1. Dress in Red
National Wear Red Day is one of the easiest ways to raise awareness for heart health — all you have to do is dress in red. Organized by Go Red for Women, the effort and your outfit can start conversations about heart disease, particularly as it affects women, who may be less aware of their risks.
While National Wear Red Day occurs early in the month, there’s nothing to stop you from starting the conversation or wearing red other days of the month. Look for community events in your area or host one yourself by reaching out to organizations like You’re The Cure, Million Hearts, and Let’s Move.
2. Get Screened
The risk factors for heart disease are more prevalent in everyday life than a lot of people realize. Getting screened for risk factors, especially the silent ones like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, is a great opportunity to check in on your health. Encourage your friends and family to do the same by sharing your story.
3. Learn CPR
Approximately 326,000 Americans have heart attacks outside of a hospital every year and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can save lives. Reach out to your local Red Cross to organize a training in your community and equip yourself to fight heart disease.
4. Take Action
Physical activity is an essential component of heart disease prevention and every effort helps. Something as simple as leading lunchtime walks can provide a little extra exercise for you and your community. If you’re interested in organizing something on a larger scale, reach out to local gyms and fitness centers about a potential collaboration to promote heart health and the importance of physical activity.
5. Cook Something Up
Set a personal goal to seek out especially heart-healthy meals during the month of February. Share your mission with friends and family and encourage them to take part. You may even want to organize a heart-healthy potluck or cooking demonstration to show all the ways favorite recipes can be both heart-healthy and delicious.
6. Do It Digital
All of the above can be amplified when you spread awareness online as well as off. Spread the message of heart health across your community by sharing pictures of you dressed in red, the date of a CPR class or a favorite new recipe.