National Heart Month

heart month

The Cardiovascular Division and Lillehei Heart Institute will be hosting National Heart Month events throughout February, including:

  • A month-long Step Challenge with prizes for participants who log the most steps*
  • Go Red Photo Challenge in support of heart health
  • Mindful Mondays*
  • Virtual Painting Party*
  • ...and more!

Event details are available below.
*Requires registration, see tabs below.

Download Event Calendar

Questions? Email us at

Go Red!

Go RedGo Red for Women is the American Heart Association's national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Join us in supporting this movement by wearing red on Friday, Feb 5, 2021. 

Wear red and upload some fabulous photos to Twitter with hashtags #GoRedforWomen and #UMNHeartMonth!



HeArt Therapy with Board & Brush

project examplesVirtual Painting Party with Board & Brush!

Register Now! Deadline is 6:00pm Feb. 4
Use Access Code: HEARTTHERAPY to register and Discount Code: HEART25 to take $25 off your registration

Please join us for a virtual DIY virtual hosted by Board & Brush in St. Louis Park. During the workshop, you will create your own unique wood decor project. We provide all the materials and instruct you step-by-step through the creative process. You will finish with a beautiful piece for your home or for a gift.
$20 fee covers all materials. Kits will be available for pick-up from Feb. 15 at the Cardiology Division offices on the second floor of Variety Club Research Center (map).

Please click on the link below to register. During registration, you will select a project from our gallery. Prior to the event, you will pick up your virtual kit from at the Cardiology offices, 2nd floor Variety Club Research Center (map)Each kit will be labeled with your name, packaged in a white gift bag with a Bb gift tag and will include:
  • A sanded, distressed, assembled, and pre-stained board matching the gallery photo
  • The design stencil
  • Three paint cups
  • Three sponge paint brushes
  • Two small cloths (for potential spills)
  • Step by step instruction sheet
  • A color mixing guide
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint

Kits will be available for pickup from Monday, February 15 at the Cardiology offices, 2nd floor Variety Club Research Center (map).

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Online via Zoom!

Register Now! Registration closes at 6:00pm Feb. 4, 2021.
use Access Code: HEARTTHERAPY to register and Discount Code: HEART25 to take $25 off your registration

Art/Coloring Contest

coloring pagesMonth-long Coloring Contest

Select and dowload a printed coloring sheet from the category options below. There is an option for everyone - from toddlers to adults! 

Download coloring pages

Ages 0-5: Each participant will receive a heart-shaped stress ball
Ages 5-10: Each participant will receive a blinking heart necklace
Ages 11 to 111: Each participant will receive a blinking heart necklace + First Prize: a $10 gift card

All entries due by 8:00pm, February 25, 2021
Click here to Upload an your image file

"Love on a Plate" Cookbook

cookbookLove on a Plate!

Due to the Covid19 pandemic, we're unable to have our annual, wildly popular bake sale to raise money for our AHA Heart Walk team "Hearts & Soles."
Instead, you can buy our cookbook and socially distance yourself into the kitchen to whip up some amazing recipes!

This cookbook is full of "tried and true" recipes by members of the Cardiovascular Division/Lillehei Heart Institute. Each recipe has been passed down in families, between friends, or a recipe that we have made for our families over and over again. You may even recognize some recipes from appearances at our potlucks. We hope that you find a new "favorite" in here that you too, can make for your loved ones. Because, really, what's better than some "Love on a Plate"?

Order Now
$20 per copy. Preorder now for delivery at the end of February.
All proceeds go to the American Heart Association.

Step Challenge

trophyGet Moving! Join us for a step challenge and track your steps during February, a.k.a. National Heart Month. The participant with the most steps wins a fab trophy!

Check in each week with your total so far and get a weekly update on the competition.

To qualify for the competition, registration is required.
Register now! Deadline for registration is Feb 1, 2021.

The Challenge applies to all steps taken during the month of February.


Mindful Mondays, Mindful Moments

virtual yogaJoin the University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing for an informal hour of meditation and light movement. Bakken Center Mindfulness and Wellbeing Instructor Mariann Johnson will guide you through exercises that will leave you feeling physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually rejuvenated.

Cost: Free
Monday afternoons, 12 to 1 p.m.

Register Here for Mindful Mondays!

mindfulnessPlease also join us Tuesday mornings at 8:45am for a 15-minute "Mindful Moment" with the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Join Tuesday Mindful Moments via zoom


AHA Go Red Evening of Empowerment

go red logoREGISTER
During this first-ever digital experience, you’ll hear from our Go Red Chairs, Tiffanie Boyd and Courtney Baechler, along with leaders in heart health and local cardiac arrest survivors. At the close of the program attendees will have the chance to vote for their favorite business accelerator candidate, and the overall “fan favorite” will receive a $2,500 grant. Register now!

Red Heart Soiree


Join us for this one-of-a-kind virtual celebration!

Friday, February 26, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by Jennifer Mayerle and Mike Augustyniak from WCCO Saturday Morning

Red Heart Soirée is our signature fundraising event benefiting cardiovascular research, education and patient care at the University of Minnesota. We have moved our event date to February in honor of National Heart Month, and, to ensure the health and safety of our guests, we will be celebrating virtually in 2021!

Join us from the comfort of your home! Event highlights include:

  • Online auction featuring fantastic experiences, local restaurants and much more
  • Heartwarming patient stories
  • Messages from some of our beloved physicians
  • Behind-the-scenes look at the newest innovations in patient care
  • Lively virtual after party featuring music and trivia with DJ Adrian from Events by MV

Register Today