February is Heart Month. Wear Red on February 4, 2011!

February is celebrated as the month of hearts, and not just because Valentine’s Day falls within this month; it is also observed in the United States as American Heart Month. The American Heart Association (AHA) spearheaded efforts to develop the annual observance of American Heart Month, and since 1963, Congress has required that the president […]

February is celebrated as the month of hearts, and not just because Valentine’s Day falls within this month; it is also observed in the United States as American Heart Month.

The American Heart Association (AHA) spearheaded efforts to develop the annual observance of American Heart Month, and since 1963, Congress has required that the president declare the month of February as American Heart Month. Across the country, various efforts will be made by volunteers to raise funds towards research and education efforts regarding heart disease, as well as disseminate information regarding heart disease and stroke.

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February 4, for instance, is designated as National Wear Red Day. On Friday, people who support the AHA’s Go Red for Women initiative will wear red, to help raise awareness of heart disease. This annual practice was launched in 2004, and has not been limited to individuals turning out in crimson splendor on the 4th day of February: communities, companies, and city landmarks have expressed support by going red.

Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building, and Pike Place Market in Seattle are among the landmarks that have gone red on National Wear Red Day. Last year, companies such as Morgan Stanley, Pepperidge Farm Inc., Trump International, Ernst & Young, and Visa, to name a few, were among the supporters of National Wear Red day.

Donations received through Go Red for Women are used to support the efforts of the AHA to educate women regarding heart disease, as well as fund AHA breakthrough research that help ensure that women are represented in clinical studies.

 

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