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Monday, September 29, 2014

Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center offers variety of free classes throughout October

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

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

What’s the fuss about salt? Why does my doctor care about my salt intake?
Harry Genovely, MD.
Thursday, Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m.
Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center (8111 S. Emerson Ave.)
Most Americans consume more salt than is recommended.  The FDA is even asking food companies to cut back on the salt they use when preparing foods.  Why does it matter? What is the problem with having too much salt?  Dr. Genovely will talk about the impact sodium has on the body and overall health, how it may increase your risk for disease.  Bring your questions for the cardiologist.

Do you have a heart murmur?
Tues, Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m.
Franklin Public Library, 401 State St, Franklin
Presented by Marc Gerdisch, MD
Refreshments served at 6:00 p.m.

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. Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Gerdisch will talk about new treatments and surgeries for heart valves, including ongoing research studies Franciscan St. Francis Health.  Participants will have the opportunity to sign up for a free echocardiogram screening following the program.

Change of Heart classes offered in Fall 2014

Cooking for 2
Wednesday, Oct 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center
Wednesday, Oct 15, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville (1201 Hadley Road)
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. 

Fitness Tips
Tuesday, Oct 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville
Thursday, Oct 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis 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 Meals on a Budget
Tuesday, Oct 28, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville
Wednesday, Oct 29, 6:30 p.m. at the Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center
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.

Meatless Cooking Tips
Thursday, Oct 23, 6:30 p.m. at the Franciscan St. Francis 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.

Reduce Stress
Wed, Oct 22, 6:30 p.m. at the Franciscan St. Francis 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

Savvy Shopping
Wednesday, Oct 1, 6:30 p.m. at Southport Meijer
Tuesday, Oct 7, 6:30 p.m. at 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.