This past month our community was buzzing with events, education and awareness about heart disease, America’s #1 Killer. For February Heart Month, we were proud to be immersed in our local communities helping to change the course of cardiovascular disease! Here is what The Hope was up to in February:
- Participated in 52 events throughout the Puget Sound
- Taught 352 students hands-only CPR and AED use
- Educated 3,383 students about heart health and conducted blood pressure screenings in partnership with the Renton Fire Department and Renton School District
- Conducted blood pressure screenings on 3,700 individuals
- Reached 6,490 individuals with heart health information
National Nutrition Month, March, is a campaign that focuses on the development of healthy eating, making informed food choices and the importance of physical activity.
The theme this year is "Savor The Flavor of Eating Right," which encourages everyone to enjoy the pleasures that food contributes to our daily lives. We can do this by appreciating every bite we take with loved ones. Here are some special tips to help celebrate this month with success:
- How, when, why and where we eat are just as important as what we eat. Making sure to enjoy the sight, sounds, memories and interactions associated with eating are essential to developing an overall healthy eating plan.
- Develop a mindful eating pattern that includes nutritious and flavorful foods, while also taking the time to enjoy everything that a healthful and tasty meal brings with it. That's the best way to savor the flavor of eating right!
- It is possible to enjoy the taste and flavor of food while still maintaining a healthy diet. Take time to enjoy food traditions and find creative, healthful and nutritious ways to add flavor to food. An eating pattern based on the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate recommendations can accommodate the food preferences, cultural tradition and customs of many diverse groups.
New Dietary Guidelines…in a nutshell!
In January, the Federal Government announced the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Here is what you need to know:
- A lifetime of healthy eating helps to prevent chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure.
- Healthy eating is one of the most powerful tools we have to reduce the onset of disease.
- The path to improving health through nutrition is to follow a healthy eating pattern that fits in with your preferences, traditions, culture and budget.
- Healthy eating patterns limit saturated, trans fats and sugars. Less than 10% of your daily calories should come from saturated fats and added sugars.
- Healthy eating patterns limit sodium. Adults and children ages 14 years and over should limit sodium to less than 2,300 mg per day, and children younger than 14 years should consume even less.
- A healthy eating pattern includes: A variety of vegetables, fruits, grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy, a variety of protein foods and a small amount of oils.
- Regular physical activity is one of the most important things individuals can do to improve their health.
As we focus this month on healthy food, we want to thank Albertsons Safeway, our partner in nutrition. In 2015, The Hope received a grant from the Safeway Foundation to support our nutritional programming in the community. Healthy lifestyle practices play a key role in preventing and treating cardiovascular disease, and central to this is eating a heart-healthy diet. With the generous support of the Safeway Foundation, we have been able to:
•Reach 947 individuals through Family Health Fitness Nights at four low-resource elementary schools.
•Educate 2,206 individuals through nutrition related seminars and workshops.
•Purchase a smoothie bike to use at community health events.
•Hire a nutrition intern who is conducting a nutrition/cardiovascular disease risk reduction needs assessment.
•Partner with Northwest Harvest to develop healthy, low-cost backpack meal ideas for schools and churches.
Thanks to a great partner for helping us create a healthier community!
Mother’s Day ½ Marathon, May 8, 2016
The Hope is the beneficiary of the Eastside Subaru Mother’s Day Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk event on May 8, 2016 at Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland.
The event is a fun and healthy way to celebrate moms everywhere and everyone can participate! Register now!
Hope Happy Hour, May 17, 2016
It’s Game On at this sports themed fundraising Happy Hour! Come join emcee Chris Daniels from KING5 and local sports personalities to score the win against cardiovascular disease. Walk on as an individual, or form a Team with friends, family and/or colleagues. It will be a sell out - make reservations now!
Save the Date!
Take Heart Luncheon, October 18, 2016
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
For events information and reservations, please visit www.hopeheart.org/events or phone 425.456.8767