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Legislature Takes Aim at Cardiovascular Disease

Friday, February 03, 2012, Juneau, Alaska – Representative Peggy Wilson’s resolution recognizing the importance of education and skills that increase survival rates from heart disease passed the Alaska House unanimously this morning. HCR 20 designates February 2012 as American Heart Month in Alaska.

As a Registered Nurse, Wilson recognizes the importance of the continuing fight against heart disease and urges citizens to commit to a life-long pledge of healthy living.

An average of 803,000 people die each year of cardiovascular disease.

“Let’s not just raise awareness of this disease every February 1 by wearing red, let’s all make a commitment and a pledge that we’ll try to decrease the risk factors of this disease every day,” Wilson, R-Wrangell, said. “We can do that by promoting healthy eating, dieting, and exercising. Heart health isn’t just a one day or month-long commitment, it’s an everyday campaign.”

HCR 20 now moves to the Alaska Senate for consideration.

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