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From the Desk of Assemblyman Tom McKevitt: February 5, 2010

Assemblyman McKevitt Promotes ‘National Wear Red Day’

“I would like to inform my constituents that Friday, Feb. 5 is National Wear Red day! This is a special day for Americans across the nation because it not only brings awareness to cardiovascular disease but showcases support and solidarity for women with heart disease,” McKevitt stated.

The American Red Cross has created this day of support to help fight against the No. 1 disease killing American women today. This year, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute campaign is the Heart Truth. The Red Dress has become the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness. Cardiovascular Disease attacks both your heart and your blood vessels. Women should go for annual check-ups to ensure that they are healthy and that there are no possibilities of developing the disease. Women of all ages can support the American Red Cross and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute by just wearing red. By just wearing red, women can help spread the critical message that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, which doesn’t care what you wear. By coming together, women can educate each other on this deadly disease and show their awareness and empower women to help reduce the risk.

Women possess the power to make a change and to inform others about statistics and prevention methods for cardiovascular disease. With simple lifestyle choices such as not smoking, managing your weight, eating healthy and taking part in physical activities, you can beat the fight against CVD.

“Information and education is the key to success. Just by showing your support and providing knowledge of cardiovascular disease to one person, you can help save a life. For more information about cardiovascular disease or the American Red Cross you can log on to their website at

You can also visit the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s website at for more information on their campaign as well. Show your colors on Feb. 5 and remember, you can always be the change you want to see.”