Celebrate World Health Day!


Founding and 2013 Theme

When the United Nations was established in 1945, founders felt it necessary to create an internal organization that would continue the important health services offered during both World Wars. On April 7, 1948, the World Health Organization began that mission. During the First World Health Assembly that same year, many felt a day commemorating the founding of the organization and bringing greater awareness of health concerns to the world would be appropriate. On April 7, 1950, World Health Day was born. Known as a day of global observance rather than a public holiday, this year’s theme is hypertension.

Monitoring Your Blood Pressure

In keeping with 2013’s theme, here is some information about hypertension and ways you can control your blood pressure:


  • Nearly 1 billion people have hypertension worldwide; two-thirds of whom live in developing nations.
  • Men run a higher risk than women of developing hypertension; a family history of high blood pressure can further increase the likelihood.
  • Age plays a role, with those in their 50s having five times the risk compared to those in their 20s and 30s.
  • Known as the “silent killer” due to the lack of warning signs and symptoms, high blood pressure is the leading, but preventable, cause of cardiovascular disease worldwide.
  • Hypertension is known to complicate other types of diseases such as diabetes.
  • Other risk factors for hypertension include: obesity, kidney disease, and consuming large quantities of alcohol.

Ways to Control It:

  • Exercise, exercise, exercise!
  • Eat healthy and avoid sodium
  • Limit your alcohol consumption
  • Say “no” to tobacco products
  • Reduce your caffeine intake
  • Find ways to relax and avoid stress
  • Get regular blood pressure check-ups with your doctor

Here’s To Your Health—Activities You Can Enjoy!

Here is a list of activities to consider on World Health Day in helping to promote a healthy lifestyle:

  • Attend a local health conference or fair.
  • Start a health workshop in your area.
  • Set up a variety of contests surrounding health for kids with prizes for all participants.
  • Create healthy games and exercise activities
  • Make fliers and pamphlets with fun trivia and health information to hand out in your neighborhood.
  • Coordinate blood pressure screenings with health professionals in your area.
  • Help promote a healthy diet by organizing a buffet of fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious delicacies, and distribute easy and delicious recipes that reflect healthy eating habits.
  • If your city has a website, ask if you can advertise any local World Health Day events.

In keeping with the spirit of good health, remember to pass long these helpful tips and encourage others to do the same. Your heart will thank you, and so will others!





Healthy Cookie Recipes for World Health Day

On April 7th, we celebrate World Health Day.   As everyone knows, a cookie always makes everything better, so here are some cookie recipes that are good for you, too!   These delicious treats are a great way to share a healthy tip on World Health Day this year.  All of them are less than 100 calories, packed with protein, and absolutely scrumptious!  Enjoy!

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe

* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 2 egg whites
* 2/3 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
* 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
* 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
* 1 1/2 cups old fashion oatmeal
* 2/3 cup raisins
* 1/2 cup walnuts (optional)

1. Mix brown sugar thru vanilla together.
2. Add flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg.
3. Stir in oatmeal, raisins& walnuts.
4. Drop on cookie sheets which have been sprayed or I use parchment paper.
5. Flatten with fork; Bake in 350 oven for about 10 minutes.
6. Adding raisins will reduce the need for more sugar!

Nutritional Information
Serving Size = 1 Cookie
Calories:       82
Total Fat     0.5g
Saturated Fat    0.1g
Cholesterol    0mg
Sodium    61.2mg
Total Carbohydrate    18.1g
Protein    2.1g

Lemon Dimple Cookie Recipe

* 1 1⁄2 sticks (3⁄4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
* 1⁄2 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus extra for dusting
* 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar
* 1 large egg
* 1 tsp grated lemon zest
* 1 Tbsp lemon juice
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 1 tsp baking powder
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 scant cup prepared lemon curd

1. Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in egg, lemon zest and juice, and vanilla. On low speed, beat in baking powder, then flour, until incorporated. Cover; chill dough 1 hour. Place lemon curd into a small ziptop food-storage bag; seal bag.
2. Heat oven to 350°F. You’ll need baking sheets lined with nonstick foil, liners or parchment. Shape scant tablespoonsful of dough into balls; place 2 in. apart on prepared sheets. With index finger, make a deep indentation in center of each. Snip a tiny corner of ziptop bag and pipe lemon curd into dough indentations to fill completely (about 1 tsp per cookie).
3. Bake 15 minutes or until cookie edges just begin to lightly brown. Cool completely on baking sheet on wire rack. Dust cookie edges with confectioners’ sugar before serving.

