For Immediate Release
January 26, 2007


KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

MEDIA ADVISORY: KDHE and AHA Promote National Wear Red Day

News Conference in Topeka, Feb. 1, 10:30 a.m. State Capitol, 2nd Floor Rotunda

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the American Heart Association will hold a joint news conference on Thursday, February 1 at 10:30 a.m. on the second floor of the rotunda in the State Capitol. The event will promote National Wear Red Day, a public awareness event sponsored by Go Red for Women. Kansans, both men and women, are urged to wear red on Friday, February 2 in recognition that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the state.

Speakers at the news conference will include KDHE Secretary Roderick L. Bremby, State Health Officer Dr. Howard Rodenberg, State Representative Annie Kuether (D, 55 th District), American Heart Association Senior Vice President Mary Ann Mann, and Marsha Ransom, a heart attack survivor living in Kansas.

Heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases are the number one killer of women in Kansas, accounting for 33 percent of all deaths to women (11 per day) in the state in 2004. Each year, more women die from heart disease than from the next five leading causes of death combined.

Media are invited to attend and photo opportunities will be available. Please note that the public entrance to the Capitol building has been changed to the East Wing on the first floor – all other entrances are restricted to officials and building staff.