JBTRedIllinois legislators wear red to spread awareness of cardiovascular disease

Senator Bertino-Tarrant showed her support for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement at the Illinois State Capitol today. All state legislators and statewide elected officials were asked to wear red by the Conference of Women Legislators as part of an annual Statehouse event to spread awareness of heart disease in women.  Bertino-Tarrant wore a red sweater to show her support.

Heart disease is the number one killer for both men and women in Illinois, but is under diagnosed in its treatable stages and many people just aren’t aware of the risk factors or simple preventative measures.  The Go Red For Women movement is trying to raise awareness to change that. 

“Educating women on the risk of heart disease is important. Wearing red is a simple reminder to women to take care of themselves, too.” Sen. Bertino-Tarrant said. “And I’m glad to do my small part to get the word out.”

Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s platform for educating women on the risk factors of heart disease. Over the last 10 years, more than 600,000 lives have been saved because of Go Red. Go Red For Women continually funds research studies and publishes guidelines on treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

To learn more about the Go Red For Women movement, visit www.goredforwomen.org.

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