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Letter: Hospital gives a lift to Meatless Mondays

I would like to thank Aspen Valley Hospital, and specifically Melody Durham, manager of cardiac rehabilitation, for hosting the Aspen Meatless Monday community event on July 21.

Melody gave the group a tour of the brand-new, state-of-the-art cardiac rehabilitation center along with a presentation on the comprehensive programs offered, such as a closely monitored exercise program, nutrition and psycho/social support.

Currently one in two people will die of heart disease, and, as Melody stated, heart disease is largely a lifestyle-related disease, so this program can help save lives. We learned that any community member who has multiple risk factors such as hypertension, obesity, diabetes or elevated lipids can get a prescription for the maintenance cardiac rehabilitation program from their doctor.

I speak for our group when saying that we appreciated hearing that Aspen Valley Hospital is focused not only on providing excellent care but on prevention, as well.

I also want to mention that the cafeteria provided some delicious meatless appetizers that were enjoyed by all!

Meatless Monday is a nonprofit public-health initiative in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Launched in 2003, the goal of Meatless Monday is to cut saturated-fat intake, which in turn reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. Going meatless one day a week also decreases our carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuels. Aspen Meatless Mondays has been in existence for three years. We get together regularly to share ideas for meat-free meals, listen to speakers, view documentaries and participate in cooking classes and demonstrations.

Once again, thank you, Melody Durham and Aspen Valley Hospital, for your support.

Dawn Shepard

Aspen Meatless Monday

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