April Is National Minority Health Month

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National Minority Health Month heading with logos hashtag "Active and Healthy" and a family cutting up fruits, vegetables, packing a lunch.

April is National Minority Health Month, and the FDA Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) is observing the occasion by highlighting the various ways in which we can help create a world where health equity is a reality for all.

With Americans advised to stay in and around their homes, this National Minority Health Month the Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its fellow offices will feature the theme “Active and Healthy” and focus on safe ways all communities can stay physically active and advance mental and emotional wellness.

We encourage everyone to take time this month to learn about the resources that are available to them from FDA OMHHE and our partner agencies in HHS. We also invite everyone to join #ActiveandHealthy, a national social media campaign that will focus on ways we can stay active and healthy in and around the house while following the social distancing guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Daily themes will highlight steps people can take in and around the home to maintain and sustain an active and healthy lifestyle while reducing stress and anxiety.

Join the conversation by using the hashtags and participating in our daily themes. Share your tips, resources, and best practices with the community on how to stay #ActiveandHealthy in and around your home. Daily themes include:

Wellness Mondays: Make your own smoothie bar: Setup a selection of fruits, veggies, milk or 100% fruit juice, along with a blender so that you and each member of your family can create their own delicious smoothies. You can also add healthy topping such as low-sugar granola, chai seeds or coconut flakes.

Trivia Tuesdays: How many minutes of physical activity should you be getting each week?

Print or Download: What’s Your Move >

What's Your Move? Move your Way flyer page 1 with activity tips for adultsWhat's Your Move? Move your Way flyer page 2 with activity tips for adults

Work Out Wednesdays: 3 easy work out ideas:

  1. Go for a pre or post dinner family walk
  2.  Turn on some music and boogie down
  3. Make a game out of household chores

Throwback Thursdays: Make a dish that reminds you of your family when you were younger

Family Fridays: Bring out you family’s favorite game and have family game night

Spotlight Saturdays: This Saturday we would like to spotlight Your Hands, in the midst of the COVID-19 health pandemic be sure to take a little extra time to wash your hands.

Print or Download: Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Image of the Homemade Hand Sanitizer Fact sheet with ingredients and directions to make

Empowerment Sundays: Happy Easter!

Wellness encompasses a healthy body, a sound mind, and a tranquil spirit. Enjoy the journey as you strive for wellness. -Laurette Gagnon Beaulieu