Purdue Extension’s Be Heart Smart program starts Sept. 3 in Warren

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 people prevent or manage heart disease.

Molly Hoag, Wells County Health & Human Sciences Educator for Purdue Extension, will lead the Be Heart Smart program on four Tuesday afternoons: Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24, at 1 p.m. in Warren. 

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, note Purdue Extension officials. But Purdue Extension’s Be Heart Smart program can help participants fight this disease by better understanding it and gaining the necessary knowledge to make heart-smart choices.

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.

The program is sponsored by Huntington County Health & Wellness Coalition and Parkview Foundation.

For more information or to register, call Purdue Extension-Huntington County office at 358-4826 or email gray110@purdue.edu. Register before Aug. 27, Space is limited.