The month of February hosts a variety of holidays and happenings such as Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day and Fat Tuesday. February is also recognized as the American Heart Awareness Month that was established by President Lyndon B. Johnson under Presidential Proclamation in 1963. President Johnson urged “the people of the United States to give heed to the nationwide problem of the heart and blood-vessel diseases, and to support the programs required to bring about its solution.” Johnson’s action marked a pivotal point in the nation’s approach to addressing cardiovascular disease. To learn more about healthy heart living and how to prevent heart disease visit the American Heart Association.
Fur-ever in Love with our Animals
February 20 is National Love Your Pet Day. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are many health benefits of having a pet. Having an animal in your life increases opportunities to exercise and socialize. Regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels. Pets can help manage loneliness and depression by giving us companionship. We invite you to meet the four-legged family members of the Senior Center staff. We love our fur-babies and we agree that our pets have enriched our lives through the years! Meet our furry Valentines here.
The Birds and the Bees
Not the birds and the bees that you learned about in health class… but now that we have your attention… discover these interesting and educational websites that allow you to observe birds and bees in their natural habitat. View six live birdwatching animal cameras from around the world. You can birdwatch from the comfort of your own home by visiting Birdwatching HQ website. Let’s not forget about the bees! Have you ever wanted to peek inside a live beehive to see what “busy as a bee” really means? To view live video footage of a beehive along with videos of cats, dogs, gorillas, bears and other amazing animals in the wild, visit Explore.org, the world’s leading philanthropic live nature cam network and documentary film channel here.