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February is American Heart Month!

Dear Colleague,

February is American Heart Month, an annual event encouraging Americans to unite to eradicate the nation’s number one killer: heart disease.  As co-chairs of the Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition, we invite you to celebrate American Heart Month and
support longer, healthier lives.

American Heart Month was created by a congressional joint resolution approved on December 30, 1963.  For more than 50 years, advances in biomedical research, improved emergency response systems, and treatment and prevention efforts have helped Americans
fight back against cardiovascular disease.

While there has been remarkable progress in reducing death from heart disease since the first American Heart Month, there has been a frightening reversal in recent years.  The burden of heart disease is now growing faster than our ability to combat it due
to an increase in major risk factors including obesity, tobacco use, poor diet, high blood pressure, and a rise in Type 2 diabetes.  In 2015, the death rate from heart disease increased by one percent – the first increase since 1969 according to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center on Health Statistics. Today, one person dies every 37 seconds from heart disease.

That is why we urge you to use American Heart Month as an opportunity to raise awareness of cardiovascular issues and heart health.  There are many ways to stay engaged this month and year-round.  Please consider participating in some of the following actions:

Recognize February as American Heart Month

Join us in observing American Heart Month by delivering a “one minute” or Morning Business speech on the floor this month.  You can also submit a statement in the
Congressional Record or discuss heart disease in your constituent newsletter.

Join the Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition

You can stay involved in the fight against heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases by joining the Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition.  This nonpartisan coalition in the House and Senate works to raise awareness of the impact of cardiovascular
disease and acts as a resource center on heart and stroke issues.  To join the coalition or for more information about any of these events, please contact Chonya Davis Johnson with Representative Joyce Beatty (, or Kelsey Griswold
with Representative Christopher Smith (

Sponsor or Participate in an American Heart Month Event

Back at home, you can partner with local groups to promote heart health.  For example, join a local hospital or clinic in offering heart health screenings to your constituents.

Promote Heart Month on Social Media

Use the hashtags #HeartMonth and #GoRedForWomen on social media accounts to keep your constituents updated on your participation in Heart Month activities.  You can also use this hashtag to share information you learn about staying heart healthy.



CHRISTOPHER H. SMITH                                      JOYCE BEATTY

Co-Chair, Heart & Stroke Coalition                           Co-Chair, Heart & Stroke Coalition

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