American Heart Association volunteer, Tiffany Gholston, promoted American Heart Month at the Wake County Board of Commissioners meeting.
Gholston is a heart disease survivor, Triangle Board member and You’re the Cure advocate. Gholston spoke to Wake County Commissioners on February 4th to celebrate the strong partnership between the American Heart Association and the County, and to recognize February as American Heart Month.
This speech educated the County Commissioners and the public about the Go Red for Women campaign and spread awareness about heart disease as the biggest health threat to women. Commissioner Sig Hutchison, longtime supporter of AHA’s policy efforts, read the proclamation celebrating Wear Red Day and American Heart Month.
American Heart Month is a federally designated event and an ideal time to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved. While American Heart Month takes place through the month of February, it is important to realize that cardiovascular disease knows no borders. Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, remains the leading global cause of death. Nearly half of all U.S. adults have some sort of cardiovascular disease.
Our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.