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ACR-13 American Heart Month.(1997-1998)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 13
CHAPTER 5

Relative to American Heart Month.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  February 21, 1997. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 13, Alby. American Heart Month.
This measure would designate the month of February 1997 as American Heart Month.

WHEREAS, Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming the lives of more than 950,000, each year; and
WHEREAS, Cardiovascular diseases will cost this country an estimated two hundred fifty-nine billion one hundred million dollars ($259,100,000,000) in 1997 in medical and disability costs; and
WHEREAS, Cardiovascular disease is especially costly to American business due to the deaths of skilled employees between the ages of 35 and 64 years, where the loss of management and production skills are enormous; and
WHEREAS, In California, more than 140,000 deaths occur every year from heart disease, accounting for nearly 22 percent of all deaths; and
WHEREAS, Medical research continually seeks to reduce disability and death from heart attack, stroke, and other heart and blood vessel diseases. However, over 57 million Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease, ranging from congenital heart defects to high blood pressure and the hardening of the arteries; and
WHEREAS, Being physically active reduces your risk of heart disease. Inactivity may be just as dangerous as the other controllable risk factors for heart attack, such as smoking, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol; and
WHEREAS, Heart disease risk factors can be minimized by personal effort and public awareness. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 30 percent of daily calories come from fat, that people exercise at least 30 minutes most days of the week, and that tobacco products be avoided; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the month of February 1997 be recognized as American Heart Month in California, and that all Californians be encouraged to “get in on the action” for a healthier, stronger heart.