A resolution designating February 2013 as American Heart Month in the City of Nashville.

WHEREAS, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and the month of February is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention; and

WHEREAS, while progress has been significant in reducing deaths from heart disease, it is still the No. 1 killer of both women and men; and

WHEREAS, cardiovascular diseases are the nation’s leading cause of death and costliest disease with direct and indirect costs estimated to be $312.6 billion; and

WHEREAS, between 1999 and 2009, the rate of deaths from cardiovascular diseases fell 32.7 percent, but still accounted for nearly one in three deaths in the nation; and

WHEREAS, about 2,150 people die from cardiovascular diseases each day accounting for about one death every 40 seconds; and

WHEREAS, the American Heart Association’s 2020 impact goal seeks to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent through research, population- and community-level interventions, public health and policy measures; and

WHEREAS, efforts of the American Heart Association encourage citizens to help save lives by calling 9-1-1 if symptoms occur, become trained in CPR, and encourage comprehensive automated external defibrillator programs in their communities; and

WHEREAS, the American Heart Association is celebrating February 2013 as American Heart Month and promoting education and awareness by encouraging citizens to learn the warning signs of heart attack and stroke; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Metropolitan Council hereby designate February 2013 as American Heart Month in recognition of the importance of the ongoing fight against heart disease in the City of Nashville and urge all citizens to recognize the critical importance of tools and skills that will increase survival rates from cardiac arrest and by incorporating these tools into aggressive programs, we can save thousands of lives each year.


Section 1. The Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as designating February 2013 as American Heart Month in the City of Nashville.

Section 2. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsored by: Erica Gilmore, Darren Jernigan, Jacobia Dowell, Bo Mitchell, Ronnie Stein, Josh Stites, Megan Barry, Buddy Baker, Frank Harrison, Sandra Moore


Referred to: Rules & Confirmations Committee
Introduced: February 5, 2013
Adopted: February 5, 2013
Approved: February 12, 2013
By: mayor's signature

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