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February is American Heart Month, and it's time to show our hearts some love by taking control of our heart health.

Don't forget about National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023 - so break out your best red outfit and show your support for heart health!

At YMCA, we know the importance of heart health, which is why we offer several programs to help you on your heart health journey. Whether you're looking to manage your diabetes, improve your overall health, or monitor your blood pressure, YMCA has got you covered.

If you're looking to monitor your blood pressure, the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program can help you keep tabs on your heart health.

Of course, there are other ways to support heart health besides YMCA programs. You could ask your loved ones what you can do to support their heart health journey. Offer to help them quit tobacco/vaping, cook up some heart-healthy meals, take a walk together, or even watch the kids so they can have some time for self-care. Heart attacks and strokes don't discriminate, so it's important that we all take care of our heart health.

If you haven't seen your healthcare provider in a while, now's the time to schedule a visit. They may recommend blood tests to better understand your heart disease risk and give you personalized recommendations to lower it. Plus, your community has plenty of resources to help you manage your blood pressure, cholesterol, and other factors that put you at risk for heart disease.

There are also people like Community Health Workers, Community Health Representatives, and Promotoras who can support you in making lifestyle changes to lower your risk of heart attack and stroke. And let's not forget about vaccines! All adults, especially those with a history of heart disease, stroke, or diabetes, should check their immunization status and stay up to date on flu and COVID-19 vaccines.

Finally, did you know that taking care of your teeth, mouth, and gums can also help lower your risk of heart disease and stroke? If you're in need of affordable dental care, your local Community Health Center can help!

In conclusion, this American Heart Month, let's show our hearts some love and take control of your heart with all the health programs and resources available. By making small changes and utilizing the resources in our communities, we can all work towards a healthier heart and a better quality of life.