March is National Nutrition Month.

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Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated — simply begin to incorporate a healthy eating plan into your daily routine. These recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans can help get you started.

  • Emphasize fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products.
  • Include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts.
  • Make sure your diet is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium) and added sugars.

Make Your Calories Count

Think nutrient-rich rather than “good” or “bad” foods. The majority of your food choices should be packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients, and lower in calories. Making smart food choices can help you stay healthy, manage your weight and be physically active.

Focus on Variety

Eat a variety of foods from all the food groups to get the nutrients your body needs. Fruits and vegetables can be fresh, frozen or canned. Eat more dark green vegetables such as leafy greens and broccoli and orange vegetables including carrots and sweet potatoes. Vary your protein choices with more fish, beans and peas. Eat at least three ounces of whole-grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice or pasta every day.

Know Your Fats

Look for foods low in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol to help reduce your risk of heart disease. Most of the fats you eat should be monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Check the Nutrition Facts panel on food labels for total fat and saturated fat.

 

For more information, view the Academy infographic on the Total Diet Approach to Healthy Eating.

 

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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, an organized effort to bring attention to the critical needs of people with eating disorders and their families. The annual campaign by the  National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) kicked off Sunday and runs through Feb. 28.

 

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This year’s theme, “I Had No Idea….” will focus on the importance of recognizing the diverse experiences of people affected by disordered eating. Throughout the week, thousands of people will come together in communities across the country to host events to raise awareness about body image and the severity of eating disorders.

Each day will focus on a different challenge, including:

  • The role of the media – Look at media images with a critical eye before criticizing yourself;
  • Diversity – Eating disorders don’t discriminate. They can affect anyone regardless of race, gender, sexuality, etc.;
  • Athletes and eating disorders – Did you know athletes are at higher risk of developing an eating disorder;
  • Bullying and eating disorders in youth – Bullying is a major contributor to eating disorders; 65 percent say that it factored into their struggle;
  • Dieting and eating disorders – 35 percent of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting. Of those, 20-25 percent develop an eating disorder;
  • The role of the medical community – Eating disorders are often overlooked/misdiagnosed by medical professionals;
  • The role of parents – Parents don’t cause eating disorders. They can be a major part of recovery.

For more information visit http://nedawareness.org/ or contact the Employee Assistance Program for more resources.

 

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Blood Drive Coming to District Office & Epi Center February 25th

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Why Give Blood?

There is no substitute for human blood.  When you donate blood with OneBlood, you are making an immediate contribution to the health and welfare of your community.

Blood is needed by patients facing planned and unplanned medical procedures, trauma victims, cancer patients and premature babies.  Your donation will help an ill or injured patient within a few days.  The turn-around is that fast, the need is constant.

 

What do I have to do :
Making an appointment is easy.Click on the link located below.  You will see the blood drive appointment schedule.  Select a time that you wish to donate.  Once you choose a time you will be directed to our website to log in.  Enter your username and password.  If you have forgotten either your username or password click on the links located below the submit button.  If you have any questions please call 1-888-936-6283.See below to make your appointment! You are going to save a life!

 

DISTRICT OFFICE 

Date : 02/25/2015 from 09:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location : St. Petersburg College -District Office
Parking Lot
6021 142nd Avenue North Clearwater, FL 33760
Make an Appointment : Click Here

EPI TECH CAMPUS

Date : 02/25/2015 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Location : St. Petersburg College – EpiCenter
Bloodmobile
14025 58th SteetClearwater, FL 33760
Make an Appointment : Click Here
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Common Myths About Heart Disease

 

It’s time to set the record straight and start thinking of this as a disease that doesn’t spare woman and children. Your health is non-negotiable; we need to separate fact from fiction so that together, we can stop this killer once and for all.

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Myth: Heart disease is for men, and cancer is the real threat for women

Fact: Heart disease is a killer that strikes more women than men, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. While one in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, heart disease claims the lives of one in three. That’s roughly one death each minute.

Myth: Heart disease is for old people

Fact: Heart disease affects women of all ages.  For younger women, the combination of birth control pills and smoking boosts heart disease risks by 20 percent. And while the risks do increase with age, things like overeating and a sedentary lifestyle can cause plaque to accumulate and lead to clogged arteries later in life. But even if you lead a completely healthy lifestyle, being born with an underlying heart condition can be a risk factor.

Myth: Heart disease doesn’t affect women who are fit

Fact: Even if you’re a yoga-loving, marathon-running workout fiend, your risk for heart disease isn’t completely eliminated. Factors like cholesterol, eating habits and smoking can counterbalance your other healthy habits. You can be thin and have high cholesterol. The American Heart Association recommends you start getting your cholesterol checked at age 20, or earlier, if your family has a history of heart disease. And while you’re at it, be sure to keep an eye on your blood pressure at your next check-up.

Myth: I don’t have any symptoms

Fact: Sixty-four percent of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms. Because these symptoms vary greatly between men and women, they’re often misunderstood. Media has conditioned us to believe that the telltale sign of a heart attack is extreme chest pain. But in reality, women are somewhat more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. Other symptoms women should look out for are dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen and extreme fatigue.

Myth: Heart disease runs in my family, so there’s nothing I can do about it

Fact: Although women with a family history of heart disease are at higher risk, there’s plenty you can do to dramatically reduce it. Simply create an action plan to keep your heart healthy.

Because of healthy choices and knowing the signs, more than 627,000 of women have been saved from heart disease, and 330 fewer are dying per day. What’s stopping you from taking action?

 

 

Source:  https://www.goredforwomen.org/

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National Wear Red Day Friday February 6th

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Wear red in February for American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day (the first

Friday in February) to help raise awareness about heart disease prevention, but don’t stop there.

Click here for more information on National Wear Red Day

Lower Your Chance for Heart Disease

Eat healthy, stay active, be smoke-free, and limit alcohol use to lower your chance for heart disease.

Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Know the factors that may increase your chances of getting heart disease.

  • Diabetes
  • Diet high in saturated fats and cholesterol
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Family history of heart disease
  • High blood cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Tobacco use

Ask Questions

Get answers to questions you have. Use this list of questions if needed.

  • What is my risk for heart disease?
  • What is my blood pressure? What does it mean for me, and what do I need to do about it?
  • What are my cholesterol numbers (including total cholesterol, LDL or “bad” cholesterol, HDL or “good” cholesterol, and triglycerides)? What do they mean for me, and what do I need to do about them?
  • What is my “body mass index” and waist measurement? Is my BMI in the “normal” range? Do I need to lose weight for my health?
  • What is my blood sugar level? Am I at risk for diabetes?
  • What other screening tests for heart disease do I need? How often should I return for checkups for my heart health?
  • What can I do to quit smoking?
  • How much physical activity do I need to help protect my heart?
  • What is a heart-healthy eating plan for me? Should I see a registered dietitian or qualified nutritionist to learn more about healthy eating?
  • How can I tell if I’m having a heart attack?

Know the Signs, and Act Immediately

A woman suffers a heart attack every 90 seconds in the United States. If you think you or someone you know is having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately. The good news is that if you seek help quickly, treatment can save your life and prevent permanent damage to your heart muscle. Treatment works best if given within 1 hour of when symptoms begin.

Common symptoms are:

  • Unusually heavy pressure on the chest, like there’s a ton of weight on you
  • Sharp upper body pain in the neck, back, and jaw
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Cold sweats (not hot flashes from menopause)
  • Unusual or unexplained fatigue (tiredness)
  • Unfamiliar dizziness or light-headedness
  • Unexplained nausea (feeling sick to the stomach) or vomiting
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