Even though it sometimes seems that March is the last month you need to survive before warmer weather starts, the month does bring a lot of important health-related observances. With these reminders from USA.gov, you can make March a healthy month:
• Remember to spring ahead! Sunday, March 11 is the start of daylight saving time this year. Most states will set their clocks forward by one hour on Sunday night, so you’ll lose an hour of sleep. And if you’re like most people, you already don’t get the full amount of sleep you need. Sleep problems and disorders are more common than you think. Find out how you can get a better night’s sleep.
• It’s easy to forget how important nutrition is to you and your family. National Nutrition Month reminds you to pay attention to what your family is eating and offers tips on how to get back on a healthy track. DietaryGuidelines.gov is a good place to start to see if your family is getting the nutrition they need. Nutrition.gov provides shopping, cooking and meal planning tips. A variety of other resources from USA.gov can help you figure out the best food choices for you and your family.
• Colorectal cancer affects thousands of women and men every year, and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Over 90 percent of cases occur in those 50 years of age and older. Colorectal cancer screenings saves thousands of lives each year, so encourage your loved ones to get an annual screening. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month; learn more about how to prevent and treat it.
• March is also Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross helps millions of people worldwide prevent, prepare for and cope with emergencies and is the largest single supplier of donated blood in the U.S. Find contact information for the chapter closest to you, and learn the history and importance of the Red Cross.