Schuitmaker hosts American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women event at State capitol

For Immediate Release
Jan. 30, 2014

Contact: Derek Sova
517-373-0793 

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker has once again teamed up with the American Heart Association and fellow legislators to raise awareness about the dangers of heart disease. 

Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, and Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton, D-Huntington Woods, co-hosted the Go Red for Women event at the Capitol on Thursday and sponsored resolutions in both the state Senate and House of Representatives proclaiming February as American Heart Month and February 7 as Go Red Day in Michigan.

“Over the past 10 years, more than 600,000 lives have been saved thanks to the Go Red for Women movement,” said Schuitmaker. “I'm proud to partner with them to raise awareness about the dangers of heart disease and to get the message out that it can be prevented.”

The American Heart Association and its volunteers work every day with state legislatures in fighting cardiovascular diseases. The work is aimed at helping those who are at risk as well as improving the lives of Americans suffering from heart disease and stroke. Ultimately, the goal is to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. 

“It is an honor to stand with my fellow legislators and raise awareness about an issue that affects so many Michigan women,” said Lipton. “Heart disease is an issue that touches all of us.”

One Michigan woman who has been touched by heart disease is cardiac nurse and heart disease survivor Annette Scibberas of Dearborn. Scibberas is a 2014 national Go Red for Women spokesperson and Thursday she shared her personal story of being born with a congenital heart defect and later being diagnosed with “broken heart syndrome,” a type of cardiomyopathy caused by extreme stress. 

An estimated 8 million women in the U.S. are living with heart disease, yet only one in six women believe that heart disease is their greatest health threat. In fact, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

About Go Red For Women
Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement, created by women, for women, dedicated to uncovering the truth about women and heart disease: heart disease can kill you or a woman you love. With more women dying of cardiovascular disease than the next three causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer, we are committed to fighting this No. 1 killer that is preventable. GoRedForWomen.org, a premier source of information and education, connects millions of women of all ages and gives them tangible resources to turn personal choices into life-saving actions. We encourage women and the men who love them to embrace the cause. For more information please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278). The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and Merck & Co., Inc, with additional support from our cause sponsors.

 

Michigan Legislators Introduce Resolution Asking Women to Take Heed of their Number One Killer—heart disease

For Immediate Release
Jan. 28, 2014

Contact: Derek Sova
517-373-0793

LANSING, Mich.— Ten years after the introduction of American Heart Association Go Red for Women movement, we can celebrate the strides that have been made against the No. 1 killer of women, including:
• 650,000 lives saved
• 330 fewer women are dying every day due to heart disease
• More women know that heart disease is their No. 1 health threat
• More physicians recognize that women’s symptoms can differ and better screenings and treatments are saving lives.
• Clinical trial results are now reported by gender
• Fewer people are smoking; cholesterol has decreased

While we can celebrate these successes, heart disease remains the number one killer of women, killing approximately one woman every minute. In an effort to bring awareness to Michigan residents and lawmakers, Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton, D-Huntington Woods and the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement have teamed up to introduce resolutions in the state Senate and House. 

On Jan. 30th at 11 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, Michigan lawmaker’s will announce the 2014 American Heart Month resolution. The event will also educate women and men about the risk factors for heart disease and how they can support the movement to save lives.

“For more than a decade, millions of women have united to raise their voices about this silent killer. While we’ve made remarkable progress, nearly 1,100 women are still dying each day in this country,” said Schuitmaker. “But, with education, awareness and action many more lives can be saved.”

The American Heart Association and its volunteers work every day with state legislatures in fighting cardiovascular diseases. The work is aimed at helping those who are at risk as well as improving the lives of Americans suffering from heart disease and stroke. Ultimately, the goal is to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. 

“It is an honor to stand with my fellow legislators and raise awareness about an issue that affects so many Michigan women,” said Lipton. “Heart disease is an issue that touches all of us.” One Michigan woman who has been touched by heart disease is cardiac nurse and survivor, Annette Scibberas of Dearborn. Scibberas is a 2014 national Go Red for Women spokesperson and, on Jan. 30th, will share her personal story of being born with a congenital heart defect and later being diagnosed with “broken heart syndrome,” a type of cardiomyopathy caused by extreme stress. 

An estimated eight million women in the U.S. are living with heart disease, yet only one in six women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat. In fact, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

 

About Go Red For Women
Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement, created by women, for women, dedicated to uncovering the truth about women and heart disease: heart disease can kill you or a woman you love. With more women dying of cardiovascular disease than the next three causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer, we are committed to fighting this No. 1 killer that is preventable. GoRedForWomen.org, a premier source of information and education, connects millions of women of all ages and gives them tangible resources to turn personal choices into life-saving actions. We encourage women and the men who love them to embrace the cause. For more information please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278). The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and Merck & Co., Inc, with additional support from our cause sponsors.

