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NUMC speaker will emphasize stress control as key to health

October 17, 2012
By Josh Moniz - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - Joe Piscatella, the upcoming speaker for the Heart of New Ulm Worksite Summit that will be held Thursday, has dedicated his life to helping and encouraging people to lead healthier lives.

Piscatella started his a career 35 years ago when he had a discomfort in his chest checked out and discovered he had a 95 percent blockage of his coronary arteries. He underwent a bypass surgery, making him one of the oldest living recipients of the procedure, and rededicated his life to warning people about the dangers of heart disease.

At the Thursday event, Piscatella plans to focus on the issue of stress control as a path to healthier lifestyles. He explains that people are still leading extremely unhealthy lifestyles despite living in a country where there are thousands of health guides and exercise venues. He said the cause is uncontrolled stress, which takes up people's entire focus and prevents them from following through consistently with healthy activities.

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Joe Piscatella

"When you busy and have to focus on managing you stress, it's hard not to turn M & Ms into lunch," said Piscatella, "We've zeroed in on diet and exercise for you. While they're still important, we need to start treating stress control as equally important. Without it, people will never follow through on their healthy lifestyles."

He said that he will not focus on stress reduction because he believes you cannot control how much stress enters your life. He said that instead managing the stress will free up all forms of free time and focus for people, which will give them an opening to follow through on healthy activities.

The event, which is not open to the public, will be held Thursday, Oct. 18 at the New Ulm Country Club.

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