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Feburary, 2012: All about Red

 What a lovely month February can be! 

            It’s all about Cupid and chocolates and love!
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            The color of February is red red red – but so is a very good reason to wear that color:  National Wear Red Day is February 4th. 
The facts are clear. More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. Uncover the truth and make ending heart disease a reality.

            Yes, the 14th is perennial as Valentine’s Day but the day is also National Condom Awareness Day!  In fact, the entire month is Condom Month.  As we work in the health care field, we can and should encourage young and old to utilize condoms to prevent sexually transmitted diseases (not just HIV/AIDS).  This is especially important for young women of all races and ethnicities who could become pregnant and pass diseases to their newborns.

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            Check www.goredforwomen.org/national_wear_red_day.aspx for more information about Go Red For Women for heart disease prevention.  In keeping with that, 12-18 February is National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week (www.aacvpr.org ).

 

            Perhaps the most important thing about the month of love is Random Acts of Kindness Week (13-19 February) (www.actsofkindness.org ) through which we can show our loved ones – or even strangers we meet on a particularly bad day for ourselves – that we can be considerate and generous.

 

            Again, because it is the month of the heart, contact your AHA (American Heart Association) local chapter or go to www.americanheart.org for information on how we can use our hearts to help our loved ones’ hearts.  It’s all about the love!