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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2005
GRAPEVINE -- Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, leads a list of legislators to receive the American Heart Association's "Heart of Honor" award for her contributions in reducing heart disease and stroke in Texas, the organization announced today.
"It is such a tremendous honor to be recognized by an organization for which I have the utmost respect," Senator Nelson, who chairs the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services, said. "The American Heart Association plays a vital role in health care advocacy, and I look forward to continuing our efforts to promote healthy communities in Texas."
The organization cited Senator Nelson's efforts as a strong advocate for smoking cessation and prevention funding, as well as her success in passing Senate Bill 42, which aims to improve student health and curb childhood obesity rates.
"We are immensely grateful that in times of limited state resources and growing health care needs, these legislators made sure that sufficient attention was given to address our state's capacity to effectively battle heart disease and stroke," said Dr. Donna Bacchi, AHA Affiliate Board President.
Heart disease and stroke are the leading cause of death and serious long-term disability in Texas. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the total hospital charges associated with these two diseases amount to over $7 billion each year. The "Heart of Honor" awards ceremony is expected to take place this summer.