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    American Heart Month

    American Heart Month

    Cardiac disease and stroke are among the leading causes of death in the United States.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most ethnicities in the United States, including African Americans, Hispanics and whites. For American Indians or Alaska Natives and Asians or Pacific Islanders, heart disease is second only to cancer.

    Check out this American Heart Association website to learn more about these diseases and what you can do to protect yourself and your family.

        

    Thursday, Feb. 4 is World Cancer Day

    World Cancer Day

    Cancer is one of the world’s biggest killer. Yet many cancers  are preventable. Learn more about efforts being made worldwide to combat cancer.

        

    Friday, Feb. 5 is National Wear Red Day 

    National Wear Red Day

    National Wear Red Day is part of a national effort sponsored by the American Heart Association to bring awareness to women regarding heart disease, the #1 killer of women. On this day, people are encouraged to wear one’s favorite red dress, red shirt or red tie to help remind people of the importance of taking action to prevent heart disease among women.  

        

    Sunday, Feb. 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 

    National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

    February 7, 2016 marks the 16th year for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative targeted at Blacks as a national response to the growing HIV and AIDS epidemic in African American communities. NBHAAD has four key focus areas encourage people to get:

    • educated about HIV and AIDS;
    • involved in community prevention efforts;
    • tested to know their status; and
    • treated to receive the continuum of care needed to live with HIV/AIDS.

    Their theme this year is “I am my Brother/Sister’s Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS.”  More information can be found at the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day website.