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Seminar on keeping healthy heart planned for Espanola Feb. 24

ESPANOLA - Understanding cholesterol blood test numbers is the first step on the path to wellness.

Los Alamos Heart Council's first Espanola event, "It's All In the Numbers," will focus on the importance of understanding what lab test numbers mean when striving for better health. The first Love Your Heart Seminar will be Tuesday, Feb. 24.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at Northern New Mexico College administration building, Room 101, with a light supper. Free blood pressure checks will be provided by Las Clincas del Norte and health-related educational information will be displayed by various local organizations.

Following the supper, a seminar will be presented by Paula Devitt, director of the diabetes center of excellence at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center.

"When you go to a bank, it's not enough to have the banker tell you your account is good or bad. You want to know the actual numbers. In wellness, we need to know the actual numbers from our doctors," Devitt said. "Many times people tell me they wish they had known what the numbers meant 10 years ago; they would have been motivated to improve their wellness."

Participants will learn the effects of cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglycerides on the heart and body function, and how they can improve these numbers through diet and exercise.

The program is free but registration is requested before Monday, Feb. 20. Call the Espanola Hospital's diabetes education department at (505) 367-4453. The seminar will earn continuing education units for nurses and allied health providers.

This event is co-sponsored by New Mexico State University's Los Alamos and Rio Arriba County Cooperative Extension Service, Espanola Hospital and Northern New Mexico College.