Subject: Nutrition Connection: Heart Healthy Tips for February

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February Is Heart Health Month!
Welcome to Heart Health Month
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. During this special month, take action to help your students live strong and healthy lives. 

-  Learn about School Wellness Policies.
-  Jump Rope for Heart.
-  Make healthy changes at school with Fuel Up to Play 60.
-  Teach nutrition education in your classroom.
School Employee Wellness Campaign
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Each day you and other school staff dedicate time and energy to support students’ health—from incorporating nutrition education into classroom lessons to serving healthy meals with a smile in the cafeteria. But it’s just as important to remember that you and your colleagues need their health supported, too.

Take care of your heart and make wellness a priority. Use the Healthy Eating Planner to set yourself up for success and follow these five steps to better health from Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Kaiser Permanente.
Smart Snacking for Better Health 
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According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, over 25 percent of daily calories eaten by American children come from snacks, so it is important for snacks to be nutritious. Reinforce classroom nutrition education lessons with resources for parents. 

Snacking Resources for Kids + Parents:
March 5–9 is California Food Waste Prevention Week
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March is "National Nutrition Month," and this year’s theme is “Go Further With Food.” Since no food is truly nutritious unless it is eaten, a number of California state agencies are partnering with the Public Health Alliance of Southern California to launch the first Food Waste Prevention Week, March 5–9. 

Schools can help reduce food waste through nutrition education, which addresses appropriate food portion sizes; how to read food labels; how to plan, prepare and shop for food; and much more.  

For more information on food waste prevention, view the following resources: 
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5-9 California Food Waste Prevention Week
6, 14, 20, 21 – Various California locations: CA Local School Wellness Policy Collaborative Workshop
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