LEWISTON — “Prevention: Heart Healthy Eating on a Budget” is the subject of a free special presentation from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Central Maine Medical Center, in the Chairmen’s Rooms on the lower level of the 12 High Street medical office building.

Attendance is limited to the first 100 people to register. Register in advance by calling 795-8448 or emailing [email protected] or online via the events calendar at www.cmmc.org.

The program is one of a number of events being planned to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute.

The presentation will focus on using an affordable diet to help prevent cardiovascular disease. The two-hour program will feature breakout sessions on Mediterranean, DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) and vegan diets.

William J. Phillips, M.D., director of diagnostic and interventional cardiology at CMHVI, will lead off the program with a discussion of the relationship between prevention of cardiovascular disease and diet.

Phillips played a key role in planning and developing the full range of cardiac services that are provided by CMHVI. He is certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Other presenters are nutritional specialists Jenna Madore, Amanda Ettinger and Ashley Edwards.

Madore is a licensed, registered dietitian. She recently completed a dietetic internship at the University of New Hampshire and now works with Central Maine Bariatric Surgery in Lewiston.

Ettinger, a licensed clinical dietitian, completed an integrated dietetic internship. Her background includes work in diabetes education, long-term care, bariatric surgery, food service management and as a clinical dietitian in a number of small, rural hospitals. She works with cancer patients at CMMC and through the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer, Hope and Healing.

Edwards has worked for the past five years at Central Maine Bariatric Surgery, where she works closely with patients anticipating weight loss surgery as well with post-operative patients. She also worked with cancer patients to help them improve their nutritional status. She is a licensed and registered dietitian.

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