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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. Your best weapons to fight cardiovascular disease are to know your risks, understand warning signs, and have a healthy diet and lifestyle. Although many associate heart diseases with men, it is also the leading cause of death among women.  It is always the right time to learn more about how you can help fight this disease and make heart-smart choices.

Purdue Extension-Putnam County is partnering with Putnam County Public Library to offer an opportunity to learn more and to help prevent heart disease, or manage the condition to have better overall 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;
  • Techniques for stress reduction;
  • Best practices for talking to healthcare providers

The Be Heart Smart program will meet on four Tuesday nights: February 7, 14, 21, and 28th at 5:00pm on Zoom There is a no fee to participate in the program. Registration is required at

If accommodations are needed, please contact Abbi Smith at 765-653-8411 or email

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