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For Immediate Release
Office of the First Lady
February 3, 2006

Mrs. Bush's Remarks on the Heart Truth Campaign and Red Dress Project
Intel New Mexico
Rio Rancho, New Mexico

     Fact sheet American Heart Month, 2006

MRS. BUSH: Well, I'm going to just speak and, as they say in the political business, step off the message a little bit. George is going to be talking today about what we can do to make sure our children are educated and our economy is competitive. But I also just want to remind everyone that earlier this week, he signed a proclamation to make February American Heart Month. And a lot of people are wearing their red tie or their red dress. I'm wearing my Red Dress pin today to remind the American people that heart disease is the number one killer, it's the number one killer among women in the United States.

Mrs. Laura Bush addresses an audience Friday, Feb. 3, 2006 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, reminding people of the proclamation signed by President George W. Bush earlier in the day making February American Heart Month, and encouraging Americans to remember that heart disease is the number one killer and to take efforts through healthy eating, exercise and regular check-ups to prevent heart disease.  White House photo by Eric Draper A lot of women don't know that, and if they start to suffer the signs of a heart attack or the symptoms of a heart attack, they wait. They don't go to the emergency room like they might rush their husbands to the emergency room, but they don't go themselves as fast.

So I want to encourage Americans to remember that heart disease is the number one killer, to talk to people about all the ways we can prevent heart disease through exercise, healthy eating, not smoking, seeing your doctor on a regular basis so you can find out if you have any early signs of heart disease.

The other thing that fits into the message that George is going to talk about is, we know that if our children have the chance to study more math and science, we'll have even more doctors, we can produce even more doctors, and many, many more medical breakthroughs.

So, remember that February is National Heart Month, and take good care of your heart. (Applause.)

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