“Be Heart Smart”, Purdue Extension’s newest signature program was conducted for the first time in Kosciusko County this past February by Health and Human Science Educator Jackie Franks. Be Heart Smart is a program for individuals who want to learn more about preventing heart disease by making heart-healthy lifestyle changes. This program teaches participants how to monitor risk factors for heart disease and how to make simple changes to your daily routine that can improve heart health. The program is compose of four lessons: Know Your Risks, Know Your Numbers, Heart-Healthy Cooking, and Take Action. Some notable results from the program were:
- 100% of participants reported that they intend to monitor controllable risk factors for heart disease such as blood pressure and cholesterol
- 75% of participants plan to include recommendations of the DASH eating plan into their meals (increase fiber, lower salt consumption, increase potassium, or lower fat consumption).
- 100% of participants reported they plan to practice stress reduction techniques as a result of this program
- 88% of participants plan to increase their daily physical activity as a result of this program.
Participants indicated they enjoyed learning about how their heart works and many found the "Know Your Numbers" lesson to be especially beneficial.
For more information on the Be Heart Smart program, or if you would like to host the program at your organization or business, contact the Purdue Extension- Kosciusko County Office at (574) 372-2340.