Schuitmaker introduces legislation to remove obstacles to employment for military spouses

For Immediate Release
Jan. 22, 2014

Contact: Derek Sova
517-373-0793

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker introduced legislation Wednesday that will make it easier for the spouses of active duty military members to obtain a professional license in Michigan. 

“Military families have already sacrificed so much in defense of our country,” said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “We owe them a great deal and I am committed to making their adjustment to life in Michigan easier.”

The legislation will allow military spouses to obtain a temporary professional state license by demonstrating that they hold a valid professional license issued by another state and that they have been assigned to Michigan by the military.

“I'm proud of all that we have already accomplished for our military members and veterans,” Schuitmaker added. “This legislation goes one step further and recognizes the value a military spouse’s experience and education can bring to Michigan.”

Obtaining a new professional license is often time-consuming and costly, and many spouses make the difficult decision to stop working in their profession rather than navigate a different bureaucracy every time they receive an interstate transfer.

According to the organization USA 4 Military Families, more than two-thirds of service members indicated that their spouses’ ability to obtain employment is a significant consideration when deciding whether to continue their service.  

“These families should not be forced to decide between one spouse serving in the armed forces and one spouse pursuing their civilian career,” said Schuitmaker.

Senate Bills 741 and 742, which amend the Public Health Code and Occupational Code, respectively, have been referred to the Senate Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security.

 

Schuitmaker, O’Brien offer reaction to Governor’s State of the State address from local lawmakers

For Immediate Release
Jan. 17, 2014

Contact: Derek Sova
248-376-0067

LANSING, Mich.— Gov. Snyder addressed Michigan’s recovery in his State of the State address and Rep. Margaret O’Brien and Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker issued the following statements after his speech about plans for Michigan this year:

“Michigan suffered one of the worst recessions and is now leading the Great Lakes states in recovery,” said O’Brien, R-Portage. “I am so pleased Governor Snyder mentioned my bipartisan work on education issues. I have been privileged to work with education experts and colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find solutions that put kids first.”

Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, said, “Governor Snyder’s State of the State address painted a clear picture both of our accomplishments thus far and what he hopes for in 2014. The governor presented a bold agenda, and I look forward to working with him on accomplishing our mutual goals.

“While Michigan has seen an impressive rebound, there is a lot more work to be done.”

“The focus for the 2014 legislative session remains largely the same. We will maintain our commitment to cut wasteful government spending and run Michigan as efficiently as possible. Michigan taxpayers have worked hard for their money and we should be working hard to ensure they keep it.”

O’Brien said, “Michigan is improving but our work is more important now than ever. I brought common sense solutions to Lansing from our community that turned our state around. We must continue to be bold and fight for a brighter future for our kids.”

 

Schuitmaker comments on State of the State address

For Immediate Release
Jan. 16, 2014

Contact: Derek Sova
517-373-0793

LANSING, Mich.—On Thursday night, Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, issued the statement below following Gov. Rick Snyder’s fourth State of the State address at the Capitol in Lansing.

“Governor Snyder's State of the State address painted a clear picture both of our accomplishments thus far and what he hopes for in 2014. The Governor presented a bold agenda and I look forward to working with him on accomplishing our mutual goals.
“Reinventing Michigan has been a top priority for the Legislature and tonight's speech highlighted some of the progress that has been made. Once again, Michigan’s budget was balanced and passed with time to spare, turning a once- $1.5 billion budget deficit into a $900 million surplus. We are also one of the top states for job growth nationwide.

“While Michigan has seen an impressive rebound, there is a lot more work to be done. The focus for the 2014 legislative session remains largely the same. We will maintain our commitment to cut wasteful government spending and run Michigan as efficiently as possible. Michigan taxpayers have worked hard for their money and we should be working hard to ensure they keep it.”

 

***Media Advisory***

For Immediate Release         
Jan. 15, 2014        

Contact: Derek Sova
(517) 373-0793

Who: State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, vice chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, vice chair of Senate Health Policy Committee, and vice chair on the Senate Appropriations subcommittees on Capital Outlay, Community Colleges and Judiciary.

What:  Reaction and comments following the governor’s State of the State address.

When:  After the address, which is scheduled to begin Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.

Where: House Appropriations Room
            Third Floor
            State Capitol
             Lansing, MI
 
Briefing: Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, will be available following the State of the State address for comments on state issues mentioned by the governor in the address. 

Please call Schuitmaker’s office at 1-517-373-0793 prior to 3 p.m. on Jan. 16 to schedule an interview time with the senator.