LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved Sen. Ruth Johnson’s resolution to increase awareness of heart disease and stroke risks and recognize February as American Heart Month in Michigan.
“Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S., causing one of three deaths each year,” said Johnson, R-Holly. “Unfortunately, heart disease or a stroke can affect women at any age. Yet, many women are unaware of their risks. Nearly 45% of women who are 20 years of age or older have cardiovascular disease. Thankfully, most stroke and cardiac events can be prevented with lifestyle modifications like eating healthily, exercising, and managing blood pressure.
“This resolution is an opportunity to prevent thousands of deaths annually by raising women’s awareness of cardiovascular disease through the Go Red for Women movement and invites everyone to wear red today to advocate for women’s health.”
Senate Resolution 94 proclaims February 2024 as American Heart Month in Michigan and Feb. 7 as Go Red for Women Day.
SR 94 points out that 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease or stroke and that cardiovascular disease kills more women each year than all forms of cancer combined.
For more information, visit GoRedForWomen.org or www.heart.org/en/around-the-aha/reclaim-your-health-during-american-heart-month-in-february.
Editor’s note: Sen. Johnson’s Senate session remarks on the resolution will be available at SenatorRuthJohnson.com/video.
The above photographs are available by clicking on the images or by visiting SenatorRuthJohnson.com/photos.
Top photo caption: Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, addresses the Senate about her resolution to proclaim February 2024 as American Heart Month in Michigan and Feb. 7 as Go Red for Women Day. It also recognizes the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” initiative to help increase awareness of heart disease and stroke.
Bottom photo caption: Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, and members of the Michigan Senate wear red in honor of Go Red for Women Day with Collin McDonough, Michigan government relations director at the American Heart Association. During session, the Senate adopted Johnson’s resolution to proclaim February 2024 as American Heart Month in Michigan and recognize the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” initiative to help increase awareness of heart disease and stroke.