[r13] Indiana Statehouse goes red for American Heart Association Day

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Tuesday, February 5, 2013

STATEHOUSE — State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) participated in American Heart Association Day at the Indiana Statehouse on Tuesday.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and more deadly than all other forms of cancer combined, yet only one in five women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat. On average, nearly 24 women die from heart disease and stroke in Indiana each day.

In honor of American Heart Month, the American Heart Association offered free heart health screenings, as well as a heart healthy breakfast and lunch at the Statehouse.

“There’s no better time than now to join the fight against heart disease,” said Rep. Negele. “As a woman, I’m proud to join that fight, and I will continue to spread the word and raise awareness against this terrible disease.”

The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement has been impacting the health of women for 10 years. These women have proudly worn red, shared stories of survival and begun to understand the truth about women’s hearts and how heart disease can be prevented.

“I am honored to participate in the Go Red For Women movement,” said Rep. Negele. “Knowledge is power when it comes to women’s health issues. With the right information, education and care, heart disease in women can be treated, prevented and even ended.”

Rep. Negele is a member of the Indiana General Assembly’s Political Organization for Women’s Education and Representation (POWER), comprised of more than 30 female legislators and lobbyists. POWER legislators came together in January to film a public service announcement that will air on cable systems across the state in an effort to raise awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Hoosier women.

For more information, visit www.GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART.