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Wear red and take care of your heart this February

Wear red and take care of your heart this February

February is the month of the heart in so many ways. And I am not talking only about Valentines’ Day. Here are some health awareness events for February that I’d like to share with you.

February is the American Heart Month and the National Women’s Healthy Heart Campaign.

And as part of these campaigns, Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 has been designated as National Wear Red Day. This is the day when Americans will show their support for woman’s heart disease awareness by wearing red. And no, it’s not a marketing ploy or a gag. It’s a campaign supported by no other than advocacy groups and government agencies including the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; WomenHeart: the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease and American Heart Association. This year, the critical message to pass around is “Heart Disease Doesn’t Care What You Wear-It’s the #1 Killer of Women.” Now, if you are in the area of Washington D.C., maybe you should also pop in at the Sister to Sister National Women’s Heart Health Fair to have a look at lifestyle presentations, and information medical issues of importance to women and their families, and avail of free heart-health screenings.

Talking about woman’s health, any of you ladies have a heart health story to tell? Because of the success of last year’s Go Red for Women TV special Untold Stories of the Heart, they’ve sent out a casting call for a second episode for 2009. You have until February 15 to answer the call.

In addition, the week from February 7 to 14 has been designated Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week. I will be writing a more in-depth post on this later next week, also in connection with the January campaign for birth defects prevention which I wasn’t able to write.

And finally, the week from February 8 to 14 is Heart Failure Awareness Week.

Yes, we do have a busy schedule for the month of February. But we shouldn’t forget to be nice and friendly to each other. Because February is also the International Friendship Month.

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