Statement from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on American Heart Month

HHS: February 4, 2013

February 1st marked the beginning of American Heart Month, a time to think about what you can do to take care of your heart.

The Department of Health and Human Services is working with public and private partners to help Americans take care of their hearts and raise awareness of heart disease through our various research efforts and programs. Million Hearts is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017, by educating the public and health care professionals and bringing together diverse partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke.

There are also a number of important programs aimed at reaching women with critical heart disease information. The Heart Truth and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move!initiatives provide adults and children with resources and tips to make heart healthy changes in their lives.

We are also reaching out to Latinas with Haga La Llamada. ¡No Pierda Tiempo!, which builds on the Make the Call. Don’t Miss a Beat campaign. The new Spanish-language campaign aims to educate and encourage Spanish-speaking women to call 9-1-1 when they or their mothers, sisters and friends, experience any symptom of a heart attack. Read More