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Eating Healthy Foods For Your Heart Helps With High Blood Pressure And High Cholesterol




     Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that heart disease and stroke are leading causes of death and disability nationally. Healthy foods such as vegetables and fruits, beans, lean meats and fish, low fat or fat-free dairy, whole grains, and healthy fats can help protect the heart.

     Join University of Illinois Extension in Macon County in partnership with Mt. Zion District Library for a hands-on cooking class to learn more about making healthier food choices. Eating For Your Heart will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the Mt. Zion District Library located at 115 W. Main St. in Mt. Zion. Class participants will prepare blackened fish tacos and side dishes to eat while listening to a short presentation discussing the four categories of foods that can improve your heart health.

     “Food choices influence risk factors to cardiovascular disease like high blood pressure and high cholesterol,” says Illinois Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator Caitlin Mellendorf. “This class is an opportunity to learn ways to use food as a tool in treating and managing health.”

     Eating for Your Heart is a free program, but families must register by September 19 at the library or by calling 217-864-3622. For more information, please contact Caitlin at or call 217-877-6042. University of Illinois provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact 217-877-6042. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access need.

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