Johnson sponsors American Heart Month resolution

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved Sen. Ruth Johnson’s resolution to increase awareness of heart disease and stroke and recognize the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” initiative.

“Heart disease is the leading cause of death of American women, accounting for roughly one of every three deaths each year. Yet far too many women don’t know their risks,” said Johnson, R-Holly. “The Go Red initiative is dedicated to increasing women’s heart health awareness and encouraging them to take preventive action to improve their health.

“This resolution is a chance to thank the thousands of people who wore red earlier this month to show their support for women and the fight against heart disease. By increasing awareness about heart disease, we can save thousands of lives each year.”

Senate Resolution 14 proclaims February 2021 as American Heart Month in Michigan and Feb. 5 as Go Red for Women Day.

SR 14 highlights that about 80% of cardiovascular diseases may be prevented and some risk factors such as blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol and lack of regular physical activity can be controlled.

For more information about the initiative, visit GoRedForWomen.org or www.heart.org/en/around-the-aha/february-is-american-heart-month.

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Editor’s note: Sen. Johnson’s Senate session remarks on the resolution will be available at www.SenatorRuthJohnson.com/video.

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Photo caption: Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, addresses the Senate about her resolution to increase awareness of heart disease and stroke and recognize the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” initiative.