Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While we can't select our genetics, we can make lifestyle choices that protect our hearts and improve our health and quality of life.
Join Beaumont health experts and emcee WWJ health reporter Deanna Lites for an educational evening focused on how to lead a healthier life. The free program, "Living Well: Have a Healthy Heart", takes place Tuesday, Feb. 25 in the auditorium at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, 3601 W. 13 Mile Road.
Doors open for the interactive health fair at 5 p.m. and the presentation takes place from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Featured activities include:
- blood pressure screenings
- hands only CPR education and training
- integrative medicine experts will provide five to ten-minute reiki sessions
- pharmacists answering medication questions
Dr. Barry Franklin, director of Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation, Beaumont, Royal Oak, will discuss prevention strategies that include regular exercise and smoking cessation; Cindy Haskin-Popp, exercise physiologist, will discuss the importance of exercising for functional independence; dietitian Silvia Veri will present on the importance of heart healthy eating and Dr. Maureen Anderson, medical director of Integrative Medicine, will discuss the benefits of stress management for health.
"Smoking cessation is the single most important lifestyle modification to lengthen the lifespan by an average of 10-12 years," Dr. Franklin said. "Helping people help themselves by reducing their risk factors is a major focus of our Feb. 25 program."
Dr. Anderson said, "My goal is for participants to gain a greater awareness of simple and effective medication-free solutions to stress management."
Participants will also be treated to a gourmet cornucopia of heart-healthy edibles, starting with infused waters and teas. Next up, Seared Green Tea Lacquered Salmon and Southwest Shrimp Caesar Salad, topped with Sweet Corn and Avocado Dressing. Additional samples will include, Lentil Pasta Salad, Apple Kale Quinoa Salad and a street taco trio comprised of Walnut Tacos, Portabella Fajitas topped with grilled Jalapeno and Pineapple Salsa and Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos.
Dessert includes a seasonal fruit and berry board, complimented by both Dark Chocolate and Cake Batter Hummus and Citrus Honey Greek Yogurt Dip. Dark Chocolate Tofu Mousse Shooters, Warm Baked Raisin & Nut Stuffed Apples and Toasted Coconut Carrot Macaroons round out the menu. Recipes for most items will be provided.
Parking is available in the South Tower Parking Deck; follow the signs to the auditorium inside the Administration Building.
While the program is free, space is limited and advance registration is recommended. Register online at classes.beaumont.org or call 800-633-7377.