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Kern County Goes Red for American Heart Month in February

 

February 1, 2020



February is American Heart Month. It’s the time of year where people spend a little more time focused on love and their loved ones. It’s also a special time at the American Heart Association (AHA) because it is a month dedicated to heart health awareness. The Kern County Division has several opportunities for residents, businesses and media to help raise awareness to support good heart health.

American Heart Month, Feb. 2020

Paint the Town Red

What: Heart health supporters, survivors, and members of the AHA Kern County Division will kick off Heart Month on Feb.1 by painting downtown Bakersfield red with ribbons and signs to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke, the No.1 and No. 5 killers of all Americans.

When: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Where: Meet at Padre Hotel in Downtown Bakersfield

Why: Each day, about 2,150 Americans die from heart disease from cardiovascular disease- the No. 1 killer in the United States. Stroke, the No. 5 killer and a leading cause of severe disability, claims the lives of nearly 219,000 each year.  

Honk for Hearts

What: Health advocates, supporters, survivors, the Bakersfield College Cheer Squad and representatives from the American Heart Association will rally the drivers to honk their horn as they pass by in support of heart and brain health.

When: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Free blood pressure screenings and Hands-Only CPR training

Where: Jim Burke Ford, 2001 Oak St., Bakersfield.

Why: Each day, about 2,150 Americans die from heart disease from cardiovascular disease- the No. 1 killer in the United States. Stroke, the No. 5 killer and a leading cause of severe disability, claims the lives of nearly 219,000 each year.  

National Wear Red Day – Feb. 7, 2020

On this day, the nation comes together, igniting a wave of red from coast-to-coast. From landmarks to news anchors and neighborhoods to online communities; this annual groundswell unites millions of people for a common goal: the eradication of heart disease and stroke.

Kern County residents, businesses, health care providers, local media and community leaders are encouraged to wear red and share photos of themselves on social media using the hashtag #KernCountyGoesRed and tagging the division on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @AHAKernCounty.

What: Advocates and supporters of the American Heart Association and survivors and their families will wear red to raise awareness about the No. 1 killer of Americans -heart disease.

When: Friday, February 7, 2020 (all day)

Where: Everywhere

Why: Cardiovascular disease kills someone approximately every 43 seconds in the United States. It is the leading killer for both men and women. However, 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and action. By wearing red, residents and local influencers raise awareness about our greatest health threat and inspire healthy lifestyle changes.

Downtown Goes Red Business Judging

What: AHA Kern County Division volunteers view, judge and award prizes to business window displays that go red in support of good heart and brain health.

When: Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Downtown Bakersfield. Meet at the Padre Hotel.

Why: Cardiovascular disease kills someone approximately every 43 seconds in the United States. It is the leading killer for both men and women. However, 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and action. Downtown Bakersfield businesses go red to raise awareness about our greatest health threat and inspire healthy lifestyle changes.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 
 

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