Rep. Andrea Schroeder | Michigan House Republicans
Rep. Andrea Schroeder (R-Independence Township), along with the Michigan House, decreed Feb. 19 as Go Red for Women Day.
Go Red for Women Day is an effort that raises awareness about heart disease and stroke.
“Although the symbolism is important, this is about much more than wearing red on one particular day,” Schroeder said in a press release on Michigan House Republicans. “This is about motivating our mothers, sisters and daughters to take steps every single day to lead longer, healthier and happier lives.”
In the U.S., the No. 1 killer of women is cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association.
“I hope this action by the House today will raise awareness and inspire women across Michigan to learn their family histories, meet with a health care provider and take control of their health by lowering their risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke,” Schroeder said in the release. “I was born with a heart defect and underwent open heart surgery in 1969. I can personally attest to the importance of heart health and educating yourself on symptoms.”
The risk of disease can be lowered with exercise, having low cholesterol, eliminating smoking and several other ways, the American Heart Association said.