Assemblyman Travis Allen, ASSEMBLYMEMBER.ALLEN@ASSEMBLY.CA.GOV
Join Me In The Effort To Raise Awareness For Heart Disease
February is American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness of heart disease and to promote a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Each year, approximately 715,000 Americans have a heart attack and 600,000 people die from heart disease. Despite these sobering statistics, the good news is that this disease is preventable and controllable.
All of us can take small steps every day to help maintain our hearts. This includes exercising regularly, eating foods that are low in fat, and limiting alcohol consumption. The Surgeon General recommends that adults should exercise with moderate intensity for at least 30 minutes at least 4 days of the week.
Tomorrow, February 7, I encourage you to wear red as part of the 11th annual National Wear Red Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness of heart disease. This day is specifically dedicated to promoting women’s health, given that heart disease kills more women than men.
While we have made significant progress, we have far to go. Here’s why:
- One in three women dies of heart disease.
- More women’s lives are taken by heart disease than all cancers combined.
- Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease, including high cholesterol, smoking, and obesity.
By wearing red tomorrow you are drawing attention to the struggles of women affected by heart disease. For more information on National Wear Red Day, please visit GoRedForWomen.org. To learn more about American Heart Month, please visit cdc.gov/features/heartmonth.