Lifestyle and Heart Disease

In every Ornish Reversal Program session, you learn about the lifestyle factors that affect heart disease: diet, exercise, stress management and emotional support.

What You Eat

The best diet for heart disease reversal includes whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and plant-based proteins. You learn how to prepare delicious, healthy meals that limit fat and carbohydrates. You also share a heart-healthy meal with your group during each session.

Learn more about the Ornish Diet.

How Much You Move

Research shows that exercising even a little more offers big health benefits. Sessions incorporate different types of exercises supervised by an exercise physiologist. You discover what activities work for you and how to build exercise into your daily routine.

How You Manage Stress

Stress can affect blood pressure and flow, heart rate, cholesterol, and other heart health factors. Each session teaches innovative relaxation techniques to manage stress levels.

Relaxation techniques include:

  • Stretching
  • Meditation
  • Deep breathing
  • Progressive relaxation
  • Imagery
  • Yoga

How Much Love And Support You Have

Our ability to connect with ourselves and others impacts our health. Loneliness and isolation can make us sick, but love and support help us heal.

Participants spend an hour every session providing each other with compassionate, emotional support. Many participants are surprised to learn how powerful this support can be. We also offer helpful tips for loved ones involved in your journey.

Learn more about how to support your loved one.

Contact Us

Call an Ornish Care Specialist at 1-877-888-3091 to learn more. Ornish Care Specialists answer your questions with patience and expertise.

Sentara in the Community