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May 2010

World Hypertension Day

by Jenni on May 17, 2010

World Hypertension Day has been established to highlight the preventable stroke, heart and kidney diseases caused by high blood pressure and to communicate to the public information on prevention, detection and treatment. Each year, May 17th is designated World Hypertension Day. Over 1.5 billion people world-wide suffer from high blood pressure (or hypertension). Hypertension is most commonly known as high blood pressure. It is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure is elevated. Hypertension has no specific symptoms and is called the “silent killer”.


During the month of May, the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) will celebrate National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month in conjunction with a new campaign called Healthy Bones, Build Them For Life®. NOF’s goal is to reduce the widespread prevalence of osteoporosis and associated fractures as well as to find a cure for the disease through programs of awareness, education, advocacy and research.


It's National Salad Month, mmmm!

by Jenni on May 13, 2010

If you live in Indianapolis and are a race fan, you know that May is packed with beer, brats and burgers! And while initially it may not sound the most pleasing, all great food must be balanced with a bit of the garden. In celebration of National Salad Month and the Indianapolis 500 Race to Victory Lane let me give you some salad suggestions that eat like meals and don’t deprive you of any weekend temptations!


Good Mood Foods

by Jenni on May 12, 2010

These days everyone could use a way to beat the blues, and certain foods that provide key vitamins and minerals can be the answer. You may be surprised to learn that some foods contain powerful compounds that positively affect brain chemistry as much as some medications. According to the Mental Health Foundation, a healthy diet and daily exercise can help boost your mood when you’re feeling down.


ISSMA State Show Choir Champions

by Jenni on May 11, 2010

Approximately 200,000 students will participate in musical events in 2010 under the leadership of the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA). Milk is the official beverage of all ISSMA events and is used to celebrate victory at competitions. Likewise, the American Dairy Association of Indiana, Inc. (ADAI) is the corporate sponsor of all ISSMA events. It acknowledges the efforts of music students, their parents, music educators and Indiana’s dairy farmers in their commitment to music education. Indiana Dairy Farmers’ financial support includes twelve $1000.00 scholarships to be awarded annually to the ISSMA State Champion Schools for Concert Band, Concert Choir, Concert Orchestra, Show Choir, and Marching Band.


The Big Cheese Finalists – Vote Now!

by Jenni on May 10, 2010

The American Dairy Association of Indiana sponsors “Cheese Lady” Sarah Kaufman every year during the Indiana State Fair to create a beautiful sculpture from over 1,350lbs of cheddar cheese. This year we asked you to send in your ideas for the cheese sculpture. Below are the three finalists. Vote for the idea that you like the best and come see us in August to see who won!


Ladies and gentlemen, start your tortoises! This year’s Zoopolis 500 presented by the American Dairy Association is the 29th edition of the greatest spectacle in tortoise racing! The Zoopolis 500 is the Indianapolis Zoo’s version of the Indy 500 and will be held on the traditional Wednesday (May 26) before the big race. The event features Chief Announcer for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network Mike King and 2004 IRL Series Champion Tony Kanaan. Entry to the world-renowned Zoopolis 500 is free with regular Zoo admission.


What happens in Victory Lane minutes after the winner of the 500 mile race is determined? He climbs out of his race car, removes his helmet and headgear, dons the Victory Wreath, and he takes a swig of ice-cold nutritious and delicious milk from a traditional glass quart bottle! This is a ceremony recognized around the world as unique to the Indianapolis 500. Can you believe it all began with buttermilk? Three-time Indy 500 winner, Louis Meyer, often drank buttermilk because his mother told him it would refresh him. Shortly after his second Indianapolis 500 victory in 1936, he was photographed drinking his usual beverage of choice, buttermilk.


Whether you celebrate Cinco de Mayo or begin your promise for the American Dietetic Association’s (ADA) Start the Movement Day, the Dairy Association is here to help you celebrate activities associated with good health and better fitness. “Make the Movement Day” is a grassroots event that is held today, May 5, and sponsored by Active Life Movement. It encourages you to share ‘Moments’ of healthy eating (Fuel), physical activity (Move), and personal and environmental health (Honor) to promote healthy, ACTIVE lifestyles.


National Women’s Health Week begins on Mother’s Day, May 9th, and lasts until May 15th. This weeklong health observance is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH). National Women’s Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority. With the theme “It’s Your Time,” the nationwide initiative encourages women to take simple steps for a longer, healthier, and happier life. Be sure to encourage your mom to do the same this Mother’s Day.