TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- Today, the State of Florida, the American Heart Association, Crystal Spencer, Esquire and Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare turned the old Capitol red as a part of “America Goes Red” on National Wear Red Day to mark the 10th Year of the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement — 10 years of fighting to save women's lives from heart disease.
Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll spoke to National Wear Red Day and the 10 year anniversary of the Go Red For Women heart health movement.
“The lighting of our state’s capitol shines the light on a serious health issue plaguing women. Heart disease is the number one killer of women. This disease does not affect all women alike, and the warning signs for women are not the same in men. Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease. I am proud to participate in events like this that enable us to educate women and empower them to know the warning signs and what to do to take care of themselves so they can live a longer healthier lives,” said Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll.
While the American Heart Association’s progress with the Go Red For Women heart health initiative has been significant, there is still a long way to go. Here is why:
· Heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year.
· Heart disease kills more women than men, at an average rate of one death per minute.
· Heart disease kills more women than all kinds of cancer combined.
Additional Information: More than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved, but the fight is far from over. Heart disease is still women’s No. 1 killer – it affects more women than men and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. But the strength of mothers, sisters, daughters and friends fighting side by side is more powerful than any killer. It’s time to shout louder, stand stronger and demand change. Together, we can end heart disease. Women Go Red.
Visit GoRedForWomen.org to learn how you can join in the fight to end heart disease in women. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and Merck & Co., Inc., Tonight’s event would not be possible without the critical support of the State of Florida and Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare.