American Heart Month

This February during American Heart Month, Million Hearts® is challenging men to start one new, heart-healthy behavior. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, and African American men are disproportionately affected more by heart disease than other races or ethnicities.

Simple changes can make a big difference! Here are some ideas for getting started:

  • Talk to your doctor about ways to control high blood pressure.
  • Add physical activity to your daily routine.
  • Make heathy eating swaps, such as using fresh or dried herbs and spices instead of salt.
  • Quit smoking.

Join the Conversation

Follow Million Hearts® on Facebook and Twitter and share your #HeartMonth posts.

Facebook Challenge

Learn how to protect your future—and the people you love—by protecting your heart. Encourage friends and family to make healthy changes with you by being part of our #HeartMonth Facebook Challenge. Each week, Million Hearts® will challenge you to complete one action that can help you maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle—and to share your success!

Twitter Chat

Join Million Hearts® and Men’s Health Network to chat about how men can maintain a healthy heart, including tips for controlling blood pressure, eating healthy, and staying active.

  • Topic: What African American men need for a healthy heart
  • Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
  • Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
  • Hashtag: #HeartMonthChat
  • Hosts: @MillionHeartsUS, @MensHlthNetwork

Spread the Word

Use these sample messages and graphics to spread the word about American Heart Month.

Social Media Graphics

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Sample Tweets

For Consumers/General Public

  • A heart-healthy lifestyle matters. Find out how to care for your heart during #HeartMonth from @MillionHeartsUS: http://1.usa.gov/1On4M12
  • Feb. is #HeartMonth! @MillionHeartsUS is challenging men to take one heart-healthy action: http://1.usa.gov/1On4M12
  • Take time this #HeartMonth to check your #bloodpressure. Then, talk to your doc about the results. http://1.usa.gov/1JWWXN8 @MillionHeartsUS

For Health Care Professionals

  • This #HeartMonth, @MillionHeartsUS is challenging men to take one heart-healthy action. Ask #pts to participate: http://1.usa.gov/1On4M12
  • Make a difference for #pts: Support simple changes for #hearthealth. Learn how from @MillionHeartsUS: http://1.usa.gov/1On4M12 #HeartMonth
  • Work w/ #pts to set health goals that matter to them. Use @MillionHeartsUS’ guide as a starting point: http://1.usa.gov/1ZKlgHV #HeartMonth

Sample Facebook Posts

For Consumers/General Public

  • A heart-healthy lifestyle matters. During #HeartMonth this February, find out how to care for your heart from Million Hearts: http://1.usa.gov/1On4M12
  • February is #HeartMonth! Million Hearts is challenging men to start one new heart-healthy behavior. Learn how you can take part in the challenge: http://1.usa.gov/1On4M12

For Health Care Professionals

  • This #HeartMonth, Million Hearts is challenging men to start one new heart-healthy behavior. Ask your patients to participate. Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/1On4M12
  • You can make a difference in your patients’ lives by supporting simple changes to improve heart health. This #HeartMonth, find out how from Million Hearts: http://1.usa.gov/1On4M12

Additional Resources to Share

Keep the conversation going offline by talking about the importance of heart health with your friends, neighbors, and loved ones. Turn your next get-together into a healthy get-together! Download the Healthy Get-Together Planning Guide [PDF-3.95M].

More resources from Million Hearts®:

  • Healthy Is Strong: African American men, be strong! Stay heart healthy so you can be there for your loved ones.
  • Heart Health: Find information about heart disease and stroke risks and consequences as well as tips for prevention.
  • Healthy Eating and Lifestyle: Discover heart-healthy recipes, easy meal plans, and inspiring articles to help you get healthy and stay healthy.

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