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Toolkits & More for American Heart Month

Posted by on February 16th, 2024 Posted in: Blog

Heart February is American Heart Month and throughout the month, there are reminders on how we can make the effort to be heart healthy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) encourages all of us—especially women—to listen to our hearts and speak up for our health. According to the CDC:

Heart-health disparities specific to women widen and deepen when combined with race, ethnicity, and other social factors.1 We encourage individuals, health care and public health professionals, and our partners to help close the disparities gap.

To help combat these disparities, the CDC is sharing Tools and Resources tailored to different groups. Check these out:

The NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recognizes our power to take action to protect ourselves against heart disease. Even small heart-healthy measures, such as dietary changes and increased movement, can have big effects. Help your constituents with heart-health approaches from this Outreach Toolkit:

And even more resources:

To find more information about heart topics, logon to MedlinePlus: Blood, Heart and Circulation:

Keep heart-healthy habits all year round!

  1. Bey GS, Jesdale B, Forrester S, Person SD, Kiefe C. Intersectional effects of racial and gender discrimination on cardiovascular health vary among black and white women and men in the CARDIA study. SSM – Population Health. 2019;8:100446.

Image of the author ABOUT Jacqueline Leskovec
Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, MA, RN (she/her) is the Network Coordinator for NNLM Region 6. She is the lead for the Partner Outreach Program (POP), Network membership and user accounts, the Data Reporting System (DRS), and the Region 6 website. She has been with the Network since 2005. In addition to being a health sciences librarian, Jacqueline maintains her license as a registered nurse. She works from her home office in Chicago. She is well acquainted with power tools and will be happy to bore you with details of her many home repair and remodel adventures.

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