|RESOLUTION AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
By Senator Racine,
S.R. 22. Senate resolution designating February 14, 2008, as Wear Red Day.
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 United States, 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 Senate of the State of Vermont:
That February 14, 2008, be designated as Wear Red Day, and all legislators are urged to show their support for the fight against heart disease in 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 Secretary of the Senate 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.