Celebrating Transformations

We embarked on a mission to improve the lives of our community. We asked: Is there a better way to treat persons with heart and vascular disease?

Eat More, Stress Less, Move More, Love more.

The Research: Dr. Ornish’s 37 years of research has scientifically proven that the integrative lifestyle changes can:

  • Improve chronic conditions- such as heart disease, diabetes, and prostate cancer
  • Change gene expression, turning on health-promoting genes & turning off disease-promoting genes
  • Lengthen telomeres- the ends of chromosomes- which begins to reverse aging on a cellular level

The Results: 

  • Most participants have reduced medication burden
  • Depression scale improved significantly
  • 80% adherence: sustained weight reductions

Keep Scrolling for Ornish-approved tips, tricks, and recipes! 

Exercise

Jessica’s Hit and Mobility
Watch this 5 minute Hit and Mobility to do at home. 

Stress Management
Practices that Reduce Stress: Progressive Relaxation

  • Laughter
  • Digital Detox
  • Sharing Feelings
  • Caring for our pets

How do you manage stress? How has it helped you?

Group Support
Listening with Empathy: Try it at home!

Gather in an open room with a family member or friend.
There are two rules.
1. The person speaking shares feelings that are important to him/her.
2. The person listening expresses empathy and compassion, without judgment.

Nutrition
Hoppin John

Serves: 6
Prep Time: 60 min

Ingredients:

  • 2 C (8 OZ) onion, medium diced
  • 1-2 OZ jalapeno pepper seeded, then finely minced
  • 1 C (4½ OZ ) celery small diced
  • 1 TSP (.2 OZ) garlic, fresh finely processed or pureed
  • 1 C long grain brown rice 
  • 4½ C hot water 
  • 1 T ‘Better Than Bouillon’ No-Chicken Base 
  • 2 bay leaves 
  • 1 TSP smoked paprika 
  • ½ TSP dried thyme 
  • 1 LB black-eyed peas cooked
  • ½ TSP black pepper 
  • 2 TSP white balsamic or champagne vinegar 
    optional
  • ½ C parsley, fresh chopped
    optional for garnish

Directions:

  1. Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat, add the onion, jalapeño and celery; add 2 tablespoons of water. Sauté, stirring frequently, until the onion turns translucent, about 3 – 4 minutes. 
  2. Add the garlic and brown rice, and stir well for a minute, to toast.
  3. Add the water, No-Chicken Base, bay leaves, paprika and thyme; stir
    well, bring to a simmer, cover with a lid (leaving a small vent) and continue cooking for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the black-eyed peas, and continue cooking until the rice is tender and fluffy, about 30-35 minutes.
    Season to taste with vinegar (optional), pepper and salt.