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Friday, February 28, 2014

Variety of free heart health, nutrition classes offered throughout March

INDIANAPOLIS – Franciscan St. Francis Health Heart Center is offering a full range of free educational classes focused on cardiovascular health and wellness throughout March.

Call 317-782-4422 or go on-line at to register for any of the classes, which include:

Aneurysms: Pay attention before it’s too late
Charles Kiell, MD
Thursday, March 6, 6:30 p.m.
Decatur County Memorial Hospital,
720 N. Lincoln St. Greensburg
Abdominal aortic aneurysms, also known as AAA, are uncommon but usually deadly. They develop slowly and usually have no symptoms, but when the weakened walls of the artery collapse, there is little recourse.
That’s why knowing your risk for AAA is so important. In some cases, the condition is genetic, but if you smoke, have high blood pressure or cholesterol you may be at risk as well. Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center vascular surgeon, Charles Kiell, MD, will discuss risks and symptoms of AAA and how he is monitoring patients at risk and is using innovative technology to repair aneurysms before they rupture.
Register online.

Coronary Calcium Scoring: Identifying cardiac risk
Ryan Daly, MD
Thursday, March 20, 6:30 p.m.
Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center (8111 S. Emerson Ave., entrance #1)
Coronary arteries can become blocked with calcium-containing plaque that can cause heart attacks. Coronary calcium scoring is a high-tech way of detecting calcium build-up in the arteries and identifies your risk for heart disease. Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center and Franciscan Physician Network Indiana Heart Physicians cardiologist, Ryan Daly, MD, will describe this test and answer your questions about other heart attack risk factors. 
Register online.

Change of Heart classes offered in Spring 2014
Healthy Eating
Wednesday, March 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Heart Center (Register online.)
Tuesday, March 11, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis Health – Mooresville (1201 Hadley Road) (Register online.)
Healthy eating leads to a healthy life!  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!

Reduce Stress
Thursday, March 13, 6:30 p.m. at the 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 techniques to decrease your stress which can improve your health.
Register online.

Quick Meals at Home
Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville
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.
Savvy Shopping
Wednesday, March 19, 6:30 p.m., Southport 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.
Fitness Tips
Tuesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Heart Center
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.
Healthy Dining Out Tips
Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 p.m. 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.
Meatless Cooking Tips
Thursday, March 27, 6:30 p.m. at the Heart Center
Meatless meals may help you live longer. Adding more 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.
Register online.