For Immediate Release
January 23, 2008

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

MEDIA ADVISORY: KDHE and AHA Promote National Wear Red Day

News Conference in Topeka, Jan. 31, 10 a.m. at State Capitol, 1st Floor, North Wing

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the American Heart Association (AHA) will hold a joint news conference on Thursday, January 31, at 10 a.m. on the first floor in the north wing of 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 1 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, Dr. Lambert Wu, Chair of the AHA State Advocacy Committee, Senator Vicki Schmidt and Sister Rose Marie Stallbaumer, a heart attack survivor living in Kansas.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in Kansas, and two out of three women who die from heart disease had no previous evidence of the disease . Each year, more women die from heart disease than from the next five leading causes of death combined.

The news conference will be held immediately following the creation of a human red dress by approximately 300 volunteers featuring Governor Kathleen Sebelius at 9:45 a.m. Members of the media are invited to attend both events.