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Albany mayor declares February as 'American Heart Month'

Mayor Dorothy Hubbard officially declared February as American Heart Month on Thursday afternoon. / Mary Green

Right now, Albany leaders are encouraging the city to come together to promote healthy hearts.

Mayor Dorothy Hubbard officially declared February as American Heart Month on Thursday afternoon.

She was joined by representatives from Phoebe, Dougherty County Health Department, American Red Cross and even a local farmer, all to encourage healthy habits.

Phoebe Community Benefits Coordinator Darrell Sabbs said they're on their way to making Albany a "heart safe city," but he added it will take the full community's efforts to make it happen.

"These are simple instructions, but they can be so complicated because it calls for changes in behavior and changes in choices, and oftentimes, these are changes that's been in your lives for so long," he said.

To kick off this month, Phoebe and other community partners are provided a full slate of events to promote heart health.

It starts Wednesday, Feb. 14, with blood pressure checks at Albany Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Then you can learn CPR basics on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Civic Center.

It wraps up with "Dance for your Heart" on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., featuring Zumba, line dancing and yoga instruction.


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