January was designated as National Blood Donor Month in 1970 to encourage people to donate! Across the nation people are in need of blood and about only 10% of eligible participants actually donate. Giving blood is an easy and nearly painless way to save lives.

Why is Blood Donation Important?

  • Blood is needed by a patient every two seconds
  • About 1 in 7 people entering the hospital need blood
  • Blood cannot be manufactured

Before Your Donation

  • Make an appointment – Find a donation organization and schedule a time that works best for you
  • Eat the proper nutrition – try to eat iron-rich foods before you donate such as red meat, fish, beans, spinach etc.
  • Get a good night’s rest – make sure you get enough sleep the night before you donate and drink plenty of fluids

On the Day of Your Donation

  • Make sure you drink fluids
  • Eat a healthy meal, try to avoid fast food
  • Bring a photo ID
  • Bring a list of current medications

After Your Donation

  • Most organizations offer a snack after donating
  • Relax and recover
  • Don’t do any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise the rest of the day
  • Eat iron rich foods

Eligibility Requirements to Donate

  • Must be at least 16 years old in most states
  • Must weigh at least 110 Lbs.
  • Must be in good health


Sources: American Red Cross. The World Health Organization. Community Blood Center. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only.  For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.