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African American Dishes Featured in February

February is African American History Month. All month, NIH cafeterias run by Guest Services Inc. (GSI) will showcase tasty heart-healthy African American dishes from the NHLBI "Stay Young at Heart Program."

The celebration kicks off on Feb. 2 in Bldg. 10's B1 cafeteria with a lunchtime concert by "Unit One," a contemporary jazz quartet. GSI chefs will give a cooking demonstration and offer free food samples.

Throughout the month, those who buy a featured Stay-Young-at-Heart dish at a GSI cafeteria will receive a special heart-healthy gift. The GSI cafeterias will be decorated with artwork from Baltimore and Washington, D.C.-area schools.

The month's celebration is sponsored by NHLBI, the NIH worksite health promotion committee, and GSI.

NHLBI, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary, hopes the special program will show how easily traditional recipes can be made healthier without losing any of their flavor. While heart disease has declined dramatically in past decades for African Americans, it remains their number one health threat -- as it does for all Americans.

The showcased recipes also have been compiled in a new NHLBI publication, Heart-Healthy Home Cooking, African American Style, available from the R&W for $2.50.

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