Welcome to the first and only Pritikin-certified Healthy Heart Program west of the Rocky Mountains. Our expert team creates individualized rehabilitation plans tailored to each patient’s needs, and provides the support that patients need to help them succeed. Patients learn how to exercise safely, eat healthy, manage stress and cook nourishing, balanced meals, all while gaining a healthy mindset.
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What is the Healthy Heart Program?
The Healthy Heart Program is intensive cardiac rehabilitation. Unlike traditional cardiac rehabilitation that focuses on exercise alone, intensive cardiac rehabilitation incorporates healthy eating and healthy thinking in addition to exercise.
This comprehensive approach allows us to treat the underlying causes and address the lifestyle factors that contributed to the cardiac event, and help prevent further events.
Who Can Enroll?
Your doctor will refer you to the Healthy Heart Program. You are a candidate if you have experienced any of the following:
- Heart attack
- Bypass surgery
- Stent procedure
- Chest pain
- Cardiac transplant
- Valve surgery
What is Pritikin?
The Pritikin Program is based on three key pillars:
- Healthy Eating Plan: plentiful servings of minimally processed foods like vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains and calcium-rich foods, are recommended along with modest servings of animal protein such as fish, white meat poultry and game meat such as bison and venison.
- Regular Exercise: cardiovascular conditioning, strength training and flexibility are encouraged in a simple, practical way that is easy to follow for ongoing physical activity.
- Healthy Mindset: skills for managing stress and achieving mental and emotional well-being are fostered.
About the Program
The program spans 12 weeks and 36 visits. During the initial visits, we craft an individualized treatment plan based on the patient’s overall health, fitness level and diet.
Since many patients who have endured a cardiac event are also suffering from depression, we take mental health into account as well.
Visits are divided into two sessions; one focusing on exercise, the other on education.
- Exercises range from walking to working out on machines specifically designed for cardiac patients. Our NuStep machines accommodate patients who have disabilities or difficulty moving, and allow patients to work at a self-directed pace.
- Education sessions alternate between diet and cooking classes and healthy mindset lectures. Diet and cooking classes are held in our lifestyle education room that features a kitchen with a screen for videos and video viewing stations. Patients log in to their Pritikin accounts to track progress and receive the most up-to-date health and diet information. Healthy mindset lectures cover topics like depression and anxiety, stress reduction and behavioral health.
Our facility is designed to welcome spouses and significant others during visits so that our patients can have their biggest supporters nearby. Spouses and significant others are encouraged to participate in all aspects of the patient’s treatment except for exercise. They’re free to attend the diet and cooking classes and healthy mindset lectures, and during exercise, they can relax in our comfortable waiting area.Take a Virtual Tour of the Healthy Heart Kitchen Take a Virtual Tour of the Intensive Cardiac Rehab Gym