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Marion health officials hosting ‘Shake the Salt’ nutrition classes

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County (DOH-Marion) is hosting two classes next week that will focus on cooking healthier meals without salt.

On Monday, February 26, the first “Shake the Salt” class will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Heritage Oaks of Ocala (2820 SW 34th Street in Ocala).

The second class will take place on Thursday, February 29, from 11 a.m. to noon at One Health Center (1714 SW 17th Street in Ocala).

The month of February is recognized as American Heart Month. According to DOH-Marion, this is a time to increase heart disease awareness and promote prevention and treatment in the community.

Health officials are encouraging all Floridians to adopt a lifestyle that promotes heart health and well-being, including maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, adding physical activity into your weekly schedule, and eating nutritious foods that compliment a healthy cardiovascular system.

Nationally, as well as in Florida, more people die each year from heart disease than from any other cause.

DOH-Marion describes the upcoming Shake the Salt classes as “a free, fun and interactive presentation off­ering practical tips on how to break up with the salt shaker.” Attendees will learn how to make flavorful and tasty meals without using salt, which is one of the leading contributors to adverse health issues such as heart disease and hypertension.

No preregistration is required. For more information, contact Melissa Marino at 352-644-2624.

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