Schuitmaker resolutions promoting heart disease awareness pass Senate

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LANSING, Mich.—Two resolutions that help bring awareness to women’s heart disease, the number one killer of women in the country, were adopted by the state Senate Thursday.

Senate Resolution 109 declares Friday, Feb. 3 as National Wear Red Day in Michigan, while SR 108 declares February as American Heart Month in the state. The resolutions encourage residents to wear red on Feb. 3 in honor of women’s heart disease, to be aware of the risks of heart disease, and to 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 Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “It’s the number one killer of women in our country and we should be doing everything we can to reduce that risk.”

The resolutions were introduced in conjunction with an American Heart Association press conference held in the rotunda of the Michigan Capitol, where Schuitmaker and heart disease survivors from across the state spoke on heart disease awareness.
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.

Editor’s note: To view video from today’s press conference please visit www.SenatorTonyaSchuitmaker.com and click the Video link.

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