If you were seeing red in February, you were not alone. Last month we celebrated both American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day. In cities and towns across the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, neighborhoods, churches, community organizations and businesses “went red” to celebrate the end of the Go Red For Women movement’s 10th anniversary and bring awareness to heart disease prevention among women. Hundreds of storefronts were decorated with our iconic red dress, newborn babies received red hats, state capitals, landmark statues, and even the historic USS Yorktown aircraft carrier were lit in red, and thousands of women received the critical message that heart disease can be prevented. In fact, check out this video of a heart attack survivor in Charlotte, NC who says that the Go Red Web site saved her life.
In other timely news, remember that March is National Nutrition Month. The AHA is helping our friends and neighbors create healthy diet habits such as lowering salt and sugar consumption. Learn more by signing up for the Our My Heart. My Life e-newsletter, following @HeartNews and visiting our Nutrition Center for information about nutrition goals, dining out tips, heart-smart shopping and healthy cooking recipes and guides.
If you are in or visiting the Baltimore area, make sure to take a Simple Cooking with Heart class with Chef Tia Berry at the newly opened Community Kitchen. We are proud that we host the first and only AHA community kitchen in the country! For just $5 participants learn how to prepare their own meals, exposing them to fresh foods and empowering families to change the way they eat – and ultimately – change the course of their health.
Mark your calendars for National Walking Day April 2, when Americans are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take at least 30 minutes out of their day to walk. It’s a great way to highlight the importance of physical activity and to get your family, friends and co-workers started enjoying a healthier way of life. Receive your free National Walking Day toolkit by signing up online. The kit include a how-to guide, posters, flyers, email scripts and more. You can share your National Wear Red Day activities by using #AHALaceUp on Twitter and Facebook.
Finally, encourage local business, sponsors and partner organizations to apply to be recognized as a Fit-Friendly Worksite. The program recognizes employers who champion and prioritize the health of their employees and work to create a culture of physical activity in the workplace. Sites demonstrating focus in three areas: physical activity, nutrition and culture, can apply or renew by the April 1st deadline at http://ffc.heart.org/ .
As always, let me know if there is anything I can do to help us follow the shared passion that had brought us together.
Wayne D. Rosamond
President, Board of Directors, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate