INDIANAPOLIS – Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Heart Association.
Prevention is the key to lowering your chances of developing a cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease, stroke or high blood pressure. Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center is offering free classes to improve the community’s health through education and prevention.
All of the events are open and free to the public.
Several of the Change of Heart classes will be held at the St. Francis Heart Center’s Community Center, located on the southeast corner of St. Francis Hospital-Indianapolis, 8111 S. Emerson Ave. St. Francis-Mooresville, located at 1201 Hadley Road, also will host several of the events.
Change of Heart classes offered in Spring 2012:
Wednesday, March 14, 6:30 p.m. at St Francis – Mooresville
Tuesday, April 3, 6:30 p.m. at the Heart Center
Wednesday, May 2, 6:30 p.m. at the Heart Center
Diets don’t work! Learn about healthy lifestyles in this class. Find out how much a “serving” is and how to manage a healthy weight. Discover how fats, carbohydrates and protein affect our bodies. Do you know how much salt, fiber and sugar are in the foods you buy? This class offers the foundation for a healthy future.
Healthy Cooking Tips
Thursday, March 15, 6:30 p.m. at the Heart Center
Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 p.m. at St Francis – Mooresville
Wednesday, May 16, 6:30 p.m. at the Heart Center
Healthy cooking leads to a healthy life. Learn how to choose the right ingredients that pump up the nutritional value of your favorite recipes in this class. Recipe substitutions and cooking techniques will be discussed.
Monday, March 19, 6:30 p.m. at St Francis – Mooresville
Thursday, April 12, 6:30 p.m. at the Heart Center
Tuesday, May 22, 6:30 p.m. at the 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 how to improve your health.
Tuesday, March 20, 6:30 p.m. at Meijer, 5325 E. Southport Rd
Tuesday, March 27, 6:30 p.m. at Meijer, 10509 Heartland Blvd., Camby
Monday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Meijer, 5325 E. Southport Rd
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.
Healthy Meals on a Budget
Wednesday, March 21, 6:30 p.m. at the Heart Center
Tuesday, May 1, 6:30 p.m. at St Francis - Mooresville
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.
Thursday, March 22, 6:30 PM at the Heart Center
Thursday, April 26, 6:30 PM at St Francis – Mooresville
Smoking is the #1 risk factor for heart disease, and we know how hard quitting tobacco can be. Making good lifestyle choices is a big part of staying healthy. Come learn from the Franciscan St. Francis Coordinator of Tobacco Cessation about the options to help you begin the process of becoming smoke-free.
Heart Smart Dining
Wednesday, March 28, 6:30 p.m. at the Heart Center
Tuesday, April 10 6:30 p.m. at St Francis - Mooresville
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.
Exercise Tips for Your Heart
Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Heart Center
Monday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. at St Francis – Mooresville
Tuesday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Heart Center
If you can’t find time to exercise or aren’t sure what the best exercise is for you, this class is for you. Discover that exercise can be healthy and fun. Learn how to set up a schedule for yourself.