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National Health Observance
June 2005

National Men's Health Week

National Men's Health Week (NMHW) was signed into law on May 31, 1994. The purpose of NMHW is to raise national awareness among men and young boys of the importance of preventive health behavior in the early detection and treatment of health problems affecting men.

This special observance is held the week leading up to and including Father's Day, June 13-19, 2005. By having NMHW during this period, men will

receive the greatest attention and focus in our society, thereby enabling the message to reach the greatest number of men and their families.

Here are some healthy living tips to share with the men in your life this Father's Day:

Pay attention to what you eat. Have a balanced diet consisting of more fruits, vegetables and whole grain products. Also include low-fat dairy

products, lean meats, poultry, fish, and legumes. Drink lots of good quality water and go easy on the salt, sugar, alcohol and saturated fat. Maintain a healthy weight. Those who are overweight or obese have increased risks for diseases and conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.

If you don't already do so, get moving. Physical exercise provides many health benefits. If you smoke, quit today! Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits, including reducing the risks associated with a number of serious diseases.

Get routine health exams and screenings. When problems are found early, your chances for treatment and cure are better. Routine exams and screenings can help save lives.

For more information on National Men's Health Week and health tips, visit the following websites:

May 2005

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Since 1983, May has been observed as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. During this special month every year individuals and organizations in our nation join together to promote awareness of the value of physical activity as a means of achieving happier, healthier and more productive lives.

Here are some tips, presented by The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, on how to get fit during the month of May: Engage in moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day on five or more days per week. If 30 minutes is not possible, break the time up into smaller increments.

By adding a total of 30 minutes of walking to your daily routine you can burn 150 calories per day, enough to lose over a pound during the month of May.

Be aware that proper nutrition and physical activity go hand in hand. Just because one is engaging in moderate activity doesn't mean that extra helpings of ice cream can be eaten.

For further benefits, add 20 minutes of vigorous physical activity three or more times per week. Note: Consult with your healthcare provider before beginning any vigorous exercise program.

For more information on National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, check out the following website:

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April 2005
2005 WalkAmerica®

Every April, the March of Dimes® holds its biggest fund-raiser, WalkAmerica®.

Touted as "The Best-Loved Walking Event in The Nation," hundreds of thousands of people across America participate in walking events to raise money in support of the tremendous work done by the March of Dimes®.

The March of Dimes® is one of the most respected fund-raising and community-service organizations in the United States. Their mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. This is done through research, local community services, advocacy and education. The researchers, volunteers, educators and advocates work tirelessly together to give babies the edge against threats to their health.

For more information on WalkAmerica®, go to the following website:

March 2005

National Colorectal Cancer Month

This March, the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation will take the lead in promoting National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. This annual campaign involves a nationwide effort to educate the public that colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable.

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US and is expected to be responsible for approximately 56,000 deaths during 2005. Fortunately, the death rate from colorectal cancer has been falling for the past 15 years.

This is due to more and more people getting screened early for the disease.

Getting screened for colorectal cancer is recommended for people beginning at age 50. For those with certain risk factors, earlier screening is recommended. Screening helps in a variety of ways — first to find polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer, and secondly to find early colorectal cancer so it can be treated more effectively.

For more information on National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and information about prevention, visit the following websites:

National Nutrition Month®

Every year, during the month of March, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) sponsors National Nutrition Month®. This year's theme is "Get a Taste

For Nutrition" and will focus on educating the public about the importance of good nutrition through making informed food choices and developing sound eating. The campaign also promotes finding enjoyable ways to stay physically active. The ADA's philosophy is this: by getting the right balance of foods, one gets proper nutrition and by coupling this with regular exercise one can achieve life long weight management and long term health.

For more information on National Nutrition Month® and recommendations surrounding food choices and exercise check out this website:

February is American Heart Awareness
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