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Food, Nutrition, Health Observances Calendar for February 2015

 

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National Food Weeks

 
 
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Heart Month

MyPlate: What's the Right Amount of Calories for You?

National Agriculture Week Begins

Women's Heart Health Day

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Kiwi Day

Girls and Women in Sports Day

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Wear red day

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World Cancer Day (WHO)

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Give Kids a Smile Day

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Lets Move Anniversary

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Valentine's Day

Have a Heart Day

Valentine's Day

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Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)

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World Cabbage Day

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Random Acts of Kindness Day

National Drink Wine Day

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World Pistachio Day

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Valentine Dinner for Heart Month

February is such an exciting time to cook. It’s Heart Month, and Valentine’s Day offers a festive occasion that often centers on special and festive foods. I’ve decided to combine these two celebrations into one, putting together a spectacular meal that makes the best of both worlds.

Activity Idea: Cholesterol Hallway

Looking for a fresh new activity to help explain cholesterol damage? Check out this practitioner favorite!

Chop Test: An Easier Way to Cook Vegetables

Have you ever wondered if you’re cooking vegetables well? I’ve devised a simple approach that makes determining cooking time and methods a snap! Check out this post for the secret, and don’t miss the free infographic!

Take Control of Your Portions

Portion control is just plain hard, and restaurant servings do not help. Today, because I love you, I am offering a free handout full of great ways to reduce oversized portions and manage a healthful diet. Check it out!

Cooking Skill Workshops

What would you do if you could enlist the help of a professional chef who is also an expert in healthful cooking?

Well, today is your lucky day. You really can get the help of a chef who trained at the Culinary Institute of America and who has spent over 20 years developing amazing techniques and new innovative ideas to improve cooking skills and freshen up old ideas.

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10 Free Nutrition Handouts

New handout delivery system for free nutrition handouts will serve more target audiences

How Much Salt Is In That?

It’s Wise Health Consumer Month! Are you a wise health consumer? How can you improve your skills? How can you teach your skills to others? Well, knowledge is half the battle. When in doubt, start with research. Here are some crazy (yet true!) salt statistics, just for you…

Heart Month Activity Ideas

Happy Valentine’s Day! Will you be our Valentine? Our gift to you is not a card or a piece of candy, but rather a guide to great Heart Month activity ideas. Enjoy!

Dietitian’s Cleanse

People appear to be drawn to cleanses, no matter how bad the health consequences of cleansing are. If that’s what they want, there’s a way to give it to them without endangering their health. Offer a balanced alternative to the cleansing crowd with this free handout, The Dietitian’s Cleanse. Developed by Lenore Shamah, MS, RD, this “cleanse” is healthful, balanced, and won’t endanger people’s hearts.

Valentine’s Day Cooking Demonstration Ideas

Spice up your next cooking demonstration.

Are you putting together a Valentine’s Day cooking demonstration? If you are, you’re not alone. Lynda Murray, RD, LD, recently requested healthful Valentine’s Day recipes for an upcoming cooking demonstration in front of 150 people! We found so many great options for her in the free recipe archive that we got carried away by enthusiasm and want to share them with you too.

Get Ready for Valentine’s Day with Chocolate Dipped Strawberries!

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about chocolate and candy… but what fun would it be without a little festive celebration? Here’s a recipe for a tasty Valentine’s Day dessert that tastes decadent but packs a nutrient punch.

Free Handout: Set Your Goals for February

It's February! Do you know where your goals are?

It’s time to help your clients achieve their goals. Of course, this is easier said than done, which is why we’re offering you a free handout that walks its readers through the basics of setting achievable goals this February. Check out the handout preview below, and if you like what you see, follow the links to get a copy for yourself…

Are You Good to Your Heart?

February is American Heart Month, and to celebrate we’re cracking the vault to give you a sneak peek at content that is usually exclusive to our members. So take this quiz to find out if you really are good to your heart…

High Five for Fiber and Free Infographic

Sometimes, all it takes is a great visual to encourage eating healthfully. Meet the latest addition to our amazing fiber resources, the High Five for Fiber Poster!

How to Make an Engaging Nutrition Poster

Let this poster inspire you to make your own educational displays. You can use the same basic principle to craft any fun, engaging nutrition poster you’d like. Simply find great photos or drawings of healthful foods (magazine ads are great for this) and form the foods into letters that spell out a key word for your nutrition presentation.

