Befriend Your Heart: Lose Weight, Get Fitter
How much you weigh and where you carry your weight both play a part in your heart health. Being overweight increases your risk of developing conditions like high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Plus, fat carried in your midsection, or waist, is directly correlated to your risk of heart disease. An optimal waist circumference is considered 40 inches or fewer in men and 35 inches or fewer in women. Recent studies have indicated that for every 2-inch increase to your waist, the risk of heart disease increases by 15-20 percent.
Adopting an overall diet and exercise program that includes reducing the calories you consume (in both food and drink) and at least 30 minutes of activity a day can make a difference in your weight and your heart health. The diet and weight loss resources at ProMedica include:
Taught by a registered dietitian, Lifesteps® Weight Management Program helps you develop a personal weight loss plan. The program includes 12 weekly group sessions where you will receive information, support and guidance about food, nutrition, exercise and behavior modification. For more information, please contact ProMedica St. Luke’s Hospital at 419-893-5911 ext. 6401.
Zonya Foco’s DIET FREE
Learn the eight habits to lose weight, improve energy levels and lower cholesterol, blood sugar or blood pressure. The nine-week program includes screenings and measurements, a workbook, exercise DVD, motivational book and tracker. For more information, please contact ProMedica Herrick Hospital at 517-265-0122.
This easy-to-follow, supplemental diet plan promotes safe and significant weight loss with a long-term maintenance program to keep the weight off. Based on a nationally recognized weight management program, Meal Replacement combines low-calorie meal replacements with healthy lifestyle skills, accountability, support and encouragement.
It’s not easy to lose weight and embrace a healthy lifestyle, but bariatric surgery can be a great way to begin.
For more information, please contact one of the following locations:
- ProMedica Bixby and Herrick Hospitals: 517-424-3176
- ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital: 419-436-6688
- ProMedica Toledo, Flower and Bay Park Hospitals: 419-291-8688
The stronger your heart, the less work it is has to do to function properly. That means a lower risk of heart damage. If your heart is conditioned through exercise and good lifestyle habits, your heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol levels tend to be healthier. And other factors, such as diabetes, weight and smoking are better controlled as well.
Wildwood Athletic Club
Wildwood Athletic Club staff is ready to help you get fit and feel great. Join today.
This 60-day, medically-based, small-group exercise program is for individuals interested in making exercise a part of life. A Wildwood Athletic Club certified personal trainer leads the eight 45-minute classes. The program is only $60 for 60 days of membership and includes access to Wildwood’s health and wellness offerings while you are active in the program. Ask your physician for a referral, or visit or call Wildwood Athletic Club at 419-539-0235.
The Fitness Connection
The Fitness Connection at the Tecumseh Community Center offers state-of-the-art aerobic fitness equipment and Cybex weight machines to help you achieve a total body workout.