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Jun 19 2012

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Cardiac fitness

Good Shepherd Medical Center recently launched a Cardiac Fit Camp that is offering a fun way to learn about the heart and most important of all, how to keep it in tip-top shape.
Cardiac Fit Camp is a new eight week heart health program where Dr. Terry Gerber, cardiologist, is leading the program, which works in conjunction with a registered nurse, personal trainer and licensed counselor. The program started at 6:00 p.m.  and was supposed to end at 7:00 p.m. However, Dr. Gerber had the audience mesmerized with her teaching methods.
At 7:15 p.m. everyone was still seated and listening very attentively.
Unlike most professionals, she had no overhead device. She was very personal and intentional. She brought a fresh cow’s heart as a close example and used it to teach her audience the human anatomy of the heart.  The audience of over 100 people ranged from 50 to 70 years old.
The class was interactive with Gerber asking questions on what she was teaching. Her audience in return had questions of their own which she answered.
She went round the room with the heart so participants can get a closer look at what she was teaching. They examined the heart in her hand with great interest.
The audience learned the following:
• Location of the heart in the body
• The 4 chambers of the heart
• Valves that regulate blood flow in the heart
• Electrical impulses that causes the
heart to contract
• The heart as a pump.
• How blood is carried from the heart
to the rest of the body.
The Good Shepherd Institute for Healthy Living is Longview’s only medically integrated wellness facility of its kind, encompassing 75,000 square feet of specially-designed space for the delivery of medical, educational and fitness programs to our community. The facility provides advanced outpatient rehabilitative services, including cardiac rehabilitation, for individuals requiring a medically-guided continuum of care. The Institute also offers individuals and area employers the opportunity to improve and maintain their health and the health of their employees through a comprehensive fitness and wellness facility. For more information about programs and membership options, as well as scholarships, please contact the Institute for Healthy Living at 903-323-6500.

Dr. Terry Gerber

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