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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

House Resolution

H.R. 30

House resolution designating February 14, 2008 as Wear Red Day

Offered by:  Representatives Sweaney of Windsor, Barnard of Richmond, Evans of Essex, Martin of Wolcott, Adams of Hartland, Ancel of Calais, Andrews of Rutland City, Atkins of Winooski, Baker of West Rutland, Brennan of Colchester, Clark of Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Devereux of Mount Holly, Flory of Pittsford, Gilbert of Fairfax, Jerman of Essex, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Manwaring of Wilmington, McDonald of Berlin, McNeil of Rutland Town, Mook of Bennington, Morrissey of Bennington, Oxholm of Vergennes, Peltz of Woodbury, Scheuermann of Stowe, Smith of Morristown and Wright of Burlington

Whereas, diseases of the heart are the nation’s leading cause of death, and stroke is the third leading cause of death, and

Whereas, cardiovascular diseases (CVD) claim the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans each year, and

Whereas, each year, 53 percent of all cardiovascular disease deaths occur in females, as compared to 47 percent in men, and about 32,500 more females than males die from strokes, and

Whereas, in 2008, the direct and indirect cost of cardiovascular diseases in the U.S., including stroke, is estimated to be $448.5 billion, and

Whereas, more women die of heart disease, stroke, and all other cardiovascular diseases than of the next five leading causes of death combined, including all cancers, and

Whereas, only 21 percent of women consider cardiovascular disease their greatest health risk, and

Whereas, Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national call to increase awareness about heart disease and to inspire women to take charge of their heart health, and

Whereas, the members of the General Assembly have learned from the recent illnesses of several legislative colleagues that all women and men should learn their own personal risks for heart disease, using tools such as the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Heart Check Up and by talking to their health care providers, now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly designates February 14, 2008 as Wear Red Day and urges all legislators to show their support for the fight against heart disease by commemorating this day by wearing the color red and by increasing public awareness and empowering women and men to reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease in order to save thousands of lives each year, and be it further 

Resolved:  That the clerk of the house be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Nicole Lukas at the Vermont Founders Affiliate of the American Heart Association-American Stroke Association.



____________________________              Attested to:

Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House


                                                                      Donald G. Milne

                                                                      Clerk, House of Representatives

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont