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Heart Healthy seminar slated for Feb. 12 in Los Alamos

LOS ALAMOS - A little weight loss goes a long way in heart disease and diabetes prevention.

Los Alamos Heart Council's annual community seminar, Heart Healthy, will focus on the value of how small weight and fitness changes can lead to better health during its Thursday, Feb. 12, program in Los Alamos.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Drive, with a light supper followed by the seminar presented by Paula Devitt, director of the diabetes center of excellence at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center.

"Last year we had a great seminar on what the blood-work numbers mean to your health. This year we are taking it a step further and talking about how a small change in our lifestyle has a big impact on our wellness," Devitt said. "It's not just about weight loss, but understanding that if you lose an inch around the waist it reduces health risks. This talk will discuss how the body composition is as important as the body mass index when working toward a healthier body."

Participants will learn the effects of cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglycerides on the heart. Exercise, body mass index, blood chemistry indicators and diet will also be discussed.

The program is free but registration is requested before Monday, Feb. 9. Call the Los Alamos County Cooperative Extension Service at 662-2656 to register. The seminar will earn continuing education units for nurses and allied health providers.