WHEREAS, heart disease is the number one killer of women both in Mississippi and across the nation; and
WHEREAS, Mississippi women have the highest rate of death from heart disease in the nation; and
WHEREAS, educating women about their risk factors for heart disease and about lifestyle changes for heart health can save lives; and
WHEREAS, Baptist Health Systems, Mississippi Hospital Association, the Mississippi State Medical Association, the Mississippi Nurses Association, the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Mississippi Affiliate of the American Heart Association have developed a partnership to educate Mississippi women about heart disease through the Mississippi Heart Truth campaign; and
WHEREAS, the Mississippi Heart Truth partners will work to teach women in Mississippi to identify risk factors and help them understand steps to reduce heart disease:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Haley Barbour, Governor of the State of Mississippi, hereby proclaim the year two thousand and four, as A Year of Awareness for Women’s Heart Health in the State of Mississippi.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Mississippi to be affixed.
DONE in the City of Jackson, on the tenth day of February in the year of our Lord, two thousand and four, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and twenty-eighth.