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Goal:  To promote cardiovascular disease prevention and control by focusing on risk factors like high blood pressure, blood cholesterol, heart attack and stroke.

Healthy Nutrition Workshops:  Teaches principle strategies for healthy eating, balance and moderation.  A nutritionist provides tips on Label Reading, healthy meal preparation, making healthy choices at the supermarket and serving sizes.  Led by a skilled nutritionist, participants will participate in live cooking demonstrations and taste healthy foods prepared in class.  Classes are held in six week intervals, each class covering one section of the food guide pyramid.

Physical Activity:  This covers exercising, importance of cardiovascular exercise, training and flexibility. This is a six week session led by a certified aerobics instructor who will offer physical activity classes ranging from high impact to low impact aerobic activity. It maintains your stress level and reduces your risk of having a heart attack.   These classes are held once – twice per week at various locations in Fulton County.  Physical activity sessions are 6 weeks in length.

Grow your own food: The goal is to teach and train community residents how to grow and develop their own fresh vegetables from their own garden.  Gardens provide communities the experience of growing their own fresh food by sharing land, water, seeds and other basic necessities.  Training is provided to community groups, organizations and schools.

Warning Signs of Heart Attack

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back
  • Pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck and arms
  • Chest pains with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath
  • Palpitations (strong, fast heart beats)

 Warning Signs of Stroke

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding what others are saying to you
  • Sudden and severe headache, with no known cause
  • Sudden blurred vision Dizziness


Controlling Risk Factors

Although some risk factors of heart disease, such as family history and age, can’t be changed, you can lower your risk of heart disease if you:

Don’t smoke. Smoking raises the risk of stroke and heart problems.

Limit your cholesterol intake. Avoid foods high in fats and cholesterol such as fried foods, butter, eggs, whole milk, etc.  The body makes all the cholesterol it needs, so you don’t need to eat more.

Control your blood pressure. Blood pressure at or above 120/80 is considered high. Get checked regularly.

Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight strains the heart. Keep your weight down with healthy meals and regular physical activity.

Get active! Walk, play, dance or do work in the yard. Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week.

Take your medicine as directed. Don’t stop taking your medicine unless your doctor tells you to do so.

Manage stress. Take time to relax.

Eat right. Eat five or more servings of fruits, vegetables and whole grains per day.

For more information, please call Deborah Cherry at 404-612-1526


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