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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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

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 a 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

On tap for the public in May:

Do you have a heart murmur?
Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m.
UnaVie Cardiology Center
2451 Intelliplex Dr. Shelbyville
Heart murmurs are caused by valves inside the heart that don’t close properly. Sometimes, people can live with heart murmurs a long time without any symptoms. But if the problem becomes more serious, the blood flow to the heart may be affected. Cardiovascular surgeon Marc Gerdisch, MD, an independent physician who chooses to practice at Franciscan St. Francis Health, will talk about new treatments and surgeries for heart valves, including ongoing research studies.

Change of Heart classes offered in May:

Savvy Shopping
Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Southport Meijer
5325 E. Southport Road
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.

Fitness Tips
Thursday, May 9, 6:30 p.m.
Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center
8111 S. Emerson Ave.
Being fit is more than being thin.  Research shows that no matter what you weigh, increasing fitness helps your heart. Discover that exercise can be healthy and fun, and how to set up a schedule for yourself.

Healthy Dining Out Tips
Tuesday, May 14, 6:30 p.m.
Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center
8111 S. Emerson Ave.
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.

Cooking for 2
Thursday, May 16, 6:30 p.m.
Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center
8111 S. Emerson Ave.
As we get older, our health becomes more of a priority.  After the kids leave home, it can be challenging to scale back cooking, so dining out seems like an easy option.  In this class, learn how it really is cheaper and healthier to cook at home for two.  

Reduce Stress
Thursday, May 23, 6:30 p.m.
Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center
8111 S. Emerson Ave.
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.