2024 Heart Month UCDCThe UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center recognizes February as Heart Month. The very first Heart Month was celebrated in February 1964, as declared by President Lyndon B. Johnson. 

Heart health and diabetes management go hand-in-hand– a healthy heart can make all the difference in managing diabetes. Having diabetes can complicate overall heart health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) adults with diabetes are twice as likely to have heart disease as people who do not have diabetes.

The CDC notes that "more than two in three people with diabetes have high blood pressure. Diabetes also raises triglycerides and LDL cholesterol." But, healthy heart habits can help to combat the elevated risk of cardiovascular disease for those who have diabetes. Not sure where to start? UAB has several heart healthy recipes available as well as a quick guide to diet and exercise habits that can help those with diabetes manage heart health.

Plus, there are a few events centered around the heart to check out during the month of February and beyond.

Friday, Feb. 2: Celebrate National Wear Red Day 2024
Dress in red and post a selfie on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #UABHeart2024. UAB employees who post their photo or submit it online will be eligible to win one of five Employee Wellness swag bags — and help raise awareness about cardiovascular disease.

Before Wednesday, Feb. 14: Send a greeting card
You can send free greeting cards to patients at Children's of Alabama Hospital. Visit give.childrensal.org/valentinesday and select one of three Valentine’s Day card designs. Hospital staff will print the cards and distribute them to patients on Valentine’s Day.

Saturday, March 9: Birmingham Heart Walk
Mark you calendar for the 2024 Birmingham Heart Walk on Saturday, March 9, at 9 a.m. in Railroad Park. Joining a Heart Walk team is a great way to support the American Heart Association and get your heart pumping. Click here to join a team.