Welcome to Food for Thought, Your Prairie Guide to Health and Wellness.
My name is Dr. John Scherschel, and I am the President of Prairie Cardiovascular. I have served as a Cardiologist specializing in Electrophysiology in Springfield since 2014. It is an honor to lead this organization into its 40th year.
Focus on filling half your plate with non-starchy produce.
Whole Foods Every Day
No matter your culture or food preferences, eating whole, minimally processed food can be adapted into any cuisine your family enjoys. Let the Mediterranean Diet guide your choices. Are you eating enough fresh produce? Too many packaged foods?
Beans, legumes and lentils fit into both the whole grain and lean protein groups. Low-fat dairy is a lean protein.
The Mediterranean Diet
Fruits, Vegetables, Whole Grains, Olive Oil, Beans, Nuts, Legumes, Seeds, Herbs, Spices
Base every meal around these
Poultry, Eggs, Cheese, Yogurt
Moderate portions, daily to weekly
Often, at least twice weekly
Be physically active
Enjoy meals with others
Enjoy wine in moderation
Drink water often
Undo Your Heart Disease
The nationally recognized Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program through Prairie Cardiovascular is the only scientifically proven program to stop the progression and even reverse the effects of heart disease.
Here at Prairie, we are altering the course of heart disease with a transformational new approach to living. The Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program is the only program scientifically proven to reverse the progression of heart disease through significant changes in lifestyle. The choices we make in our lives have a powerful effect on our health. It’s never been a better time to make those choices count. This program is the only one of its kind in the Midwest and is offered exclusively through Prairie Cardiovascular.
What you’ll do
- Experiencing delicious meals and discovering how to prepare them at home.
- Taking part in regular exercise sessions that will easily fit into your daily routine.
- Learning a range of innovative techniques that will help you feel more peaceful and manage stress more effectively.
- Giving and receiving emotional support and unlocking the healing power of a community focused on living long, joyful and abundant lives.
- Continuing the experience through alumni support groups and online communities.
- Reducing the risk of a heart-related event.
- Decreasing the frequency and severity of chest pain.
- Lowering the likelihood of future surgery.
- Lessening your dependence on medications.
- Lowering your cholesterol, improving your blood pressure, and losing weight.
- Increasing your capacity for exercise.
Patient journey through the Prairie Lifestyle Medicine program
Diagnosis & Referral
- Tom calls ACCESS Prairie to make an appointment with a cardiologist.
- After some tests, Tom’s Prairie cardiologist determines he needs a cardiac catheterization.
- After his heart cath, his cardiologist talks to him about cardiac rehab.
- His cardiologist tells her about Prairie Lifestyle Medicine.
- Tom has his questions answered by a member of the Prairie Lifestyle Medicine staff.
- Tom decides to enter the program and schedules a meeting to register.
- Tom attends his first 4-hour session that includes exercise, stress reduction, nutrition, and emotional support.
- Over the next 9 weeks, with the support of fellow participants, program staff and her loved ones, Tom enjoys the benefits of more exercise and a plant-based diet. His cholesterol and blood pressure are significantly lower and he has lost weight.
- Tom quickly notices that his mobility and exercise tolerance are increasing and is thrilled by the stress reduction techniques. At home, Tom and his family enjoy preparing all the new foods for extended family and friends.
- Tom forms such close bonds with his fellow participants that they decide to continue meeting regularly after the 72 hour program ends.
Prairie is an exclusive provider of the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine Program
The first program which has been scientifically proven to “undo” (reverse) heart disease by optimizing 4 important areas of your life:
What you eat
How you manage stress
How much you move
How much love and support you have
“It is so simple! I wish other people would understand that they have choices other than just medications, to manage their disease.” – Cathy Lynch, program participant
“The choices we make in our lives have a powerful effect on our health. It’s never been a better time to make those choices count. I am thankful to Prairie Heart and to the local, dedicated Ornish team. We are blessed to have this program in Springfield..” – Terry Hart program participant
To improve overall cardiovascular health, we suggest at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity). Thirty minutes a day, five times a week is an easy goal to remember.
Get Moving For Your Health
Regular exercise helps fend off high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, and a host of other chronic diseases.
Optimum Heart Health
For optimum heart health, Prairie recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise on most days of the week. If you can’t get in 30 minutes all at once, you can divide your exercise routine into 10- or 15-minute segments.
Making the decision to quit smoking is half the battle. Click the link below to schedule an appointment to talk to a specialist about resources that will support you on your journey.
Quitting is a journey.
Making the decision to quit smoking is the first step in an important journey toward better health. And just like any major life decision, it often requires outside support to help you be successful. Prairie is here to help and we can offer tools and programs to help ensure that your journey is a success for life.
There are Prescription Drugs to Help You Quit Tobacco
There are prescription drugs that have been shown to help smokers quit. Some can be used along with over-the-counter nicotine replacement