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National African American History Month had its origins in 1915 when historian and author Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. This organization is now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (“ASALH”). Through this organization Dr. Woodson initiated the first Negro History Week in February 1926. Dr. Woodson selected the week in February that included the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, two key figures in the history of African Americans. In 1975, President Ford issued a Message on the Observance of Black History Week urging all Americans to “recognize the important contribution made to our nation’s life and culture by black citizens.” In 1976 this commemoration of black history in the United States was expanded by ASALH to Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, and President Ford issued the first Message on the Observance of Black History Month that year. In subsequent years, Presidents Carter and Reagan continued to issue Messages honoring African American History Month.In 1986 Congress passed Public Law 99-244 (PDF, 142KB) which designated February 1986 as “National Black (Afro-American) History Month.” This law noted that February 1, 1986 would “mark the beginning of the sixtieth annual public and private salute to Black History.”

Pets are family. Pets can support healthy aging – from motivating us to stay mobile (Dogs get us up and moving more often), to helping us feel needed, to giving structure to daily life. In case of emergency, we all want our pets to have the same love and care we’d give them ourselves. A pet alert card can help. It’s one of a pet owner’s worst fears: If something were to happen at your home or to you when you’re away, who would look after your pets? To make sure they’d be looked after the way you want, make sure you communicate with a pet alert card. These cards can be carried with you, put on your phone, on your key chain, etc. Also remember to put a window sign placed near each entrance to your home is another vital pet alert communication to help protect your pet. It tells first responders, such as firefighters, that one or more pets are inside your home and may need help February is nationally recognized as “Spay/Neuter Awareness Month.” The purpose is to encourage people to have their pets sterilized before the spring and summer months when there is a rampant overproduction of puppies and kittens. There are programs that can help with the cost of this, call your local humane society or animal shelter for more information

American Heart Month 2020: High Blood Pressure Control—We Got This!

Uncontrolled high blood pressure, or hypertension, is dangerous and far too common. In fact, 1 of 3 adults in the United States has the condition.1 High blood pressure usually has no signs or symptoms, but it does have consequences. The only way to know if you’re at risk for high blood pressure is to know your numbers.

This year, the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) will focus on how people can control high blood pressure and protect their heart High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the leading causes of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and death in the United State About 1 of 3 U.S. adults—or about 75 million people—have high blood pressure. Only about half (54%)of these people have their high blood pressure under control. Many youth are also being diagnosed with high blood pressure. Risk factors include health conditions, your lifestyle, and your family history that can increase your risk for high blood pressure. Some of the risk factors for high blood pressure cannot be controlled, such as your age or family history

According to the American Heart Association, seniors who have cardiovascular conditions may experience increased side effects in the cold. As we age our metabolism slows down leading to decreased energy. If we have low energy we can feel cold. Also, people who are cold can have problems with their thyroid gland which helps manage their metabolism. Additionally some elderly people become less active and develop poor diets which make them lose weight. Without adequate fat storage they have less insulation which can also be a cause of feeling cold. If they aren’t as active, they aren’t elevating their metabolism and can ultimately lead to that constant cold sensation. They are also frequently affected by poor circulation and thus are prone to cold hands, feet, ears, nose, etc

If you had heart disease, would you recognize the symptoms? You might be thinking, “Of course!” Many people are familiar with the scene of a man clutching his chest and falling to the ground, but there’s plenty more you need to know. While there are many similarities in the symptoms of heart disease in men and women, there are even more differences – differences that could save, or end your life if you don’t know them. So before you pass that jaw pain off as the result of sleeping funny or lightheadedness as something a snack or rest can fix, learn the symptoms. And don’t ignore them. A heart attack strikes someone about every 43 seconds. It occurs when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely. This happens because the arteries that supply the heart with blood can slowly narrow from a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances (plaque) Talk with your doctor about the symptoms are for you