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Social Awareness Initiatives
Tuesday, February 01, 2022
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The entire month of February, the City recognizes the following:

Black History Month: Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. This year's theme is "Black Health and Wellness". The theme explores the "legacy of not only Black scholars but also other ways of knowing such as birth workers, doulas, midwives, etc. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals, and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well."

American Heart Month: This February marks the 58th consecutive American Heart Month - a time when the nation spotlights the number one killer of Americans. The first proclamation was issued by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. Since then, U.S. presidents have annually declared February as American Heart Month. According to Heart.org, heart disease continues to be the greatest health threat but in most cases, heart disease is preventable by adopting a healthy lifestyle, maintaining a healthy weight, controlling blood sugar and cholesterol, and treating high blood pressure.

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