5 Fast and Easy Cooking Demonstration Ideas

Putting together an engaging and informative cooking demonstration is much harder than it looks. Don’t worry, though, because our chefs and presenters have tons of wonderful cooking demonstrations under their belts. They’ve gotten all that work down to a science. In fact, Judy Doherty, PC II and founder of Food and Health Communications, Inc is going to share some of her top cooking demonstration guides here today — everything from planning to execution.

The Impact of the New CVD Guidelines on RDNs and Other Health Professionals

Confused by the new recommendations from the 2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults? You’re not alone. Lucky for you, Lynn Grieger, RDN, CDE, CPT, CWC, is here to break down the key points of the new report. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn about the changes in the guidelines…

5 Most Important Tips for Heart Health

It’s Blood Pressure Awareness Month — are you ready to pack in all the heart-tastic celebrating that you possibly can? We thought we’d begin with a list of 6 easy tips to help promote heart health…

Tasty and Healthful Valentine Treats!

If you were to try to figure out what Valentine’s Day was all about just by checking the grocery store shelves, you would think it was a celebration of nothing more than overpriced candy. Instead of chowing down on artery-clogging foods this Valentine’s Day, be good to your heart and try a healthful treat or two instead. Looking for inspiration? Try these delicious dipped strawberries!

Celebrate Heart Month!

Heart Month is here, which means that it’s the perfect time to talk about blood pressure, cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, and more! It’s exciting, but actually crafting all the materials for this whirlwind of health education can take up a ton of your time. Why reinvent the wheel? We’ve got all the handy heart materials you could possibly want, and if you don’t see exactly what you need, let us know and we’ll craft custom tools just for you! Here are some of our favorites…

Valentine’s Day Gift Inspiration

Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a holiday centered around the heart, but a candy and dessert overload doesn’t exactly promote heart health. Here are a few ideas for creative Valentine’s Day gifts that are great for your heart!

Cholesterol 101

Today we’re taking an excerpt from one of our most popular PowerPoint shows and bringing you the basics of cholesterol education. Learn about the types of cholesterol, the health risks it can pose, and ways to reduce your cholesterol levels…

More Whole Grains Equals Less Heart Disease

MyPlate’s current featured message is all about whole grains. Did you know that MyPlate recommends that people make at least half of all the grains they eat whole grains? To find out why, we consulted Dr. James J. Kenney…

Blood Pressure 101

Want to learn the basics of blood pressure but aren’t sure where to start? Check out this post, which puts all the information you need in a simple, engaging format. Learn about what’s normal, what’s not, and how to improve blood pressure today!

Is Coconut Oil Slimming?

We continue our discussion of coconut and coconut oil with a look at additional scientific facts about coconut oil. In today’s article, we explore the role of coconut oil in weight management. Is coconut oil slimming?

Cuckoo for Coconuts?

This week, we’ll be reviewing a variety of the health claims about coconuts and coconut oil. Are they wonderfoods or saturated fat bombs? Do they promote good health or harm it? We’ll begin the discussion with an article by Dr. James J. Kenney, who debunks a few coconut health claims…

The Perfect Storm for Heart Disease

Public health week continues with this article about the link between diet, exercise, and heart disease. Two recent large, long-term epidemiologic studies add to the growing data linking diet to increased risk of cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality.

MyPlate For The Heart

Our latest MyPlate creation is great for the heart! Barley, salmon, walnuts, vegetables, olive oil and more are made into a quick 30-minute meal that you will want to serve over and over again. Enjoy!

Happy Beans

Home run meal – this wonderful Mediterranean inspired meal has color and flavor down pat. Find out how we put it together quickly for a wonderful buffet that had everyone running back for seconds on the bean dish!

Tips for living a low sodium diet and BP outcome

I have been cooking at home a lot more. Usually I cook a lot but end up eating 2-3 meals out a week – like a bagel stop for breakfast and a favorite (healthy lowfat …

Over and over

Avoiding heart disease requires more than switching to turkey and chicken. Eating enough fruits and vegetables and avoiding excesses of salt and fat are also key. One study shows great benefits by getting enough fruits and veggies!

1500

Reducing salt intake by a mere 1200mg/day (or by less than 1/3) would save as many lives over the next 10 years as if all American smokers quit tomorrow for good.

 
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