Benoit Resolution Raises Awareness of Heart Disease
RIVERSIDE – Supervisor John J. Benoit will present a resolution at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting proclaiming February as American Heart Month and Feb. 4 as Riverside County “ Wear Red Day.” Julie Thomas, executive director of the American Heart Association of the Inland Empire and Stephanie Ferrero, a cardiac nurse at Loma Linda, will accept resolutions.
“Proper nutrition, physical activity and other healthy lifestyle choices are key to preventing heart disease, the nation’s leading cause of death,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “My resolution calls on Riverside County residents to show their support for women and the fight against heart disease by wearing red on Friday.”
Each year, 52 percent of all deaths from cardiovascular disease occur in women, claiming the lives of 432,000 American women each year. The Go Red for Women initiative, started in 2004, is the American Heart Association’s national call to increase awareness of heart disease and inspire women to take care of their heart health. Go Red for Women began when surveys at the time showed that only 30 percent of women knew that heart disease was their number one killer and the majority of physicians did not know heart disease kills more women than men.
The 2011 Coachella Valley Go Red for Women luncheon will be held at noon Friday at the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage.