In the United States, heart disease is the number one cause of premature death.

Finger Lakes Health invites people who want to learn more about protecting the heart through education to participate in our Cardiac PRE-hab program. Sessions will incorporate risk factor modification, learning about the benefits of physical activity and healthy nutrition, and strategies for encouraging others to lead a healthy lifestyle. This program is for participants who have not yet experienced a heart condition.

The “Cardiac PRE-hab” program consists of one evening session a week for six weeks, and is directed by Finger Lakes Health Cardiologist Dr. Joseph Gomez. It will take place in Penn Yan. This free, six-week session includes:

• Specially designed lectures from practitioners who understand the importance of education with respect to risk factor modification.

• Sessions with nutritionists to help you improve your eating habits.

• Personal cardiac health screenings to determine your Body Mass Index, lipid and glucose levels, and blood pressure.

The Cardiac PRE-hab program will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 10 and 17, Monday, Oct. 23, and Tuesdays, Oct.31, Nov. 7 and Nov. 14 in the Yates County Auditorium, Yates County Office Building, 417 Liberty Street, Penn Yan.

Dr. Gomez practices at Geneva General Cardiology Associates and sees patients in Geneva, Penn Yan, and Seneca Falls. Call 315-787-4204 for an appointment.

Those interested in participating, please register online at www.flhealth.org. For more information, call 315-787-4053.

This program is made possible through the generous support of the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund (www.mcgowanfund.org).