We hope that your Valentine’s celebrations did not get your heart pumping beyond its limits. What are its limits, anyway? The American Heart Association offers an endless amount of information on the subject. You will find a Nutrition Center that focuses on heart health goals, heart-smart shopping, heart-healthy cooking tips and recipes, guides on dining out, cookbooks and healthy food guides. There are sections on physical activity, healthy kids, weight management, stress management, and smoking cessation. In addition to information on 14 conditions and/or heart health indicators, such as diabetes and arrhythmia, there is comprehensive information on warning signs for conditions. This site is an invaluable resource, and all of us should educate ourselves on these matters of the heart.

One of the main fundraiser events that the American Heart Association sponsors annually is the Go Red for Women initiative. The Go Red for Women mission is to raise awareness of heart disease in women. “Only 55 percent of women realize heart disease is their No. 1 killer and less than half know what are considered healthy levels for cardiovascular risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol. The Go Red for Women movement works to make sure women know they are at risk so they can take action to protect their health.” Heart disease is NOT an old man’s disease.

There are Go Red for Women Luncheons nationwide this month. Our local one is www.missoulagoredluncheon.org – you can find yours on the main site. Some companies support the cause by promoting Wear Red Days. A few moments on any of these pages and you will be inspired to learn more and get involved. All of us will be touched by someone with heart disease, and getting involved on any level will help save lives.