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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center offers free classes throughout September

INDIANAPOLIS -- Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center is offering free classes focused on cardiovascular health and wellness in September.

To register for any of the classes, call 317-782-4422 or go online at to see the full listing of fall classes. Seating is limited for these events.

Cardio-Oncology – How can cancer treatment affect the heart?
Fri, Sept. 18 at 12:00 noon
Presented by Vijay Rao, MD and Jaime Ayon, MD
Decatur County Memorial Hospital, 720 N. Lincoln St., Greensburg

Have you or a loved one gone through cancer treatment?  Some cancer drugs can affect the heart muscle, so it is important to monitor your heart condition while going through treatment.  And the effects can last for many years after treatment is complete.  Franciscan Physician Network specialists cardiologist Dr. Rao and oncologist Dr. Ayon will discuss the impact chemotherapy may have on heart muscle and what can be done to help these patients.

Why does it hurt to walk?
Tues, Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m.
Presented by William Berg, MD
UnaVie Cardiology Center
2451 Intelliplex Dr., Shelbyville

Leg pain can be a result of poor blood flow to the legs through the arteries and can negatively impact a person’s life.  Dr. Berg, cardiologist with the Franciscan Physician Network specializing in peripheral vascular disease, will discuss the blood flow to the legs, signs and symptoms of arterial vs. venous disease and treatment options available. 

Change of Heart classes

If you come to a class in Sept and take an initial health assessment, then attend at least three of our scheduled classes and take a final health assessment, you will receive a gift for your commitment to improving your health.

Cooking for 2
Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Franciscan 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 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
Thursday, Sept. 24 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
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville, 1201 Hadley Road
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m. at the Franciscan 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.

Healthy Eating
Thursday, Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m. at the Franciscan Heart Center
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville
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
Tuesday, Sept.15, 6:30 p.m. at the Franciscan 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
Monday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m. at 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.