By Plainsman Staff
A bipartisan group of women from the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, including Congresswoman Kristi Noem of South Dakota, joined the American Heart Association on Valentine’s Day to ‘Go Red’ in support of the 43 million women who are currently living with heart disease.
Women members from the House and Senate gathered for a photo at the U.S. Capitol dressed in red to remind people across the country that heart disease is not just a “man’s disease.” It is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States and accounts for one out of three female deaths annually. Every minute one woman dies because of heart disease.
“The American Heart Association would like to thank the women in Congress who went red today because building awareness is the first step in overcoming heart disease in women,” said Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association. “By uniting in this effort, they serve as an inspiration to women across the country and help remind all of us that by taking action together we can fight back against our number one health threat.”
Noem will also be showing her support of the Go Red For Women Movement by appearing at the Go Red For Women Luncheon Friday at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. The event is an annual fundraiser that supports the lifesaving efforts of the Go Red For Women Movement in the State of South Dakota.
February is American Heart Month and it also marks the 10th anniversary of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign. In the last decade more than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved and awareness that heart disease is women’s No. 1 killer has increased 23 percent.
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