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February’s the month to take care of your heart

By: Paul Apfel Inside Lincoln Correspondent
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February has been proclaimed American Heart Month with the American Heart Association in the forefront promoting awareness of cardiovascular disease as the nation’s No. 1 killer. This year, the heart association’s premier events will include a statewide proclamation plus Wear Red Day celebrations in Sacramento and Stockton. Heart Month events include American Heart Association representatives joining with California state legislators and staff at the State Capitol on Feb. 2 for an 8:30 a.m. statewide resolution to be presented to the State Assembly recognizing February as heart month. This is to be followed in the State Capitol building by educational sessions and health screenings by Sutter Heart and Vascular Institute plus Hands Only cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator training. The heart association is also sponsoring a Wear Red Day celebration on Friday, Feb. 3 at the Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Events include free health screenings from Sutter Heart and Vascular Institute, a Macy’s Red Lips color make-up counter, several children’s activities and a variety of vendors. Closer to home, Macy’s in Roseville’s Westfield Galleria Shopping Center will be part of a nationwide Macy’s special Wear Red shopping event to kick off the February. Billed as a fundraiser, Macy’s describes their program as including a Wear Red sale, with a portion of sale proceeds going to the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement. Macy’s will also sell Go Red For Women red dress lapel pins with all proceeds going directly to the heart association’s program. The sale runs through Sunday, Feb. 5. The heart association’s current emphasis is on women’s heart health. For years, health experts considered heart disease a man’s disease. That has changed as medical professionals now realize that heart disease is an equal-opportunity killer.