For Immediate Release
February 2, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

MEDIA ADVISORY: KDHE and AHA Promote National Wear Red Day

News Conference in Topeka, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. at Dillon House, 404 SW 9th

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the American Heart Association (AHA) will hold a joint news conference on Thursday, February 5, at 10 a.m. at Dillon House, 404 SW 9th, Topeka.  The event will promote National Wear Red Day, a public awareness event supporting the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign.  Kansans, both men and women, are urged to wear red on Friday, February 6 in recognition that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the state.

Speakers at the news conference will include KDHE Deputy Secretary Aaron Dunkel, Kevin Harker, Executive Vice President, Midwest Affiliate of the American Heart Association and Amanda Horne, Kansas resident and 22-year-old stroke survivor.

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.