February is Heart Health Month

February is Hearth Health Month: woman in the snow holding a heart

February is Heart Health Month, and Tahoe Forest Health System is focusing on helping our community understand the threat of heart disease and the importance of maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle.

Join us in our efforts to improve the hearts of our community.

FREE Workshop Wednesdays during the month of February!
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Eskridge Conference Room at Tahoe Forest Hospital

Feb 5: The Latest in Heart Health, with cardiologist, Dr. Tim Lombard, MD 
Ask our local cardiologist your questions! Hear about the latest research in heart health, learn if you are at risk for heart disease and discover strategies to improve your heart health. 

 Feb 12: Seasoning with Herbs and Spices, with dietitian, Lisa Fligor, MS, RDN
Join our Cardiac Rehab dietitian to learn tips and tricks to flavor up your meals and support a lower sodium diet. We will discuss the health benefits of common herbs and spices, as well as methods for purchasing, storing and cooking with them.

Feb 19: Strength Training for a Healthy Heart, with exercise physiologist, Anna Aldridge
Learn about the latest exercise recommendations to optimize a healthy heart. Review the importance of cardio and resistance exercise, as well as balance training to support lifelong health and fitness.

Feb 26: Breathing and Mindfulness for Heart Health, with social worker, Sheryl Schultz, and health coach, Liz Schenk
High stress can lead to raised blood pressure, over eating, drinking alcohol or smoking and increased sugar cravings – all negatively impacting our heart health. Managing stress is complicated! Learn realistic stress management techniques that you can start using today. 

Cardiac Rehab Open House immediately following each workshop from 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm. Meet our disciplinary staff, enjoy healthy snacks, and tour the Cardiac Rehab facility. Everyone is welcome!

Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab

Tahoe Forest Health System offers the Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation (ICR) program, a Medicare-approved, comprehensive lifestyle program designed specifically for patients recovering from a cardiovascular disease-related event, such as a heart attack or surgery. The program includes healthy cooking classes, nutrition workshops, healthy mindset workshops and medically-supervised exercise. Tahoe Forest Health System is the first Pritikin ICR location in California. Learn more about the Pritikin ICR program.

Heart disease remains as the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States.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. Maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and regular exercise can prevent many forms of the disease.

For more information about our heart health events or the Pritikin ICR program, call (530) 582-3478.