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Finger Lakes Health to offer Health and Fitness Program in Ontario County
In the United States, heart disease is the number one cause of premature death. Finger Lakes Health is committed to reducing this statistic by inviting Ontario County residents and/or those who work in Ontario County, to participate in our health and fitness program, “Cardiac PRE-hab.” Sessions will incorporate risk factor modification, learning about the benefits of physical activity and healthy nutrition, and strategies for encouraging others to lead a healthy lifestyle. This program is made possible through a generous grant from The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund (www.mcgowanfund.org).

Our “Cardiac PRE-hab” program consists of one evening session a week for 10 weeks. The program is directed by Dr. Joseph Gomez, chief of Cardiology at Finger Lakes Health, and the cost is $35 per participant. The program, to be held at the Geneva Community Center, runs each Tuesday, 6-8 p.m., from Tuesday, Feb. 25 through Tuesday, April 29. Each 10-week session includes:

• Specially designed lectures from practitioners who understand the importance of education with respect to risk factor modification.
• Sessions with nutritionists to help you improve your eating habits.
• A 3-month free membership at the YMCA in Geneva.
• Personal cardiac health screenings to determine your Body Mass Index, lipid and glucose levels, and blood pressure.

“It has long been established that short- and long-term prognosis is improved following a cardiac event if patients participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program. We have developed a strategy that combines the cardiac protection of primary prevention with the quality of life benefits of the rehabilitation concept,” said Dr. Gomez. “We had great success with this program in Seneca County, and are thrilled to be able to bring Cardiac PRE-hab to Ontario County in February. We also plan to offer the program to Yates County, as well as Seneca County, residents later in 2014.

A major part of this program emphasizes education about coronary artery disease; those completing the course will feel comfortable sharing this knowledge with their friends, family, co-workers, and the community.

Community members considering participating may also be a part of the Program Partners/Champions by recruiting two to five friends or co-workers to join the program together. Those interested in participating in “Cardiac PRE-hab” may register at www.flhealth.org/events and choose “Cardiac PRE-hab – Ontario County” from the drop-down menu. For more information, call us at (315) 787-4012 or e-mail us at cardiacprehab@flhealth.org.

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