R 049
2016 -- H 7477
Enacted 02/04/2016

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Bennett, Naughton, Kennedy, McNamara, and Hull
Date Introduced: February 04, 2016

     WHEREAS, Diseases of the heart are the nation's leading cause of death, and stroke is
the third leading cause of death; and
     WHEREAS, Cardiovascular disease claims the lives of nearly 455,000 American women
and men each year, approximately one death per minute; and
     WHEREAS, Each year, 53 percent of all deaths occurring in women and men are due to
cardiovascular disease and 61 percent are due to stroke; and
     WHEREAS, Each year the direct and indirect cost of cardiovascular diseases in the
United States, including stroke, is estimated to be over $500 billion; and
     WHEREAS, More women and men die of heart disease, stroke, and all other
cardiovascular diseases than the next five leading causes of death combined, including all
cancers; and
     WHEREAS, Few women and men consider cardiovascular disease their greatest health
risk; and
     WHEREAS, February is designated as American Heart Month; and
     WHEREAS, Go Red is the American Heart Association's national call to increase
awareness about heart disease—the leading cause of death for women and men—and to inspire
them to take charge of their heart health; and
     WHEREAS, All women and men should learn their own personal risk for heart disease,
using tools such as the American Heart Association's Heart CheckUp and by talking to their
healthcare provider; and
     WHEREAS, Making the right choices relating to proper nutrition, physical activity,
doctor visits, and other lifestyle methods is essential to living a heart healthy life; now, therefore
be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations, in recognition of the importance of the ongoing fight against heart disease
and stroke, hereby proclaims February, 2016, to be "Heart Health Month" and urges all citizens to
show their support for the fight against heart disease by commemorating this month with the
wearing of the color red. By increasing awareness, we will reduce risk for cardiovascular diseases
and save thousands of lives each year; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the National Office of the American Heart
Association and to the Founders Affiliate of the American Heart Association.