Saldaña and Women’s Caucus bring attention to Women and Heart Health

Feb 04, 2009
Elizabeth Fuller (Women’s Caucus) (916) 319-3564 (office) (916) 494-8628(cell) Joe Kocurek (Saldaña)

In Conjunction with the American Heart Association’s Go Red Campaign. 

Caucus is partnering with the American Heart Association (AHA) to raise awareness about heart disease, the leading cause of death for women in America.

WHO: Assemblywoman Lori Saldana along with members of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus sponsored the AHA’s GO RED FOR WOMEN campaign.

WHAT: Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña will present a resolution to members of the American Heart Association. Language in the Member’s Resolution is similar to language in Assembly Concurrent Resolution 17 (Saldaña) which calls attention to the largest killer of women- heart disease. Cardiovascular disease claims the lives of over 455,000 American women each year, approximately one death per minute. Fifty three percent of all cardiovascular disease and sixty one percent of stroke deaths occur in women. More women die of cardiovascular disease than the next five leading caucuses of death combined, including all cancers and only twenty one percent of women perceive heart disease as their greatest risk. The Women’s Caucus has sponsored the fourth annual Go Red at the Capitol event to arm women with more knowledge about this disease. As a sign of support all Members and staff are encouraged to wear red to show their support for women’s heart disease awareness. Heart health screenings, educational literature and heart healthy food will be available to anyone interested. February is designated American Heart Month; and Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national call to increase awareness of heart disease, the leading cause of death for women, and to inspire women to take charge of their heart health.

WHERE: State Capitol Room 125

WHEN: Thursday, February 5, 2009 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM