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Be Heart Smart

Be Heart Smart

As the leading cause of death for all Americans, heart disease claims 600,000 lives annually. Many in our community know someone that has been affected by heart disease. It is always the right time to learn more about how you can help fight this disease and make heart-smart choices.

Purdue Extension in Putnam County will be having an opportunity to learn more and to help prevent heart disease, or manage the condition to have better over health. For example, in this program, one topic that is discussed is how sodium affects your heart. Participants will learn about how when there is extra sodium in the bloodstream, water is pulled into the blood vessels, which increases the total amount of blood inside of them. This is how and why blood pressure can increase. Join this program to learn about the recommended amounts of sodium one should consume each day, and what foods to avoid or limit to aid in a heart healthy diet.

This program is a series of four heart-health classes intended to help you and your loved ones learn more about heart disease. You will learn more about:

  • 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 Be Heart Smart program will meet on four Monday nights: April 4, 11, 18 and 25th from 5 to 6 p.m. on Zoom through Purdue Extension-Putnam County. There is a $5 fee to participate in the program. All participants will be given printed materials for the program.

For more information about classes or to register, call Abbi Sampson at 765-653-8411 or email If accommodations are needed, please contact Abbi Sampson.

Visit our homepage at or you can contact the local office by calling 765.653.8411 for more information regarding this week’s column topic or to RSVP for upcoming events. Office hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm. Evening and lunch appointments are available, upon request. 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. All times listed are Eastern Time. Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Upcoming Events

March 19 – Garden Fair, 9am-3pm, free, Fairgrounds

April 4, 11, 18 & 25 – Be Heart Smart, 5pm, virtual, $5, register by March 25th at 765-653-8411

April 13 – ServSafe 1-Day Class & Online Exam, 9am-4pm, register at

April 5 – Medicare and Diabetes, 3pm, Extension Office, virtual option available upon request, free, register by April 1st at 765-653-8411

April 14 – Spring Flowers, 2pm, Extension Office, virtual option available upon request, free, register by April 8th at 765-653-8411

April 20-June 8 – A Matter of Balance (Fall Prevention), 8-Wednesdays, 1-3:00pm, Roachdale Community & Senior Center, free, limited spots, register at 765-653-8411

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