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Health Awareness, March 2021

It is essential, especially as you age, to take a proactive approach to maintaining and managing  your health. Therefore, we are highlighting three major health topics that are promoting awareness campaigns this March.

National Colorectal Awareness Month
Each March, the Prevent Cancer Foundation sponsors National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month to spread the word about colorectal cancer prevention.  With certain types of screening, colorectal cancer can be prevented by removing polyps (grape-like growths on the wall of the intestine) before they become cancerous. Several screening tests detect colorectal cancer early when it can be more easily and successfully treated.  LEARN ABOUT SYMPTOMS & TREATMENTS.

National Kidney Month
The National Kidney Foundation sponsors National Kidney Month in March to promote kidney disease awareness, prevention, and treatment.  There are simple steps you can take to maintain kidney health: Get Tested on an annual basis if you have , , are over age 60, or have a family history of kidney failure; do not exceed recommended doses of over the counter pain medicines,; ​cut down on processed foods; exercise regularly; say hydrated with water and avoid sugary beverages. LEARN MORE ABOUT MAINTAINING YOUR KIDNEY HEALTH.

National Nutrition Month®
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics promotes National Nutrition Month® every March.  Learn how to make informed food choices and develop healthy eating habits. This year’s theme is “Personalize Your Plate,” meaning there is no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition and health. This awareness campaign aims to encourage us to think about the foods we choose to eat so that we make the right selection. Fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy come in all sizes, shapes, and colors - chose the ones you love and personalize your plate to find the ones that work best for you! CLICK HERE FOR MANY HELPFUL NUTRITION TIPS.


Sources: Health.gov, a collaborative website from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), Prevent Cancer.org, the National Kidney Foundation, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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