Fast winds and warmer temperatures aren’t the only thing March brings. March is National Nutrition Month. Nutrition month awareness focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. It’s a simple and straightforward task: make healthy choices by incorporating a colorful variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy into your meals every day. The ADA encourages all Americans to take time during National Nutrition Month to look at their eating patterns and begin to make the small improvements that, over time, add up to significant health benefits.
Each year the theme for Nutrition Month changes. This year’s theme, “Eat Right with Color,” provides an easy way to focus on improving eating habits — simply include plenty of color on your plate. Adding a splash of colorful seasonal foods to your plate makes for more than just a festive meal. A rainbow of foods creates a palette of nutrients, each with a different bundle of potential benefits for a healthful eating plan.
While we all know eating healthy is a good thing to do, we often think it’s difficult or too time consuming. However, you should understand that small changes in your food choices can make a big difference in the overall quality of your diet. You do not have to sacrifice all of your favorite foods. Usually, a person can find ways to include some of their favorites and still eat a healthy diet. The easiest two things to watch are portion control and not eating out too often. If you are encouraged to change your diet, you may want to start out slowly. Be easy on yourself; it’s better to do incremental changes to improve your diet than nothing at all.
Another easy way to improve your diet, is by adding more fruits and vegetables. People with diets high in fruits and veggies can reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as stroke, heart disease and certain types of cancer. Keep in mind, people need between three and five cups of fruits and vegetables daily. In addition to adding more fruits and vegetables, look for food in its most whole state—closest to the way it’s produced in nature. The best ways to achieve this is twofold 1) Shop on the perimeter of the store, where freshest foods are kept and 2) Avoid any boxed or canned foods if at all possible. Being aware of additives in your food and drinks is also key. Common sense tells you to stop drinking soda; diet or regular as they are both loaded with additives and chemicals. Current research even shows that it is possible diet sodas actually cause weight gain, as they likely don’t satisfy the consumer’s sugar cravings.
I’ve just given you a few tips to make quick and easy improvements to your diet. I encourage each of you to take time to evaluate what you are eating this month and make changes if you are not eating well currently. You can only cheat your health for so long. It’s very hard to undo poor health decisions, so do it right the first time.
March Meeting Information
Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 11:30 AM
Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs
350 S. Northlake Blvd
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
How to triple your energy overnight!
Dr. Dan Yachter
Dr. Daniel S. Yachter owns one of the largest wellness centers in the world in Lake Mary, FL. His vision is to transform the health of our nation and his number one passion is to save lives. Dr. Yachter has been a leader in the Chiropractic industry for the past 10 years and is an established author and international speaker spreading the message of how to heal your body naturally, without drugs and harmful medications. Dr. Yachter received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Life University in Marietta, Georgia and also holds a four year nutrition degree from the University of Florida. He combines the knowledge of both worlds to create a high quality of life for each one of the patients he cares for.
We will be having a New Member Orientation before our regular lunch meeting
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Come learn more about your local association!
Soup du Jour
Iced Tea and water
White Cloud Cake
Vegetarian option available upon request. Please request with RSVP.
CE to immediately follow lunch.
Exchange Update – 1 Hour CE
Presented by Julian Lago
Lunch cost is $10 for Members and First time Guests
$35 for Guests
CE is free to Members and $10 for Non-members
RSVP by 3:00 PM on Friday 3/16 if you will be attending. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Featured Company of the month is BCBS of Florida.
Please stop by their table to show your appreciation for their support.
We are collecting supplies again at the March luncheon to benefit Grace Medical Home. This is a great cause. A wish list is below.
Medical Supplies Office Supplies
Band-aids (different sizes) White Printer Paper (letter and legal)
Hand sanitizer Pastel Blue Printer Paper (letter size)
Liquid Hand Soap Paper Clips
Benadryl allergy syrup Mailing Stamps
Aspirin Post-It Notes
Claritin Legal Pads
Robitussin Packing Tape
Zyrtec File Folders (letter size)
Debrox Earwax Removal
Compression Stockings (JOBST Relief Knee-highs)
Digital Blood Pressure Cuffs
Hudson RCI Adult Aerosol Masks (Nebulizer Masks)
The mission of Grace Medical Home is to reflect the character and compassion of Christ by offering the highest level of medical care to those in our community who need it most.
Here is a summary of what happened during this session:
How will it affect you?
Get involved and you can make a difference.
Not all of these issues directly affect us as Insurance Professionals, but they do as Citizens of the State of Florida.
Sine die 2012
The session that was the legislature wrapped up its 60-day session, passing PIP
and a $70 billion budget, while killing a destination resorts casinos bill and
a move to private prisons. But the Legislature will be back next week to deal with
Senate redistricting maps after they were thrown out by the Florida Supreme
Lawmakers will be returning next Wednesday to begin work on
a new set of Senate maps that comply with the court’s ruling. The court
accepted the House plan, but in the Senate’s case the majority opinion said the
maps were too favorable to incumbents and “rife with objective indicators
of improper intent.”
Senate submits state worker drug test bill to Gov. Scott
Gov. Rick Scott’s executive order demanding random drug
testing of all employees awaits a court ruling, but the bill passed on Friday
would permit an agency head only to drug test 10 percent of their workforce
four times per year. Agencies would have to use money in their current budgets
in order to pay for the urine tests.
Senate shoots down ‘parent trigger’ bill
A deadlocked Senate produced a 20-20 vote Friday over a
highly contentious bill that would have allowed parents to vote to turn a
failing public school into a charter school, killing the measure.
Scott declares victory after Senate signs off on auto insurance fix
The Florida Senate narrowly approves a bill dealing with
personal injury protection in the waning hours of the 2012 session.
3rd time is charm for Hudson’s health reorganization bill
As the Legislature OKs HB 1263 on the final day of session,
county health departments aren’t cut loose, but A.G. Holley State Hospital is.
Sen. Fasano kills Sen. Alexander’s bid to shrink Cat Fund, passes Citizens assessment bill
Alexander had tacked on the Cat Fund reduction to SB 1346,
which gives private property insurers more time to pay assessments to
state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. after a large storm. A
subsequent Fasano amendment Friday, though, cancelled Alexander’s move. The
remaining bill was postponed, but reconsidered and passed by the Senate late
Bill language repealing septic tanks inspection requirement passes House, headed to governor
The Legislature in 2010 passed the inspection requirement to
protect springs and groundwater. But the requirement prompted a backlash from
rural residents who said it represented government intrusion. Sierra Club and
the Florida Stormwater Association opposed the repeal language because it
places restrictions on local inspection programs.
House sends “modest” energy bill to governor after adopting Senate rewrite
The Senate on Thursday passed HB 7117 after stripping out a
provision that faced opposition from large power customers. On Friday, House
Democrats joined Republicans expressing frustration but said the bill needed to
be passed to move Florida forward on energy policy. The bill passed 116-2.
Local hospital bill passes
The bill would eliminate North Lake County Hospital District
in 2017 unless voters agree to its continuation.
Reemployment services preserved in conforming bill sent to Scott
Lawmakers on Friday sent Gov. Rick Scott a conforming bill
that would move an office that helps injured workers return to work from the
Department of Education to the Department of Financial Services.
Arrivals and Departures
Longtime capital reporter Bill Cotterell says farewell, and
Florida Department of Health Secretary Frank Farmer resigns.
Last-minute House effort aims to steer auto insurance fix out of ditch
The Florida House unveiled a strike-everything amendment to
personal injury protection bill at 4:30 a.m. on the final day of session. It
does deal with attorney fees in some instances, but there are no hourly caps on
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