LANSING, Mich.—Heart disease is the number one killer of women and, in an effort to bring awareness to Michigan residents, state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker and the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement have teamed up to introduce a resolution in the state Senate encouraging all Michiganders to be aware of the risk of heart disease, to wear red on National Wear Red Day, and urging women to join the movement.
“Wearing red is a way to honor our family, friends and neighbors who have suffered from heart disease as well as showing support for the fight against the disease,” said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, who will introduce the measure on Jan. 26.
The American Heart Association and its volunteers work every day with legislatures in fighting cardiovascular diseases. The work is aimed at improving the lives of Americans suffering from heart disease and stroke, or those at risk for developing cardiovascular disease, in an effort to achieve the Heart Association’s mission, which is building 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 of Michigan's women,” said state Rep. Joan Bauer, D-Lansing. “Heart disease is an issue that touches all of us. It is also an issue that we can take an active role in addressing by adopting healthy lifestyles and advocating for support for those who suffer from cardiovascular disease and stroke.”
American Heart Association Government Relations Director of Michigan Sarah Poole agrees.
“By working with our government, we can bring awareness to the No. 1 killer of women,” said Poole. “This is a great opportunity for the association to be working with Senator Schuitmaker and all government officials in an effort to save lives.”
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.
“More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. Unfortunately, heart disease is often silent, hidden and misunderstood,” said Poole. “Heart disease causes the death of one woman every minute nationally, and 41 Michigan women die every day due to heart disease.”
A press conference announcing the resolution will take place on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m. in the Capitol rotunda. Keynote speakers will be Schuitmaker and Bauer, and will include survivor speakers from across the state who will share how they’ve fought heart disease and won. The Heart Association’s Go Red For Women dress, often referred to as “Lucy,” will be available to have photos taken with.
Legislators will receive information on how to fight women’s heart disease here in Michigan.
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.