Happy Valentine's Day: First Lady Jindal announces Governor's Mansion going red for Heart Health Month

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Today, First Lady Supriya Jindal announced that the Governor's Mansion has gone red Feb. 14 through Feb. 21 as a part of Heart Health Month, the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign and for Valentine's Day. This year marks the fifth year in a row that the Mansion will be lit red to highlight the impact of cardiovascular disease on all our citizens, but particularly women.

First Lady Supriya Jindal said, "One in nine women between ages 45 and 64 suffer from cardiovascular disease according to statistics from the American Heart Association. Although we tend to think of cardiovascular disease as a men's disease, more women than men actually die from cardiovascular disease. This is why it is so important for us as women to learn the early warning signs and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The Go Red for Women campaign calls attention to the importance of heart health for all, especially women."

"By lighting the Governor's Mansion red starting on Valentine's Day, we hope to highlight the importance of taking proactive and preventative measures – committing to a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and monitoring our own heart health," Mrs. Jindal continued.

As you think of your loved ones on Valentine's Day, encourage them to "know their numbers" by visiting their health care provider or taking advantage of free cholesterol screenings and blood pressure checks by the American Heart Association and others.

The First Lady continues to work with the Louisiana Pediatric Cardiology Foundation, as well as with the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" campaign. This year she is the Honorary Chairwoman of Baton Rouge's Go Red for Women luncheon on February 22nd at the Baton Rouge River Center.