Every year since 1964, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation designating the month of February American Heart Month. And on February 6th, President Obama upheld the tradition by officially recognizing the month with the signing of a Presidential proclamation.
" NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim February 2009, as American Heart Month, and I invite all Americans to participate in National Wear Red Day February 6, 2009. I also invite the Governors of the states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of other areas subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and the American people to join me in recognizing and reaffirming our commitment to fighting cardiovascular disease," the proclamation stated.
Congress joined the President in recognizing American Heart Month. Representative Chris Lee (R-NY), introduced a Congressional resolution in support of the month, which was passed by the House of Representatives on February 13th.