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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Variety of free heart health, nutrition classes offered throughout April

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

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

Is my blood pressure too high?
Harry Genovely, MD
Thursday, April 10, 6:30 p.m.
Franciscan St. Francis Health Heart Center (8111 S. Emerson Ave.)
Do you know what your blood pressure is? Do you know what it should be? New guidelines recommend aiming for below 120/80 for most people. Learn how high blood pressure affects not only the heart but also other vital organs. Genovely, cardiologist with Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center and Franciscan Physician Network Indiana Heart Physicians, will share steps you can take to lower your blood pressure, including diet, weight loss, exercise and medication. No more excuses: learn how you can lower blood pressure starting today, with the advantages lasting a lifetime.

Do you have a heart murmur?
Marc Gerdisch, MD
Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 p.m.
Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville (1201 Hadley Road)
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. Gerdisch, a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon at  Franciscan St. Francis, will talk about new treatments and surgeries for heart valves, including ongoing research studies here at Franciscan St. Francis.  There will be a free valve screening opportunity for those who attend this program.
Change of Heart classes offered in Spring 2014
Quick meals at home
Wednesday, April 2, 6:30 p.m. at the 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.
Savvy Shopping
Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 p.m. at Meijer store in Camby, 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.
Healthy Meals on a Budget
Wednesday, April 9, 6:30 p.m. at the Heart Center. Register now.
Tuesday, April 15, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville. Register now.
As food prices climb and budgets get tight, smart purchases at the supermarket are important.  In this class, you will learn ways to stretch your food budget while still getting the nutrients you need.

Cooking for 2
Thursday, Apr 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Heart Center
As we get older, our health becomes more of a priority.  After the kids leave home, it can be challenging to scale back our 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. 
Register now.

Healthy Eating
Tuesday, April 29, 6:30 p.m. at the Heart Center
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.
Register now.

Healthy Dining Out Tips
Wednesday, April 30, 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.
Register now.