04-R 049

2004 -- S 2235

Enacted 02/03/04


S E N A T E  R E S O L U T I O N



     Introduced By: Senators Gallo, Paiva-Weed, Goodwin, Perry, and Roberts

     Date Introduced: February 03, 2004



     WHEREAS, Cardiovascular disease is America's #1 killer and stroke is the #3 killer; and

     WHEREAS, Cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer among women; and

     WHEREAS, Heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases claim the lives of

more than half a million women each year; and

     WHEREAS, Cardiovascular disease kills more than the next seven causes of death

combined and nearly twice as many as all forms of cancer including breast cancer; and

     WHEREAS, The cost of cardiovascular disease and stroke in this country is estimated at

$352 billion; and

     WHEREAS, One in five females in the United States have some form of cardiovascular

disease; and

     WHEREAS, 63 percent of women who died suddenly of coronary heart disease had no

previous symptoms of this disease; and

     WHEREAS, February is nationally recognized as American Heart Month; and

     WHEREAS, The American Heart Association, the world's largest voluntary nonprofit

health organization with a mission to decrease disability and death from heart disease, stroke, and

all other cardiovascular diseases, is launching a new campaign "Go Red For Women" to

encourage women to pay attention to their hearts and help them fight for their life, to learn and

live longer, stronger lives by reducing their risk for cardiovascular disease; now, therefore be it

     RESOLVED, That, in recognition of the importance of the ongoing fight against heart

disease, this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations hereby proclaim

Friday, February 6, 2004 as "Wear Red For Women Day" in the State of Rhode Island and we

urge all Rhode Island citizens to wear red in recognition of family, friends and neighbors who

have suffered from heart disease, and as a show of support to fight it. By increasing awareness of

the risk factors for this devastating disease and taking actions to reduce them, we can save

thousands of lives each year; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is authorized and directed to

transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the American Heart Association.