Nutritional Information
Serving Size = 1 Cookie
Calories:       93
Total Fat     4g
Saturated Fat    2g
Cholesterol    20mg
Sodium    20mg
Total Carbohydrate    13g
Protein    1g

Healthy Banana Cookies

* 3 ripe bananas
* 2 cups rolled oats
* 1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
* 1/3 cup vegetable oil
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Stir in oats, dates, oil, and vanilla. Mix well, and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly brown.

Nutritional Information
Serving Size = 1 Cookie
Calories:       44
Total Fat     2.4g
Saturated Fat    1g
Cholesterol    0
Sodium    <1mg
Total Carbohydrate    5.3g
Dietary Fiber    0.7g
Protein    0.7g

Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies

whole wheat sugar cookies

* 1 cup(s) all-purpose flour
* 1 cup(s) white whole wheat flour
* 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
* 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
* 1 cup(s) sugar
* 1/2 cup(s) trans fat-free vegetable oil spread (60% to 70% oil)
* 1 large egg
* 2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract

1. On sheet of waxed paper, stir together flours, baking powder, and salt.
2. In large bowl, with mixer on low speed, beat sugar and vegetable oil spread until blended. Increase speed to high; beat until light and creamy, about 3 minutes, occasionally scraping side of bowl with rubber spatula. Reduce speed to low; beat in egg and vanilla, then beat in flour mixture just until blended.
3. Divide dough in half; flatten each half into a disk. Wrap each disk with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours or until dough is firm enough to roll.
4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On lightly floured surface, with floured rolling pin, roll 1 piece of dough 1/8 inch thick. With 2-inch cookie cutters, cut out as many cookies as possible; wrap and refrigerate trimmings. With lightly floured spatula, place cookies, 1 inch apart, on ungreased large cookie sheet.
5. Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. With thin metal spatula, transfer cookies to wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough and trimmings.
6. Use small star-shaped or other decorative cutter to cut out centers of half the cookies. Bake and cool as above in step 5. When cookies are cool, if you like, sprinkle confectioners’ sugar through sieve over cookies with cutout centers. From 1/4 cup seedless red raspberry jam, spread scant 1/2 teaspoon jam on each whole cookie; top with cookie with cutout center. Makes about 3 dozen linzer cookies.

Nutritional Information
Serving size = 1 cookie
Calories    35
Total Fat    1g
Saturated Fat    —
Cholesterol    3mg
Sodium    20mg
Total Carbohydrate    5g
Protein    1g

Chewy Chocolate Cookies

* 3/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour
* 3/4 cup(s) whole-wheat pastry flour
* 3 tablespoon(s) unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
* 6  large egg whites
* 3/4 cup(s) granulated sugar
* 1 1/2 cup(s) packed dark brown sugar
* 1 tablespoon(s) vanilla extract
* 3 ounce(s) unsweetened chocolate, chopped and melted

1. Position rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
2. Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Beat egg whites in a large bowl with an electric mixer until foamy, about 1 minute. Beat in granulated sugar in a slow, steady stream. Scrape down the sides, then beat in brown sugar 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat until smooth, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla and melted chocolate. Stir in the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon until just incorporated.
3. Drop the batter by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet, 1 1/2 inches apart.
4. Bake the cookies until flat yet springy, with slightly cracked tops, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Let the pan cool for a few minutes before baking another batch; replace parchment paper if torn or scorched.

Nutritional Information
Serving Size = 1 Cookie
Calories    68
Total Fat    1g
Saturated Fat    1g
Cholesterol    0
Sodium    51mg
Total Carbohydrate    14g
Protein    1g

For even healthier options, visit this great source for healthy baking substitutions for cookie recipes to find tips like what to substitute for conventional sugars, oils, butter, peanut butter, eggs, and more!

Have a very happy (and healthy!) World Health Day!