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Food, Nutrition, Health Observances Calendar for May 2015

 

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

School Lunch Hero Day

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Childhood Depression Awareness Day

ACES Day (All Children Exercise Simultaneously)

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No Diet Day

Melanoma Monday

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National Teacher's Day

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Empanada Day

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Women's Check Up Day

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Shrimp Day

Mothers' Day

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Food Allergy Awareness Week

Fruit Cocktail Day

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Food Allergy Awareness Week

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Food Allergy Awareness Week

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Food Allergy Awareness Week

Food Revolution Day

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Food Allergy Awareness Week

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Food Allergy Awareness Week

National Employee Health and Fitness Day

World Baking Day

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Food Allergy Awareness Week

World Hepatitis Day

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Bike to Work Day

World Autoimmune Arthritis Day

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Don't Fry Day

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Brown Bag Lunch Day

National Wine Day

Missing Children's Day

Senior Health and Fitness Day

Memorial Day

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World No Tobacco Day

      
 

3 Tips for High Blood Pressure Education Month

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “In the United States, nearly one in three adults has hypertension, but only about half (47%) of those have it under control.”

Digestive Diseases 101

May is Digestive Diseases Awareness Month, so today we’re going to explore 5 different digestive diseases — celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, diverticular disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and ulcerative colitis. There’s even a free disease overview handout!

Cheese 101

It all started as a reader request…

Raspberry Beet Cheesecake

I could not be more excited about this incredible dessert, which I first developed for the Nutrition Month Communicating Food for Health newsletter last year. Ever since its debut, rave reviews have been pouring in. So I decided it was long past time to offer you a free handout with this recipe.

How Much Salt is in Your Soup?

Help your clients reduce the sodium in a bowl of soup by making soup at home. Here are my top 5 favorite soup recipes, which are perfect for cooking demonstrations or speedy handouts. You can also prepare samples at home and then bring them to your next session. The samples make equally-good health fair booth lures. Which will you try first?

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

Get Ready for a Healthful Memorial Day!

Are you looking to make healthful treats for Memorial Day, but still hoping to impress your guests? Well, look no further, because we’ve got everything you need to make tasty food that is good for your health! These amazing recipes are perfect for any spring or summer party.

Heart Disease Risk Factors

There are many elements that can put your heart at risk. Here’s a rundown of each, just for you. Even one risk factor can put your heart in serious danger. So get informed, then start taking steps to reduce your risk of heart disease.

Berries and Cream Instead of Ice Cream?

What celebration is complete without a hint of decadence? This Mother’s Day, skip the cake but keep the festive feeling with a light and balanced dessert!

Saturated Fat and Heart Disease

Is the link between saturated fat and heart disease really as tenuous as some bloggers and journalists believe? Get Dr. James J. Kenney’s take on the sources and the facts…

Salsa Month Recipe: Salsa Baked Fish

It’s Salsa Month! To celebrate, we’re sharing some of our very favorite ways to use salsa. Today’s recipe is light, nutritious, and totally delicious.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Good Health

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! How will you celebrate the mothers in your life? May we make a humble suggestion? Try salad!

Step by Step

As a follow-up to our latest motivation article, we look deeper into effective ways to implement manageable lifestyle changes…

5 Ways to Make Salad

We are starting to make and photograph all of our recipes – over 1000! First up – 25 salads in 2 days. What we discovered, is that there is more than one way to make a salad! Here are fun tips, photos and recipes so easy you don’t need a recipe. Vote on your favorite or give us a tip and win a prize.

3 Ways to Celebrate Salad Month in Style!

Did you know that May is Salad Month? Here at Food and Health Communications, we absolutely ADORE salads. Celebrate with us by trying some of these fun salad recipes. Remember, salad doesn’t have to be dull, flavorless, “rabbit food” — it can be tasty, filling, and fun!

Pea Shoots and More Greens

Pea shoots are larger than “sprouts” but are not mature enough to produce peas. They taste like peas and have a delicate flavor. Plus, their versatility makes them delicious whether they are raw or cooked. Find out what we bought at the farmers’ market this week and see the dishes we made with our finds!

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…

Grilled Veggies and Spring Farmers’ Markets

Spring and summer bring tons of fresh vegetables from gardens, farmers’ markets, and grocery stores. The latest farmers’ market bounty included ripe beefsteak tomatoes, baby turnip greens, baby carrots, baby bok choy, asparagus, and spinach. Here’s what we made with our delicious haul from the farmer’s market in Boulder, Colorado…

Grilled Chicken and Chard

Today we’re going to talk about delicious ways to balance your plate like MyPlate, especially when it comes to getting enough dark green vegetables.┬áDark green vegetables include tasty greens like collards, chard, spinach, mustard, kale, …

Mediterranean Diet: Our Favorite Recipes

On Tuesday, Enrico Forte taught us about the benefits of a Mediterranean diet. Today we’re going to help make integrating that advice easy for you with a collection of our favorite healthful Mediterranean recipes.

Failure to Reduce Salt Intake Cuts Life Expectancy

Worldwide hypertension is the #1 risk factor for earlier mortality in middle-aged and older adults. Data from the NHANES surveys suggests the sodium intake of Americans has been increasing since the 1980s. Certainly the average salt content of processed foods is not going down in the US, despite growing evidence that excessive salt intake is the #1 cause of increasing blood pressure with age and the development of hypertension.

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!

Slow Down Your Sodium Intake!

Too much sodium is bad for your health. Today’s article explores the impact of sodium consumption on health and then offers a variety of strategies to help reduce sodium intake.

Salt, Strokes, and Senility

Nutrition Bootcamp

Too much salt can be very dangerous for your health. New studies indicate that there may be a link between sodium consumption, stroke, and senility!

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.

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.

Mediterranean Pizza

Make plants – fruit, vegetables, grains, legumes, seeds – the centerpiece of your meals.

Toaster Oven Asparagus

Asparagus has been a good price in our stores lately. We found the best way to cook it in our test kitchen – flavorful, easy, fast, not messy!
Break the asparagus off roughly 2/3 from the …

Mediterranean Inspired Salad and Mint Tea

I am always trying to think of ways to put a new spin on salad. We eat it at least once if not twice a day and I like to keep it fun and new. …

 
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