St. Claire Regional (SCR), along with the University of Kentucky is offering a free 6 month community outreach project designed to address the high rates of heart disease in Kentucky. Men over 44 and women over 55 who have a family history of heart disease, smoke, have high blood pressure and/or cholesterol, are overweight, and/or diabetic are invited to take part.
Participants will receive a tailored plan designed to lower their heart disease risk factors and improve their overall health. In addition to a goody bag full of heart healthy recipes, tips and information, every person will receive a free pedometer. Both individual and group support sessions will encourage participants, plus provide helpful health education aimed at supporting lifestyle changes that reduce heart disease risk factors.
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States for both men and women according to the Center for Disease Control. Many factors can increase an individual's risk of developing heart disease including, a family history of heart disease; high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol; smoking and/or being overweight . However, by making healthy lifestyle choices and managing medical conditions individuals can lower their risk.