Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 6, 2014
Senate passes resolution declaring Friday
Wear Red Day in state
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 (AHA) 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
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
“We have made tremendous strides in helping women recognize
the signs of heart disease but more must be done,” said Amaha.
“Within the last thirty years, more women than men have died
each year from heart disease, and the survival gap between men and
women continues to widen. One of the main reasons for this is that
women are less likely to call 911 for themselves when experiencing
the symptoms of a heart attack than they are if someone else is
having one. We have to make women realize that they can’t
afford not to call for themselves. That split second decision could
cost them their lives. This is why the awareness raised through
the Go Red for Women movement is so important.”
In celebration of the 10th birthday of National Wear Red Day on
February 7, 2014, Go Red for Women is asking all women across America
to Go Red by wearing red and speaking red.
- Get your numbers: Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure
- Own your lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise and eat
- Realize your risk: Women think it won’t happen, but heart
disease is the cause of 1 in 3 female
deaths each year.
- Educate your family: Make healthy food choices for you and your
family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.
- Don’t be silent: Tell every woman you know that heart disease
is their #1 killer. Raise your voice at GoRedForWomen.org.
For more information, contact:
Sen. David: (405) 521-5590