Death rates from coronary disease have been dropping steadily for 50 years. Some of the success can be attributed to medical advances and improved treatment. But a good deal of the credit goes to people who are heeding what they hear. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that as Americans become better informed about coronary disease, they have done a better job controlling the risk factors.

A free seminar can give you a refresher course in staying healthy. "Lifestyle Tools for a Healthy Heart" will offer guidance on how exercise, nutrition, lifestyle changes and stress management can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

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The seminar, presented by Winthrop-University Hospital, is Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Mineola Community Center.

Preregistration is required. Call 516-663-8300.