The proclamation concludes with a call to action, encouraging Americans to wear red in order to emphasize the significance of heart disease.
The first ever American Heart Month occurred during February of 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. During that year, over 50% of all deaths in the United States were caused by heart disease. Issued on December 30, 1963, Proclamation 3566 states that the Congress requested, by joint resolution, for the President to annually issue a proclamation designating February as American Heart Month.
This month is the perfect the time to raise awareness throughout your school nutrition program. Although the death rate has decreased significantly over the years, heart disease is still the #1 cause of death in the United States for both men and women. Sadly, 1 in 4 people pass away due to heart disease. Cardiovascular disease is also the leading global cause of death with 17.3 million deaths every year, which is expected to increase. The primary factors contributing to heart disease include high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, and being overweight.
What can you do to teach your students about cardiovascular disease?
Feature heart-healthy menu items such as: