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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:

Lifesteps

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.

Meal Replacement

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.

Bariatrics

It’s not easy to lose weight and embrace a healthy lifestyle, but bariatric surgery can be a great way to begin.

Learn more about the ProMedica Toledo Hospital Metabolic and Bariatric Center.

For more information, please contact one of the following locations:

Exercise Resources

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.

Learn more about Wildwood Athletic Club

ProMedica Script4Fitness

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.

Learn more about the ProMedica Script4Fitness program

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.

Learn more about the Fitness Connection

Heart Toolkit

Use the tools below to take charge of your heart health.

Heart and Vascular Newsletter

We're always here when your heart needs us most. But, so much of your heart health counts on you and what you know. We hope that the stories and information you find here in this space will help you lead a heart-healthy life.

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Heart and Vascular on Pinterest

Follow our "Heart Health" board on Pinterest to view tips and and advice for loving your heart from some of ProMedica's top experts.

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Heart Experts

ProMedica Physicians are experts who provide care in a variety of specialties, including cardiac electrophysiology, cardiology, vascular surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. As part of a large network of providers, ProMedica Physicians work to approach your health as a whole. Find the ProMedica heart expert that’s right for you.

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