Wood County Extension Office starts Million Hearts program

The Wood County Extension Office will be conducting a Million Hearts series for 2023 beginning on Jan. 24.

Anyone at risk of cardiovascular disease or who has been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease is invited to learn how to reduce your risk of disease by keeping your blood pressure and cholesterol within healthier limits and reducing your stress level.

Susan Zies, extension educator with Ohio State University Extension in Wood County, and Shannon Smith, registered dietitian and certified diabetes care and education specialist, will offer a series of classes for people with cardiovascular disease or those at risk of the disease and their family members or caretakers.

At Million Hearts, participants will:

• Discuss how to lower sodium

• Use herbs and spices

• Reduce saturated and trans-fat

• Techniques to reduce/cope with stress

Class participants will take home heart healthy recipes, watch cooking demonstrations, and taste foods made with less fat, sugar, and salt. Participants will taste main dishes, side dishes, and desserts.

There is no cost to attend the classes for Wood County residents, however seating is limited and on a first-come basis. For residents outside of Wood County, there is a $30 per person registration fee.

Participants must pre-register by calling the Wood County Extension office at 419-819-3078.

Million Hearts: Improving Cardiovascular Health Across Ohio is a series of three classes meeting from 5- 7 p.m. on Jan. 24, Jan. 31 and Feb. 14 .

The Wood County Extension Office is located at 639 S. Dunbridge Road, Suite 1.

For questions or assistance, contact Smith at [email protected]