KC Celebrates February's American Heart Month with Many Activities

   Mark your calendars in celebration of February as American Heart Month. Plenty of activities are planned throughout the Kansas City area and the Kansas and Missouri state capitols.

Feb. 2: Wear Red Day at the Kansas State Capitol
Feb. 3: National Wear Red Day
Feb. 3: Red Dress Dash: Power & Light District, 5 p.m.
Feb. 8: Wear Red Day at the Missouri State Capitol 
Feb. 10: Lawrence Go Red For Women Luncheon: The University of Kansas, 10 a.m. 
Feb. 11: Go Red Fashion Show, Ritz Charles
Feb. 25: Kansas City Heart Ball, Kansas City Convention Center, 6 p.m.


Roeland Park Police Department Pin Giveaway: 7 to 9 a.m. Feb 3
The American Heart Association has teamed up with the Roeland Park Police Department to give away 1,200 Go Red For Women pins at intersections during the morning commute on National Wear Red Day.


Little Hats, Big Hearts: 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 3, Shawnee Mission Health
You’re invited to go on rounds to distribute little red hats to raise awareness about congenital heart defects. Every baby born at participating hospitals in the metro during the month of February will receive a little red hat knitted by volunteers in KC. This year, Kansas City knitted and crocheted 6,600 hats, exceeding the goal by 4,600. Shawnee Mission Health is the local medical sponsor for Go Red For Women in the Kansas City market.


Red Dress Dash: 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 3, Power & Light
One in three women die of heart disease in America. Choose to fight these odds – and have fun doing it. Come down to the KC Live! Block at the Power & Light District for a Downtown Dash and huge party. The event features a quick 4-block run around downtown followed by photo booths, face painting, music, drink specials and awards. The “Red Dress Diva” award will go to the woman or man who sports the best red dress during the dash. The first 400 participants to register for the free event that night will receive a free T-shirt and goodie bag.


Local Survivor: Jenna Bell, 1-year heart transplant anniversary
On Feb. 16, 32-year-old Army wife and mom of two Jenna Bell will celebrate one year since her heart transplant. In her 20s, Jenna was told she was at risk for sudden cardiac death. She is passionate about women taking control of their own heart health and ensuring that her family follows a heart-healthy diet. Jenna was featured at the 2016 Go Red For Women Luncheon and her video can be viewed here.


Buildings Go Red
Buildings across KC will be going RED to raise awareness and show support for the American Heart Association. The Overland Park Convention Center, H&R Block, the downtown Marriott, and Shawnee Mission Health are just a few. Use the hashtag #KCGoesRed to share photos on social media.


Charlie Hustle Limited Edition Shirt to Support AHA
Charlie Hustle has partnered with the AHA to provide a limited edition white shirt with a red heart. Proceeds from each shirt sold during American Heart Month will go to the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball. Shirts will be available in stores and online starting in February.