Maryland Heart Association holds monthly seminars in the office, lead by Dr. Susheel Sharma. Monthly seminars are free with the desire to empower patients to take initiative on reaching and maintaining optimal health through lifestyle modifications. Our seminars are informal and non-exclusive to ensure participants feel comfortable and open to learning and engaging in discussions.
The date and time of the next seminar is decided at the end of each seminar.
Subtopics included stress management, healthy diet, quitting smoking, exercise, alcohol consumption, cholesterol and blood pressure control, and diabetes. In addition to discussions about healthy lifestyles with lowered salt, sugar, and saturated fat intake and daily exercise, participants practiced in a deep breathing exercise lead by Dr. Sharma. Participants were also encouraged to think about ways to reduce stress level including self-reflection, meditation, self-compassion, and volunteerism.
End of seminar: Participants were encouraged to practice self-reflection, meditation, and deep breathing before the next meeting. Participants will share their experience at the next meeting, which will be focused on stress management and meditation.
Participants were presented with six techniques to manage physical and mental health. Stress management techniques include leisure and enjoyable activities, medication, breath control, self-compassion, self-reflection, and volunteerism. Participants also practiced deep breathing exercise guided by Dr. Sharma. Participants were encouraged to share their experience with practicing self-reflection, meditation, and deep breathing technique in the last month. Several participants gave positive feedback and experienced significant stress reduction by practicing the provided techniques.
Participants were presented with healthy ways to build a healthy diet by reducing salt, sugar, and saturated fat intake. Also, two diets wre explored included the Mediterranean diet and the Whole Food Plant based diet. Participants were also provided detailed visuals and descriptions of food portioning and servings to maintain a healthy body and feel energized without extra sugar, fat, and carbohydrate intake.
End of seminar: Participants were provided 3 handouts that included descriptions on the Mediterranean diet, Whole Food Plant based diet, and The Salty Six.
12/5/18 Seminar: Preventing heart attacks: Benefits of Meditation
Participants had the opportunity to practice two medication techniques: Breath Focus and Body Scan, each lead by Dr. Sharma with detailed instructions. Participants were encouraged to share their experience after completing each technique. Many participants expressed they felt more relaxed and at ease during and after each meditation.
End of seminar: Participants were provided with a handout for instructions on Breath Focus and Body Scan meditation techniques.
Participants were provided a presentation on alternatives to unhealthy ingredients and food products to reduce sodium, sugar, and saturated fat intake. The importance of starting with smaller and specific changes was stressed to gradually build healthier, long-lasting food choices and eating habits.
End of Seminar: Participants were encouraged to share ideas and personal insight on how they have achieved dietary changes in the past. Participants were also provided handouts on a couple of healthy diets.
Participants were presented with ten important messages on preventing cardiovascular disease according to 2019 primary prevention guidelines from the AHA. Participants were provided important ways to manage cardiac health through lifestyle changes and dietary modifications including reduced sodium, saturated fat, and sugar intake; reducing stress; daily exercise; and quitting smoking.
End of Seminar: Participants were encouraged to share their thoughts on what they have gained through this seminar. Several participants shared their own experience with dietary changes and modifications. At the end of the seminar, handouts were provided including descriptions on the Mediterranean diet, Whole Food Plant based diet, and The Salty Six.
Next Seminar: 5/1/2019 continuing Health and Nutrition