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

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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Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month

Peripheral artery disease is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries that carry blood away from the heart to other parts of the body. The most common type is lower-extremity PAD. Learn more about symptoms, treatments and more.

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National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month

(AFib or AF) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and some other heart-related complications. Learn more about A-Fib.

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National Cholesterol Education Month

Cholesterol is a waxy substance. It’s not inherently “bad.” Your body needs it to build cells. But too much can pose a problem. Find answers to your questions about cholesterol here.

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Healthy Aging | National Self-Care Awareness | Self-Improvement Month

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

As summer wraps up and kids head back to the classrooms, it’s important to recognize how young people spend their free time could impact their heart health.

According to the American Heart Association, too much screen time and unhealthy on-the-go eating habits could make for some hard lessons in poor heart health in the future.

Keep busy kids focused on heart health | Spanish news release

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Fruit & Veggie Month - An easy first step to eating healthy is to add fruits & veggies at every meal/snack. Healthy Eating Tips

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LNational Chili Pepper Month - Can chili peppers help you live longer?

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National Apple Month and Better Breakfast Month - Whole-wheat Apple Pancake Recipe

Latest news:

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

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More September Calendar Highlights

Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month | National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month | National Yoga Awareness Month and September 29 is World Heart Day.

9/4 - Labor Day

9/5 - International Day of Charity

9/7-10 - American Heart Association Hypertension Scientific Sessions 2023

9/8 - World Physical Therapy Day

9/10 - World Suicide Prevention Day | Grandparents' Day

9/11 - Patriot Day

9/12 - National Day of Encouragement

9/15 - National POW/MIA Recognition Day | Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset through sunset of September 17)

9/16 - Mexican Independence Day | Working Parents Day | International Eat An Apple Day | National Dance Day | National Gymnastics Day

9/17 - Rosh Hashanah (ends at sunset)

9/18-24 - National Rehabilitation Awareness Week

9/19 - National Voter Registration Day

9/21 - International Day of Peace | World Gratitude Day | World Alzheimer's Day

9/22 - Native American Day

9/23 - Fall Equinox | International Day of Sign Languages

9/29 - World Heart Day