Newsletter Feature - MD
Reclaim Your Rhythm During American Heart Month in February
February is American Heart Month, a time to pay special attention to understanding, preventing and treating heart disease — the leading cause of death in the nation. This year, the 58th American Heart Month, the American Heart Association is urging people all over the country to "reclaim your rhythm."
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Schools Must Address Access to Water
Water plays an important role in maintaining overall health. Drinking water supports muscles, joints, and tissues; improves the digestive system; and keeps bodies hydrated. This is vital to the well being of children and their growth. Drinking water helps with learning as well. If a child is well hydrated, they can see better results in their efforts in school. Staying well hydrated helps improve short-term memory, fine motor skills, and visual attention – all things that help the success of kids in the classroom and beyond. But- how kids hydrate also matters.
Let us know who you know!
We are hoping you can change some HEARTS and minds.
Do you have a connection with a local legislator, school board member, state representative, state senator, member of Congress, or anyone with government influence? If so, you may be the best channel to influence their HEARTS by advocating with yours.
Putting Heart Health First this Holiday Season
As we begin the holiday season, so too do we begin the start of all our favorite yummy, cozy, tasty treats that we all love and sometimes wait all season to enjoy. But, this is also a time where we can get off track with our goals of making healthier food choices. This is all the more difficult when access to healthier foods is a struggle. Here are some tips for how you can have a heart healthier holiday season – and help ensure others have a good shot at one too.
All families should have access to healthier food choices!
Now that kids are returning to school, it’s a good time to think about how we can support their healthier eating habits while making sure the choices available are not only good for them, but what they’ll actually eat!
Access to healthier foods can be difficult for many families and children in rural communities and cities who don’t live close to any store with fresh produce and if they do, then the quality might also make it a barrier. This is why we are working to support programs that help children and families access healthier foods. Programs like produce RX, where doctors prescribe healthier foods for families, and they can receive them free at participating stores. Or supporting the expansion of food assistance for families that need it most. During our worst moments the past couple of years, we learned how many people are really facing food insecurity. If we can help make it easier to access healthy foods, then we can give children and families a better opportunity for longer, healthier lives.
Complete Streets help us all be more active!
Are you looking for more ways to be active and getting around your community? The good news is that all residents have the right to ask their local governments to pass the Complete Streets policy. When communities pass Complete Streets, streets will include bike lanes, sidewalks, crosswalks, and curb ramps. These roadway features increase accessibility to schools, parks, and playgrounds for all residents, improving everyone’s health by making it easier and safer to be active.
Beat the heat while staying healthy this summer!
Summer months usually mean warmer weather, but with rising average temps, it’s all the more important to keep your cool. Staying cool doesn’t only make you feel better, it can be easier on your heart. So – how do you do heart healthy physical activity while enjoying the warm weather and how do you keep yourself cool? Here are some great tips to help you beat the heat while enjoying these warmer outdoor months.
Water is life. Drink up now and support access for students
Now that we’re getting out and about a little bit more, we’re all out in the sun and the heat more. These hot summer months, it’s important to remember to stay hydrated. It’s common that we forget how important water is to us- but anyone who has felt that satisfaction of a sip of water when you’re feeling dehydrated knows it can make a big difference to how you feel.
Take it easy on yourself and others as the world starts to open back up.
With so many Americans getting vaccinated from COVID-19, there are many more opportunities to be social. For some, this is an exciting prospect, but even if you are excited, it may bring up some feelings of anxiety to get out there and socialize.
It was a great year in Maryland!
Lots of great news out of Maryland legislative session this year!