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Health

Edward’s “Lifestyle Under Construction” helps lower risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes

NAPERVILLE – Registration is open for Edward Hospital’s “Lifestyle Under Construction” program. The 12-week session begins Feb. 6, 2018 and will be held in the Edward Heart Hospital ground floor conference room, 801 S. Washington St. in Naperville. Initial evaluations, which are required to determine if this is the right program for registrants, begin in January 2018.

This medically-supervised program is not a diet. Each week classes are taught by a cardiac nurse, registered dietitian or exercise physiologist who equip participants with long-term tools to trim their waist and lower their risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Weekly topics include nutrition, setting goals, managing stress, emotional eating and more. A personalized exercise program is developed for each participant.

“Lifestyle Under Construction” is recommended for those at risk for Metabolic Syndrome, a group of risk factors that puts a person in danger of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes. However, a person does not have to have Metabolic Syndrome to participate in the program.

A person may have metabolic syndrome if they have three or more of these risk factors:

• Waist size greater than 40 inches for men and greater than 35 inches for women
• Blood pressure higher than 130/85
• Fasting blood sugar above 100
• Fasting triglycerides above 150
• HDL (good) cholesterol less than 40 for men and less than 50 for women

The program meets on Tuesdays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (instruction plus exercise) and the Cardiac Rehab gym is available for exercise on Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Advance registration is required. A one-time fee, which covers bloodwork, initial 90-minute appointment and 12 weeks of instruction, is collected at the time of registration. Class size is limited. For more information and to register, call 630-527-2825.

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