Heart Healthy Lifestyles Information Session
Having high cholesterol and triglycerides can increase your risk for heart disease. However, there are many things that you can adjust in your diet and lifestyle that can decrease your risk. By attending this 1.5 hour introductory session, you will learn: how to understand your blood work; risk factors for developing cardiovascular disease; dietary fats and how different types affect your cholesterol; and how increasing your intake of dietary fiber can help. You will also learn how to read food labels and pick healthier foods for meal planning strategies.
If you have been told by your medical professional that you have dyslipidemia, that means that you have irregular levels of blood fats, such as cholesterol and triglycerides, circulating in your blood. Over time, this can lead to heart disease but there are things that you can do to help prevent this from happening. By attending this introductory session, you will gain a better understanding of what dyslipidemia is, how to manage your cholesterol, and what diet and lifestyle changes you can make to lower your risk for developing cardiovascular disease.
What will I learn during this Information Session?
This 1.5 hour information session is taught by a Barrie and Community Family Health Team Registered Dietitian. During this session, you will learn about your blood work, risk factors for developing cardiovascular disease, the different types of dietary fats and fibre and how they affect your blood levels. You will also learn how to read food labels and pick healthier foods for meal planning strategies.
Who can attend?
Any patient belonging to the Barrie and Community Family Health Team is welcome to attend this information session.
How do I register?
If your Family Physician or Nurse Practitioner has already requested that you attend this session, you will be contacted by an Administrative Assistant associated with the Dietitian Services. If not and you are interested in learning more, please ask your Family Physician or Nurse Practitioner for a referral.
This class currently runs twice each month. Both day and evening classes are available. (Subject to change, depending on volumes.)
This class is covered by OHIP and is free of charge. Additional appointments with our Dietitians are available after you complete the class.
For futher information please contact your Family Physician or Nurse Practitioner
Note: If you will be attending this information session, please bring a copy of your most recent blood work results to with you.