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March is National Nutrition® Month
National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created 50 years ago in 1973 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits.
This year’s theme is “Fuel for the Future.” Eating with sustainability in mind is a tasty way to nourish ourselves during every phase of life and protect the environment. A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist can help you create healthy habits that are sustainable and celebrate your unique needs.
National Nutrition Month Toolkits
50 Ways to Celebrate
National Nutrition Month® Weekly Messages
Week 1: Eat with the environment in mind.
Week 2: See a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
Week 3: Stay nourished and save money.
Week 4: Eat a variety of foods from all food groups.
Week 5: Make tasty foods at home.
February is American Heart Month
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the #1 contributor to racial disparities in life expectancy in the United States. Among those bearing the highest burden of CVD and related health consequences are Black adults. Black adults are twice as likely as White adults to die from preventable heart disease and have twice the rate of death from hypertension-related disorders.
The “Live to the Beat” campaign was launched by the CDC Foundation to support the Million Hearts® initiative. Its aim is to reduce CVD risk among Black adults ages 35–54 years, by encouraging moving more, eating better, quitting smoking, and addressing key risk factors, including hypertension, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar.
This American Heart Month, CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) is excited to share “Live to the Beat” with you, along with valuable tools, resources, and programming in support of our shared mission to achieve equitable cardiovascular health across the nation. Here’s how you can get involved:
To help jump-start your efforts, feel free to use the sample messages below in your social media and member communications:
May is American Stroke Month
Happy American Stroke Month! The American Heart Association is focusing on women and the unique risk factors that may put them at a higher risk for stroke. About 55,000 more women than men have a stroke every year and it’s the No. 4 cause of death for women. Most strokes can be prevented. In honor of Stroke Month, we ask all women to make a commitment to reclaim today for a better tomorrow.
Below are simple ways anyone can help:
Thank you for raising awareness about stroke in May!
February is Heart Month, an opportunity to raise awareness to the fact that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease, and it can be prevented.
The information below has been provided by National Forum Members and organized in this central location to be easily accessed, utilized and shared for better heart health.
• Cardiovascular disease (CVD), listed as the underlying cause of death, accounted for 874,613 deaths in the United States in 2019.
• CVD claim more lives each year in the United States than all forms of cancer and Chronic Lower
Respiratory Disease (CLRD) combined.
• Between 2015 and 2018, 126.9 million US adults had some form of CVD. Between 2017 and 2018, direct and indirect costs of total CVD were $378.0 billion ($226.2. billion in direct costs and $151.8 billion in lost productivity/mortality).
• In 2015 to 2018 in the United States, 58.8% of non-Hispanic (NH) Black females and 60.1% of NH Black males had some form of CVD. This race category had the highest prevalence of CVD.
• In 2019 in the United States, coronary heart disease (CHD) was the leading cause (41.3%) of deaths attributable to CVD in the United States, followed by other CVD (17.3%), stroke (17.2%), high blood pressure (11.7%), heart failure (9.9%), diseases of the arteries (2.8%).
• CVD accounted for 12% of total US health expenditures in 2017 to 2018. That is more than any major diagnostic group.
• CVD accounted for approximately 19.05 million global deaths in 2020
CDC Division for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention American Heart Month is here! This year, CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention is highlighting the importance of preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD) across all ages, and we’re asking for your help! As you know, CVD continues to be a leading cause of death in the United States, and mortality rates are on the rise among younger populations. Help us to get the word out about CVD risk for all adults by retweeting one of our #HeartMonth messages: https://t.co/QaUXnSAF8n. For more social messages, graphics, and resources, check out our Heart Month toolkits at https://t.co/mKWzetd3R1. Make sure to tag us, @CDCHeart_Stroke, and include the #HeartMonth hashtag in your social media posts. Thank you for helping us celebrate American Heart Month 2023!
2/1-2/29 American Heart Month
2/4 World Cancer Day
2/7 National Wear Red Day
2/13-19 Heart Failure Awareness Week
2/7-2/14 Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week
2/14 National Donor Day
2/14 Valentine’s Day
2/19 President’s Day
2/22 Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day
• Hypertension Communications Kit
Use these shareable messages and graphics to help your audiences understand what
hypertension is and why managing blood pressure is important for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
• High Blood Pressure Fact Sheets
Print and share these resources to increase understanding about the risk factors, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of high blood pressure.
• Supporting Your Patients with High Blood Pressure pdf icon[PDF – 1 MB]external icon Download this Million Hearts® ® checklist as a guide during visits with patients who are working to control high blood pressure.
The American Kidney Fund invites you to become an AKF Kidney Health Coach and access the Kidney Health Coach training course. Please share this information with your colleagues, staff, organizations and anyone you think would benefit from learning about or teaching others about the importance of preventing and managing kidney disease and how it relates to heart health.
Please use these resources and graphics to share the importance of heart health this month. Together we can impact the lives of millions of people for the better.
Controlling blood pressure can lower the risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. Encouraging our communities to know their numbers is one key to control. Measuring blood pressure, both in the doctor’s office and at-home, is an empowering way they can manage and prevent hypertension.
American Heart Month, is an ideal time to remind Americans to focus on their Hearts® and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved. The first American Heart Month, which took place in February 1964, was proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson via Proclamation 3566 on December 30, 1963.
-The Congress requested that the President annually issue a proclamation designating February as American Heart Month.
-American Heart Month is a federally designated month in the United States but it is important to realize that cardiovascular disease knows no borders.
• This coming #HeartMonth, let’s work toward #BloodPressure control together. Explore @CDCHeart_Stroke’s partner toolkit for shareable messages, graphics, and handouts! http://bit.ly/2MzKPga
• February is #HeartMonth! Join @CDCHeart_Stroke in encouraging others on their journey to #BloodPressure control. This partner toolkit is a great place to start! http://bit.ly/2MzKPga
• High #BloodPressure control is within reach! Check out @CDCHeart_Stroke’s partner toolkit for ways to empower others on their journey to control and better heart health. http://bit.ly/2MzKPga #HeartMonth
G: GET YOUR NUMBERS
O: OWN YOUR LIFESTYLE
R: REALIZE YOUR RISK
E: EDUCATE YOUR FAMILY
D: DON’T BE SILENT – Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our No. 1 killer.
Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to provide the education and resources necessary to improve heart health.
The CDC’s Heart Disease and Stroke Map Widget allows you to share high-quality, local-level data on heart disease and stroke in your state. The Widget makes it possible to display county and state maps of heart disease and stroke on any agency’s website. With the Heart Disease and Stroke Map Widget, you can display:
State specific maps of county-level heart disease mortality
A national map with state-level data for comparison
Maps by race/ethnicity and gender
Visit Heart Disease and Stroke Widget to learn more about the Widget and how health departments are using it to help prevent heart disease and stroke.