Part 1 - Live Smart for your Heart Blog Series
Live Smart for your Heart is a free community education event taking place on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Heart disease remains a major concern in our country. The latest research indicates that from 2003 to 2013, the death rate from heart disease has fallen about 38 percent, but the burden and risk factors remain alarmingly high. It is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
According to the American Heart Association, about 750,000 Americans have a heart attack every year. About 2,200 Americans die each day from heart disease in the United States— that’s one every 40 seconds. Yes, these statistics are alarming, but there is good news— heart disease is preventable and controllable. Knowing your risk factors and how to prevent heart disease should be everyone’s key priority.
In recognition of February- American Heart Month, healthy living and management of heart disease risk factors will be the focus of Live Smart for your Heart, a free community education program sponsored by Crossing Rivers Health Cardiac Rehab on Tuesday evening, February 28.
The evening will begin with a free light heart-healthy meal at 5:30 p.m. prepared by Crossing Rivers Health Nutrition Services followed by two 30-minute presentations with helpful information to improve your health. There will also be a time for discussion and questions from 7:00-7:30 p.m.
One major role we play in Cardiac Rehab is helping patients and their families increase awareness of their personal risk factors and identifying which lifestyle behaviors are most important to that individual. Eating healthy, establishing a regular exercise program, and sticking to it have to be a priority to the patient we are working with in order for a change in lifestyle choices to occur. Our goal is to help each person create a plan for changing lifestyle factors; such as creating a regular plan for exercise or providing them with the education necessary to understand basic nutrition guidelines.
Changing lifestyle behaviors is not a one size fits all for each person- it is not about adhering to the latest and greatest quick fix to weight loss and heart-healthy living. The key to living a heart-healthy life is creating an individualized plan that is important to you and one that is realistic and easy to maintain. The goal of Live Smart for your Heart is sure to be full of useful information and captivating with our interactive presentation.
Reservations are encouraged to help hospital staff plan for the meal.