04-R 053

2004 -- H 7453

Enacted 02/03/04


H O U S E  R E S O L U T I O N



     Introduced By: Representatives Giannini, Williams, Cerra, Shavers, and Naughton

     Date Introduced: February 03, 2004



     WHEREAS, Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States.

Currently 8,000,000 American women are suffering with some form of heart disease. Specific

factors that predispose a woman towards heart problems, include diabetes, previous heart attack,

angina, heart failure, lack of exercise, uncontrolled high blood pressure, non-white ethnicity, high

cholesterol, and kidney problems; and

     WHEREAS, February is nationally recognized as American Heart Month. It is an ideal

time to encourage women to pay attention to their hearts and health; and

     WHEREAS, The Rhode Island Women Legislators Caucus is dedicated to enabling

women with heart disorders to lead independent, productive, and fulfilling lives; and

     WHEREAS, Education and information on the possible risk factors, public policy, and

prevention programs are key to keeping women in good health and heart savvy. By increasing

awareness and taking action, thousands of lives can be saved each year; now, therefore be it

     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and

Providence Plantations hereby proclaims February 3, 2004 to be “Heart on the Hill Day” in the

State of Rhode Island. We urge the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct

workshops and other special events to raise awareness of the many health concerns that are

unique to women. We ask all Rhode Islanders to become actively involved and wear red in

support of family, friends and neighbors who have suffered from heart disease; and be it further

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

transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Director of the Department of Health and

Human Services and the American Heart Association.