Schuitmaker, American Heart Association to promote Go Red for Women at Thursday press conference

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker and the American Heart Association have partnered to help bring awareness to women’s heart disease, the number one killer of women in the country.

The event will be held at 11 a.m. in the rotunda of the Michigan Capitol. In addition to Schuitmaker and the American Heart Association, heart disease survivors from across the state will share how they’ve fought the disease and won. The Heart Association’s Go Red for Women dress, often referred to as “Lucy,” will be available for photos.

Schuitmaker will also introduce a resolution in the state Senate encouraging all Michiganders to be aware of the heart disease risk, to wear red on National Wear Red Day, Friday, Feb. 3, and ask women to join the Go Red for Women 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 Sen. Schuitmaker, R-Lawton.
An estimated eight million women in the U.S. are living with heart disease, and 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

What:  A press conference to promote the ‘Go Red’ for Women movement to bring awareness to Michiganders about the dangers of heart disease.

Who:   Schuitmaker, R-Lawton; state Rep. Joan Bauer, D-Lansing; American Heart Association representatives; and special guests.

When: Thursday, Jan. 26
11 a.m.

Where: Michigan Capitol Rotunda