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Supervisor's Yxstian Gutierrez Weekly Message

By Yxstian Gutierrez
Riverside County Fifth District Supervisor
02/16/2023 at 09:22 AM

Dear District 5 residents, 

As February marks both Black History Month and American Heart Health Month, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the significance of these observances.

Black History Month is a time to celebrate and honor the contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout our nation's history. The African American community has made invaluable societal contributions, from inventors and artists to activists and leaders. This month is an opportunity to learn about and recognize these critical figures and to understand the ongoing struggles for equality and justice.

Understanding Black History allows us to appreciate the resilience and strength of people who have faced immense challenges. It also allows us to see how far we have come as a society and to recognize the ongoing work that needs to be done to achieve true equality and justice for all people.

By studying Black History, we can gain a deeper understanding of our shared history and a stronger appreciation for the diversity that makes our country so vibrant. In addition, Black History reminds us of the importance of perseverance and determination in the face of adversity and the power of collective action to effect positive change.

In addition to recognizing African Americans' contributions, February is American Heart Health Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Someone in America dies every minute from a heart disease-related event. Therefore, we must take steps to prevent it and promote heart health. This includes regular physical activity, healthy eating, managing stress, and avoiding smoking. By prioritizing heart health, we can help reduce the risk of heart disease and improve the overall health of our communities. To learn more visit the American Heart Association’s website at

I am committed to promoting heart health and raising awareness about the impact of heart disease. During American Heart Health Month, I encourage everyone to take steps to improve their heart health and celebrate African Americans' contributions during Black History Month.

Together, we can work towards a healthier and more equitable future for all.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yxstian Gutierrez

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