Date: 2/22/2010

Heart Health Symposium aims to decrease Stress, increase Wellness

To raise awareness of the detrimental effects of stress on cardiovascular health, the Cardiovascular Research program of Community Healthcare System is offering a free symposium to the public. The event is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Weds, March 10, 2010 at the Centre for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road in Munster. Two dynamic speakers — Dr. Glen Wurglitz and Acharya Vivek Gupta - will talk about stress in relation to your health.

Through his presentation “Stress and its Impact on Cardiovascular and Mental Health,” Glen Wurglitz, PsyD, will discuss how stress affects cardiovascular and mental health, and, provide ways to better manage stress.

As director of Behavioral Health Services at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, Dr. Wurglitz counsels veterans who have returned home to Northwest Indiana after serving overseas. He draws from his personal experience as a captain in the National Guard 785th Company working with soldiers on stress control. Wurglitz served from Feb. 2003 to March 2004 at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, a major medical center for the Armed Forces. He also served in Iraq from July, 2007 to Dec. 2008 as a combat psychologist, working with troops to help them deal with post-traumatic stress.

“Making Stress Work for You” is the subject of spiritual leader Archarya Vivek Gupta’s presentation. A practitioner of the ancient wisdom of Vedanta, he will discuss how people from all walks of life can attain the ultimate goal of self-realization or unconditional happiness.

In 2005, the young college graduate was accepted to an intensive two-year Vedanta Course at Chinmaya Mission’s Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai, India. Inspired by the group of ’Sandeepany’ graduates, Acharya “one who knows more” Vivek Gupta says now his only purpose in life is to make others aware of the purpose of life: to be unconditionally happy.

Through his innovative and passionate style, Vivek Gupta makes the ancient wisdom of Vedanta relevant, reachable, and applicable. Vivek Gupta has been invited to share his insights, and conduct classes and camps, by Mission centers and other organizations throughout North America.

The Heart Health symposium, sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research program of Community Healthcare System is free of charge. Refreshments will be served. Registration is necessary and available on a first-come, first-served basis at 219-836-3477 or 1-866-836-3477.

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