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DCMS announces support of Seafood Nutrition Partnership Jacksonville

Tuesday, May 24, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Seafood Nutrition Partnership and Duval County Medical Society Team Up to Support Heart Health

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  (May 24, 2016) – Seafood Nutrition Partnership Jacksonville today announced that the Duval County Medical Society (DCMS) is supporting its efforts to raise awareness about the essential nutritional benefits of eating seafood and its positive impact on improving heart health.

“DCMS is thrilled to support Seafood Nutrition Partnership Jacksonville’s work to address our community’s public health crisis through a seafood-rich diet,” said DCMS Public Health Committee Chair Stephen Mandia, MD. “Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, taking the lives of more Americans prematurely than any other preventable disease. Incorporating more seafood into our diets is a simple way that we can lessen this statistic.”

The Duval County Medical Society and Foundation, in conjunction with Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s office, recently launched Mission One Million, a challenge to the 904 area code to collectively lose one million pounds. The overall goal is making the community a healthier place to live and work. By supporting the Seafood Nutrition Partnership, the DCMS is also working towards the Mission One Million goal.

Seafood Nutrition Partnership, a national nonprofit, is conducting a public health education campaign in Jacksonville and other cities to encourage residents to take the Healthy Heart Pledge and to eat at least two servings of seafood per week and supplementing with omega-3 fish oil as needed, as recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Research shows that eating nutritiously prepared seafood just twice a week can reduce a person’s risk of dying from heart disease by 36 percent. Unfortunately, only one in 10 Americans follow this guideline.

Seafood Nutrition Partnership Jacksonville will be present at various events throughout the year encouraging people to take the Healthy Heart Pledge. The public health education campaign is also being promoted through social media channels, including the use of the following hashtags: #HealthyHeartPledge and #Seafood2xWkJAX

To learn more and take the pledge, visit: www.seafoodnutrition.org.

About the Seafood Nutrition Partnership

Seafood Nutrition Partnership is a 501(c) 3 charitable non-profit whose mission is to inspire a healthier America through partnerships that raise awareness about the essential nutritional benefits of eating seafood. Through its education efforts, the organization aims to help Americans gain the skills to select, order, and prepare fish and shellfish, and to inspire a healthier America by promoting a nutrient-rich diet that includes seafood. SNP is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and NCD Roundtable. For more information visit: http://www.seafoodnutrition.org.