The Spectrum
The Spectrum program focuses on educating the participant on the benefits of incorporating exercise, stress management, social connectedness, and nutrition into their daily life. This program was developed as a result of the success of The Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease. The program includes baseline testing of a lipid panel profile, fasting blood sugar, blood pressure, height, weight, body composition, BMI calculation, update risk appraisal, and follow up results. This program is designed for those who may not qualify for the Dr. Dean Ornish Reversal Program or who may not have coverage for the Reversal program through their insurance.

Undoit with Ornish:

  • Family history of coronary artery disease or hypertension;
  • Personal history of cancer;
  • Body mass index greater than 25;
  • Metabolic syndrome (See Below) but not meeting requirements for Ornish reversal
This program is less rigorous than the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease. For example, the dietary portion of the advantage program allows you to have fish and chicken while fat can constitute up to 15 percent of food intake per day. The heart disease reversal program limits fat to 10 percent of food intake and is entirely vegetarian.

Participants meet weekly for training, which also includes physical activity and relaxation training. In addition to weekly training, participants receive:
  • Full lipid profile, blood pressure screening, body fat composition and body mass index both before training and at 12 weeks;
  • Everyday Cooking cookbook;
  • CD on stress management;
Cost: $240 which includes all required testing. For WVU Hospitals employees this program is covered at 100% by Geisinger Health Plan at Tier Level 1 after the deductible. For those with PEIA insurance, the program will be covered at 80%. Participants must complete 5 of the 6 sessions to successfully complete the Ornish Advantage Program.

To join the program, contact us at 293-2520

Metabolic Syndrome

The metabolic syndrome is characterized by a group of metabolic risk factors in one person. They include:
  • Abdominal obesity (excessive fat tissue in and around the abdomen)
  • Atherogenic dyslipidemia (blood fat disorders — high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol and high LDL cholesterol — that foster plaque buildups in artery walls)
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Insulin resistance or glucose intolerance (the body can’t properly use insulin or blood sugar)
  • Prothrombotic state (e.g., high fibrinogen or plasminogen activator inhibitor–1 in the blood)
  • Proinflammatory state (e.g., elevated C-reactive protein in the blood)
People with the metabolic syndrome are at increased risk of coronary heart disease and other diseases related to plaque buildups in artery walls (e.g., stroke and peripheral vascular disease) and type 2 diabetes. The metabolic syndrome has become increasingly common in the United States. It’s estimated that over 50 million Americans have it.

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