Health Highlights

Posted 02/03/2015 | By HealthCorps

AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month

Prevent Blindness
211 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60606
(800) 331-2020
(312) 363-6001
(312) 363-6052 Fax

American Heart Month

American Heart Association
7272 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75231
(800) 242-8721

International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month

Group B Strep International
11 El Dorado Court
Pomona, CA 91766
(909) 620-7214
(909) 620-5557 Fax

National Children’s Dental Health Month

American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-2678
(800) 621-8099

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Break the Cycle
5777 W. Century Blvd., Suite 1150
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 286-3383
(310) 286-3386 Fax

National Wear Red Day (February 6th)

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Health Information Center
Attention: The Heart Truth
P.O. Box 30105
Bethesda, MD 20824-0105
(301) 592-8573

National Donor Day and Valentine’s Day (February 14th)

Division of Transplantation, Healthcare Systems Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Parklawn Building, Room 12C-05
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
(888) 275-4772
(703) 821-2098 Fax

National Eating Disorder Screening Program ® (February 22-28)

Screening for Mental Health, Inc.
One Washington Street, Suite 304
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
(781) 239-0071
(781) 431-7447 Fax

With heart health on the agenda this month, a report in Nutrition Today cited several studies exploring the health benefits of common herbs and spices.  Remember, herbs and spices are choice ingredients because they don’t add calories, but they do boost flavor.  Herbs and spices also pack antioxidants, which can help to improve risk factors associated with heart disease.  A couple of teaspoons of cinnamon daily is associated with helping to lower total cholesterol, LDL and triglyceride levels in adults with diabetes. Garlic powder, oil and aged garlic may help to lower total cholesterol as well.  Other spices commonly found in your pantry like black pepper, turmeric, cloves, ginger, oregano, paprika are currently being evaluated for their possible health benefits.

Simple Herb Rub

  • 2 Tbs. sweet paprika
  • 2 Tbs. ground sage
  • 1 Tbs. dried rosemary
  • 1 Tbs. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Mix together and keep in an airtight container. Use to marinate chicken by first brushing chicken pieces with a light brushing of a healthy oil, and then coating the pieces in the rub.

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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