2017-07-25 / Front Page

Women walk Putnam County

American Heart Association (2016) reports heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States of America. Reports show heart disease causes 1 in 3 deaths each year. The American Heart Association also reports since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen. Research also shows that heart disease affects our cardiovascular system and blood vessels. While we know that some individuals are more at risk for heart disease, we know incorporating healthy lifestyle changes positively affects the longevity of one’s life. For instance, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggest not smoking, and limiting alcohol helps in prevention of heart disease.

We also know research proves adapting exercise and healthy eating into our lifestyle helps in preventing heart disease.

Therefore, in efforts of addressing the dietary and exercise aspect of health disease in women we would like to introduce Women Walk Putnam County.

Women Walk Putnam County, a group of empowered women who walk together weekly. Women Walk Putnam County is a free walking program sponsored by the Purdue Extension Office and Putnam County Hospital. Working together for a healthier Putnam County; one step at a time. We strive to encourage women to walk into a healthier life decreasing the prevalence of heart disease in women.

We will have our kickoff luncheon for another great season of walking on Tuesday, Aug. 29 from 12-1:30 p.m. in the Putnam County Hospital Classrooms, located on the third floor of the hospital. The luncheon will include a delicious meal catered by Putnam County Hospital Dietary Department, along with special speaker, Jennifer Cannon, Extension Educator with Purdue Extension Office of Putnam County. Women Walk Putnam County packets that include the calendar of walking days and locations (which take place every Wednesday through October) will be distributed during this time. Complimentary blood pressure checks will also be available at the luncheon. RSVP for the Aug. 29 luncheon is Aug. 22. Please call Jennifer Cannon at Purdue Extension Office at (765) 653-8411.

While this particular program is for women in decreasing heart disease, we offer a host of programs and literature from everyone all of genders.

Visit our homepage at www.extension.purdue.edu/putnam or you can contact the local Purdue Extension Office by calling 765.653.8411 for more information regarding this week’s column topic or to RSVP for upcoming events. It is always best to call first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs. While many publications are free, some do have a fee. Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity institution. All times listed are Eastern Time.

(by Jennifer Y. Cannon, Extension Educator-Health and Human Sciences)

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