January is the start of a new year and with it comes new beginnings. Give the gift of a fresh start for National Blood Donor Month.
National Blood Donor Month is about raising awareness about the need for more donors and to express gratitude for those who do. Most hospitals need over 1,000 units of blood every month, making each blood donation critical to saving lives.
If you’re new to the idea of donating blood, you may have questions about scheduling, how it works, and what to eat after your appointment. We’re here to clear those up so you can join the cause and start saving lives with us.
Qualifications For Donating Blood
National Blood Donor Month encourages anyone who can donate to donate. The minimum requirements are that you are:
- In good health
- At least 17-years-old
- Over 110 pounds
What To Eat Before and After Donating Blood
Opt for a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids before your donation and enjoy refreshments and snacks in the recovery area donation locations provide.
It’s just as important to know what to do before your donation appointment as it is to know what to eat after donating blood. Iron-rich foods such as red meat, fish, chicken, beans, spinach, or raisins will aid your recovery.
Donate Blood and Save A Life At Hoag Executive Health
While January is National Blood Donor Month, donors are needed year-round. Contact our concierge staff for membership information so you can get started saving lives today.
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