The Cardiovascular Wellness Program is an exercise, education program dedicated to promoting health and wellness. It is staffed by specialty volunteers and student interns. We are supported by the Foundation for Health through Knowledge and Action, a non-profit agency.
The Cardiovascular Wellness Program (CWP) at Sacramento State provides an affordable and comprehensive applied exercise and education program for individuals interested in improving their cardiovascular health. The accepts referrals and is designed to support and expand cardiovascular health care in the Sacramento region by providing a program for individuals with limited options or access to other programs.
We are committed to fostering an educational partnership between program participants and students, community volunteers, and faculty from multiple disciplines and specialties across the campus. The education integrates supervised exercise training, nutrition, stress management, and lifestyle improvement activities within the framework of shared goals and community spirit. The result is a unique educational and potentially life-changing opportunity for all involved.
With a strong commitment to access, diversity, and inclusion, the program welcomes opportunities to work with community agencies that share these values.
The Cardiovascular Wellness Program is for those with cardiovascular disease or those at risk. The focus is on developing and maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle through exercise, stress management, and nutrition. For those who have had cardiac events, they must have completed monitored phases of a hospital-based cardiac rehabilitation program or be at least 12 months post-event.
We are a program staffed by specialty volunteers and student interns. All exercise is supervised by emergency medical personnel, ACLS-certified nurses, and an exercise physiologist. On our specialty volunteer staff, physicians, registered nurses, a physical therapist, and a registered dietitian visit regularly for supervision and education. Our student interns come from multiple disciplines including, physical therapy, gerontology, nutrition, and psychology.
The program is housed on the CSU Sacramento campus and student involvement is primarily with Sac students. The volunteer staff and older adults clients come from the community at large, with a good percentage of them coming from UC Davis. The program has a medical director who is a UC Davis Cardiologist, Radhika Bukkapatnam, MD and additional support from Javier Lopez, MD, who has provided referrals from his CDPH PreventionForward program since 2019.
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Dr. Kappagoda was an important member of this program. Click below to watch the interview as he discusses the foundation of this program.
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The Cardiovascular Wellness Program is located at Folsom Hall at Sacramento State University, 7667 Folsom Blvd., Suite 3030, 3rd floor, NE corner. We are not located on the main campus. Open: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
Exercise per usual, Tues, Thurs and Fri mornings, 9 -2:30pm.
Usual group activities during this period:
Get your 30-60 minutes of CV activity around the group things you want to do.
Educational presentations usually follow at 11:45 am. Monthly calendar below.
Group activities during this period
Interview done 2014 with founding physician, Tissa Kappagoda. Watching this will give you a nice perspective of rationale for the program.
You may also visit [csus.edu/give]csus.edu/give, click Make a Gift, and choose “View all giving opportunities” and select “Cardiovascular Wellness Program” from the list.
Rebekah Rabiroff, Director of Development, Sacramento State, 6000 J St. MS 6030, Sacramento, CA 95819
Checks may also be given to Linda Paumer, Treasurer for the Foundation.
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. For tax deductions, our Federal Tax ID: 30-0744865
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and fund our mission