HeartVentures is not a theory or a concept regarding prevention; it is a proven, effective prevention program.
We start with motivation helping individuals understand how their lifestyle contributes to heart disease, diabetes, and stroke and why it is important that they make lifestyle changes.
We teach them how their nutrition habits and sedentary behavior contribute to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, risk of sudden death, diabetes mellitus and many cancers.
We help them understand how regular, sustained aerobic exercise and a low fat nutrition pattern will help them significantly lower their risk factors. The fringe benefits are weight loss (average group loss 10-11 pounds in 9 weeks), an improved sense of well-being, and more energy than they have had in years. We teach them how to eat and exercise in a healthy way forever.
Most participants are able to avoid starting a medication for their elevated cholesterol or blood pressure and many are able to reduce or eliminate their medications. This is a win-win for both the employee and the employer. Productivity savings are an added plus.
An interactive website (www.heartventures.net) provides quizzes after each session with immediate feedback, recipes, summaries of relevant current articles in the medical literature, links to other sites of interest, as well as opportunities to communicate with HeartVentures staff via email. This becomes a powerful reinforcement tool for participants.