Cardiac Prevention Exercise Program

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NOTE: Due to the developing situation surrounding the COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines, the clinical cardiac programs are operating under reduced in-person capacity. Registration for in-person sessions is required ahead of time. The telehealth component of our program is operating at full capacity, though. So please contact Deborah Feairheller at if you have any questions.

The long-standing University of New Hampshire’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program also offers a Cardiac Prevention component as well. The prevention branch of the program invites individuals who would like to prevent cardiac disease from developing. This program focuses on reducing an individual’s risk for heart disease through exercise and lifestyle changes.

The Program

The UNH Cardiac Prevention Program is designed for any individual over the age of 45 that has one or more risk factor of heart disease. These risk factors may include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, smoking and/or sedentary lifestyle.

Exercise sessions occur at various times during the week and are offered both indoors and outdoors. The program has also recently expanded to offer telehealth options as well. Clients are now able to benefit from virtual programming which includes biweekly Blog/Newsletters, videos, and scientific and exercise-related presentations.


Typically, each participant begins the program with an initial assessment. This first assessment includes a resting ECG, cardiac stress test, lipid profile, body composition, and a battery of other fitness tests. Once testing is complete, the individual will begin exercise sessions three times per week. The program provides individualized exercise regimens designed to improve cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, muscular strength, balance and overall health.  After 24 sessions of exercise training, individuals will be re-assessed, their programs will be updated, and they will be encouraged to continue with the exercise sessions.

The UNH Cardiac Prevention Program runs in tandem with the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. These clinical cardiac programs are also a training site for UNH graduate and undergraduate students in Exercise Science. Senior level students perform duties in the program and report to the Program Director. As part of the remote programming, we publish bi-weekly Blog/Newsletters, provide periodic presentations, have a collection of virtual videos that are accessible to all clients, and we host student-led seminars on various scientific topics.

The program is held at the UNH Field House at 145 Main Street in Durham, NH. Facilities include the UNH indoor and outdoor track, gymnasium, and the Employee Fitness Center, which has a variety of machines and exercise equipment.


The Cardiac Prevention Program includes an initial assessment, 24 supervised exercise sessions, re-assessment, an on-campus parking permit during the program operation hours, and a program t-shirt. For those with health insurance through the USNH system, the exercise program can be reimbursed through use of the Fitness Reimbursement Benefit if the individual completes eight or more sessions per month. Most participants continue with the program beyond the 24 sessions. 

Initial assessments can be scheduled anytime once medical clearance is obtained from your physician. Individuals interested in the program should contact:

Deborah Feairheller, PhD, FACSM, USAW-L1
Dept. of Kinesiology
New Hampshire Hall #G25
124 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-3282


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