Winter is one of the most difficult times of the year to collect enough blood products and donations to meet patient needs. That’s why National Blood Donor Month is celebrated every January. This month, resolve to be a blood donor and consider the following health benefits of donating blood regularly:

  • Detects health problems—Donated blood is tested, so you can find out if any irregularities were found. You’re also required to undergo a quick health screening prior to giving blood.
  • Reduces heart disease risks—Donating can help eliminate any excess buildup of iron in the blood, which can lower your risk for a heart attack.
  • Burns calories—The blood donation process typically burns 650 calories.

Before you roll up your sleeve and commit to being a regular blood donor, check if you meet the American Red Cross’ requirements to safely donate blood.