LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved her motion to proclaim the month of February 2023 as Los Angeles County Heart Month.

February is American Heart Month, and each year, the month is dedicated to raising awareness of the risks associated with heart disease, remembering those who have passed away, and promoting lifesaving measures to reduce the risk of heart disease

“Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and in Los Angeles County. Latino, American Indian, Alaska Natives, and especially Black residents suffer a disproportionate toll from heart disease, often driven by social determinants of health,” said Supervisor Solis. “Even simple lifestyle changes like increased physical activity and eating healthier foods can help our residents live healthier lives. This American Heart Month, we must make sure our most vulnerable residents are empowered and educated on their cardiovascular health.”

In addition to the proclamation, the motion approved today instructs the Departments of Public Health, Mental Health, Aging and Disabilities and Social Services to engage with plans to promote evidence-based intervention to prevent heart disease and make more lifesaving resources available. This motion will also implement a public messaging and resource campaign to increase awareness of best practices for cardiovascular health care.

To read the full motion, click here.