February may be the shortest month of the year, but there are still so many important days and celebrations packed into the 28 days (or 29 if it's a leap year). February boasts popular holidays like Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day, and Galentine's Day, it also contains a key event called the Super Bowl. It's Black History Month, which makes it the perfect time to celebrate Black culture and heritage or educate yourself on Black history.

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Amidst these celebrations, February shines a spotlight on Heart Month, reminding us that heart disease remains the foremost threat to women's health. February 16 marks National Women's Heart Day.

Think of the remarkable women in your life—mothers, sisters, aunts, wives, daughters—aren't their hearts worth safeguarding?

Let's amplify awareness about heart disease and empower women to prioritize their well-being. Adopting a heart-healthy diet, staying active, understanding family health history, and managing blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight are vital steps toward a healthier heart. There's no better moment than the present to make your heart's welfare a top priority.

I challenge you to do three things this month. Get a checkup to see where your heart health stands, especially your blood pressure numbers. Learn hands-only CPR and teach your family. It’s a simple lifesaving skill that everyone needs to know. Join me in wearing red to raise awareness for heart disease and stroke.

Did you know that one in four women will die of heart disease? Let's educate ourselves about the symptoms of heart attack and stroke in women, ensuring that we are equipped to recognize and respond to these emergencies.


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