OKLAHOMA – On Thursday, the State Senate approved Senate Resolution 41 declaring Friday, February 7th as Wear Red Day in Oklahoma.
The resolution, by Sen. Kim David, is an effort to support the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women program to help bring awareness to one of the state’s top killers, heart disease.
“A woman dies from heart disease every minute making it the number one killer of women in our country and tragically it’s often preventable with proper diet and exercise,” said David, R-Porter. “My mother was one of those women whose life was cut short by this horrible disease. It’s important that we educate our communities about how to prevent and recognize the symptoms of heart disease and wearing red is one small way we can help raise awareness.”
An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases. Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined, and it often goes undiagnosed. Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease, yet only one in five American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat.
According to Naomi Amaha, Oklahoma Government Relations Director for AHA, the organization’s Go Red for Women movement has been impacting the health of women for a decade and more than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved and 330 fewer women are dying every day.
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