LANSING—Sen. Judy Emmons and her fellow women senators joined the American Heart Association to host an event on Thursday in the Capitol rotunda to promote the association’s “Go Red for Women” initiative.
“Go Red for Women is a national movement dedicated to increasing awareness that heart disease is not just a men’s issue – it is also the leading cause of death in women in the United States,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “In fact, women are more likely to die from heart disease than men. While one woman dies every minute from cardiovascular disease in the U.S. and 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors, only one in five American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health risk.
“We must increase awareness of the disease among women and encourage them to take preventative action to reduce their risk and improve their health.”
Emmons also supported Senate Resolution 8, which proclaims February as American Heart Month in Michigan and Feb. 6 as Go Red for Women Day.
Go Red For Women asks Americans to Go Red by wearing red and speaking red:
- Get Your Numbers: Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Own Your Lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise and eat healthy.
- Raise Your Voice: Advocate for more women-related research and education.
- Educate Your Family: Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.
- Don’t Be Silent: Tell every woman you know that heart disease is their number one killer.
For more information, visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278).
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