February is the month of the heart in many parts of the world. But the Heart Month goes beyond the celebration of Valentine’s Day on February 14. The Heart Month is also a health observance dedicated tp heart health.
In the US, February is called “American Heart Month.”
In the US, the Go Red for Women and the American Heart Association (AHA) are organizing the National Wear Red Day this coming Friday, 4th February. These groups are campaigning for everyone to put on something red and convince other to do so, too. TV Star Jennie Garth is currently the celebrity spokesperson of Go for Red Women.
The AHA tells us how American Heart Month started.
“Cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, are our nation’s No. 1 killer. To urge Americans to join the battle against these diseases, since 1963 Congress has required the president to proclaim February “American Heart Month.” (Note this is not “Heart Month” or “National Heart Month.”)
The American Heart Association led initial efforts to develop Annual American Heart Month. During American Heart Month, thousands of our volunteers visit their neighbors. Their goal is to raise funds for research and education and pass along information about heart disease and stroke.”
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHIBI) is also campaigning for National Wear Red Day with The Heart Truth®, a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease.
In the UK, February is called “National Heart Month” with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) as the major moving force.
This celebration is especially meaning for BFH because the group will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. That is why a lot of activities are scheduled for February, from fun games to fundraising drives. One of the highlights is the Wear Red Day on Friday 25th February.
Canada also celebrates Heart Month in February, supported by the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) of Canada. Here is what HSF has to say:
“Every year, tens of thousands of people across Canada put their hearts into making a difference to the lives of others by participating in the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s largest grassroots fundraising initiative – Heart Month.
Some demonstrate their generosity of spirit by donating to our worthy cause. Some experience the great satisfaction that comes with raising funds using our easy online fundraising tools. And others enjoy volunteering their time to meet with friends and neighbours as they rally support for our cause through door-to-door fundraising.
Whether it’s time or money you’re able to contribute to Heart Month, we invite you to experience the joy of giving by helping us raise funds for vital life-saving research. Great things happen when you put your heart into it. Make a difference, get involved today!”