Senator Spilka Celebrates ‘Go Red for Women’ at the State House
Senator Karen Spilka, the Co-Chair of the Caucus of Women Legislators, celebrated Go Red for Women day at the State House with the Caucus, Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Bob DeLeo.
“Heart disease is a serious problem,” said Senator Spilka during opening remarks. “We have to make sure that all the women in our lives know about this very real threat to their health and lives. Tell your mothers, sisters, and other important women in your life.”
Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s campaign to raise awareness among women about heart disease. Heart disease kills one woman a minute. It is the leading cause of death in women and will kill more women than the next four leading causes of death combined—including all forms of cancer. In addition, the direct and indirect cost of cardiovascular diseases in the U.S., including stroke, averages $475.3 billion annually.
The event featured remarks by Senator Spilka along with Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth), Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop), and Representative Cory Atkins (D-), the House Co-Chair of the Caucus of Women Legislators. It also featured American Heart Association volunteer Dr. Maya Yiodum, and heart disease survivor Gail Canty Ioven.
About Go Red For Women
Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 3 killers of women over the age of 20, claiming the lives of over 460,000 women each year – about one per minute. That’s more lives than the next four causes of death combined, and nearly twice as many as all forms of cancer, including breast cancer. Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease, and most are unaware.
The Go Red For Women State House proclamation is part of a series of events to kick off American Heart Month and raise awareness around women and heart disease.
About the American Heart Association
Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke.
Rep. Alice Wolf (D-Cambridge); Rep. Cory Atkins (D-Action); Senator Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester); Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein (D-Revere); Rep. Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset); Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth); Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop); Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland); Rep. Charles Murphy (D-Burlington); Rep. Elizabeth Poirier (R-North Attleboro); Rep. Kimberly Ferguson (R-Holden); Rep. Ruth Balser (D-Newton)
Rep. Denise Garlick (D-Needham); Rep. Kay Khan (D-Newton); Rep. Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg); Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester); Rep. Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston); Senator Michael Moore (D-Shrewsbury); Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Bsoton); Rep. Gloria Fox (D-Roxbury); Rep. Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown); Rep. Shaunna O’Connell (R-Taunton); Senator Eileen Donoghue (D-Lowell); Rep. Paul Adams (R-Andover)
Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville); Rep. Kate Hogan (D-Stow); Rep. Sean Garballey (D-Arlington); Rep. Kevin Honan (D-Brighton); Senator Stephen Brewer (D-Barre); Rep. Benjamin Swan (D-Springfield ); Rep. Denise Andrews (D-Orange); Rep. Louis Kafka (D-Stoughton); Rep. Russell Holmes (D-Boston); Rep. Byron Rushing (D-Boston )
Rep. Angelo D’Emilla (R-Bridgewater); Rep. Gailanne Cariddi (D-North Adams); Rep. Brodeur (D-Melrose); Rep. Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland); Rep. Paul Mark (D-Hancock); Rep. Tim Madden (D-Nantucket); Rep. Carlos Henriquez (D-Dorchester); Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett); Rep. Linda Forry (D-Dorchester); Rep. Marty Walz (D-Cambridge)
Rep. Steven Howitt (R-Seekonk); Rep. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica); Rep. Denise Provost (D-Somerville); Rep. Mark Cusack (D-Braintree); Rep. Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown); Rep. Brad Hill (R-Ipswich); Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus); Rep. George Ross (R-Attleboro)
Rep. John Mahoney (D-Worcester); Rep. Christopher Markey (D-Dartmouth); Rep. Steven Levy (R-Marlborough)