Every February it’s easy to see hearts everywhere – after all, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. However, if you’re paying attention to your heart health (which you should be), then there’s another reason to see hearts everywhere: Heart Month. Heart Month is the time of year when the American Heart Association produces events, programs, and celebrations designed to increase awareness and funds for the prevention of heart disease.

Despite significant gains made in heart-health-related technology and education, heart disease remains the number one killer of both men and women in America. Yet many people still think they’re unlikely to be affected. Heart Month is meant to encourage everyone, young and old, male and female, and from every walk of life to pay attention to their health and their hearts. Here at 1heart2lives we’ve collected numerous stories from people who weren’t aware of how heart disease could impact them personally. So our continued mission is to help raise awareness so everyone learns how to take the necessary steps to protect their heart health for years to come.

Here are 3 things you can do to help your heart during Heart Month:

1. Participate in a Heart Month event

Whether it be educational, social, or physical, American Heart Association chapters all over the country host events to help people learn, connect, and get their hearts pumping. You can find an event near you here. In fact, something as simple as wearing red to indicate your support can have a big impact!

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2. Share your story with 1heart2lives

If you’ve been impacted by heart disease, or have made significant changes in your life to prevent heart disease, we’d love to hear your story. You can contact us here.

Heart disease can run in families. But making healthy changes to prevent heart disease can also run in families! Share your story to help raise awareness so families can stay together, longer.

3. Make a small change in your habits for big impact on your heart health

Something small like cutting soda from your diet, adding 20 minutes of exercise a day, or adding an extra serving of veggies to your dinner can have a major impact on your health. Many people think they have to make a huge change to have any impact, and that can feel overwhelming. Instead, think of one small thing you can do right now. If you’re reading this while sitting at your computer, consider standing up and doing 20 jumping jacks and then drinking a full glass of water. It’ll take 15 minutes tops but will have a big impact on your heart health!

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 Heart Month is meant to be fun, engaging, and educational. When you feel good about yourself, you’re more likely to treat your body well. Heart Month is a great opportunity to build on the changes you wanted to make for New Years, and carry them beyond into the spring and summer. It’s never too late to do something good for your heart.