Penrose-St.Francis Ornish lifestyle medicine program

April 4, 2017

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 800,000 people every year. In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds and heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases claim more lives in the U.S. that all forms of cancer combined. Colorado Springs is not exempt from these alarming statistics and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services proudly introduces the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™ Program, the first and only program scientifically proven to reverse the progression of heart disease. 


The Penrose-St. Francis Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™ Program transforms the lives of participants by optimizing four key areas of their lives: nutrition, stress management, activity level and emotional support. Long-term lifestyle changes require life-long commitment and by factoring every aspect of a person’s life into the program, participants learn how to make the necessary changes to create healthier, happier lives. 



The program has shown to undo years of heart damage and it’s the first of its kind.



To enroll or learn more, please call (719) 776-4880
or visit



“This is an intensive cardiac rehabilitation program that helps participants make and sustain lifestyle changes for the long-term,” explained Dr. Robert Cadigan, the program’s medical director. 


“This is not an ‘easy’ program, but it’s effective and it requires participants to be really committed to following its guidelines.” This Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation program helps participants identify and accomplish sweeping changes in four areas of their lives: what they eat, how active they are, how they respond to stress and how much love and support they have in their lives. A comprehensive, holistic approach to these four key elements empowers participants to minimize their reliance on medications, avoid future surgeries and take back control of their health. 

“The program is scientifically proven to reduce the risk of heart attacks, decrease or completely do away with chest discomfort, lower the likelihood of future surgery and decrease dependency on medications,” said program coordinator Melanie Faulkender, RN. 


“Anyone can participate in this program and the results speak for themselves; the program has shown to undo years of heart damage and it’s the first of its kind.” 


The Penrose-St. Francis Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™ Program shows participants how dietary and lifestyle choices affect their lives – and how to make better choices and positive changes that will last a life time. People often assume that only drugs or surgical intervention can make real impacts on their condition, but simple choices, when coupled with long-term commitment, can make powerful differences in health and well-being.




Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

Please reload

More from Colorado
Living Well Magazine