Valentine's Day is a platform to speak from the heart. On this Valentine's Day, Stamford's department of health and social services is speaking for the heart.
"It's a day that can help raise awareness, seeing that it is Valentine's Day," said Anne Fountain, Stamford director of health and social services.
The department hosted "Healthy Heart Day" today in the government center.
There, blood pressure screenings, diet and nutrition tips and CPR training were available to the public.
"We were really hoping that we'd catch the city employees who come into the building every day and then also members of the public," said Kerri Hagan, Stamford's public health educator. "And just raise awareness about prevention, nutrition, exercise, and also the importance of knowing your numbers, like your blood pressure."
"Nationally, heart disease and stroke have been the number one and number four killers of all Americans. So, it definitely impacts us on a personal level with our families and coworkers and it's something we strive to change," said Kevin Byrne, regional director of Fairfield County for the American Heart Association.
The Centers for Disease Control says you can prevent heart disease by eating a healthy diet, exercising, and monitoring your blood pressure, to name a few.
"We thought this would be a great day to really promote prevention -- ways to prevent getting heart disease -- because most of those cases are preventable," said Fountain.
The city recognizing February as National Heart Health Month, on a day that focuses on the heart.
Visit http://www.cdc.gov/features/HeartMonth for more information on heart month.