American Heart Month, 2009, 6343-6344 [E9-2705]

Download as PDF 6343 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 74, No. 24 Friday, February 6, 2009 Title 3— Proclamation 8344 of February 2, 2009 The President American Heart Month, 2009 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Together, we can turn the tide on the number one killer of American women and men. Heart disease claims more lives each year than all forms of cancer combined. During American Heart Month, we renew our commitment to promoting heart disease awareness. It is never too late to start protecting heart health. Certain risk factors can lead to heart disease. These include: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, physical inactivity, smoking, and diabetes. Practicing the following ‘‘Big Four’’ habits can help mitigate these risks: eating a heart healthy diet, getting regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding tobacco. Unfortunately, only 3 percent of U.S. adults practice all of these habits. As a Nation, we must work to increase that number. Forming these healthy habits does not have to be difficult: Setting realistic goals, making gradual improvements, and inviting family and friends to join in this pursuit can lead to a healthier lifestyle. Above all, we must remember that taking action can mean a longer, healthier, and more enjoyable life. Michelle and I especially encourage women to take heart health seriously. More women than men die of heart disease each year, and many women fail to make the connection between risk factors and their personal risk of developing heart disease. The Federal Government’s The Heart Truth campaign gives women a personal and urgent wake-up call about their risk for heart disease. On the first Friday in February, The Heart Truth will lead the Nation in celebrating National Wear Red Day to promote heart disease awareness. All Americans are encouraged to wear red or the Red Dress Pin—the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness— to show support for adopting the Big Four heart health lifestyle habits. This year on National Wear Red Day, we urge all Americans to practice the ‘‘Big Four’’ healthy habits for reducing heart disease risk. During American Heart Month, we also honor the health professionals, researchers, and other heart health ambassadors whose efforts help all Americans lead longer and healthier lives. dwashington3 on PROD1PC60 with RULES3 In acknowledgement of the importance of the ongoing fight against cardiovascular disease, the Congress, by Joint Resolution approved December 30, 1963, as amended (77 Stat. 843; 36 U.S.C. 101), has requested that the President issue an annual proclamation designating February as ‘‘American Heart Month.’’ NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim February 2009 as American Heart Month, and I invite all Americans to participate in National Wear Red Day on February 6, 2009. I also invite the Governors of the States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of other areas subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and the American people to join me in recognizing and reaffirming our commitment to fighting cardiovascular disease. VerDate Nov<24>2008 13:17 Feb 05, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\06FED0.SGM 06FED0 6344 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 24 / Friday, February 6, 2009 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third. [FR Doc. E9–2705 Filed 2–5–09; 11:15 am] VerDate Nov<24>2008 13:17 Feb 05, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\06FED0.SGM 06FED0 OB#1.EPS</GPH> dwashington3 on PROD1PC60 with RULES3 Billing code 3195–W9–P

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 24 (Friday, February 6, 2009)]
[Presidential Documents]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-2705]



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Part II





The President





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Proclamation 8344--American Heart Month, 2009



Proclamation 8345--National African American History Month, 2009



Memorandum of February 4, 2009--State Children's Health Insurance 
Program



Notice of February 4, 2009--Continuation of the National Emergency with 
Respect to the Situation In or In Relation to C[ocirc]te d'Ivoire


                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 24 / Friday, February 6, 2009 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 8344 of February 2, 2009

                
American Heart Month, 2009

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                 Together, we can turn the tide on the number one 
                killer of American women and men. Heart disease claims 
                more lives each year than all forms of cancer combined. 
                During American Heart Month, we renew our commitment to 
                promoting heart disease awareness. It is never too late 
                to start protecting heart health.

                 Certain risk factors can lead to heart disease. These 
                include: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, 
                obesity, physical inactivity, smoking, and diabetes. 
                Practicing the following ``Big Four'' habits can help 
                mitigate these risks: eating a heart healthy diet, 
                getting regular physical activity, maintaining a 
                healthy weight, and avoiding tobacco. Unfortunately, 
                only 3 percent of U.S. adults practice all of these 
                habits. As a Nation, we must work to increase that 
                number.

                 Forming these healthy habits does not have to be 
                difficult: Setting realistic goals, making gradual 
                improvements, and inviting family and friends to join 
                in this pursuit can lead to a healthier lifestyle. 
                Above all, we must remember that taking action can mean 
                a longer, healthier, and more enjoyable life.

                 Michelle and I especially encourage women to take 
                heart health seriously. More women than men die of 
                heart disease each year, and many women fail to make 
                the connection between risk factors and their personal 
                risk of developing heart disease. The Federal 
                Government's The Heart Truth campaign gives women a 
                personal and urgent wake-up call about their risk for 
                heart disease. On the first Friday in February, The 
                Heart Truth will lead the Nation in celebrating 
                National Wear Red Day to promote heart disease 
                awareness. All Americans are encouraged to wear red or 
                the Red Dress Pin--the national symbol for women and 
                heart disease awareness--to show support for adopting 
                the Big Four heart health lifestyle habits. This year 
                on National Wear Red Day, we urge all Americans to 
                practice the ``Big Four'' healthy habits for reducing 
                heart disease risk.

                 During American Heart Month, we also honor the health 
                professionals, researchers, and other heart health 
                ambassadors whose efforts help all Americans lead 
                longer and healthier lives.

                 In acknowledgement of the importance of the ongoing 
                fight against cardiovascular disease, the Congress, by 
                Joint Resolution approved December 30, 1963, as amended 
                (77 Stat. 843; 36 U.S.C. 101), has requested that the 
                President issue an annual proclamation designating 
                February as ``American Heart Month.''

                 NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, do hereby proclaim February 
                2009 as American Heart Month, and I invite all 
                Americans to participate in National Wear Red Day on 
                February 6, 2009. I also invite the Governors of the 
                States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of 
                other areas subject to the jurisdiction of the United 
                States, and the American people to join me in 
                recognizing and reaffirming our commitment to fighting 
                cardiovascular disease.

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                 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                second day of February, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. E9-2705
Filed 2-5-09; 11:15 am]
Billing code 3195-W9-P