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‘Be Heart Smart’ program in August

As the leading cause of death for all 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 people fight this disease by better understanding it and gaining the necessary knowledge to make heart-smart choices.

The “Be Heart Smart” program is a new community program comprising of four heart-health classes. It’s intended to complement healthcare providers’ recommendations and help someone 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.

Ann Fremion, LaGrange County Health and Human Sciences educator for Purdue Extension, will host the Be Heart Smart program on four Monday nights: August 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 4:45-5:45 p.m. in Conference Room 1 on the 1st floor of the LaGrange County Office Building at 114 W. Michigan St. in LaGrange.

Register by calling the Purdue Extension LaGrange County office at 260-499-6334 or email afremion@purdue.edu. Registration is due before July 27, 2015. Space is limited, so enroll now. For more information, visit www.extension.purdue.edu/lagrange.