WomenHeart is committed to advocating for funds and programs and resources that enable women to practice prevention and ensure timely detection of heart disease. We advocate for policies that will:
• Increase funds for public health campaigns to educate all women about their risk of heart disease, the signs and symptoms of heart disease, the need for treatment, and ways to prevent heart disease and improve the quality of life for women living with heart disease.
• Make prevention programs that screen for diabetes, elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure, and also promote physical activity and weight management more widely accessible to women.
• Increase funds for public health campaigns to promote healthy lifestyles- heart-healthy diet, physical activity and smoking cessation.
• Target education and public awareness efforts toward for minority women to address the increased risk of death from heart disease among African-American, Hispanic and Native American women.
• Expand and support the federal and state governments’ roles in diabetes prevention and nutrition education programs targeted to women and girls, with particular emphasis on preventing obesity by controlling caloric intake.
• Increase funds to support smoking prevention and cessation programs, and assign the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) full authority over the manufacture, sale, distribution, labeling, and promotion of tobacco.
• Cease governmental financial support for the growth, promotion and marketing of tobacco, and create programs to help farmers and tobacco-growing areas develop economic alternatives to tobacco.