Celebrate American Heart Month here in Eastern Iowa

Get involved in Heart Month this February to promote heart health

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Babies Go Red — Newborns at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will be given red hats all month long. Right now, in the state of Iowa only about 30 percent of hospitals offer every newborn a potentially lifesaving screening called pulse oximetry. This non-invasive, $4 test checks a baby’s blood oxygen level and can detect heart defects. The University of Iowa was the first to offer all babies this test and this year, the American Heart Association is pursuing legislation to ensure all Iowa hospitals follow suit.

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Buildings Go Red — Local businesses and organizations will be showing their support for women affected by heart disease. St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids and Hotel Vetro in Iowa City will project the Go Red For Women logo on the side of their buildings. Siebke & Hoyt Jewelers and the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics also are “going red” for the month. Quaker Oats will have a custom steel red dress on display.

Friday, Feb. 1

10th Annual National Wear Red Day — Help raise awareness of women’s greatest health threat by wearing red. Get others to join in at work, school or church using the free tool kit available at GoRedForWomen.org. Several downtown Iowa City businesses will offer specials on Wear Red Day.

Sunday, Feb. 3

39th Annual Don Roberts Square Dance — Held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Marion, the square dancing party raises money for the American Heart Association. Details available by calling (319) 378-1763.

Thursday, Feb. 7

Heart of Gold Cedar Rapids Titans Game — Cedar Rapid’s arena football team is going red for one night to raise awareness of heart disease. Five dollars of every ticket purchased will go to the American Heart Association. Fans, players, coaches and Titans Dolls will all be wearing their red to show support for the work of the American Heart Association. Players will enter the field accompanied by a heart disease survivor.

Thursday, Feb. 14

Go Red UI Women’s Basketball Game — Wear red and enjoy a great family-friendly event. Pick up free tickets to the game at any MidWestOne Bank location.

Saturday, Feb. 23

Cedar Rapids Heart Ball — Hearti Gras — On Saturday, Feb. 23, from 5:30 to 10 p.m., at the Cedar Rapids Country Club, the 21st annual Heart Ball will feature music, auctions and delicious food — all aimed at raising money for the American Heart Association. Visit www.CedarRapidsHeartBall.org for details and tickets.

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