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March 4, 2014

Information sessions this month for LEAF program

TERRE HAUTE — Do you have heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes or indigestion and wish you could feel better and reduce the number of medications you take?

The Maple Center for Integrative Health will present Wabash Valley LEAF (Lifestyle Education and Food).

This is a similar program to CHIP, previously offered, but about half the cost ($199 per person, $375 for two people who share materials.) The program is eligible for reimbursement through flexible spending accounts and medical savings accounts. Sliding scale scholarships are available through funding from past participants and a grant from the Wabash Valley Community Foundation.

For more information or to register for the spring Wabash Valley LEAF program, attend one of the free information sessions: 7 p.m. Monday in Atrium classroom, Union Hospital East; 7 p.m. March 18 at Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, 630 Wabash Ave., Suite 105; or March 18 at United Methodist Temple, Fellowship Hall, 5301 South U.S. 41. You can also contact The Maple Center for Integrative Health: 812-234-8733, 1801 N. 6th St., Suite 600.

Co-sponsored by Union Hospital, UAP Clinic, Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, Regional Hospital and Ivy Tech Community College, LEAF is an eight-week, community-based therapeutic and lifestyle-changing program offered as a series of eight evening classes. The instruction helps participants prevent or reverse serious chronic illnesses with unrestricted low-fat, unprocessed healthy eating, moderate regular exercise, stress management and group support.

LEAF includes two health screens (blood work and measurements before and after), food preparation demonstrations and samples, instructor presentations, instructional materials, DVD-based education and educational tours of local grocery stores. An optional applied nutrition workshop (cooking school) is also offered.  Class dates are March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, and May 1, 8 and 15.

Commencement is May 22. Free monthly alumni support meetings follow.

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