National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15-Oct. 15

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Hispanic communities empowered:
Understanding R.Á.P.I.D.O. acronym saves lives
World Stroke Day is Oct. 29th

The American Stroke Association promotes R.Á.P.I.D.O., a newly developed, culturally relevant Spanish acronym, to raise awareness of common stroke symptoms

News Release in English | News Release in Spanish

Photo: Noelia Gutierrez, stroke survivor and AHA volunteer, surrounded by her husband and one of her daughters looking through a family photo album while recording a video for the R.Á.P.I.D.O. PSA in Miami, FL. copyright American Heart Association 2023


The easy-to-remember acronym stands for:

R - Rostro caído​ (Face drooping)

Á - Alteración del equilibrio​ (Loss of Balance, or Lack of Coordination)

P - Pérdida de fuerza en el brazo​ (Arm weakness)

I - Impedimento visual repentino​ (Sudden vision difficulty)

D - Dificultad para hablar​ (Slurred or Strange Speech)

O - Obtén ayuda, llama al 911 (Get help, call 911)

Video: American Stroke Association volunteer expert, Hugo J. Aparicio, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of Neurology, Boston University, Boston, Mass. Transcript (doc) | Video in English copyright American Heart Association 2023

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month | World Restart a Heart Day

People often use these terms interchangeably, but they're not the same. A heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked. Sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating. A heart attack is a “circulation” problem and sudden cardiac arrest is an “electrical” problem.

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Mental Illness Awareness Week Oct. 1-7 | National Depression Screening Day is October 5th |
World Mental Health Day is October 10th

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October is Health Literacy Month and National Health Education Week is the 16-20th

American Heart Association’s checklist to measure cardiovascular health, called Life’s Essential 8™, adds healthy sleep as essential for optimal cardiovascular health along with other health and lifestyle factors like nicotine exposure, physical activity, diet, weight, blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure.

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Help your children develop healthy eating habits early in life that will bring lifelong benefits.

Healthy eating tips for the whole family

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Be a role model for an active lifestyle. Start moving more yourself and find ways to be active together as a family.

Physical activity tips for the whole family

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National Baking Week Oct 14-20 - Raspberry Streusel Muffins

World Food Day Oct. 16 - Tips for Eating Smart!

Latest news:

Research, advocacy, education urged to address chronic disease through Food Is Medicine programs - American Heart Association Presidential Advisory calls for building on existing research and implementing cross-sector approaches to Food Is Medicine (Sept. 28, 2023)

Prescription for fruits, vegetables linked to better heart health, food security - Prescriptions for free produce were associated with reduced blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index, finds new study in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes journal (Aug 29, 2023)

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Weather Preparedness
The American Heart Association has important tips to prepare for hurricanes and other natural disasters that can negatively impact physical and mental health

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Freelance Science Writers’ Travel Stipend Opportunity - U.S. freelance writers who qualify for embargoed access to news materials of the American Heart Association (the Association) may apply for a limited number of travel stipends to attend one of five (5) select Association scientific conferences.

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Scientific Sessions 2023 - November 11–13 | Pennsylvania Convention Center | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pre-Sessions Symposia & Early Career Day: November 10

Resuscitation Science Symposium 2023 - November 11–12, 2023 | Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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More October Calendar Highlights

Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Fire Prevention/Fire Safety Month, National Disability Employment Awareness Month, National Physical Therapy Month

October 29 is World Stroke Day

October 1-7 – National Primary Care Week | Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 5 - National Depression Screening Day

October 6 – National Diversity Day

October 9 - Columbus Day

October 10 – World Mental Health Day

October 11 – National Coming Out Day

October 14-20 – National Baking Week

October 15 – National Latino Aids Awareness Day | Global Handwashing Day

Oct. 15-21 - International Infection Prevention Week

October 16 – World Restart a Heart Day | Bosses’ Day | World Food Day

October 16-20 – National Health Education Week

October 21 – National Check Your Meds Day

October 22-28 - Respiratory Care Week

October 29 – World Stroke Day

October 31 – Halloween