On February 19, Statehouse legislators and advocates joined together to support the American Heart Association’s Wear Red Day. Spearheaded by State Senator Jean Breaux, those in support wore red to help raise awareness for heart disease, the leading cause of death among Hoosiers.
February is American Heart Month and with more than 18,000 Hoosiers dying annually from heart disease or stroke, Indiana legislators wanted to take part in the awareness process. The American Heart Association contends that 80 percent of heart disease is preventable with lifestyle changes such as exercising and eating healthier.
Resolutions were offered at the Statehouse in support of the American Heart Association which attributes a 30 percent decline nationwide in deaths between 2000-2012 to scientific research, medical advances, improved diagnosis and emergency care, increased awareness and lower smoking rates, cholesterol and blood pressure levels.