Education Plays an Important Role in Heart Health

Eating from the Earth 101 with acclaimed chef, My Chef Nancy Jaworski, on Wednesday, Aug. 14 is just one of the many classes offered throughout the year.

Thanks to a generous donation from Fayette Woman Vicki Turner, Piedmont Healthcare brought The Women’s Heart Support Network to Fayette County in the summer of 2018. In the year since, hundreds of area women have participated in dozens of classes focused on movement, stress management, mindfulness, and nutrition at Piedmont Fayette Hospital. As the program enters its second year, Avril James, the new program coordinator for The Women’s Heart Support Network, is hoping to introduce more area women to the classes and support that is available.

“Eighty percent of all cardiac events can be prevented by lifestyle changes and education,” James says. “When you realize that 90 percent of all women have at least one risk factor for heart disease, you understand why this program is so important.”

The Women’s Heart Support Network is focused on three key concepts: proper nutrition and diet, mind and body wellness, and movement. These concepts form the basis of programs and classes each month. The hope is that the classes will provide an instant support group and team-like atmosphere.

One of the most popular classes is Women’s Heart Yoga. Led by instructor Tamie Leukhardt, the free yoga class, is held every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the Piedmont Fayette Fitness Center, 1250 Hwy 54, Suite 200 (across from the hospital). While the class is open to women of any age and any fitness level, and aimed at yoga beginners, the work in the class is beneficial for anyone looking to improve range of motion, flexibility, and mindfulness.

James is also excited to offer Eating from the Earth 101 with acclaimed chef, My Chef Nancy Jaworski, on Wednesday, Aug. 14. This is just one of the many nutrition classes offered throughout the year. Class participants will learn about plant-based nutrition and seasonal eating, as well as helpful knife skills and tips and techniques for preparation, stocking, and pantry staples. The class will take place at Alo Farms, 150 Huddleston Rd. in Peachtree City from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

There will be many other classes and events offered this year, including more Heart to Heart dinners with cardiologists and other Piedmont physicians and staff members. The Women’s Heart Support Network will roll out additional services and programs in Fayette County and expand to Piedmont Newnan and Coweta County early next year thanks to a $449,000 grant from The Cigna Foundation.

For more information about Piedmont Heart Institute’s cardiology services and The Women’s Heart Support Network, visit: https://www.piedmont.org/womensheartsupport

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