February is for lovers. February also reminds us to take care of our heart; it is American Heart Month.
The annual celebration started in 1963 to encourage Americans to join the battle against heart disease. A presidential proclamation pays tribute every year to researchers, physicians, public health professionals and volunteers for their tireless efforts in preventing, treating and researching heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for both men and women within the U.S.
Hospitals and health systems around the country celebrate American Heart Month by consigning to raise awareness in their communities regarding heart disease. Employees wear red and volunteers knit or crochet pint-size red hats for newborns. They hold free screenings and heart health awareness events.
It’s an excellent time to commit to a healthy life style and make small changes that may result in a lifetime of heart health. If you’re not doing so already, become involved in American Heart Month. Get involved and spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and living heart healthy lives!