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National Speaker and Author, Joe Piscatella, Coming to Emmetsburg

By Staff | Apr 29, 2008

Joe Piscatella, one of the nation’s foremost experts on the relationship of lifestyle habits to cardiac health, is coming to Emmetsburg. Palo Alto County Health System has invited Joe to talk to Palo Alto County area residents about chronic stress Tuesday, May 13.

You might be familiar with Joe. He is regularly interviewed on The Today Show, CNN, WGN, Good Morning America and Fox News. He has hosted three PBS television specials including Take a Load Off Your Heart. He is the author of ten best selling books on Heart Health and the founder of the Institute for Fitness and Health.

Joe will present “Take a Load off Your Heart” Tuesday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at the Smith Wellness Center on the campus of Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg. This presentation will be about chronic stress and how it can cause poor life-style decisions such as smoking, eating harmful foods and being sedentary – all of which penalize heart health.

During the presentation, Joe will use humor and an upbeat presentation style to examine healthy eating, effective exercise and stress management. He will share tools, methods and coping skills to manage stress effectively.

This presentation is free to the public thanks to a grant from the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation and our local sponsors: Palo Alto County Health System, Iowa Lakes Community College, NRG Media, and the Reporter and the Democrat.

Here is Joe’s story…..

In 1977 Joe Piscatella was a successful businessman. He and his wife had just moved into a new home with their six-year old daughter and four-year old son. Everything was going so well… Until it suddenly fell apart.

Experiencing discomfort in his chest while playing tennis, Joe went for a routine physical exam. Two days later he had emergency open-heart bypass surgery for a 95% blockage of the coronary arteries. He was 32 years old. The prognosis did not look good. In fact, one doctor predicted that Joe would not live to see his children graduate from high school.

Refusing to accept this, Joe did extensive research and interviewed medical experts. He created a plan for a healthy, balanced life-style that he could implement. The results were dramatically evident in his improving health.

At the urging of his doctors, Joe wrote about his experiences in “Don’t Eat Your Heart Out,” a national bestseller. It was followed by nine other bestsellers on heart health. His books have sold over 5 million copies and are used in health education programs throughout the country.

Today, Joe Piscatella is one of the country’s leading authorities on changing behavior to increase health and productivity. His live seminars have reached over 1.5 million people. Time Magazine has praised his keynote presentations for effectiveness and an upbeat, entertaining style.

Joe has a personal commitment to help others and he practices what he preaches. As a result, tests now reveal a reversal of heart disease. But more importantly, now age 61, he lived to see his son and daughter graduate from college, has had the privilege to walk his daughter down the aisle, made a toast at his son’s wedding, and has held his first grandchild.

Joe Piscatella’s inspirational story will captivate and motivate you. He teaches lifebalance principles that everyone can use to increase the quality of their life. His compelling message, laced with humor and delivered in an energetic style, captivates audiences and produces outstanding results. He presents information that is current and sound, practical and easy-to-use.