Member of the Month: Jessica Adams
The Member of the Month section provides a way for us to recognize dedicated Blomeyer members who have been working hard and cosistently to get in better health and shape with the help of the BHFC. If you know a fellow Blomeyer member whose efforts should not go unnoticed, please tell us!
To nominate someone, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name and a few highlights of the person you'd like to see as our next Member of the Month.
The Blomeyer Member of the Month for February 2013 is Jessica Adams. Congratulations, Jessica!
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Article of the Month: American Heart Month
The American Heart Association designates February as American Heart Month (perfect month for heart health, right?). Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. The organization's hope is that people will become more aware of heart health and work to educate themselves about cardiovascular disease and how to help prevent heart disease. One good way to help prevent heart disease is through the food we eat -- and the food we shouldn't eat (or at least cut back on).
We all might take for granted that we know what healthy food is (and isn't), but it's always good to get a reminder. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for a healthy diet, get your fill of whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy products (instead of the full-fat kind). Keep your meats lean, if you eat them, and add fish, beans, legumes and nuts to your diet, too.
Reach for something else
Unfortunately, many snack foods we love are filled with stuff we don't want or need. That includes trans fats and saturated fats. Even if your favorite box of cookies or crackers says "reduced fat," take another look. Read the labels and keep an eye out for those items.
Steer clear of foods high in cholesterol, sodium and added sugars (found in drinks, too), and foods with trans fats and saturated fats, or at least try to keep them to a minimum. Sodium sneaks up often in prepared foods like soups or microwave and frozen foods, as well as in fast food.
When snack time sneaks up on you, be mindful of what you grab! Along with fruits, veggies and a variety of nuts, check out this list of healthy snacks!
Recipe: Cauliflower Mash
Quote of the Month
Keep your faith in beautiful things; in the sun when it is hidden, in the Spring when it is gone.
-Roy R. Gibson
Health Observances of the Month