WHEREAS, diseases of the heart are the nation’s leading cause of death, stroke is the third leading cause of death, and cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the leading cause of death among women; and
WHEREAS, heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases claim the lives of more than half a million women each year -- more than the next seven causes of death combined, and nearly twice as many as all forms of cancer including breast cancer; and
WHEREAS, the cost of cardiovascular diseases and stroke in the US is estimated at $352 billion; and
WHEREAS, one in five females in the United States have some form of cardiovascular disease; and
WHEREAS, 63 percent of women who died suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms of this disease; and
WHEREAS, February is designated as American Heart Month; and,
WHEREAS, the American Heart Association is launching a new campaign, Go Red For Women, to encourage women to pay attention to their hearts and help them live longer, stronger lives by reducing their risk for cardiovascular disease; and
WHEREAS, the City of Jackson will proclaim February 4, 2005 Jackson Goes Red for Women Day:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Haley Barbour, Governor of the State of Mississippi, hereby proclaim February 4, 2005 as
WEAR RED FOR WOMEN DAY
in the State of Mississippi and urge all citizens to wear red in recognition of family, friends and neighbors who have suffered from heart disease, and as a show of support to fight it. By increasing awareness of the risk factors for this devastating disease and taking actions to reduce them, we can save thousands of lives each year.
DONE in the City of Jackson, on the seventh day of January in the year of our Lord, two thousand and four, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and twenty-eighth.
Governor Haley Barbour
P.O. Box 139 Jackson, MS 39205
Phone: 601.359.3150 Fax: 601.359.3741