News Release

Monday, December 18, 2006

NHLBI Offers 2007 Keep the Beat Calendar — A Gift for a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

Looking for a special gift that encourages a healthier way of life and provides tools to support weight loss? The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health is offering a 2007 Keep the Beat Calendar to guide you through 12 months of eating well, staying active, and keeping your life in balance.

NHLBI’s annual wall calendar celebrates healthy eating and increased physical activity-perfect for those just starting a healthier lifestyle as well as for those already maintaining one. Each month highlights a particular health theme and contains tools to help you keep track of your weight, blood pressure, and other body measurements. The calendar allows you to set and track physical activity and nutrition goals and contains delicious heart healthy recipes. The calendar also includes tips for managing diabetes by controlling blood glucose and weight.

The colorful Keep the Beat Calendars make great gifts for co-workers, busy moms, seniors, and anyone looking to improve their heart health. Doctors and insurance companies can help their patients kick off the new year right by providing the calendars at their practices or with enrollment materials. One twelve-month, full-color calendar is only $10, with discounts available for bulk orders.

“This popular calendar is the perfect 12-month planner that can really make a difference in someone’s life,” said Karen Donato, S.M., R.D., program coordinator of both We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition), NIH's national education program to prevent childhood obesity, and the NHLBI Obesity Education Initiative. “We are committed to helping the public improve heart health and this calendar can motivate people to set goals for good nutrition, physical activity, and overall heart health.”

Keep the Beat Calendars can be ordered online at and customization and large quantity orders are available. For more information, call the NHLBI Health Information Center at (301) 592-8573. To view the calendar, go to:

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