Guard A Heart Foundation Hosts Heart Healthy Chef Demo at Greenleaf Gourmet Chop House in Costa Mesa

Sep 08, 2012, 02:21 ET from Guard A Heart Foundation

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Guard A Heart Foundation, a non-profit organization, raising awareness for cardiovascular disease by educating on the dangers of vulnerable plaque, held a Heart Healthy Chef Demo on Tuesday August 28 at Greenleaf Gourmet Chop House.

The interactive Chef demo was led by Chef Kristi Ritchey in collaboration with Guard a Heart Foundation as an illustration that healthy meals can be both tasty and good for you. Chef Kristi is dedicated to creating menu options, which endorse a healthy lifestyle for her customers. Featured in both USA Today and the Los Angeles Times for her own weight loss triumph, Ritchey knows from personal experience the level of commitment it takes to live healthier.

Guard A Heart launched the Heart Healthy Healthy Heart Chef Demos July 2012 as a vital program within their lifestyle groups in order to promote heart health and support the community to make prevention a part of their every day lifestyle.  This event sold out, demonstrating that the local community is indeed hungry (pun intended) to learn more about how to eat right. A suggested $10 donation is requested to cover costs and help support the organization's cause. Guests not only get to taste the healthy menu sampling and learn how to prepare them, they also get to take home the recipe and recreate it at home. One hundred percent of proceeds from Chef Demo events will go towards Guard a Heart's "Know Your Risk, Inspire Life" campaign, which uses donated funds to offer financial assistance for cardiac testing and lifestyle modification for those who cannot otherwise afford it.

About Guard A Heart

Guard A Heart is a non-profit foundation dedicated to raising awareness of heart disease prevention by spreading the word to guard your heart and save your life. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. If individuals know their risk and take the necessary steps, the good news is that most cardiovascular disease is preventable. Guard a Heart Foundation provides financial assistance for individuals who are unable to pay for cardiac risk assessments.  Please visit for more information.

About Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop offers a health-focused menu featuring custom-made gourmet salads, sandwiches, and hot entrées with fresh, locally grown ingredients, flame-grilled proteins, and countless toppings to maintain an affordable, healthy way of life. The restaurant is headed by Owner and "Commander in Leaf" Jonathan Rollo and Executive Chef Kristi Ritchey, who came together to provide nutritious gourmet fare that supports a well-rounded, active lifestyle. For more information visit: for restaurant locations.

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