Embrace Your Heart - Women's Heart Health Advocate
Imagine, having a heart attack, at the age of thirty-five, while pregnant with twins. Eliz Greene’s life changed in the span of a few hours. Not only did she survive a ten-minute cardiac arrest, the cesarean delivery of her daughters and open-heart surgery — all on the same day — she gained new perspective and passion for life.
Her heart attack forced her to slow down and pay attention to what was important — to engage life rather than just endure it! She was young and in good health prior to her heart attack, which was caused by a rare complication of pregnancy. Determined not to lose her newfound passion and to regain her health, Eliz developed strategies to fit activity and healthy habits into her life. She lost the more than eighty pounds she gained while pregnant and has since become a recreational triathlete.
Drawing on her training as an adaptive movement specialist, Eliz developed down-to-earth strategies for building activity into everyday life, eating better and managing stress. Eliz shares simple strategies to live longer and feel better in her book, The Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Heart, as well as in wellness programs and keynote speeches.
Today, as a motivational heart health speaker and the director of the Embrace Your Heart Wellness Initiative, Eliz has made it her mission to:
Inspire women to pay attention to their #1 health threat, heart disease.
Educate health care providers about women and heart disease and the importance of addressing heart disease with all of their female patients.
Champion the cause of women and heart disease by celebrating female survivors who make a difference.
Eliz is an author, professional speaker, and is often identified as the “Red Dress Lady.” She brings passion and life to the red dress – the symbol for women and heart disease used by the American Heart Association (AHA) and other organizations to promote public awareness. A passionate advocate for the cause, Eliz is a national spokesperson for the AHA. She has lobbied Congress on their behalf and currently chairs the Wisconsin State Advocacy Committee. Her wellness programs, articles and speeches encourage others to make simple, yet meaningful, changes in their lives. Today, Eliz is a healthy 48-year-old living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband, Clay, and beautiful (now 12-year-old) daughters.
Most Popular Topics:
The Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Life: Six things you can do today, to feel and be better
(45 – 120 minutes)
Eliz reveals simple strategies for healthier lives and provides the motivation to adopt at least one. Through humorous and touching personal stories and interactive fun, audience members will be:
* More aware of risk factors of heart disease and how they relate exponentially to each other.* More motivated to make simple lifestyle changes.* More clear on what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle.* More energized about their lives, their health, and your organization.
GO RED FOR WOMEN Keynote
The Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Heart
Does eating right seem like too much work and not so tasty? Do you wish someone would unlock the mystery of how to get everything done and exercise too? Do you figure heart health is something you need to worry about some time later, but not today? Are you just too busy to be healthy? Heart attack-survivor Eliz Greene has simple strategies to help you feel and be better — starting today. Learn how to:
* Pay Attention to your risk factors, and stop hiding from your health.* Eat Better, and still like what you eat.* Move More, without spending two hours at the gym.* Plus additional strategies to fit into your busy life.
Eliz utilizes her copyrighted quiz, fun audience participation activities, entertaining stories and solid research to entertain, educate and inspire your audience.
Why Women Have Balls
(45 – 120 minutes)
Are you going through life, at 90 miles-per-hour, with seven balls in the air — just hoping you’ll be able to juggle the eighth just as well? This is a humorous and information packed program illuminating how women’s strength lies in our ability to juggle our many responsibilities, but our health lies in our ability to juggle well. Using props and engaging stories to drive home her point, Eliz gets your audience up, on their feet and excited about setting priorities and making choices.
Eliz shares her experiences as a heart attack-survivor and a caregiver for her father and her father-in-law during their battles with cancer and strategies for daily stress management and for dealing with unexpected challenges. Participants will be:
* More aware of how the uniquely female ability to juggle our many demands impacts our health and passion.* More empowered to give themselves credit, manage their stress, and deal with challenges as they occur.* More motivated to make at least one change for less stress.* More energized about their lives and your organization.
NEW TOPIC: Managing Stress When Life Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be
Life hands out all kinds of challenges. The trick is to get through the challenges and find the good stuff. Sometime challenges are like bananas, and it is easy to get to the good stuff. Other times, challenges are like coconuts and require tools to get through.
