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Take 5 for Heart Health

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to begin its “Take 5 for Heart Health” campaign for February. “Take 5 for Heart Health” encourages community members to take time for their heart health with five key elements: Eat Right, Chill Out, Get Moving, Call 911 and Know the Facts. As part of the innovative program, Lexington Medical Center is partnering with Midlands businesses to provide free, fun heart health events including exercise classes and stress relief activities throughout the month of February. You can begin signing up for the classes and events today, January 28, 2015,at 5:00 p.m. at www.LexMed.com/Take5.
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The free events include golf at Rawls Creek Golf and Mid Carolina Club, an olive oil and vinegar tasting at The Classy Cruet, cooking demonstrations with Charleston Cooks, ice skating and roller skating at Plex Indoor Sports in Irmo and Sandhills, a grocery store tour to learn about healthy food shopping, a moonlight paddle on Lake Murray in a canoe, a Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve hike with Phoenix Adventures, Stacked Fitness boot camp, SKA Dance Fitness classes, Columbia Museum of Art passes, Columbia Classical Ballet Company Swan Lake tickets, meditation with Vital Energy, Broadway in Columbia tickets to Flashdance at the Koger Center for the Arts, a Lunch & Learn on sodium and potassium, volunteering at Pawmetto Lifeline and the Harvest Hope Food Bank, and 8K road race training with Fleet Feet Sports. And that’s just the beginning. Participants at the classes and events are encouraged to wear red as a sign of support for spreading the message about heart health.

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“We’re thrilled with the response we’ve had from our business partners to provide important heart health education to our community,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center. “Heart disease is an epidemic in South Carolina. One out of every three deaths in our state is related to cardiovascular disease. The “Take 5 for Heart Health” campaign educates our community about heart health and encourages people to lead a heart-healthy life through exercise, education and minimizing stress.”

Heart disease has been the #1 killer of women since 1910. More women die of heart disease than men, and 64% of women who die of a heart attack did not know they were at serious risk. It’s important for women to follow up with their physicians regularly.

Lexington Medical Center is dedicated to treating heart disease with comprehensive cardiovascular care.

For a full list of events, visit www.LexMed.com/Take5. Businesses can sign up to offer free classes and participants can register on the website. Participants must sign up in advance. Class space is limited, and classes will close when they reach capacity.

The “Take 5 for Heart Health” campaign will culminate with an interactive Heart Fair on Sunday, March 1 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel at the intersection of Interstate 20 and Bush River Road in Columbia. Attendees can learn about the latest cardiovascular technology, taste heart-healthy foods, attend mini-lectures by physicians on cardiovascular topics, have a chair massage, take a citizen CPR class and receive a blood pressure screening.

Banana Split Breakfast Bowl: A Diabetic-Friendly Recipe

Banana Split Breakfast Bowl
Serves: 4 Calories: 268 calories per serving

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2-1/2 tablespoons sliced almonds
2-1/2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
3 cups vanilla nonfat yogurt
1-1/3 cups sliced strawberries
2 bananas, sliced
1/2 cup drained pineapple tidbits

PREPARATION
1. Spread almonds and walnuts in single layer in small heavy skillet. Cook and stir over medium heat 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately remove from skillet; cool completely
2. Spoon yogurt in medium bowl. Layer with strawberries, banana slices and pineapple.Sprinkle with toasted almonds and walnuts.
Note Breakfast is a great time to eat one of the two recommended fruit servings for the day. This recipe can be made with frozen strawberries or frozen bananas. Frozen fruits are harvested at their peak and can be stored in the freezer until date on package, or to 8 to 12 months at 0°F. While fresh is always better, frozen fruits are economical, cleaned, ready to use and available year-round.

Recipes like this one are discussed at “D2 & Me,” Lexington Medical Center’s diabetes support and wellness group. There will be meetings in January about the glycemic index and how to use it in food and snack preparations to enhance your menu planning. The guest speaker will be Lere’ Robinson of Alive Again! LLC. The meetings are free and open to the public.

One class will be on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. inside Lower Level Classroom 3 at the hospital in West Columbia. The second class will be on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. inside the 2nd Floor Conference Room at the hospital’s community medical center in Lexington, located at 811 West Main Street in Lexington.

“D2 & Me” is for type 2 diabetes patients and their caregivers. The meetings, which are open to the public, will feature guest speakers, exercises, healthy cooking demonstrations and tastings, recipe exchanges and dinners at local restaurants.

Since June, D2 & Me has provided people with type 2 diabetes a forum to talk about their disease and learn how to care for themselves. For more information on upcoming meetings, visit Facebook.com/D2andMe or LexMed.com, or call (803) 361 – 8435.

Calling It Quits

Lexington Medical Center offers a free smoking cessation program for people who are looking to quit. It’s the topic of an editorial in the current edition of Lexington Woman magazine. Check it out below, or read it online on the magazine’s website.

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