.  2, 6:30 p.m.
• Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center

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!

Fitness Tips
• Monday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m.
• Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville

Being fit is more than being thin.  Research shows that no matter what you weigh, increasing your fitness helps your heart!  Discover that exercise can be healthy and fun.  Learn how to set up a schedule for yourself.

Where’s the flavor?
• Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m.
• Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville

• Tuesday, Oct.  9 at 6:30 p.m.
• Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center

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

Savvy Shopping
• Monday, October 15, 6:30 P.M.
• Camby Meijer

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.

Reduce Stress
• Tuesday, Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m.
• Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center

• Monday, Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m.
• Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville

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.

Meatless Cooking Tips
• Thursday, Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m.
• Franciscan St. Francis 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.

Healthy Dining Out Tips
• Tuesday, Oct.  23, 6:30 p.m.
• Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville

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 when dining out.

Quick meals at home
• Tuesday, Oct.  30, 6:30 p.m.
• Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center

Some days, we just don’t have the time – or the desire – to spend much time in the kitchen.  But that doesn’t mean we need to sacrifice eating well at home.  Learn how to fix quick and easy nutritious meals you and your family can enjoy.