Sugary Drinks Linked to Higher Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes Among Boys

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Free, weekly fresh produce improved diet, physical activity and reduced CVD risk factors

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Here’s your wake-up call: Daylight saving time may impact your heart health

As much of the nation prepares to “spring forward,” the American Heart Association cites scientific research that indicates the spring time change may negatively impact your heart and brain health.

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Ten Ways to Improve Heart Health Infographic

Nutrition Spotlight

“Balance” is the latest word on heart-healthy eating, according to the
American Heart Association Scientific Statement 2021 that encourages people to adapt broad eating habits instead of focusing on single foods — and it’s not one size fits all.

Healthy eating starts with healthy food choices. You don’t need to be a chef to create nutritious, heart-healthy meals your family will love. Learn what to look for at the grocery store, restaurants, your workplace and any eating occasion.

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Healthy Eating Tips for the whole family

  • For snack time, keep fresh fruit and pre-chopped or no-chop veggies on hand. Your family is more likely to grab fruits and vegetables over the other items if they're readily available.
  • Enjoy fish high in omega-3 fatty acids. Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, trout and albacore tuna are good choices.
  • A small handful of nuts or seeds can be a satisfying and healthy snack. Look for unsalted or lightly salted nuts. Almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachios and walnuts are all good choices.
  • Vegetables and fruits are loaded with nutrients and fiber, and typically low in calories and sodium. Compare food labels and choose wisely. Read more.
  • And don't forget - Parents say family is less stressed when they eat together

March Calendar Highlights

National Nutrition Month | American Diabetes Alert Month | National Kidney Month | Brain Injury Awareness Month | Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month | National Women's History Month | Irish-American Heritage Month | Listening Awareness Month | National Reading Month

Calendar Dates

3/1 – Employee Appreciation Day

3/2-8 - International Women's Week

3/3 - Caregiver Appreciation Day - Resources for caregivers, National Anthem Day

3/4 – World Obesity Day, National Snack Day - Healthy snacking tips

3/6 – World Tennis Day

3/8 – International Women’s Day

3/10 – Daylight Savings - clocks spring forward 1 hour, Ramadan (begins at sundown), National Pack Your Lunch Day - 6 Tips to Packing a Healthy School Lunch

3/ 10-16 - Girl Scout Week, National Sleep Awareness Week

3/11 – National Napping Day - The benefits of napping, National COVID-19 Day

3/11-17 - National Brain Awareness Week

3/13 - National No Smoking Day

3/14 – World Kidney Day, Pi Day (3.14 is the value of Pi)

3/15 - Ides of March, World Sleep Day

3/17 – St. Patrick’s Day

3/ 17-23 - National Agriculture Week, National Anonymous Giving Week

3/18-21 - American Heart Association's EPI | Lifestyle Scientific Sessions 2024 in Chicago - #EPILifestyle24

3/19 - Spring (Vernal) Equinox - 10:06 p.m. CDT, International Earth Day

3/20 – International Day of Happiness - How happiness affects health

3/23 – National Puppy Day

3/ 23-24 – Purim (a Jewish holiday)

3/24 – Palm Sunday, World Tuberculosis Day

3/25 – Holi (popularly known as the Indian "festival of spring")

3/25-31 - National Physicians Week

3/26 – Epilepsy Awareness Day, Wear a Hat Day, Prince Kuhio Day

3/29 – Good Friday, Vietnam Veterans Day

3/30 – National Doctors’ Day, Take a Walk in the Park Day

3/31 – Easter Sunday