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Honor your own sweet heart during American Heart Month

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Sun file photoRegistered dietitian Jill Whisler will "weigh" in at Tahoe Forest Health System's Feb. 15 free heart health talk.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; During February, American Heart Month, Tahoe Forest Health System will offer heart conditioning programs and free health talks, focusing on education about the threat of heart disease and promoting how to stay fit through diet and exercise.

Tahoe Forest Health System has numerous resources to help its community members live a heart-healthy lifestyle. Whether your goal is to lose weight, maximize athletic potential, manage your cholesterol and blood pressure, navigate through menopause or prevent other chronic diseases, professional registered dietitians will help design a customized nutritional program to meet your needs.

Free Health Talks

The following free Health Talks will be held in the Eskridge Conference Room at Tahoe Forest Hospital, 10121 Pine Ave., Truckee: Feb. 15, 9:30 a.m., Your Weigh to Better Health, Jill Whisler, registered dietitian and Feb. 22, 9:30 a.m., How Many fruits and Veggies Do I Really Need?, Betsy Taylor, registered dietitian.

Heart Health Exercise Programs

Heart to Heart: A heart reconditioning program designed specifically for people with cardiovascular disease. The programand#8217;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, stroke or need for surgery. Call 530-582-3285.

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Silver Steps Program: This medically monitored program is for seniors of all ages. Itand#8217;s designed to help senior men and women increase physical stamina focusing on cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, balance coordination, body composition and having fun. And itand#8217;s affordable. The first month is 50 percent off. Call 530-582-3285.

In addition heart health eduation and beginning an exercise program, know you numbers. Affordable health screenings are offered each month in Truckee and Incline Village, Nev. Testing is available for cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL and LDL. In Truckee, testing is available from 7-9 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Tahoe Forest Laboratory Draw Station, 10956 Donner Pass Road, Ste. 230 inside the Medical Office Building. Call 530-587-3277 for information.

In Incline Village, Nev., testing is available 8-9 a.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Incline Village Community Hospital, 880 Alder Ave. Call 775-833-4100.

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 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, many forms of the disease can be prevented by maintaining a healthy active lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and regular exercise.

For more information about Tahoe Forest Health System, visit http://www.tfhd.com.