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Issue date: Monday, December 02, 2013

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The Karen Yontz Women's Cardiac Awareness Center is looking for up to 25 Aurora caregivers to participate in our next Aurora Caregiver Living Well Program at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center starting January 9, 2014. The Living Well program isn't a "diet" program, but instead focuses on lifestyle change such as healthy eating habits, regular exercise, and behavior modification. The program involves meeting weekly for one hour for 12 weeks and then every other week for 3 months. Weight will be checked at each meeting and participants will be required to keep food and exercise logs for at least the first 12 weeks.

Meetings will be held in the cardiopulmonary conference room at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center on Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Eligibility to participate includes one of the following:

 Body mass index (BMI) > 30
 Two markers of metabolic syndrome
-- Blood pressure > 130/85
-- Triglycerides >150
-- HDL cholesterol <40 for men and HDL <50 for women
-- Fasting blood glucose >100
-- Waist circumference >35 inches for women and >40 inches for men

Participants will also be asked to submit their cholesterol and glucose results within the past 6 months. The Karen Yontz Center will perform a free fasting cholesterol and glucose test at the end of the program. Participants will also receive a FREE one-month membership to the Wisconsin Athletic Club and will also have access to the Wisconsin Athletic Club's online exercise videos. As an added bonus, participants will have a BodyGem resting metabolic rate test done near the beginning of the program to individualize calorie needs for more effective weight loss.

The cost for the Living Well Program is normally $550. The Karen Yontz Center is offering this program to caregivers for just $150. If you compete 80% or more of sessions you'll receive a $50 refund.

If you're interested in participating in the Aurora Caregiver Living Well Program, please contact the Karen Yontz Center at (414) 649-5767 to determine eligibility.

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