LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, Rep. Ellen Lipton and the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement have teamed up to introduce resolutions in the state Legislature to raise awareness among Michigan residents about the dangers of heart disease.
Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, co-hosted a press conference at the state Capitol Wednesday that brought together women from all across the state to celebrate the Go Red movement’s 10th anniversary. They encouraged everyone to wear red on February first, National Wear Red Day, and urged women to join the movement.
In addition to the numerous lawmakers on hand, survivors of heart disease spoke about their personal experiences and why this cause is so important to them. The Heart Association’s “Lucy,” an eight-foot statue created from the Red Dress symbol, was also available for photographs.
“Heart disease isn’t easy to see. It is often silent, hidden and misunderstood. But by bringing attention to this killer at a state level, we are saving lives,” Schuitmaker said in her opening remarks. “Together, we can stop the number one killer of women by sharing the truth. We can be the difference between life and death.”
The American Heart Association and its volunteers work every day 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.
“Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Michigan, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health,” said Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton, D-Huntington Woods. “In 2010, we lost 23,321 mothers, fathers, siblings and neighbors to heart disease. Fortunately, heart disease can often be prevented or treated. We must make sure that people are aware of the risk of heart disease and learn about their treatment options.”
American Heart Association Government Relations Director of Michigan, Sarah Poole, agrees.
“By working with our government, we can bring awareness of the number one 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 their greatest health threat.
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.