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POSTED April 5, 2009 6:09 a.m.
They say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

And that’s never been more true than when it comes to your heart.

Over the course of the next several weeks, the Manteca Coronary Health Improvement Project – or Manteca CHIP – will be holding a series of information meetings to help introduce residents to the five-week video seminar hosted by Dr. Hans Diehl that is designed to help people change their daily habits in order to prolong their lives.

According to Manteca Chip Director Linda Hazley, the five-week seminar focuses on the major steps that people can take in their lives in order to correct damage that they might be doing to their heart without even knowing it, and taking the necessary steps to correct those mistakes and help ensure a healthy life.

“This is a program about changing your lifestyle and learning how to live a healthy life so that you can you can live longer – covering everything from your eating habits to how you sleep at night to how much exercise you get,” Hazley said. “It was a program that Dr. Diehl had so much success with that he eventually branched out with video seminars, and they are presented to people all over the country.”

In order to make sure that the right information is being taught, those in charge of the individual satellite programs like Hazley must be graduates of the five-week seminar, and the other staffers must undergo a crash course to bring themselves up to speed with the lessons that are being taught.

Last week the first information session was held at Manteca’s Merrill Gardens and attracted the attention of several residents including Steven Sweeney – who had concerns about his severe acid reflux disease and what he could do to correct it.
“It’s a problem that runs in our family, and I figured that anything I could do to get more information about how to correct it would be positive,” Sweeney said. “I think that it’s good that we have events like this in the community because preventative medicine is the best way to take care of yourself and make sure that you never end up in a position that you can’t control.”

Three other additional informational sessions – which include a brief DVD presentation outlining the program, are scheduled to take place on Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, at 7 p.m., and Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. All sessions are scheduled to take place at Merrill Gardens, located at 430 N. Union Road.

Additional sessions will be held at on Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m., at the Manteca Seventh Day Adventist Church located at 525 S. Union Road.

The five week course is set to run from April 20 through May 21 with three two-hour sessions every week covering topics like diet, diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol, fitness, lifestyle, diet and cancer, and building self esteem.

The cost for the seminar is $250 per person, or $400 for a couple sharing material. Returning alumni are only charged $150, and nurses receiving their 18 hours of continuing education credits are charged $50.

For more information, contact Linda at 253-0091, or visit the Manteca CHIP website at www.mantecachip.org.

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