WVU Health Sciences Wellness Program offering Dr. Dean Ornish’s ‘The Spectrum’

Update: Start date pushed back two weeks

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, are among the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. In fact, chronic diseases account for seven out of 10 deaths among Americans each year. Although they are among the most common health problems, they are also among the most preventable.

Lifestyle changes, which include diet, weight loss and physical activity, can help individuals significantly reduce their risk of developing chronic disease.

To impact this trend, The Wellness Program at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center is offering “The Spectrum,” a six-week educational program based on the best-selling book and research of Dr. Dean Ornish. The program was designed for individuals who want to prevent disease, reduce the risks for developing a chronic condition or learn to adopt lifestyle changes that can help manage diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. “Spectrum” helps people identify where they are on the health continuum, offering them a full range of optimum lifestyle choices.

“This program combines the tenets of the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease and ‘The Spectrum.’ The resulting program serves as a powerful change tool for individuals who may or may not have heart disease or other chronic conditions, but want to take a proactive approach to their health to turn back the clock on metabolic changes that may predispose them to disease,” Dave Harshbarger, Ornish program director, said. “The program demonstrates how to personalize an optimal way of living based on individual health goals, needs and preferences.”

Classes were originally scheduled to begin February 22. The class will now start on March 8 and meet for six consecutive Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. at Ruby Memorial Hospital. For more information, call The Wellness Program at 304-293-2520.


For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
dh: 02-10-10

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