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UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County to host heart health series

RELEASE DATE: February 3, 2014

TAVARES - The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County is hosting a three-part series called “Keeping the Pressure Down” to help residents decrease their risk of heart disease.

“In 2010, the Florida Department of Health estimated that 44 percent of Lake County adults have been diagnosed with high blood pressure,” said Julie England, Family and Consumer Sciences extension agent with UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County. “High blood pressure is called the silent killer because it often has no warning signs or symptoms, and many people don't realize they have it.”

The series, hosted by England, will focus on steps to manage blood pressure and help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Topics include managing risk factors, improving diet including an overview of the DASH diet, important minerals, reading nutrition labels, revising recipes and stress management.

The classes will be held from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 20 and 27 and March 6 at the Lake County Extension Office, 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares. Participants should plan on attending all three sessions. The class is $10 and registration is required. Sign up for the series by Feb. 18 at http://lakehbp.eventbrite.com. For more information, or if you would like to attend but cannot afford the materials fee, contact England at 352- 343-4101 ext. 2721 or email julieeng@ufl.edu.

The mission of the UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County is to develop knowledge in agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge accessible to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The Extension provides free consultations, as well as educational programs on a variety of subjects. The foundation for the Gator Nation – An Equal Opportunity Institute.


More Information:
Julie England
352- 343-4101 ext. 2721

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Office: 352-343-9609; Cell: 352-460-2851

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