March is Nutrition Month

March 01, 2016


The American Heart Association is committed to helping people live longer, healthier lives, and one way to do that is teaching people how to eat a healthier, more nutritious diet. Many people in the United States eat more than their recommended daily calories, sugar, and sodium and supplement that with a poor exercise routine. Nutrition Month is the perfect time to turn that around! 

Did you know…


 Eight teaspoons of sugar, or 130 calories and zero nutrition - that's what's in one 12-ounce can of regular soda.



Sodium consumption may lead to elevated blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart attacks and stroke. High blood pressure is the leading risk factor for death among women in the U.S., and the second leading risk factor for death for men, after smoking.



  • The average American consumes more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day – more than twice the amount recommended by the
    American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. 
  • The American Heart Association recommends that you aim to eat less than 1,500 mg of sodium per day. Take our Sodium to quiz to find out more tips.
  • More than 75 percent of the sodium in American diets comes from processed and restaurant foods.
  • 90% of kids eat too much sodium? This puts them at a greater risk for cardiovascular diseases as they get older. We can help you set healthy diet goals. 

World Salt Awareness Week is 2/29-3/6

It’s time to break up with sodium. Eating too much sodium in your diet often leads to high blood pressure, the “silent killer”.  Put down the salt shaker and take the pledge. Reduce the sodium in your diet to live a longer, healthier life. Follow these links for more information:

Sodium Breakup | Sodium 411 | Salty Six | Simple Cooking With Heart

Scientific Meetings:  


Quality of Care and Outcomes Research (QCOR) 2016 Scientific Sessions  February 28 – March 1 in Phoenix, AZ, focuses on providing practical tools for researchers and practitioners as well as supporting the next generation of quality of care and outcomes scientists. Visit the QCOR newsroom for more information.



Epidemiology and Prevention (EPI) | Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2016 March 1 – 4 in Phoenix, AZ promotes the development and application of translational and population science to prevent heart disease and stroke and foster cardiovascular health. Follow the news daily in the  EPI newsroom.

Important Dates in March

2/28-3/1QCOR Conference

2/29-3/6 – World Salt Awareness Week

3/1-3/4EPI Lifestyle Conference

3/1 – Twitter chat with the CDC on nutrition, sodium reduction, and hidden salt in our foods. Follow @American_Heart and @HeartNews

3/13 – Daylight Saving Time begins - Spring clocks forward one hour

3/14 – National Pi Day

3/17 – St. Patrick’s Day

3/20 – First Day of Spring

3/25 – Good Friday

3/27 – Easter Sunday