Be Heart Smart program promotes heart health

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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, Purdue Extension-Putnam County has partnered for this program with Greencastle Parks and Recreation Department’s Walk N’ Talk program. Each week individuals are invited to join in on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to walk on the DePauw University 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. on the 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 or contact the local Purdue Extension Office by calling 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.

Upcoming events

Jan. 29 – Annie’s Project starts, $75, Extension Office, 6 p.m.

Feb. 1 – New 4-H’er orientation, 6:30 p.m., York Automotive Building, Fairgrounds.

Feb. 6 – Succession Planning Program, 1-4 p.m., Fairgrounds, $40 for family of four.

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

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