If you could reverse heart disease by simply changing your lifestyle, would you do it?
Well, 365-days later the Ornish Reversal Program at Healthfit, powered by Sarasota Memorial is going strong, and graduating participants are reaping health benefits.
SMH’s launch of the nationally recognized Ornish Reversal Program, a proven lifestyle approach that helps people reverse heart disease without medications or surgery.
This week, members of SMH's Ornish team and participants demonstrated the four components that make the program so successful – (1) the plant-based Ornish Diet, ranked #1 Heart Healthy Diet by US News & World Report; (2) cardiac rehab/exercise; (3) stress management techniques like yoga/mediation and (4) support from peers/loved ones.
Local participants dramatic results were shared, including BMI scores that dropped from “obese" to a healthier “overweight,” reduced blood pressure and cholesterol and improved functional capacity and overall well being.