Valentine's Day is not the only thing to celebrate this February. This month of snowstorms and heart-shaped chocolates is also a national month of heart disease awareness and our local Philadelphia chapter of the American Heart Association is using it to spread word of their life-saving mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Kick off the month in style by wearing red on Friday, February 6 for National Wear Red Day for Women. Did you know that each year 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke, and that more women than men die every year from heart disease and stroke? Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association's national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Don't stop with just wearing red though, make healthy changes in your own life. Learn more at

Like a night to dress up and enjoy a night out? The American Heart Association will host its Philadelphia Heart Ball on Saturday, February 7 at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. This annual black-tie gala includes a reception and silent auction followed by dinner. Entertainment will be provided by the Sid Miller Dance Band.

At the ball, Jerry Maginnis, office managing partner at KPMG will be awarded this year's Heart of Philadelphia award, and Dr. Peter R. Kowey, chief, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at Main Line Health will receive the Edward S. Cooper Award. The Heart of Philadelphia award is presented to a local community leader who is passionate about public health issues, dedicated to serving the greater Philadelphia community and exemplifies the true "heart" of the city. The Edward S. Cooper, MD Award is presented to a physician, researcher or medical professional whose many outstanding contributions to the Philadelphia community exemplify the best of humankind. The award is named for Dr. Edward S. Cooper, a world-renowned physician and a pioneer in hypertension and stroke, and the first African American to serve as national president of the American Heart Association.

Here is just a small listing of other Heart Month activities that will be going on in the community.

Motown Night: featuring Grammy Award Winning Artists MFSB: (Mother, Father, Sister, Brother) -The Sound of Philadelphia.

Date: February 6 2015

Time: 7 pm -11 pm

Location: Beat Street Station, Corner of Cresson and Gay Streets, Phila.

Go Red at Boyd's Shopping Night

Date: Wednesday, Feb 11

Time: 5 pm -8 pm

Location: 1818 Chestnut Street, Phila.

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