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U of I Extension offers Meals for a Healthy Heart

February 5, 2014

By U of I Extension

February is American Heart Month. University of Illinois Extension supports efforts to raise awareness about heart disease and healthy eating by offering “Meals for a Healthy Heart.”

This two-part workshop is designed for anyone interested in preventing or managing heart disease. Participants will receive recipes and watch cooking demonstrations, as well as learn about proper diet and exercise.

This workshop complements the recommendations of health care providers. The workshop runs 1 to 4 p.m., Feb. 6 and Feb. 15, at Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford.

To register, visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw/ or call (815) 986-4357. The cost is $20 per participant or $35 for a couple, and includes both sessions and handout materials; couples will share handouts.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Each year, approximately 715,000 Americans have a heart attack, and about 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year — that’s 1 out of every 4 deaths in the U.S.

Diane Reinhold, registered dietitian and Extension nutrition and wellness educator, states, “lifestyle factors and some health conditions can put people at a higher risk for developing heart disease. The Meals for a Healthy Heart workshop is intended to help individuals better understand heart disease and offer suggestions on how to make small changes that will have a significant impact in the long run.”

Posted Feb. 5, 2014

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