03/24/2006

Public Invited to Learn About Ornish Program

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– Coronary heart disease is the number one cause of death in America and is often the direct result of unhealthy lifestyle habits.  Those who have heart disease, or are at risk for developing it, can now learn how to reverse its effects and live healthier lives by attending the “Evening with Ornish” Open House on from 5-7:30 p.m., April 6, in the WVU Hospitals Cafeteria on the fourth floor.

The Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease is a comprehensive lifestyle modification program designed to assist participants in the management of heart disease by addressing key risk factors associated with its onset and progression.  Through healthy lifestyle modification, the Ornish Program teaches participants how to improve their health and well being to live longer and healthier.

Attendees of the Open House will have the opportunity to experience and sample the four components of the Ornish Program – nutrition, stress management, exercise and group support.  There will be a cooking demonstration and free Ornish-friendly food samples. The program’s professional team of doctors, dietitians and health specialists will be on-hand to answer questions.

“Through our partnership with insurers, we are able to provide our patients with access to a program that has been nationally recognized for its success in improving the health of participants,” said Dave Harshbarger, Ornish program director.

For more information or to RSVP, call 293-2520. Those insured by PEIA, Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans and WVUH employees with the Health Plan may qualify for coverage.

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For more information:
HSC News Service, 304-293-7087

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