Laugh and learn along with motivational wellness speaker Eliz Greene as she shares personal stories of challenge, including surviving a heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins and serving on school board during the most chaotic time in recent education history. Discover tools to crack open challenges, manage stress, and find the good stuff within.
Through humorous and touching personal stories and interactive fun, (and maybe a little hula) Eliz creates a program to fit your organization. Based on the needs of your group and the time allowed, participants learn strategies to:
- Prioritize and stay focused on what is important.
- Protect self-worth during challenging times.
- Identify key activities to manage stress and maintain health.
- Develop a plan to implement at least one strategy.
NEW TOPIC: TAP INTO HEALTH, Find YOUR Body’s Rhythm
Each one of us was born with a unique instrument. Every body is different, which is why one-size-fits-all wellness strategies don’t work. The trick is to find your individual equilibrium where your body works best, and maintain it. Using her background as an adaptive movement specialist and more than a decade as a heart health expert author, motivational wellness speaker Eliz Greene offers an interactive, active, and entertaining program to discover your rhythm.
Laugh and learn along with as Eliz shares personal stories of tapping into her healthy rhythm after surviving a heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins. She’ll get you up, moving, and thinking about wellness differently.
Based on the needs of your group and the time allowed, participants learn strategies to:
- Understand how activity, diet, sleep, and stress interact
- Utilize a simple and medically sound tool to evaluate your current health rhythm
- Identify key activities to manage stress, increase activity, and eat better.
- Develop a plan to implement at least one strategy to improve heart health.
TOPICS for HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
She’s Going to Need a New Bra: What Every Woman Should Know Before Heart Surgery
Women undergoing cardiovascular interventions face special challenges. A chest opened for surgery will not fit back into the same bra, it has expanded and won’t go back. Any scar tissue in the chest can mask a breast lump, making mammograms essential. However, women with implanted devices must be cautious not to dislodge the leads during a mammogram. Eliz details the many challenges facing a woman in open heart or minimally invasive heart surgery and the implantation of devices. In this session participants will learn:
* Why she’ll need a new bra.* When is the best time in her menstrual cycle to schedule surgery.* Why she should schedule a mammogram before surgery.* Why body image is important to consider when placing a device.* How incision placement impacts body image and comfort.* Why she should get a bikini wax before the cath.* Why women need to talk about the emotional side.* Why women need to be asked about depression before and after heart surgery.* Why women need to plan ahead to protect themselves from over-work after surgery.* Why women need to know about the unique side effects of medications, particularly anticoagulants and beta-blockers.* Why women need to know they are not alone.
Beating Heart Bypass Changed My Life: Off Pump Cardiac Artery Bypass and Endoscopic Vein Harvest from a Patient’s Perspective
Had Eliz Greene’s heart attack happened even eighteen months earlier, or at a different hospital, Beating Heart Bypass would not have been available and Eliz would not have survived. Many surgeons would not have been brave enough to use such a new technology on a woman who suffered a full cardiac arrest hours earlier and endured the Caesarean section delivery of twins just moments before her heart surgery began. Eliz details her personal story and shares why OPCAB and EVH positively impact a woman’s experience with bypass surgery.
* Why reduced recovery time is essential for women. (Eliz left the ICU and visited her daughters just seventeen hours after surgery.)* Why smaller chest incisions increase comfort and help with body image and function issues. (Eliz was able to breast feed her twin daughters.)* Why body image and menstruation are important to consider when harvesting veins. (Eliz had a massive infection of her non-EVH leg incision)* How leg incisions impact activity and recovery. (Eliz has become a recreational triathlete and deals with swelling and irritation)* Why she’ll need a new bra.* When is the best time in her menstrual cycle to schedule surgery.* Why she should schedule a mammogram before surgery.* Why women need to be asked about depression before and after heart surgery.* Why women need to know about the unique side effects of medications, particularly anticoagulants and beta-blockers.* Why women need to know they are not alone.