February is the month of love. Everyone is acutely aware of Valentine ’s Day on February 14. Love, despite what modern science has shown to be a chemical reaction in the brain, has always been associated with the heart. Affairs of the heart, heart ache, and heart attacks are common themes that find their ways into music, theater, and movies as well as real life events. So celebrating the heart and heart health within the month of February is a corollary that one can easily draw by meandering around HONNA. February is the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Heart Health since heart disease is the number one killer of both women and men in the United States.

HONNA openly celebrates systolic endeavors in February. A cohesive community comes together this month to show their cardiac pride, celebrate together, support others and learn along the way.  Kicking off the month on February 3 is the National Wear Red Day that is followed by a neighborhood heart-healthy walk on February 11 where participants are expected to don a red accessory.  Circulating through the neighborhood, what may appear to be homes decorated in honor of Valentine’s Day when examined closely will give a nod to celebrating the perpetually contracting muscle.  Home décor will be registered with judging to commence on February 5 and extending till February 28. A celebration of red and meeting your neighbors will be held on February 17 at the newly renovated Stafford-Miranda home. The month of activities will culminate with a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) class to make sure that the basics of this life saving procedure are known by the many instead of the few. So grab your red, mark your calendars and let’s plan to live long and prosper.

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