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To recognize February as National Heart Month, Sentara Healthcare is offering a four-part education and exercise program to teach healthy eating, effective stress management, and cardiac Yoga-all to minimize your risks of heart disease. The program is designed for people with heart disease or those at risk of developing the disease.

The lecture series, "2005 Healthy Heart" is scheduled for four consecutive Saturdays: February 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Norfolk and from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Williamsburg area.

Presenters include a physician, registered dietitian, certified Yoga teacher and registered nurse. Classes are free to all Optima, Healthy Edge, and Sentara insured members. The fee to other participants is $50. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring a towel and water bottle. A healthy snack will be provided at the end of each class. To register for the Healthy Heart program, call 1-800-SENTARA.

Heart Stats:

According to the American Heart Associations Heart Attack and Stroke Statistics 2005 Update, cardiovascular disease is the number 1 killer of men and women in the U.S.

A full 25% of men and women in the U.S. today have some form of cardiovascular disease, which accounted for 38 percent of all deaths in the U.S. in 2002.

Nearly 2,600 Americans die each day of CVD-that's one death every 34 seconds.

The latest figures available from the Virginia Department of Health's Vital Statistics Report, 2003 indicate: Heart disease is the number one cause of death in Virginia and Hampton Roads and more than 34% of the deaths in Hampton Roads were caused by cardiovascular disease.

The 2003 Womens HeartAdvantage Outreach Initiative Post Measure, a study conducted by Market Strategies, Inc., found 83% of women in Hampton Roads have at least one risk factor for heart disease.

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