February is American Heart Month, for which we can thank President Lyndon B. Johnson. He proclaimed this in 1964, when more than half of the deaths in the U.S. were caused by cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke.
It remains the leading global cause of death, with more than 17.3 million killed each year, a number expected to reach more than 23.6 million by 2030, reports the American Heart Association.
With that stunning prediction, it's a good time to improve heart health and set some wellness goals. Here's a way to get started: The Heart Health Series offered by clinicians from Penrose-St. Francis Ornish Lifestyle Medicine and the Penrose-St. Francis Wellness Center. You'll spend Feb. 3 with a cardiologist, exercise physiologist, dietitian, Ornish program executive chef and other health experts who will focus on proven prevention strategies for wellness.
Dean Ornish is an American physician, researcher, president and founder of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, Calif.,and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco. The author of "Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease," "Eat More, Weigh Less" and "The Spectrum," Ornish is a well-known advocate for using diet and lifestyle changes to treat and prevent heart disease. His research is the basis of The Heart Health Series, and all attendees will receive a copy of "The Spectrum."
Here's an overview of the topics and speakers:
- What Is Your Heart Health Risk? - Dr. Robert Cadigan, interventional cardiologist and medical director for the Penrose-St. Francis Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
- Know Your Numbers: How Much Exercise Do I Need? - Kelsey Loy, exercise physiologist, M.S.,RCEP
- Heart Healthy Eats: Maximize the Protective Power of Nutrition - Jenifer Fournier, registered dietitian, R.D.
- Stress Management: The Remarkable Heart Benefits of Movement, Breathing, Relaxation and Meditation - Tricia Mooney, stress management specialist, B.S., RYT-500
- Heart Healthy Lunch prepared by Jodi Woodruff, executive chef, Penrose-St. Francis Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
- Transforming Hard Changes into an Easy and Lasting Lifestyle - Lindsey Carnick, lifestyle coach, LCSW, MSW, MA