Senator Giron leads a bipartisan walk for heart disease awareness today
Senator Giron (D-Pueblo) rallies the group of walkers on Tuesday morning.
DENVER - Today, Colorado legislative women got up early, put on sneakers, and walked together to support American Heart Month. Senator Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) and Representative Amy Stephens (R-Monument) organized the bipartisan walk in partnership with the American Heart Association.
The legislators walked through Civic Center Park with brave, active heart disease survivors who provided motivation to get moving.
Heart disease survivor Dawn Nakamura-Kessler participated in the walk and said:
“I’ve read about the work women legislators do every day. They are inspirational. I was honored to walk alongside the Senators and Representatives -- both Democratic and Republican -- and humbled to know that as a survivor, I, too, have the power to inspire."
Heart disease is the number one killer of American women, and daily physical activity is an important part of living a heart-healthy lifestyle. The Colorado General Assembly boasts the highest percentage of women legislators in the nation, and the lawmakers want to be an example for busy Colorado women and young girls who have the potential to grow up and become leaders, too.
“Too often we live our lives according to a ticking clock and forget about our own tickers. The fact is if we want to be effective, we have to take care of our health. Together women have continually fought to improve our state and nation for our families, we can’t let heart disease slow us down,” said Senator Giron.
“This walk was a great way to start the morning and to recognize how important it is for women to take care of their health. Exercising is not only good for preventing heart disease, but for intervention as well,” said Representative Stephens.
After the walk, the legislators returned to the Capitol together ready to work. The Senate and House of Representatives passed the American Heart Month Resolution (SJR 007) to recognize the importance of fighting against heart disease.
Senator Giron and Representative Amy Stephens sponsored the resolution.