American Heart Month

American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month

You have the power to take action to protect yourself against heart disease. Small heart-healthy actions, like adding more movement to our day or choosing healthy foods, can greatly protect #OurHearts.

Focusing on your heart health has never been more important.

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. But you can do a lot to protect your heart. Learn more about heart-healthy living.
  • Prioritizing your heart can help you avoid severe illness. People with poor cardiovascular health are also at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Learn how COVID-19 affects your heart.
  • Self-care is heart-health care. Practicing self-care can keep our hearts healthy. Being physically active, eating healthier foods, getting enough sleep, not smoking, and finding healthy ways to reduce stress can help prevent heart disease. And, when we take care of our hearts, we set an example for those around us to do the same.
  • Get to know #OurHearts! Learn what a healthy blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, and blood sugar level is for you and how they impact your risk for heart disease. Having a basic understanding of information that concerns your health and using the information to inform health-related decisions and actions for yourself and others, is strongly linked to better health.

Start Planning and Get Involved! 

  • Download the Planning Checklist: Find practical steps for planning your outreach efforts and activities beginning in December and going through February. Download the American Heart Month Planning Checklist. 
  • Share Social Media Resources: Use these social media messages and graphics on your social media channels. Remember to use #OurHearts in your posts! You can also use #WearRedDay on February 2 and #HeartMonth throughout February.
  • Use Outreach Materials in Your Community: Find fact sheets, drop-in articles, PowerPoint slides, and more on the American Heart Month page.

Share The Heart Truth’s Posts: 
Follow The Heart Truth on InstagramX, and Facebook for content to share throughout American Heart Month.

Looking for more ideas?

Check out 25 Ways to Take Part in Heart Month and easy actions you can take to protect #OurHearts.

View National Wear Red Day® Resources

National Wear Red Day®: Taking Action to Protect #OurHearts

Each year, on the first Friday in February, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, The Heart Truth®, and others around the country celebrate National Wear Red Day® to bring greater attention to heart disease as the leading cause of death for Americans and promote steps people can take to protect their heart.

Wear red and join NHLBI and The Heart Truth for a Facebook Live event to learn what “heart smart” actions you can take in your everyday life to prevent heart disease. Hear from NHLBI leaders and subject matter experts on what we can do to keep #OurHearts healthy.

Promote Wear Red Day in your community with resources such as printable stickers, posters, and social media graphics, including customizable ones. Find additional resources at www.hearttruth.govexternal link.

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