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Your health: Tahoe Forest offering free programs for American Heart Month

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Tahoe Forest Health System is putting on several free events and programs to commemorate American Hearth Month.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — During the month of February, American Heart Month, Tahoe Forest Hospital is focusing on helping our community understand the threat of heart disease and the importance of staying fit through diet and exercise.

Approximately every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event and about one every minute will die from one, making heart disease the leading cause of death in the United States.

It is also the major cause of disability. Coronary heart disease, often occurring after a heart attack, is the most common.

The good news is that a heart-healthy lifestyle can help prevent cardiovascular disease and improve heart health, even if a person has been diagnosed with a heart or vascular condition.

Although cardiovascular disease is responsible for one-third of all deaths in the United States, maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and regular exercise can prevent many forms of the disease.

Below is a partial list of events and programs sponsored in February by Tahoe Forest Hospital:

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Free Heart Health Talks

They take place weekly from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Eskridge Conference Room, Tahoe Forest Hospital, 10121 Pine Ave. Truckee:

February 3: What's New in Heart Health News, Betsy Taylor, RD. Can food be medicine? Learn what foods you want to include that may decrease cholesterol, blood pressure and assist in managing blood sugars.

February 10: Exercise is Medicine, Wendy Buchanan, MS. Learn from our Exercise Physiologist how to optimize your exercise regimen to get the most out of your workouts to meet your individualized goals.

February 17: Supermarket Savvy? Betsy Taylor, RD. Take the guesswork out of which products to use. Get ideas to create fast, convenient meals.

February 24: Ask the Doc: Hot Topics in Heart Health, Tim Lombard, MD. A special presentation by our local cardiologist on heart disease and how to best prevent it.

Harvest of the Month Tasting

Scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Tahoe Forest Hospital's Pine Street Café, 10121 Pine Ave. February's Harvest of the Month Tasting features heart-healthy beets.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings

Tahoe Forest Hospital staff will perform these from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 9 and Feb. 11 at the Safeway story, located at 11290 Donner Pass Road in Truckee. For more information on the above items, call 530-582-7419.

Heart to Heart

Tahoe Forest Health System also has numerous resources to help its community members live a heart-healthy lifestyle, one of which is called Heart to Heart.

This is a heart-reconditioning program designed specifically for people with cardiovascular disease. The program's focus is to assist participants in regaining optimal fitness and well being by learning and being motivated to make the right lifestyle changes to decrease the risk of a heart attack or stroke or the need for surgery.

For more information call 530-582-3285.

Silver Steps

Silver Steps is another beneficial Heart Health exercise program. This medically monitored program is for seniors of all ages.

It's designed to help senior men and women increase their physical stamina focusing on cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, balance coordination, body composition and having fun.

And, it's affordable. The first month is 50 percent off. For more information call 530-582-3285.

This article was submitted by Tahoe Forest Health System. Visit tfhd.com to learn more.