LANSING, Mich., Feb. 7, 2024 — To raise awareness about the prevalence of cardiovascular disease and promote heart health, the Michigan Legislature has passed a resolution declaring February 2024 as American Heart Month and designating Feb. 7, 2024, as National Wear Red Day throughout Michigan. The resolution recognizes the significant impact of cardiovascular disease on individuals of all ages and backgrounds across the U.S. With heart disease being the leading cause of death in women, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined, the resolution emphasizes the urgent need for increased awareness and education about heart health, particularly among women and younger generations.
“We are committed to raising awareness about cardiovascular disease and empowering individuals to take proactive steps towards heart health,” said resolution sponsor state Rep. Jennifer Conlin (D-Ann Arbor). “By designating February as American Heart Month and encouraging everyone to wear red on Feb. 7, we hope people will start important conversations about heart health and as a result inspire positive lifestyle changes.”
The resolution also highlights the disproportionate impact of heart disease on certain demographics, including Black and Hispanic women, and the importance of addressing disparities in heart health outcomes. Additionally, it emphasizes the role of preventive measures such as regular physical activity, healthy eating and blood pressure management in reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Throughout American Heart Month, Michiganders are encouraged to participate in activities and events aimed at promoting heart health awareness and learning about the warning signs of heart attacks and strokes.
As part of the resolution, the Michigan Legislature acknowledges the efforts of organizations like the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement in raising awareness about cardiovascular disease and promoting heart health education and recognizes the organization’s ongoing commitment to saving lives and advancing scientific research in the field of cardiology.