In recognition of February as American Heart Month, Lane Regional Medical Center employees are “going red.”

Throughout February, staff from several departments have worn red to promote heart health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. While Americans of all backgrounds can be at risk for heart disease, black men, especially those who live in the southeast region of the U.S., are at the highest risk.

The CDC encourages everyone to make small changes that can make a big difference: schedule doctor visits to talk about heart health; add exercise to daily routine; increase healthy eating by lowering sodium intake and swapping out salt for fresh or dried herbs and spices; take steps to quit smoking; and take medications — such as for high blood pressure and cholesterol — on time.