The Nation Goes Red in February

National Wear Red Day® – Friday, February 7, 2020
   On the first Friday of every February, which is designated as American Heart Month, the nation comes together, igniting a wave of red from coast to coast. From landmarks to news anchors and neighborhoods to online communities; this annual groundswell unites millions of people for a common goal: the eradication of heart disease and stroke.
   American Heart Month, a federally designated event, is an ideal time to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved.
   • The first American Heart Month, which took place in February 1964, was proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson via Proclamation 3566 on December 30, 1963.
   • The Congress, by joint resolution on that date, has requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating February as American Heart Month.
   • While American Heart Month is a federally designated month in the United States, it’s important to realize that cardiovascular disease knows no borders.
   Go Red for Women® is the American Heart Association’s global initiative to end heart disease and stroke in women. Launched in 2004 to close the gap in awareness, Go Red quickly expanded into a worldwide movement dedicated to removing the barriers women face to achieving good health and wellbeing.
   Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, killing more women than all forms of cancer combined. Learn what it means to Go Red For Women to help women like you fight back:
   G: GET YOUR NUMBERS Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.
   O: OWN YOUR LIFESTYLE Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy. It’s up to you. No one can do it for you.
   R: REALIZE YOUR RISK We think it won’t happen to us, but heart disease kills one of three women.
   E: EDUCATE YOUR FAMILY Make healthy food choices for you and your family.Teach your kids the importance of staying active.
   D: DON’T BE SILENT Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our No. 1 killer.

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