Senate approves Schuitmakers resolution declaring Feb. 3 ‘Go Red for Women Day’

LANSING —The Michigan Senate approved a resolution Thursday to recognize Feb. 3 as “Go Red for Women Day” in Michigan, said Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, sponsor of Senate Resolution 4.

“It is important to educate women all across Michigan about the serious danger of heart disease,” said Schuitmaker, R-Antwerp Township. “Heart disease is the number one killer of women, and research has shown that 80 percent of women’s cardiac events could have been prevented if women made the right choices for their hearts and were aware of the symptoms of a heart attack.”

Cardiovascular disease claims the lives of 460,000 women a year, and only one out of three women can properly identify the symptoms of a heart attack.

All Michigan residents are encouraged to wear red on Thursday, Feb. 3 in recognition of family, friends and neighbors who have suffered from heart disease and as a show of support for the fight against the disease.

“It is my wish that Go Red for Women Day helps raise awareness of this devastating disease,” Schuitmaker said. “By increasing awareness of the risk factors and taking actions to reduce them, we can help save thousands of lives each year. I plan to Go Red for Women on February 3 and I hope you join me.”

First started in 2004 by the American Heart Association, Go Red for Women Day is celebrated across the country to raise awareness of heart disease and prevention.