Florida’s Old Capitol goes red on National Wear Red Day

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On Friday night, the State of Florida, the American Heart Association, Esquire and Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare turned the old Capitol red as a part of “America Goes Red” on National Wear Red Day to mark the 10th Year of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement — 10 years of fighting to save women’s lives from heart disease.

Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll spoke to National Wear Red Day and the 10 year anniversary of the Go Red For Women heart health movement. Crystal Spencer, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Greater Southeast Affiliate of the American Heart Association presented  the organization’s 2013 legislative agenda.  Mark O’Bryant, President and CEO of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH), highlighted the importance of prevention and education regarding women’s heart health. 

“The lighting of our state’s capitol shines the light on a serious health issue plaguing women.  Heart disease is the number one killer of women. This disease does not affect all women alike, and the warning signs for women are not the same in men.  Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease.  I am proud to participate in events like this that enable us to educate women and empower them to know the warning signs and what to do to take care of themselves so they can live a longer healthier lives,” said Carroll. 

“Heart disease has taken the lives of far too many women – our sisters, mothers, daughters, and friends. The American Heart Association is dedicated to dispelling the myth that heart disease is mainly for men, and revealing the hidden dangers and deadly risks of heart disease in women. We must celebrate the lives of the women we have loved but lost, we must honor and cherish the survivors who struggle with the disease, and we must teach the truth about risks and prevention for women. By committing to the fight against heart disease, we can save lives and spare others the heartbreak of loss,” said Spencer.

While the American Heart Association’s progress with the Go Red For Women heart health initiative  has been significant, there is still a long way to go.  Here is why:

·         Heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year.
·         Heart disease kills more women than men, at an average rate of one death per minute.
·         Heart disease kills more women than all kinds of cancer combined.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.