February is heart month – here’s why

With Valentine’s Day just days away, it seems like a good time to talk about our hearts – literally. Through the American Heart Association and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the U.S. and Canada want to bring attention to the importance of cardiovascular health and what we can do to reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. We can all reduce our risk by making healthy lifestyle choices including quitting smoking, eating a healthy and balanced diet, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

With the vaping crisis, both organizations are fighting for young people and against the vaping epidemic by funding millions in new nicotine research, working to strengthen laws and policies nationwide, and exposing the e-cigarette industry’s lies. Canada has proposed new vaping legislation and taken action to ban the use of menthol flavoring in cigarettes and most cigars.

In a short period of time, vaping has become an epidemic. Over five million teens use e-cigarettes. Our children are becoming addicted to nicotine after decades of hard work trying to get adults to quit smoking cigarettes. I can honestly say I quit smoking five years ago and my husband quit in September of last year. I am just sorry we didn’t quit sooner.

Today is National Wear Red Day in the U.S., and in Canada it is February 13 to raise awareness about women’s heart health. Please make an effort to share key messages on women’s heart health with your co-workers and friends on this day and wear red to show your support.

UCT home office employees will be wearing red to support women’s health – and not just women can wear red, you know!

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