14 Feb 2017 Leave a comment
Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.” The day of romance we call Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century, but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia.
Lovers’ holiday celebrated on February 14, the feast day of St. Valentine, one of two 3rd-century Roman martyrs of the same name. St. Valentine is considered the patron of lovers and especially of those unhappily in love. The feast day became a lovers’ festival in the 14th century, probably as an extension of pagan love festivals and fertility rites celebrated in mid-February.
Until the 19th century handwritten valentines were often given rather than modern mass-produced greeting cards.
“I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.”
10 Feb 2017 Leave a comment
Inspired by the true stories of real women impacted by heart disease, the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement and Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth Banks created the short film, “Just a Little Heart Attack,” to educate women about the realities of heart disease and encourage them to put their health first. The short film, directed by and starring Ms. Banks, chronicles one woman’s experience ignoring her symptoms and putting herself last. Go Red For Women hopes the film, “Just a Little Heart Attack,” will engage and inspire women to put their health first and take care of their heart.
09 Feb 2017 Leave a comment
The 2nd month of the year brings us George Washington’s Birthday, Valentine’s Day, and the shortest month of the year.
In the Gregorian calendar, the calendar that most of the world uses, February is the second month of the year. Most of the months have 30 or 31 days in a month but February is shorter. February has 28 days until Julius Caesar gave it 29 and 30 days every four years. This is because the Roman emperor Augustus took one day from February and added that to August because August was a month that was named after him. February is a very cold month followed by January in the northern half of the world. However, there are sunny days in February that indicates that spring is almost here. Different from the northern half, the southern hemisphere usually enjoys midsummer weather.
Below are some fun facts about February:
- The birthstone for February is Amethyst.
- Two zodiac signs for February are Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) and Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
- The month has 29 days in leap years, when the year number is divisible by four. In common years the month has 28 days.
- Viola (plant) and the Primrose are the birth flowers.
- Black History Month is celebrated in Canada and United States.
- National Day of the Sun is celebrated in Argentina.
- In order to complete the Soviet Union’s victory in Stalingrad during World War II, the last German troops surrendered in the Stalingrad pocket.
- On February 4, 1861, a temporary committee met at Montgomery, Alabama where they organized a Confederate States of America.
- On February 6, 1933, Amendment 20 to the United States was proclaimed which moved the Inauguration Day to January 20th.
- In February 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated.
- On February 6, 1899. The U.S. Senate ratified the peace treaty that led to the end of the Spanish-American War.
- On February 6, 1952, Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.
- February 11 – National Foundation Day in Japan
- February 12 – Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday
- February 14 – Valentine’s Day
- February 21 – International Mother Language Day
- February 22 – Independence Day in Saint Lucia
- February 22 – George Washington’s Birthday
- February 24 – Flag Day of Mexico
- February 25 – People Power Revolution (Phillippines)
08 Feb 2017 Leave a comment
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States, killing 307,225 men in 2009—that’s 1 in every 4 male deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men of most racial/ethnic groups in the United States, including African Americans, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Hispanics, and whites. For Asian American or Pacific Islander men, heart disease is second only to cancer. About 8.5% of all white men, 7.9% of black men, and 6.3% of Mexican American men have coronary heart disease. Half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms. Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease. Between 70% and 89% of sudden cardiac events occur in men.
High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease. About half of Americans (49%) have at least one of these three risk factors.
Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including:
Overweight and obesity
Excessive alcohol use CDC’s Public Health Efforts
CDC’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program
Since 1998, CDC has funded state health departments’ efforts to reduce the number of people with heart disease or stroke. Health departments in 41 states and the District of Columbia currently receive funding. The program stresses policy and education to promote heart-healthy and stroke-free living and working conditions.
Million Hearts™ is a national, public-private initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Co-led by CDC and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the initiative brings together communities, health care professionals, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners to improve care and empower Americans to make heart-healthy choices. For More Information
For more information on heart disease and among men, visit the following Web sites.