Healthy Heart: Get With the (New) Program

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It’s something we’ve all heard — a healthy diet and regular exercise are key to having good health. And that may be even more true when it comes to your heart. Renown’s Lynice Anderson  joins Channel 4 KRNV (NBC) and Channel 11 KRXI (FOX) for Best Medicine Wednesday and discusses Renown’s new Healthy Heart Program that’s focused on making those important lifestyle changes.

If you or a loved one have experienced a heart attack or other serious heart event, the recovery process can be overwhelming. We asked Lynice Anderson, director of Renown’s Healthy Heart Program, to explain how this program helps people adjust to their new normal.

First off, what is the Healthy Heart Program?

The new Healthy Heart Program is a intensive cardiac rehab program for patients who have suffered a heart attack or other serious heart event. It focuses on three pillars: nutrition, exercise and stress management — both here at Renown and at home.

For the nutrition aspect, our Healthy Heart Program is the first and only Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab Program on the West Coast and just the 12th nationwide. Pritikin is an internationally recognized nutrition plan focused on eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains. It also incorporates stress management with our Behavioral Health team.

Along with nutrition and stress-management education, we provide supervised exercise programs and patients receive individualized attention from a team of registered nurses, clinical exercise physiologists and dietitians.

How is the exercise equipment different from a typical gym?

The biggest difference from your typical gym is that all exercise is overseen by registered nurses to ensure patients are exercising safely. All of the machines are state-of-the-art and were selected based on the ease of use for heart patients and the benefits they’ll see with them. We have treadmills, wind-resistance bikes, weights and yoga mats. We also have recumbent cross trainers that are made especially for this type of patient. The seat swivels allowing patients to easily get in and out and instead of a pedaling motion, this machine focuses on movement similar to a stair stepper. We recommend patients come in three times a week for 12 weeks. We also give them home work with at-home workouts specialized to their needs.

The other piece of this program is nutrition through Nevada’s first Pritikin program. What do patients learn from this nutrition education?

Pritikin is an internationally recognized nutrition plan focused on eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains. We are proud to have the first program in Nevada and on the West Coast. Patients in the program take part in cooking classes every Friday based on Pritikin recipes. They also meet with dietitians regularly to help them stay on track.

What should people do if they want to learn more about the Healthy Heart Program?

This new Healthy Heart Program is part of our all-new Wellness Network which includes Executive Physicals, an in-depth physical exam that can be customized to your personal health needs, as well as Health Improvement Programs — which includes our team of registered dietitians who can help you learn to read nutrition labels and balance your meals.

Want to learn more? Join us for food, demonstrations and learning about the Healthy Heart Program as part of Renown’s all-new Wellness Network.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016
Time: 4–7 p.m.
Location: Renown South Meadows — Pavilion B
10085 Double R Blvd.
Reno, NV 89521

Please call 775-982-5400 to RSVP for this public event.

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