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March is National Nutrition Month®

Created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this annual campaign focuses on educating people about the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The message for this year’s theme, “Go Further with Food,” is two-fold. It emphasizes the benefits of healthy eating habits, while encouraging people to find ways to cut back on food waste.

To accomplish this, they offer these seven tips:

  1. Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis.
  2. Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store.
  3. Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week.
  4. Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that’s right for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.
  5. Continue to use good food safety practices.
  6. Find activities you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
  7. Realize the benefits of healthy eating by consulting with a registered dietitian nutritionist. RDNs can provide sound, easy-to-follow, and personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences, and health-related needs.

For more healthy eating resources, including tipsheets, interactive tools, videos, and more, visit choosemyplate.gov.


Battery safety tips

In today’s world, batteries are everywhere. They power our phones, remote controls, cameras, toys, hearing aids, and so much more. Many of us don’t give much thought to these commonplace items, but it’s important to be aware of the risks associated with batteries. Proper use and storage of batteries can protect you and your loved ones.

One type of battery especially dangerous for children is known as the button battery. These small, round batteries are used in watches, key fobs, musical cards and books, lighted jewelry and decorations, and many more items found in our homes. Inquisitive kids who have gotten their hands on these batteries have put them in their mouths, ears, and noses, and have attempted to take them apart.

According to the National Capital Poison Center, 3,240 battery ingestions were reported to the National Poison Data System in 2017. From July 2014 to June 2016, the top-three intended uses of ingested batteries were hearing aids (25.1%), games/toys (18.2%), and lights (14.3%). Visit their site for safety tips and more statistics on button battery ingestions.

Then check out these additional resources for battery safety.

American Academy of Pediatrics – Button Battery Injuries in Children: A Growing Risk

Safe Kids Worldwide – Button Battery Safety Tips

Energizer – Proper disposal, storage, care, and handling of your batteries


Spirit of the Silver Lining® Award

West Bend recently presented the Spirit of the Silver Lining Award to 13 inspiring West Bend agents and 12 worthy nonprofit organizations they support. The Spirit of the Silver Lining Award embodies the dedication of nonprofit organizations and the generosity of the independent agents who share their time, talent, and resources to help them deliver a silver lining to those in need. Each nonprofit organization also received a $10,000 grant from West Bend's Independent Agents’ Fund.

“At West Bend, we have a proud tradition of giving back to the communities in which we do business,” said Kevin Steiner, president and CEO of West Bend. “The Spirit of the Silver Lining Award is a unique program that allows us to express our gratitude to our agent partners on whom we rely to identify the causes that matter most in our communities.”

Since 2006, West Bend has awarded more than $1.2 million in grants for sustaining support, special projects, or capital projects to nonprofit organizations representing a broad field of interests, including, but not limited to: arts and culture; education; the environment; family, youth, and elderly; health and human services; medical research; and community development. Grants are made to organizations within West Bend’s core geographic operating territory that includes Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota.

Read more about this year’s recipients.

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