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Heart disease leading cause of death for Americans

Purdue Extension Corner

As the leading cause of death for Americans, heart disease claims 600,000 lives annually. It’s understandably frightening to be at risk for heart disease. But Purdue Extension’s “Be Heart Smart” program can help you fight this disease by better understanding it and gaining the necessary knowledge to make heart-smart choices.

Purdue Extension’s Be Heart Smart program is a new community program comprising four heart-health classes. It’s intended to complement healthcare providers’ recommendations and help you, or your loved one, prevent or manage heart disease.

Topics include:

• Identifying and understanding risk factors for heart disease

• Guidelines for healthy cholesterol and blood pressure

• A heart-healthy eating plan, including a cooking demonstration

• Techniques for stress reduction

• Best practices for talking to healthcare providers

In efforts of combating cardiovascular disease, we (Purdue Extension- Putnam County) have partnered this program with Greencastle Parks and Recreation “Walk N’ Talk” program. Each week individuals are invited to join us Tuesday and Thursday mornings to walk on the DePauw Indoor Track. The walks will take place from 9-10 a.m. on Thursdays, with the Be Heart Smart program beginning at 10 a.m., DePauw Indoor Track.

Participants do not have to attend the Walk N’ Talk program to participate in the Be Heart Smart program, nor do they have to participate in the Be Heart Smart to be a part of the Walk N’ talk program. However, both programs strongly promote heart health.

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.

Upcoming events

Feb. 1 – New 4-Her Orientation, 6:30 p.m., York Automotive Building, fairgrounds

Feb. 6 – Succession Planning Program, 1-4 p.m., fairgrounds, $40 for family of 4, registration info in article

Feb. 7- Indiana Extension Homemakers Council Meeting, fairgrounds

Feb. 7 – On Local Government Webinar, Extension Office, 11 a.m.

Feb. 8 – Exploring 4-H Orientation meeting, 6 p.m., fairgrounds

Feb. 8 – Pasture Management Workshop, 5:30 p.m., Beef House in Covington, $20, RSVP http://bit.ly/2AP2MyI

(by Jennifer Cannon, Extension Educator Health & Human Sciences Purdue Extension - Putnam County)

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