It’s something we’ all hear — 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. She discusses Renown’s new Healthy Heart Program focusing on making those important lifestyle changes.
If you, or someone you love, has 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 those experiencing heart attack or another serious heart event.
It focuses on three pillars:
3. Stress management
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 a nutrition plan focusing on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. It also incorporates stress management with our Behavioral Health team.
Along with nutrition and stress-management education, we supervise exercise programs. Patients receive individual 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 medical experts to ensure patients are exercising safely. All of the machines are state-of-the-art and 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 made especially for heart patients. The seat swivels allowing patients to easily get in and out and instead of a pedaling motion, this machine focuses a stair stepper type movement. Patients exercise three times a week for 12 weeks. We also give them home work with custom at-home workouts.
The other piece of this program is nutrition through Nevada’s first Pritikin program. What do patients learn from this nutrition education?
The Pritikin nutrition plan focuses 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 Pritikin cooking classes every Friday. 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 This nextwork includes Executive Physicals, an in-depth physical exam for 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.