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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Free hearty healthy classes offered by Franciscan St. Francis Health experts

INDIANAPOLIS – Prevention is the key to lowering your chances of developing a cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease, stroke or high blood pressure.

That’s why Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center is offering free “Ask-the-Doc” and “Change of Heart” classes this spring with the goal of improving the community’s health through education and prevention. Ask the Doc programs are presented by dedicated team of independent and Franciscan St. Francis Health physicians. 

To register for these classes call 317-782-4422 or toll-free at 877-888-1777, or by visiting

How to protect yourself from stroke
Thursday, April 11, 6:30 p.m.
Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center (8111 S. Emerson Ave.)
Presented by Andrew Barksdale, MD

Dr. Barksdale 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 at a later date.

Why does it hurt to walk?
Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center
Presented by Saeed Shaikh, MD

Leg pain can be a result of poor blood flow to the legs through the arteries, or it can be from poor blood flow back to the heart, causing enlarged or varicose veins.  Dr. Shaikh, specializing in peripheral vascular disease, will discuss the blood flow to and from the legs, signs and symptoms of arterial or venous disease and treatment options available.  Those attending may then sign up for a free peripheral vascular screening following the talk.

Change of Heart classes offered in Spring 2013

Healthy Eating Starts Here
Tuesday, April 2, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center
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!

Where’s the flavor?
Wednesday, April 3, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis – Mooresville
Tuesday, April 9, 6:30 p.m. at 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.

Fitness Tips
Monday, April 8, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis – Mooresville (1201 Hadley Road
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.

Savvy Shopping
Monday, April 15, 6:30 p.m. at Camby Meijer (10509 Heartland Blvd)
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, April 16, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center
Monday, April 29, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis – Mooresville
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!

Meatless Cooking Tips
Thursday, April 18, 6:30 p.m. at 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
Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis – 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 while dining out.

Quick meals at home
Tuesday, April 30, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center
Some days, we just don’t have the time – or the desire – to spend a lot of 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.