‘Be Heart Smart’ has new meeting dates


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 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.

Join Peggy Ehlers, Switzerland County Health & Human Sciences Educator for Purdue Extension, for the ‘Be Heart Smart’ program for four Monday afternoons: February 19th, and 26th and March 5th and 12th from 2-3 p.m. at the Switzerland County YMCA’s multi-purpose room.

Register by calling the Purdue Extension-Switzerland County office at (812) 427-3152; or pehlers@purdue.edu. Registration deadline is Friday, February 16th. Space is limited, so enroll now. Cost is $10 for all four session.