Part 2 - 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.
What is Metabolic Syndrome?
Metabolic Syndrome is a disorder characterized by impaired fasting glucose greater than 110, elevated blood pressure greater than 130/85, elevated triglycerides greater than 150, low HDL cholesterol less than 40 in men and 50 in women, and abdominal obesity (increased waist circumference).
These risk factors are associated with an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and future cardiovascular disease. They are also directly impacted and modifiable by behavior and lifestyle change. Individuals having a mix of any three of the five risk factors are classified as having the disorder of Metabolic Syndrome.
Evidence supports exercise as the best medicine in the management of health related risk factors that contribute to metabolic syndrome. Regular exercise has such a positive impact on all areas of our health (mentally and physically). Exercise reduces blood pressure and cholesterol, lowers blood sugar in diabetics, helps regulate the use of blood sugar in non-diabetics and has a positive impact on weight loss and weight control- which are all risk factors that are associated with Metabolic Syndrome.
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 featuring a presentation on metabolic syndrome on Tuesday evening, February 28.
Register for Live Smart for your Heart here!
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.
Dr. Vincent’s presentation, A Lifestyle Medicine Approach to Metabolic Syndrome, will focus on lifestyle management of the risk factors that contribute to the disorder of Metabolic Syndrome. Additionally, Patrick Stovey and Austin Neis, Exercise Specialists with Crossing Rivers Health, will follow-up with practical information related to diet and exercise.
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 the hospital staff plan for the meal.