For Immediate Release
February 5, 2010

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

Governor Parkinson celebrates National Wear Red Day

Smoking ban in Kansas would help towards goal of reducing heart attacks

In recognition of February 5th as National Wear Red Day, Governor Mark Parkinson, the American Heart Association (AHA) and state officials joined together today to speak up about cardiovascular disease in women.

“National Wear Red Day is a way for Kansans to join the fight against heart disease and to raise awareness that heart disease is the number one cause of death of women in Kansas. This year, we have an opportunity to take significant action in preventing heart attacks in Kansas by passing a statewide public smoking ban. The Institute of Medicine recently published a report indicating that up to one in four heart attacks could be avoided by enacting a public smoking ban.” said Governor Mark Parkinson. “There is overwhelming public support for a smoking ban in Kansas; a bill has already cleared the Senate and it’s time leaders in the House listened to their constituents and pass this critical legislation.”

To increase awareness of the danger of heart disease among women, the American Heart Association launched a nationwide campaign called the Go Red for Women movement. This important campaign encourages women to learn more about heart health, to lead healthier lives and to talk with their doctors about their risk for developing heart disease. 

“It’s exciting to see the Go Red for Women movement gain momentum across my home state,” said Jenna Bell, Kansas resident, heart disease survivor and national spokesperson for the Go Red for the Women movement.  “Together, we can bring a voice to this silent killer to help save lives. We can listen to what our hearts are telling us, wear red on National Wear Red Day and spread the word to our friends and Kansas communities about making the right choices and taking action.” 

“Too many women each year suffer from cardiovascular disease,” Roderick Bremby, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), said. “I encourage everyone to recognize their personal risk for heart disease and take action to lead heart-healthy lives.”    

General risk factors for cardiovascular disease include tobacco use, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, physical inactivity, obesity, diabetes and poor diet.

Among adult women 18 years and older in Kansas:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following lifestyle modifications for all women:

About Go Red For Women
Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s solution to save women’s lives. With one out of three women still dying from heart disease, we are committed to fighting this No. 1 killer that is largely preventable. GoRedForWomen.org, a premiere source of information and education, connects millions of women of all ages and gives them tangible resources to turn personal choices into life-saving actions. We encourage women and the men who love them to embrace the cause. For more information please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278). The movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and Merck & Co., Inc.

About the American Heart Association
Founded in 1924, we’re the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke.  To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases — America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers — we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health.  To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org.