Saint Luke’s to host The Paleo Diet author at cardio wellness event Oct. 7

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Aug. 27, 2013) — Famed author of the New York Times best-selling Paleo Diet books, Loren Cordain, Ph.D., the world’s leading expert and founder of the Paleo movement, is among the speakers at a free community wellness event sponsored by Saint Luke’s Charles & Barbara Duboc Cardio Health & Wellness Center on Monday, Oct. 7.

The Paleo Diet is based upon eating wholesome, contemporary foods from the food groups that hunter-gatherer ancestors would have thrived on during the Paleolithic era, the time period from about 2.6 million years ago to the beginning of the agricultural revolution, about 10,000 years ago. These foods include fresh meats (preferably grass-produced or free-range beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and game meat, if you can get it), fish, seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and healthful oils (olive, coconut, avocado, macadamia, walnut and flaxseed). Dairy products, cereal grains, legumes, refined sugars, and processed foods were not part of human’s ancestral menu.

Decades of research by Dr. Cordain and his scientific colleagues demonstrate that hunter-gatherers typically were free from the chronic illnesses and diseases that are epidemic in Western populations.

The event program will also include a presentation by James O’Keefe, M.D., preventive cardiologist at the Charles & Barbara Duboc Cardio Health & Wellness Center at Saint Luke’s and author of two books. Healthy refreshments will be served. The event is free, but registration is required.

Event: Cardio Wellness Healthy Happy Hour featuring The Paleo Diet books author Loren Cordain, Ph.D., and James O’Keefe, M.D.

Brief Description: This informative healthy happy hour event is designed to provide tips on how to reduce your risk of heart disease. Featured speakers include the famed author of the The Paleo Diet books Loren Cordain, Ph.D., presenting Origins and Evolution of the Western Diet: Health Implications for the 21st Century, and Saint Luke’s preventive cardiologist James O’Keefe, M.D., who will discuss Becoming a 21st Century Hunter-Gatherer.

Date: Monday, Oct. 7, 2013

Time: 5:00 p.m. – socializing and refreshments 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – presentations and question/answer session

Location: Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, MO 64112

Cost: Free

Register: Registration is required to ensure a seat. Call 816-932-5100 or visit saintlukeshealthsystem.org/paleo to register online.

Sponsored By: Saint Luke’s Charles & Barbara Duboc Cardio Health & Wellness Center

About the Saint Luke’s Charles & Barbara Duboc Cardio Health & Wellness Center The Cardio Health & Wellness Center specializes in the assessment and management of people at risk for developing cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and stroke. An integrated approach includes a comprehensive assessment of risk status, a personalized plan for optimized health, and follow up monitoring and counseling to keep goals on track and prevent the onset of heart disease or slow its progression. The program includes community education and screenings. Services are available at four locations in metropolitan Kansas City. The center is part of a comprehensive array of services available through Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, one of the nation’s preeminent cardiovascular programs. For information about services at the Cardio Health & Wellness Center, call 816-751-8327 or visit saintlukeshealthsystem.org.

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